As @lukestokes said in his post, coordinating schedules creates enough of a challenge that I also find myself delaying the on-chain invite until after the Zoom call is recorded. Perhaps this hack defeats the intent of the witness process, but perhaps not.
Part of Eden is meeting new people. Ideally members would only invite or witness for people they already know well enough to leave alone in their home. But at this early stage, I can’t help but feel that I would rather prioritize my invites for prospective members whom I have never met who have taken the initiative to study More Equal Animals, have contributed consistently at the eoscommunity forums, and have posted their desire to join. These are the kinds of members I think would best carry Eden forward at this early stage.
I recommend changing the on-chain invite process to not require witnesses, only the inviter and the invitee.
How It Might Look
- A Live List where members can view live Zoom calls currently under way which are ready for an additional witness.
- The Live List includes links to the invitee’s profile draft so that prospective witnesses can pre-evaluate the invitee before clicking the Zoom link to join.
- Clicking the Zoom link updates the Live List to signal a witness slot is currently filled.
- If a prospective witness leaves a Zoom call, a member could manually edit the Live List to indicate the witness slot is available once again.
- If a witness slot is not available, nobody else can join the Zoom call (to avoid recording interruptions).
- In addition to a Live List, a Scheduled List where prospective witnesses could see upcoming scheduled Zoom calls, read the invitee’s profile draft, and enter their name to fill a witness slot.
Additional Thoughts on the Induction Process
Eden presents an opportunity to connect with others who are passionate about building a better society. The induction process should reflect the reality that this is a growing community with people eager to meet, network, and hang out together.
The 7 day expiration period seems like an effective way for inviters to escape regretful invites. Perhaps after hanging out for a while on a live Zoom call while waiting for witnesses to show up, the inviter grows apprehensive. The inviter could tell the invitee they need to reschedule the Zoom call, and end the meeting, which would remove the call from the Live List. This gives the inviter the chance to follow up on their apprehensions before scheduling another Zoom call.
P.S. I was feeling a bit scattered, so I created this document to help invitees prepare for the induction ceremony. Eden Induction Ceremony Prep
P.S2 Luke’s spreadsheet is handy. See his post linked above.