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The Stake Technology Specialist Web site should use the Technology forums that already exist.
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The Stake Technology Specialist Web site should have it's own forum software.
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I have no opinion on this matter.
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Postby WelchTC » Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:16 am

Many of you have been or are stake technology specialists. We have a new Stake Technology Specialist Web site that specializes in some of the unique issues STS individuals have. My question is should we spin up a separate instance of forum software for the STS Web site or continue to use the forums on the Tech Web site (even though they are more general in nature) in supporting stake technology specialists. Having a separate STS forum site would make it simpler for STS individuals to focus on their issues. However having one forum site keeps it simpler for STS to find information (as they don't have to shuffle between two different forums). Take the poll and leave feedback.

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Postby JamesAnderson » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:23 am

My thinking right off the top of my head would be to create one on this site, labeled something like 'Stake Technology Specialists', and have a link from the STS site to the forums on this one, and just be sure the registration link is also in the descriptor of the forum for the first few weeks or months as deemed necessary.

That way, they will also know more about Church technology. I am almost sure they get bombarded with questions about MLS and other systems that they do not have any idea what to do with also. That way they can also be in the loop when things happen and they then can let us know of their needs too, and have other info.

That has been very informative so far over there at the STS site, and yes some of it crosses over into this one, so it may well be best to incorporate that forum as part of this one.

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Postby russellhltn » Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:23 am

Gee, you didn't use the short URL, http://staketech.lds.org/ ;)

I can think of 3 major areas for a STS:
- Administrative computers (including MLS)
- Family History computers (a whole bunch of software)
- Audio-Video (satellite system)
It may also include
- Emergency Communications

As such, there's a lot of cross-over with what has already been posted here, as well as cross-over with other callings. For example, clerks also work with MLS. Family History workers also work with the computers. As such, I don't think it should be segmented by calling, but by task/technology area and to be a resource for all who work in that area.

I think Administrative computes can be safely separated from Family History computers as they have different policies and use different programs.

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Postby WelchTC » Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:14 pm

RussellHltn wrote:Gee, you didn't use the short URL, http://staketech.lds.org/ ;)

Heh...that is what I get when I copy/pasted. Sorry for the long URL.

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Postby thedqs » Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:52 pm

I have to agree with Russell, in some stakes the STS only deals with Audio/Visual while the clerks deal with MLS and the FH people deal with Family History and in some stakes it is a one man show.
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Postby russellhltn » Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:12 am

After thinking about this a little more, I have some more questions/thoughts.

Is this to be a "user-to-user" group or will there be official Church presence answering questions? The sections would need to be divided according to what that church department supports. I've already outlined 4 areas, but you may need to talk to those 4 departments as to what they see as their role and what roles the different callings have. For example the department that supports STS working with the Administrative computers also supports the clerks. Do they want to create two sections, one for clerks and one for STS or would they rather have them merged? While the roles may seem clear, a problem in one area frequently crosses over into the other.

I'm backing away slightly from the desire to have merged forums simply so that people will realize when they've crossed over into another calling. Nothing wrong with a clerk doing the STS job (the stake may not have a functional STS. And in some cases the clerks act as assistant STSs), but they should realize that they are slipping out the boundaries of their clerk calling. But I think the major criteria is how the departments envision their support to the community via the forums.

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Postby WelchTC » Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:20 am

RussellHltn wrote:After thinking about this a little more, I have some more questions/thoughts.

Is this to be a "user-to-user" group or will there be official Church presence answering questions? The sections would need to be divided according to what that church department supports. I've already outlined 4 areas, but you may need to talk to those 4 departments as to what they see as their role and what roles the different callings have. For example the department that supports STS working with the Administrative computers also supports the clerks. Do they want to create two sections, one for clerks and one for STS or would they rather have them merged? While the roles may seem clear, a problem in one area frequently crosses over into the other.


The intent is that the forums are a great way for the community to help each other. However, like the current MLS and LUWS forums, there are Church employee moderators in there that help answer questions as they come up and when others don't reply. However one of the reasons to have forums is to allow others the opportunity to help and share information.

