LibrePlanet: Conference/2010/Hacking/Crabgrass

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Please remember that this event is focused on free software, not open source. We have a set of guidelines for speakers, but we ask everyone to be mindful of the power of words and the importance of framing the issues being discussed and worked on in the best possible terms.

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Everyone who attends gets a free t-shirt too


Crabgrass is a software libre web application (AGPL) designed for social networking, group collaboration and network organizing. Our goal is to create communication tools that are tailored specifically to meet the needs of bottom up grassroots organizing. By social networking, we mean the ability of users to get to know one another through their online contributions and presence. By group collaboration, we mean the ability of small groups to get things done, such as share files, track tasks and projects, make decisions and build repositories of shared knowledge. By network organizing, we mean the ability of multiple groups to work together on projects in a democratic manner.

Crabgrass currently consists of a solid suite of group collaboration tools, such as private wikis, task lists, file repository, and decision making tools. We are currently working on better social networking tools, blogs, and event calendars, as well as better support for collaboration and decision making among independent groups. Crabgrass is written in Ruby using the Ruby on Rails framework.

We are interested in working on federated, decentralized networking protocols. We want to federate with other Crabgrass instances, as well as with other social networking suites.

We'll also be on hand to give people some one-on-one mentoring for getting started with our codebase.

We'd love to have people working on bugs in our bug tracker.

We'll also be on hand to give people some one-on-one mentoring for getting started with our codebase.

If you're interested in joining us, please add yourself to our list of participants.