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With the overturning of Roe vs Wade and women's voices being drowned out, at least online and in mainstream media, by everyone but women, this space is more important than ever. What can non-programmers do to help Ovarit gain the capacity to accommodate new members and new circles and expand, besides contribute financially.

I'm a fair statistical number-cruncher, but I worked my way through the video on setting up Docker etc, and realized it started at a level that meant I would be having to look up or view an explanatory video for every second term. I just don't have the background to help.

With the overturning of Roe vs Wade and women's voices being drowned out, at least online and in mainstream media, by everyone but women, this space is more important than ever. What can non-programmers do to help Ovarit gain the capacity to accommodate new members and new circles and expand, besides contribute financially. I'm a fair statistical number-cruncher, but I worked my way through the video on setting up Docker etc, and realized it started at a level that meant I would be having to look up or view an explanatory video for every second term. I just don't have the background to help.

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[–] hypatia 12 points Edited

Probably donate?

Also I'm think it's important to keep new blood flowing in. If you come across a woman online making good points, send her an invite code. I think that the more women know about this site, even if they don't use it regularly, the better.

Idk though, I am not a mod or involved in site development. Hoping someone will chime in for you

Unfortunately with all the different roles I've been filling on this project, the role of "volunteer coordinator" is one I'm doing the worst at. There are some technology questions regarding how we communicate behind the scenes for coordinating testing, feedback, and other things which I've been wanting to address before streamlining a volunteer pipeline. There are a lot of documents we need to write up to explain to people how to volunteer for roles like leading new communities/circles or moderating them. There's a lot of work that goes into coordinating work, and with where we were financially, I decided to wait and see if we're capable of raising enough money to even cover our ongoing expenses before investing more of my time in more of that work.

Things any users can do right now include:

  • Understanding the Sitewide Rules (which apply everywhere) and circle rules (which apply in each circle) and reporting posts/comments which break the rules. This is essential for this platform to function. We don't have any savvy technology to help us moderate and we rely on reports. Moderators cannot see everything, and certainly don't see problems instantly. Reports help us keep this entire project going. If you have concerns beyond reports that are relevant for the moderators of a circle to know, send the moderators a message via the "message the moderators" button.

  • Submitting good content. If there is anything that you'd like to see here, content-wise, taking the initiative to make it happen is everything. Submitting good content according to the circle rules also helps people to see those rules as a norm and creates the culture that keeps these communities rolling. The structure of this site is one that gets good search engine rankings and we get a lot of traffic from people searching for various things in search engines. This is a good platform to write helpful resources, or create lists of resources, for women that are asking various questions. Imagine all sorts of queries women are asking, anything from "is testosterone safe for my child" to "I need an abortion". We can help people who aren't even site users, but it also helps people who eventually join to find the site.

  • Welcome new members and help them to understand how the site works and various community norms, in a spirit of helpfulness and not anger at their ignorance.

  • Indeed, donating. We didn't raise funds for the first 20 months of this project and we're not remotely in the black. Our ongoing existence relies on meeting our monthly goals. At some point we need to get "into the black" or we won't have a long term future.

  • If anything about the site seems broken, submit a bug report at /o/Bugs.

May be a hard pill to swallow, but according to other organizations I know about, coordinating people who mean well, but don't have any specific looked-for skillset is just is more of a hassle than it is worth. Money is the #1 way you can help is my guess.

See what you can do locally for women in your area instead.

There's no need to be condescending. I asked a question; the answer seems to be donate.

It was not my intention to sound condescending, I apologize. Your heart is at the right place and I would hate it if you wasted your time like so many other well meaning people.