Re: [govtrack] I need help!
- Pierre Demester wrote:
> I'm a little confusedOkay, okay, let's not have this list turn into a discussion about
> - Coldfusion (proprietary add-on to a graphic package) ???
The priority should be finding a *civic project* to work on, not what
language to use for the project. Project first, language second.
- Hi Josh,
I have some availability to work on GovTrack over the next few months. My interest is in state legislation, however I'm happy to start with some of the higher priority items.
My question is, would it make sense to start a govtrack-development group? Obviously we don't want to debate programming languages, but there are probably some architectural questions that will inspire just as much traffic.
Some examples of things that could be discussed in a new group:
Since GovTrack is in .NET and Perl, is there a way for PHP/Python/Ada programmers to contribute?
Should GovTrack use a DB as well as XML?
Anyone know how X works?
I get error Y when running piece Z of govtrack, anyone know why?
I think Yahoo Groups will do polls, do you want to create a poll for whether a development group is needed?
On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 8:50 AM, Josh Tauberer <tauberer@...> wrote:
With the recent discussion about writing bills on a wiki, I know there
are people here with good technical skills! So I'm writing my periodical
pitch to get some help with GovTrack. If you want to earn some money
helping GovTrack, that might also be possible to arrange.
I've been expanding my list of project ideas here:
Here are a few:
- Display on a bill page a list of sections of the U.S. Code that would
be modified, by looking for references in the bill text.
- Researching what the different types of votes are (like 'motion to
recommit with instructions') and adding explanatory text to the site.
- Tagging bills (crowd-sourcing)
- Make the website fully compliant with accessibility standards
Need I say that GovTrack is quite popular and your contributions will
benefit thousands of people each day? :)
- Josh Tauberer
"Yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation! Yields
falsehood when preceded by its quotation!" Achilles to
Tortoise (in "Godel, Escher, Bach" by Douglas Hofstadter)
- Gabe Hamilton wrote:
> Hi Josh,Hey, Gabe.
> I have some availability to work on GovTrack over the next few
> months. My interest is in state legislation, however I'm happy to start
> with some of the higher priority items.
Glad to hear you could help out. Don't flake out on me now. :)
> My question is, would it make sense to start a govtrack-developmentI think when the time comes we'll deal with it then.
> group? Obviously we don't want to debate programming languages, but
> there are probably some architectural questions that will inspire just
> as much traffic.
(Any lurkers that have an opinion on what they'd like to receive on this
list are welcome to email me off list with opinions.)