Meeting — May 22, 2020

  • Attendees from last week: msiep, alignwaivers, salt, smichel, wolftune, loveliesbleeding

  • Attendees (current): msiep, smichel, alignwaivers, salt, wolftune, loveliesbleeding, lishavita, adroit


Discourse (over past week):

  • Signups: 0 -> 1

  • New Topics: 0 -> 3

  • Posts: 14 -> 26

  • DAU/MAU: 39% -> 35%

Snowdrift patrons: 119

Reminders on best-practice meeting habits

  • Review previous meeting notes especially when absent!

  • “NEXT STEPS” should be clear and actionable for assignee (who should double-check this for themselves)

  • Use chat in etherpad (and add your name)

Discussion mechanisms

  • open discussion

  • call for a round (“pass the mic” style, facilitator makes sure no one is skipped)

  • hand symbols

    • “o/” or “/” means that you have something to say and want to be put in the queue

    • “c/” or “?” means that you have a clarifying question and want to jump to the top of the queue

    • “d” means thumbs up, encouragement, agreement, etc.

    • “>” as an indicator of understanding someone and the point can be concluded, please move on

Facilitation by topic

  • There is a leader for each topic (generally the person who raised the topic), and the facilitator will assist the topic leader in the discussion via the etherpad chat


  • “???” in notes means something missed, please help capturing what was said

  • aim for shorthand / summary / key points (not transcript)

Review previous meeting feedback

  • wolftune: casual non-strict timeboxing worked but let’s keep timeboxing in general

Last meeting next-steps review


  • NEXT STEP (wolftune): Consent process on forum, everyone’s on board with the roadmap [DONE]


  • NEXT STEP (smichel and wolftune): give Amruth a tour of project and codebase [DONE]

OSI update

  • NEXT STEP (wolftune): draft updated graduation goals, get confirmation internally, email Elana about updates, push toward maybe slightly later than Sept grad date, and ask specifically for her help with accountability and staying on track to successful graduation

Current Agenda

Applying for external grants (Salt) )

  • came across my screen recently, are we interested, do we have a way to capture these?

  • This summer, the Mozilla Builders Incubator offers 3 programs.

  • The Startup Studio - $75,000 investment in early stage startups. SAFE ($2m cap).

  • The MVP Lab $16,000 funding to pre-startup teams. For-profit, non-profit or open source. (<- relevant to us) - due June 5th

  • adding a grant writer role (grant list issue on gitlab)

  • smichel: wasnt sure how many of these were actual grants vs investment

  • wolftune: cost benefit analysis to do here if some volunteer would ask mozilla about (get input from someone in the know rather than to detailed assessment if we were a right fit)

  • wolftune: get the sense that these are not for non-profits, Snowdrift is in a kind of niche

  • adroit: 3 options: Prize, investment, and opensource community projects - All due june 5th - two weeks from now

  • NEXT STEPS: (wolftune and alignwaivers) fill out all the tasks of the role

  • NEXT STEPS: (allignwaivers): start applying for the MVP Lab

  • smichel: Agree the mvp lab is what we’d apply for; it looks like it’s targeted at earlier-stage projects than us.

Roadmap planning wiki page (wolftune)


  • wolftune: this page might not stay here but will be linked to: Things in current phase (‘quarters’) are main priorities (bylaws by board, code cleanup by smichel & loveliesbleeding, moving main site to OSU). Goal to be successful in these tasks rather than be overly ambitious. This for us and the public so our status /progress is clear.

  • salt: structure of this doesnt seem to fit (civi specifically)

  • wolftune: were not going to flush out all the details of every bullet point, we are pulling out the chunks that are aims in each quarter. For civi : is ther a specific goal you think can get done (for civi) in this quarter. Civi is basically penciled in.

  • NEXT STEP (wolftune): add intro to planning page that explains how to use it

  • NEXT STEP (salt): decide civicrm goals in current phase

  • salt: heading are relevant and should be consistent (so what isn’t being worked on in a quarter can be seen)

  • wolftune: are we missing any headings? Please post if any are thought of: core of this is to be the general (future) scope

  • NEXT STEP (wolftune): add “previous quarters” page

Development roadblock update (smichel)

  • Tracked here:

  • smichel: understanding and prompted by concerns of not making more progress on the site. I think we’ve been missing a role that focuses on the haskell front end (for a long time)

Mumble config update (smichel)

  • smichel: I made some subrooms:

    • “Subgroup 1” and “Subgroup 2” can hear and speak to “root”, but cannot hear each other

    • “Meeting Room” cannot hear any of the others

  • no next steps

Board meeting tomorrow 11:00 AM Pacific time (alignwaivers)

  • (alignwaivers) just want to announce to make sure people are aware if they want to show up

  • smichel: we will be focusing on the bylaws tomorrow (also it’s on the shared calendar)

  • no next steps

meeting evaluation / feedback / suggestions / appreciations round

  • adroit: good meeting, good to be ending early, glad to see roadmap be clarified

  • msiep: good discussion, good to see progress on roadmap

  • smichel: thought the topic discussions expanded to fill the time a bit which was unnecessary. Feeling tension on next step for roadmap development

  • lisha: really appreciated being able to be here and listen

  • wolftune: felt like when I facilitating, not the same as being in person and getting feedback more directly: Should err on the side of getting more feedback

  • loveliesbleeding: like lisha, glad to listen in. new to snowdrift but nice to be here

  • salt: feeling a little tension with the topics facilitated by the lead on each (not everyone is experienced or comfortable facilitating)