Date Posted: 2002-10-08 15:02:40
Does anyone else remember ORCA?
Spectacular, in my view, only in it's abject failure to engage the community it purported to serve. A trifling amount of traffic, negligible utilisation, minimal engagement, practically zero observable benefit delivered to community and yet OzCo have funded CANSA to develop a second, expensive effort???
A year ago I argued strongly in correspondence with the developers of CCD.net that no amount of recurrent funding could match the collaborative power of the internet to leverage the contributions made by individuals and organisations. That in order to be successful the site needed this site needed to remove barriers to participation if it wished to encourage contributions. Advice that apparently feel on deaf ears.
A year later, the site (_still_ in beta??) appears doomed to irrelevance in much the same manner as ORCA. A few projects listed. Some contributions on the message boards, but hardly anything that could be called ongoing discussion. I struggle to see how anyone could expect such a dreary empty space to perform as a "community building tool".
Whatever your experience in CCD, in my view, this site displays a discgraceful misuse of money and an utter failure to comprehend the most basic principles involved in community development online.
Now we'll see if anyone even reads these message boards.
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