Sun 18 Jan 2015 6:08AM

IRC meeting

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We need to conduct IRC meeting to finalize the following.

  • Prints and all
  • List of programees in each district
  • Promotional activities
  • Media
  • Expenses
  • Other general discussions

I propose one at Monday (19 Jan 2015) night at 9 PM on #debian-diaspora at OFTC.


Pirate Praveen Mon 19 Jan 2015 3:27AM

I think its too short a notice unless we call everyone on phone. Also I suggest we use #piratesin on


Akshay Mon 19 Jan 2015 10:15PM

Did this happen? I did see this, but wasn't free till now.


anupam Tue 20 Jan 2015 10:08AM

I have trying to organize Diaspora conference in colleges in Delhi and Punjab. Also I have been discussing the motive of Diaspora movement with my colleagues and friends. During discussion there have been few questions that I think we should have clear answers in order to drive Diaspora into as much people as we can.

The first question that comes is the name itself 'DIASPORA', why we have chosen this name?
Given the fact that we are trying to reach to maximum people against popular social media, the name itself is very difficult to pronounce. I did try a small survey amongst the people around me and given the choice between Facebook/twitter and Diaspora the former was chosen. I think to popularize Diaspora we need to think more Indian name or something which is very easy to call for.

Print Material and one Document for the entire Diaspora meeting.
I think it would be easier and logical if all the meeting held across India should have common points to address among audience, so that there is no deviation.
A FAQ answering all the questions regarding Diaspora will be a help from a new user point of view. The whole idea is to have maximum user base across the world, but what benefits it will bring to the one who use over existing social media is the tough one to convince for.


Pirate Vik Wed 21 Jan 2015 10:27AM

@anupam what about the translation of the word diaspora into different indian languages? I am not sure if this is correct, but in hindi would it be प्रवासी (Pravāsī)?


Akshay Wed 21 Jan 2015 10:45AM

@anupam , a palmphlet about diaspora is already being made.

An FAQ section can go into the website too. Do you have more questions from your friends?

As for the choice of "diaspora" as a name, I think it was chosen for its meaning.

diaspora: A dispersion of an originally homogeneous entity, such as a language or culture

But pods can take any name! So we could have pods with all names that we can think of :D


Pirate Praveen Wed 21 Jan 2015 12:08PM

@anupam the name is more to do with botany

A profile is a seed, and a pod can hold seeds, the process of spreading seeds is diaspora.

many common questions are addressed here

There are also tutorials


Pirate Praveen Wed 21 Jan 2015 12:11PM

The word “diaspora” refers to the dispersal of seeds (or people) over a wide area. That’s why our motif is the dandelion, and the asterisk in our name represents a fluffy dandelion seed. We refer to individual accounts on diaspora* as “seeds,” and the servers in which those accounts are collected as “pods.” You’ll get used to it soon!

Any new name or concept will take time to gain familiarity.


Pirate Praveen Wed 21 Jan 2015 12:14PM

@akshay instead of us duplicating the FAQ, I think we should link to diaspora foundation faq and tutorial pages. If something is missing there, we should add there.