I'm backing away slightly from the desire to have merged forums simply so that people will realize when they've crossed over into another calling. Nothing wrong with a clerk doing the STS job (the stake may not have a functional STS. And in some cases the clerks act as assistant STSs), but they should realize that they are slipping out the boundaries of their clerk calling. But I think the major criteria is how the departments envision their support to the community via the forums.


Ahh...you have touched upon a subject we are discussing internally. I did not mention it as I did not want to "muddy the waters" but the natural progression of this type of web site is to add ward clerks. The discussion has been that ward clerks are not as technical as STS and therefore may feel lost when visiting tech.lds.org. However, on the other hand, there is a lot great information and help that a ward clerk may miss if he were only visiting a ward clerk forum.

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Postby BlackRG » Tue Oct 09, 2007 9:33 am

tomw wrote:The discussion has been that ward clerks are not as technical as STS and therefore may feel lost when visiting tech.lds.org. However, on the other hand, there is a lot great information and help that a ward clerk may miss if he were only visiting a ward clerk forum.


Not always. I've noticed that the idea of being a ward clerk terrifies a lot of people in my neck of the woods unless they're at least semi technical, and a lot of our clerks (not always, particularly in branches) tend to be somewhat technical. I'm very technical, but I'm not the ward clerk either, just the assistant financial clerk :p

On the other hand, we had a person a few years back who functioned as our STS (not sure of their exact title) who... well... let's just say computers weren't his friends ;)

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Postby The_Earl » Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:46 am

I would keep the STS forum here.

I think getting STSs specific information related to their calling is a matter of pulling information off of this forum and distilling it for inclusion on the STS site. The more informal information seems to benefit from exposure to a larger audience, since many of us have tech experience, but are not in callings directly related .

This may not be the case for some information. Some things may be useful to the STS, but may be confidential. I would think the STS web site is not the place for such things now, but maybe in the future.

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Postby russellhltn » Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:35 am

tomw wrote:Ahh...you have touched upon a subject we are discussing internally. ... the natural progression of this type of web site is to add ward clerks.


I'd be very disappointed if that wasn't the case. :) It's only logical. (Don't forget Stake clerks)


tomw wrote:The discussion has been that ward clerks are not as technical as STS and therefore may feel lost when visiting tech.lds.org.


Some are, some aren't. But you're right in not making any assumptions. I think as long as the link takes them directly into the right area, it shouldn't be a problem.

Another factor will be what will the clerks area look like? I'd think it would end up being divided into Membership, Finance and "Other". Mostly to support the fact that there are clerks that specialize in those areas. But if they are in sections, then that imposes some issues in how you set up the final product.

But as for Clerks and STS - I'd like a line, but not a boarder. (If that makes sense.)

tomw wrote:However, on the other hand, there is a lot great information and help that a ward clerk may miss if he were only visiting a ward clerk forum.


Well, the phrase "you can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs" comes to mind here. While there is some useful content here, it's small compared to where we are going. I would not want to compromise an optimal setup just to save a few threads that will likely be out of date in a few years. If those threads can be moved, so much the better.

As for new discussions that could help the clerk, if everything was a part of this forum, then the more curious clerks could "climb out" and explore the upper levels of the forum. I can't see any overriding reason that the clerks/STS forum has to be separate from anyone else. The only issue I can think of is departmental control over "their" section. But if they are happy with the tools this software give them and can do what they need with Moderator status, ehhhh. Why change?

Can the forum support pointers to other sections? Here's what I'm envisioning:


STS
- Administrative Computers
- FHC Computers
- Audio visual
- Wireless network
- Emergency Communications

Clerks
- Finance Clerk
- Membership Clerk
- Ward Clerk
- Stake Clerk
- Administrative Computers (a link to the STS's Administrative Computers area)

The link for the current STS area would link to the STS area. Clerks to the Clerk area. And yet clerks can find their way to discussions on the computers and if they wish to "climb up" to the whole tech area.


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