AIRR Tech Team Project Procedures

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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.

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

As of 2023, we can identify about 235 pages and categories in need of creation, illustration, or completion.

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The AIRR Tech Team's Annual Rhythm

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 organizes large categories of information and from these it creates smaller, dependent pages on specific topics
AIRR Tech Team members receive training in web site coding and programming
AIRR Tech Team meetings are held once a week
The AIRR Tech Team works steadily and skillfully to serve our members and the public

Over the past 12 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 --

  • Upon receiving updates from renewing members, including new photos, rate changes, contact changes for their Bio and Booking pages, Navigation Box, and Category changes we make these changes 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.

Supporting the Hoodoo Heritage Festival

From January until June we are working on the Hoodoo Heritage Festival project:

  • 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, continued support is provided for updates, random checks of pages that may need corrections, or potential overlooked link-coding, handled by AIRR Tech Team trainees learning to code.

Application Revision and Update

The application to join AIRR has not kept up with the changing structure of formatted member pages and needs to be revised to facilitate that transmutation.

Long-Term Site-Building Projects

  • Updates for Member Pages. 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.
  • New Member Bio and Booking Pages. We create Bio and Booking pages, Navigation Box entries, and Category listings for new members, on an as-needed basis.
  • Expansion of AIRR's Educational Web Site. 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. Our goal is to host 1,001 categories and pages on divination and folk-magic.

Expansion of AIRR's Educational Web Site

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

Photo-Cropping and Naming Standardization Project

This project is under the direction of Papa Newt, Reverend James, and Nagasiva Yronwode

We need standard-sized 300px x 400px head shots of every AIRR member. We will also institute a new standard naming convention. These will be substituted on ALL bio pages and on the all 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 Needing Image Standardization

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.

The following outreach pages still await creation:

Categories Needing Lists of Spiritual Entity Pages

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.

  • Catholic Saints. As of 2023 we have 36 listed, all are completed. Additional contributions are always welcome if authors are inspirited to provide them. This page needs a Navbox for the listed entities and the NOTOC reinstated. Miss Michaele and Papa Newt are our lead writers on this project.
  • Gnostic Deities. As of 2023 we have an unfinished category page, we have 4 listed, of which one is completed. We want to reach 12 pages in this list. This page needs a Navbox for the listed entities and the NOTOC reinstated. We need a lead writer on this project! Still needed: Abraxas, Demiurge, IAO.
  • Orthodox Saints. As of 2023 we have 2 listed, of which both are complete. This page needs a Navbox for the listed entities and the NOTOC reinstated. Reverend Art is our lead writer on this project. NOTE: The only list on the page is a list of Roman Catholic Saints, commented out and awaiting the addition of text, a link, and a cat name to link any of them to the Orthodox page.

Major Categories and Pages Needing Creation or Expansion

  • Feng Shui. As of 2023 this category is complete but not considered "closed." We need a lead writer on this project! This category could use more text and we welcome suggestions and submissions to expand the page.
  • Soul. As of 2023 this category is complete but is not considered "closed." Miss Michaele is the lead writer. The following topic pages were requested and have not yet been written. They may be approached as four separate topics or compiled into one page under the heading Shamanic Soul Rituals, as desired.
    • 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.
    • Soul Retrieval, a shamanic term referring to the reintegration of lost Soul parts back into a person to promote healing.
  • Meditation. As of 2023, this category does not yet exist. No subsidiary pages exist. We need a lead writer on this project!

As-Yet-Unstarted Categories and Pages

Regarding AIRR and the AISC

  • Category:AIRR Tech Team. Recycle content from AIRR Tech Team page into a category with member avatars and data, ala the podcasters page, then remake all site links and delete the old page. This will then need to be added to the "Outreach" template and to the bio page of each member of the cat.
  • Category:The Churches of the AISC. We need a category hub to introduce the actual churches in the AISC with a link and read-more list to the individual pages for those in the directory.
  • Category:Clergy. Add a category, define clergy, and make short sub-heads defining each religio-cultural type of clergy (Rabbis, Priests, Ministers, Bhikkus, Gurus, Imams, Muftis, etc.), then host a navbox listing and linking all AIRR members who are clergy of one type or another.
  • Category:Crystal Silence League Recycle content from Crystal Silence League page into a category with CSL Pastor member avatars and data, ala the podcasters page, then remake all site links and delete the old page. This will then need to be added to the "Outreach" template and to the bio page of each member of the cat.

In World-Wide Folk-Magic

  • Category:The Evil Eye. A subsidiary cat to which AIRR members may be attached via text and navbox. There is no lead writer for this project. May use a pick-up from 2021 HHF pdf by Miss cat Dr. Jeremy Weiss with permission and credit.
  • Category:Seal and Sigil Magic. A subsidiary cat from Category:Spell Casting There is no lead writer for this project. It will have a navbox with AIRR member names and the topic will be retro-injected into all member bio pages in response to our queries when the cat is finished.
  • Category:Temple Oracles. A cat that will include topics such as the Oracle of Delphi, sand diviners of the Chinese temples of the goddess Xiwangmu, or Taoist monks consulting Tien Chung or Chi Chi sticks. There is no lead writer for this project.

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 Zoom. 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 Zoom invitation to the next meeting, contact nagasiva yronwode, the AIRR Corresponding secretary. He will add you to the "call list," sending you a Facebook message with the Zoom meeting ID and passcode.

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

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