The current epidemic has left many schools and doctors scrambling to create communities for distance learning and collaboration.
To assist during this disaster, Discourse is offering 3 months of free business or standard hosting to:
Schools using Discourse to collaborate between teachers, parents and students
Doctors and Health workers using Discourse to share knowledge and tactics for dealing with the epidemic.
Software is only part of the problem:
We need to get the word out .
Many of the communities forming have no background in Discourse or community management and need assistance moderating and configuring communities.
Some communities may need custom setups which do not fit into our standard / business hosting and may need to self host. In some cases we can provide a free digital ocean droplet for 3-6 months.
For our part, Discourse can easily offer the software and hosting, but our time does not scale infinitely, we can not act as community managers for 100 new communities.
If you are looking to volunteer your time , configuring, managing or setting up a Discourse instance for health workers and schools please raise your hand in a reply.
All schools and health workers that contact us will get a link to this topic, and can then contact you if they need help.
Please, avoid extended discussion here, if any clarification is needed shoot off a PM to @sam. If any meta discussion is needed please open a new topic.
Keep it to simple replies like:
I am willing to donate my time to help with XYZ, I live in country XYZ
If you run out of time and can no longer help, please either delete your reply or flag it for deletion.
How do you connect to people in this topic?
If you would like the communities help running your project please read through this topic and pick a few candidates based on time zone and the expertise you they have. Feel free to start a private message with a few of the candidates to discuss next step. If you are not sure what to do, include @sam on the message and I will try to help out.
To start a PM click on the avatar of the user and start a message.
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