You are not at all pushy, and all your points are valid and have at various times been discussed as the Wiki has developed. I agree with you as it happens but here’s the thing:
The Wiki has indeed developed as an organic process, which means that it is indeed not standardized.
But really while the most often used resource of the WIki is the Directory and the Visa listing, the truth is that the Wiki was meant to be and should be more than that. Ultimately I want the wiki to be a real resource for people in coworking, with content they can use and share.
We in Open Coworking have not always priovided people with what they need to do that and I think there are two reasons for that: 1) the wiki does date to a time when pretty much everybody in coworking knew everybody else, at least by reputation if not by name. And 2) we are an all-volunteer army around here which has left us open to surges of activity followed by people having to stop because they had to attend to their own businesses.
Those things are changing and there is a large enough group that nobody should have to work a fullltime job to be a volunteer on the wiki. We can swap off jobs now, there is enough. But we have to communicate better and it has to be properly organized.
That’s where I come in.
These are the things we really want to come to grips with in the new Open Coworking; we need all the help we can get.
I thank you for signing up (did I mention my handy dandy little sign up sheet to anybody else listening? ahem. :-). My window at this moment is the end of this year to get it all together and tell the world how great we are.
We are pretty great.
And you may expect to see me appearing in an in-box very near you very soon.
On Thursday, September 25, 2014 9:39:35 PM UTC+2, Xaver Inglin wrote:
I just checked some examples on the wiki space directory: very different approaches for each city: It is hard to use since you have to learn how (different) each page “works”. I know this is a community project, but some structure/templates would help to make it easier to maintain and more fun to navigate. Did you already think about other taxonomy/attributes besides geography to describe the spaces? What services do they offer, what do they feel like (vibes) … the one thing that makes this space unique? May be it is better to have a single page for every space and then work with categories/tags to build overviews (… although I do not yet know the features/limitations of this wiki platform …)
I hope this does not feel to pushy … Just thinking out loud.
On Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:09:44 PM UTC+2, Jeannine wrote:
That was me who followed you on Quora today. And also me who sent you that email about the Wiki.
I would love for you to put your directory on the Wiki, on the Front Page there is a listing for Directories and listings.
The Wiki Directory is fundamentally organized by city, because that’s how we find that people look for a coworking space. Knowing that there are coworking spaces in the Netherlands (where I am) is not especially helpful if they are all in Amsterdam and the Hague and you are working in Eindhoven or Maastricht. The city links are then inded organized by country or by region if there are a lot of them.
The pages are as detailed or as general as the peple in the area want to make them: I think Tabby did a beautiful job with Coworking Joh-burg, Coworking Paris is more understated but nevertheless gets the idea across, and I think Coworking New York also makes clear who is doing what. I think Coworking San Francisco intentionally chose to keep pictures and so on out, so as to cut down on placement competition.
But Open Coworking is an all volunteer army, whose population ebbs and flows over time. If you feel a need to work on the Worldwide Coworking Directory, then we would love to work with you. I happen to have a handy dandy little form for you to sign up right here.
As it happens.
On Thursday, September 18, 2014 2:48:18 PM UTC+2, Xaver Inglin wrote:
The coworking scene in Switzerland is growing - see our directory of spaces http://coworking-schweiz.ch/?page_id=54
It would make sense to publish this information on a world wide directory - but where?
Here is what I found so far: