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AIRR Tech Team Project Procedures

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The AIRR Tech Team keeps this web site running
The AIRR Tech Team keeps this web site running

This page is a continuation of, and a detailed addendum to, the

AIRR Tech Team Page

AIRR Members come and go, and although we always provide new members with an orientation to the Tech Team, a lot of information gets thrown at new folks, and not all of it sticks, so we are providing details about the AIRR Tech Team by way of a re-introduction to long-timers, and a catch-up for new members.

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AIRR, the HHF, and the AISC

The AIRR Tech Team writes our information pages
The AIRR Tech Team writes our information pages
The AIRR Tech Team hones and polishes our members' Bio and Booking pages to give them great search engine optimization
The AIRR Tech Team hones and polishes our members' Bio and Booking pages to give them great search engine optimization
AIRR Tech Team members receive training in web site coding and programming
AIRR Tech Team members receive training in web site coding and programming
AIRR Tech Team meetings are held once a week
AIRR Tech Team meetings are held once a week
The AIRR Tech Team works steadily and skillfully to serve our members and the public
The AIRR Tech Team works steadily and skillfully to serve our members and the public

AIRR is operated by the Association of Independent Spiritual Churches (AISC), an inter-faith organization supporting multi-cultural and trans-cultural traditions of spirituality, folk magic, divination, seership, folk lore, spell-casting, and client counselling.

AIRR maintains ReaderandRootworkers.com, a large, free-access educational site for the public that provides information on all of the above topics, and also promotes the careers and businesses of members, who each pay $100.00 per year for a directory listing. Each member has a Bio page and a Booking page. Each member's name (and a link to his or her Bio page) appears on about 650 AIRR web pages at this time. There are around 35 members at this time.

Additionally, the AISC sponsors an annual Hoodoo Heritage Festival (the HHF). The Festival has a separate web site from AIRR, as well as its own on-the-ground logistics volunteers. In addition to this, the AIRR Tech Team maintains a special outreach page at The AIRR site listing all Hoodoo Heritage FestivalWorkshop Presenters in AIRR.

The AIRR Tech Team

The AIRR Tech Team is a group of volunteers within the general membership who are working for the good of all members. Any member may join the AIRR Tech Team; there are no restrictions on AIRR Tech Team membership.

The AIRR Tech Team has five goals:

  • To eventually write and maintain about 1,000 web pages about folk magic and world religions at the AIRR site.
  • To assist members in the creation and upkeep of Bio pages, Booking pages, Navigation Box listings, and Category listings.
  • To train members in coding and web site development for their own use.
  • To publicize AIRR and all of its services to the general public via social media and search engine optimization.

In order to stay in contact with the general membership of AIRR -- and especially to take messages and handle requests for Bio and Booking page updates -- the AIRR Tech Team maintains an entire sub-section of the private AIRR Forum, where messages and updates (like this one) are posted.

In order to inform the public about our work and to promote the value of AIRR, the AIRR Tech Team also maintains the AIRR Facebook page for the benefit of members and the public, and posts announcements there.

There are generally about 6 to 9 members of the AIRR Tech Team. All of us have received or are currently receiving training in coding, and all of us have logins and passwords to the AIRR site by virtue of attending AIRR Tech Team meetings.

Weekly AIRR Tech Team Meetings

The AIRR Tech Team meets once a week on Tuesdays, at 10:30 AM Pacific Time via Skype. At these meetings we socialize and enjoy one another's company, and then we get to work.

Once the work period starts, an experienced member may assign tasks to trainee-members, trained members may self-assign themselves tasks related to the team's five goals, and trainee-members may request help with coding problems and receive instruction from an experienced member.

Our meetings last anywhere from 1 to 4 hours. Not all of us attend every meeting, and not all of us stay for the duration of every meeting.

At the end of each AIRR Tech Team meeting, we discuss what we plan to do next meeting. Then, to close the meeting --

  • One member is assigned (or volunteers) to post a notice about the week's AIRR Tech Team Meeting at the AIRR Forum.
  • If a new AIRR page has been completed and is now live, one member is assigned (or volunteers) to post an announcement about it, with a photo, at the AIRR Facebook page.
  • All AIRR Tech Team attendees are verbally requested to share any announcement at the AIRR Facebook page to their own social media feeds.

The AIRR Tech Team's Annual Rhythm

Over the past 10 years, AIRR Tech Team meetings have developed a certain annual rhythm:

June 6th: Membership Renewals and Updates

June 6th is the date on which annual dues are paid. We encourage renewing members to look over their Bio and Booking pages, as well as their Navigation Box listings and Category listings at the time of renewal, so in June and July --

  • We receive updates from renewing members, including new photos, rate changes, and contact changes for their Bio and Booking pages, as well as Navigation Box and Category changes; we work on these member pages at highest priority.
  • We create Bio and Booking pages, Navigation Box entries, and Category listings for new members, on an as-needed basis.
  • We make no site-wide changes during this period and we set aside all ongoing development projects for one month to assist renewing members.

Summer Into Fall: Long-Term Site-Building Projects

From July through December --

  • If we receive updates (new photos, rate changes, contact changes, Navigation Box changes, Category changes, and new text) from members, we work on their pages.
  • We create Bio and Booking pages, Navigation Box entries, and Category listings for new members, on an as-needed basis.
  • We develop long term "build-out" projects by organizing new topics, upgrading site-wide code, and developing new categories of information to which we assign writers. This is our major expansion phase each year.

Some of our ongoing build-outs and hoped-for texts include:

PHOTO-CROPPING AND NAMING STANDARDIZATION

This project is under the direction of Papa Newt and Nagasiva

We need standard-sized 300px x 400px head shots of every AIRR member for the following 7 pages. We will also institute a new standard naming convention. These will be substituted on ALL bio pages and on the 6 outreach pages

  • Meet the Members of AIRR pics are currently 200 px x 250 px cropped: swap in new 300px x 400px portraits at 200px wide as they are completed

OUTREACH PAGES

In this group, pics are currently 150 px wide and height floats; swap in new 300px x 400px portraits at 150px wide as they are completed

LISTS OF SPIRITUAL ENTITIES

These lists are Categories. Each is intended to lead to a series of single pages with at least one image, three paragraphs of data, and a Nav Box citing why people seek out the entity for veneration or supplication.

  • Ascended Masters. We have quite a few listed and built out online, but can use more contributions. We want to reach 12 pages in this list. Miss Cat is the lead writer on this project, with text dumps by Jon Saint Germain. We made steady progress throughout 2020.
  • Bodhisattvas (Buddhist Saints). We have quite a few listed and built out online, but can use more contributions. We want to reach 12 pages in this list. Rev. Dr. Jon Saint Germain is our lead writer on this project!
  • Catholic Saints. We have quite a few listed and built out online, but can use more contributions; Miss Michaele and Papa Newt are our lead writers on this project.
  • Demons. This category was started in 2018 and contains a good deal of informative text on Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist demons. It is well organized and well-illustrated, but what it lacks are links to actual pages for individual demons. In other words, we have a nice list of 33 demons, each described in one sentence, but there are no links to their individual biographies. nagasiva is the lead writer on this topic.
  • Druid, Wicca, and Feri Deities. We have a hub page and individual pages completed for a few. We want to reach 12 pages in this list. We need a lead writer on this project!
  • Germanic and Nordic Deities. We have a hub page and individual pages completed for a few. We want to reach 12 pages in this list. We need a lead writer on this project!
  • Gnostic Deities. We have a hub page and a list of names but no individual pages for these yet. We want to reach 12 pages in this list. We need a lead writer on this project!
  • Greek Deities. We have a hub page and a list of names but no individual pages for these yet. We want to reach 12 pages in this list. We need a lead writer on this project!
  • Jewish Spiritual Figures. We have a hub page and individual pages. In 2020 we reached our basic goal 12 pages in this category. We now have 14 completed out of 17 in our list. The 3 left to do are Isaac, Isaiah, and The Minor Prophets. Dr. Jeremy Weiss is our lead writer on this project.
  • Orthodox Saints. We have a hub page but no list yet. Miss Athena is our lead writer on this project.
  • Roman Deities. We have a hub page and a list of names but no individual pages for these yet. We want to reach 12 pages in this list. We need a lead writer on this project!
  • Pagan and Neo-Pgan Deities pantheon. This is a cat that leads to pantheons for many pagan and neo-pagan religions; we have a few built out and want 12 or more per list; this group of projects needs a lead writer!

MAJOR TOPIC PAGES AND CATEGORIES

  • Orthodox Tradition. We wish to upgrade the page on Orthodox Christianity; Miss Athena is the lead writer on this project.
  • Sacred Texts. We have cat for this, partially populated by bullet-pointed read-more hub-pages for texts such as the Bible, Tanakh, Quran, I Ching, Books of Psalms, Surahs, Upanishads, Vedas, Book of Mormon, Talmud, Midrash, Tao De Ching, and so forth, with cross text and links to Bibliomancy.
  • The Kabbalah and the Jewish Grimoire Tradition. We have quite a few listed and built out online, but can use more contributions. We want to reach 12 pages in this list. Dr. Jeremy Weiss is the lead writer on this project. We have been making steady progress throughout 2020.
  • Feng Shui. in January 2020, this page was separated from Geomanacy, and become a Main Page link; Miss Athena is the lead writer on this project.
  • The Soul -- Michaele is the lead writer.
    • Creation of the Soul
    • Anatomies of the Soul
    • Development and Training for the Soul
      • Shamanic Journey including ritual 'Ascent of the World Tree' to obtain information or orientation.
      • Vision Quest as a means of maturation, finding of allies, or orientation to the world.
      • Walkabout as a means of maturation and spiritual orientation.
    • The Afterlife
      • Ghosts and Haunted Houses, including sections on exorcisms, laying spirits, returning spirits to a graveyard, and banishing spirits.
      • Reincarnation
      • Heavens, Paradises, and Ascensions
      • Hells, Demotions, and Devolutions


AS-YET UNSTARTED TOPICS

  • Clergy -- Add a category and get people on it: Rabbis, Priests, Ministers, Bhikkus, Gurus, Imams, Muftis, etc.
  • AIRR Tech Team -- recycled from Tech Team page into a category with member avatars and data, then remake all site links and delete old page.
  • Crystal Silence League -- recycled from CSL page into a category with member avatars and data, then remake all site links and delete old page. Add 'pastors' with graphic images as per standard and add people to Cats.
  • The Churches of the AISC
  • Church Pastors and Deacons in AIRR
  • AISC Board of Bishops -- listed as Board of Bishops on the AISC page; this may be sufficient.
  • The Church Fan Fund
  • European Grimoire and Swartkonstbok Traditions, with sub-pages for individual books
  • Arabic Grimoire Traditions, with sub-pages for individual books
  • Seal and Sigil Magic
  • Temple Oracles such as the Oracle of Delphi, sand diviners of the Chinese temples of the goddess Xiwangmu, or Taoist monks consulting Chi Chi sticks.
  • Religious Holidays: We already have the Pagan and Neo-Pagan holiday set called The Wheel of the Year. We need holiday sets for Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, and other religious traditions. Images would generally be a greeting card plus a photo (See The Wheel of the Year sub-pages for format); text would be brief and include historical and contemporary information.

We gladly accept contributions of text from good writers who are not members of AIRR, but who have knowledge on specific subjects. As this is a volunteer-run site, we do not pay our contributors, but they are named on out Site Credits page and share co-copyright with the AIRR site, enabling them to host their texts at their own sites or to publish them in books.

Fall Into Winter and Spring: Supporting the Hoodoo Heritage Festival

From October to May --

  • We work on the coming year's HHF site, including text, illustrations, and the development of the affiliated ticketing site. AISC Board members also use this meeting time to discuss proposed workshops that have been presented by AIRR members and others, and to assign editors to presenters who will be preparing written material for their workshops. AIRR Tech Team members who are not board members function as general membership representatives in these discussions, as we work toward consensus on HHF planning matters.
  • If we receive updates (new photos, rate changes, contact changes, Navigation Box changes, Category changes, and new text) from members, we work on their pages.
  • We create Bio and Booking pages, Navigation Box entries, and Category listings for new members, on an as-needed basis.
  • Once the HHF site is in place, we make updates to it, and then we spend time on random checks of pages that may need typo corrections, or for which link-coding was overlooked. These are handled by AIRR Tech Team trainees who are learning to code.

How to Contact the AIRR Tech Team

To contact the AIRR Tech Team, just check into the AIRR Forum once a week and read the AIRR Tech Team reports. They are dated by week and year.

Reach Us Via the AIRR Forum

In the dated AIRR Tech Team threads at the AIRR Forum you will see what we are working on, what we did at our last meeting, and what we plan for our next meeting. Post your requests in the most recent thread.

When the AIRR Tech Team next meets, we always check the previous week's thread to see if anyone posted, and we assign our tasks accordingly.

  • If we sent out a call for listings in a new Category, with a template, please fill out a copy of your listing according to the template form.
  • If you have an emergency request for a change or update to your Bio page, Booking page, Navigation Box listings or Category listings, please post a notice at the end of the most recent thread.
  • If you have a photo change request for your Bio page, please plan to include the photo in your post at the AIRR Forum (maximum size is 600px wide x 900 px high -- which is also a good size at the AIRR web site (although we prefer 600 px high (square format) at the web site.
  • If for technical reasons you cannot include your photo in your AIRR Forum post, contact our system-wide AIRR Tech Team Manager nagasiva yronwode and he will assist you to get your photo into your Forum post.

How *NOT* to Contact the AIRR Tech Team

Sending private request messages to one or more AIRR Tech Team members with requests for updates and changes may delay your requests from being implemented. Remember...

  • Not all members attend every meeting, and the person you selected may be busy or on vacation at the next meeting.
  • You may have reached a member who has not yet been trained on how to do the the specific task you want done.
  • If you send multiple messages, you may cause members to overlap or do redundant work in an attempt to help you outside of AIRR Tech Team Meeting times.
  • The member you reached may be working on a different site-wide project and may not remember to pass your message on to the Team,

Always Contact the Tech Team Via the AIRR Forum

Your request will be handled as a Team task.

And Remember: You Are Invited!

All AIRR members are invited to attend any and all AIRR Tech Team meetings, to join in fellowship, to help the organization, or simply to effect specific changes on their own Bio and Booking pages and to their Navigation Box and Category listings.

Attending AIRR Tech Team meetings does not require that you join the AIRR Tech Team for training or to engage in any further volunteer work. You may attend as a social participant, if you wish, with no tasks other than proofreading finished pages and making suggestions.

We meet every Tuesday at 10:30 AM Pacific Time via Skype. Meetings generally last 2 hours, but when we get very involved in a project, we may keep going for up to 4 hours. Members may drop in or leave at any time during any meeting.

To receive a Skype invitation to the next meeting, contact nagasiva yronwode, the AIRR Corresponding secretary. He will add you to the "call list."

Thanks for reading this ... and thanks for being a member of AIRR.

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