[thechat] evolt historical/organizational questions

Matt Warden mwarden at gmail.com
Wed Aug 20 14:21:45 CDT 2008

On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 2:34 PM,  <ekm at seastorm.com> wrote:
> 1. can someone remember/provide a list of names of the original breakoff
> crowd from monkeyjunkies?  here's my best guess:
> Amanda Erickson
> Daniel Cody
> Bob Davis
> Adrian Roselli
> Jeff Howden
> Martin Burns
> Matt Warden
> am I right so far?
> & now I'm stuck....

I remember emailing Marlene about getting on the list of people
interested in the new community. I wonder if she still has that list
somewhere in old email...

We could also query the weo database for the first month or two of the
site being live to get a list that might help jog our memories.

> 2. when I signed on to Evolt, Cody had a (for lack of a better word)
> leader-ly role... I saw him as being a leader... was there a structure to
> the group, were we searching for a structure, considering a formalized
> structure, maybe nonprofit status... did we get drunk and elect
> officers...?  how did we evolve as a group?  & most of the less pleasant
> partings that we experienced were the result of issues around power
> struggles w/in the group, correct?

Thoughts of organization and democracy came much later, after we had
settled into success. I think there was so much to do and the group
was so small at the beginning, that people just did what they wanted
without much chance of stepping on each others' toes. A good example
is the creation of the first version of weo, where things kind of
broke up by skillset (I will avoid giving examples and therefore the
risk of giving the wrong credit to the various pieces).

> 3.  is the group structure currently fairly anarchist, and is that working
> for us?

This I don't know, as this, thelist, and sysadmin are the only lists
I'm still subscribed to.

> 4.  how many international Evolticons have their been?  regional? (not
> looking for exact numbers on the latter, just a feel for what's been going
> on)

You are going to hate yourself in the morning for that grammatical
slip. I think the best you're going to get is current numbers based on
a request that members add themselves to the map. I don't think we
ever collected geographic information during registration on weo or

> Too much info is better than too little.

And the information I provided is better than nothing :)

Matt Warden
Cincinnati, OH, USA

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