Tue 3 May 2022 12:49PM

Online infrastructure for UK workers coops

Following on from the discussions and decisions on 1st May 2022 at Selgars Mill how does this sound in terms of a plan for today:

  1. Webarchitects contact domains.coop to see if worker.coop and workers.coop could be made available to us for less than the £264.08 for the first year then £482.28 per year after that, that workers.coop is listed as being available for at Gandi.net (with the C rate discount we get).
  2. As 1. might take a while to sort out, Webarchitects registers workercoop.uk and workercoops.uk today with a view to ownership being transferred to a new legal entity, once it exists.
  3. Webarchitects sets up a Discourse forum at forum.workercoop.uk and we use that to decide what to do next, setting up email, Nextcloud and a chat system, Rocket or Mattermost or something like them etc.

Liam MacLeod (MediaBlaze Hosts) Tue 3 May 2022 1:03PM

We'd like to host some of the services that'll be needed if everyone is happy with that


John Atherton Tue 3 May 2022 1:12PM

Wasn't in the sessions so not sure what has already been agreed, but I'd say look into 1 see what discount we can get as currently we have zero cash. Hold off registering other urls as once we use one it will probably stick forever.

As for a discourse forum, if thats what has been agreed. If we can redirect to somethign like xxx.worker.coop in the future then if you want to crack on with it and host pro-bono just do it under your own url and we can switch it to something better once we get our own url.


> Hold off registering

Having a domain name to start with, rather than simply using sub-domains of webarchitects.coop or whatever, is that:
1. With .uk domains it is not expensive and the price is stable due to the nature of Nominet
2. It makes sharing access to things a lot easier, we can create a git repo and give Liam and Luke access for managing domain names today, whereas we can't do that with webarchitects.coop because so much other stuff is run on that domain.


Liam MacLeod (MediaBlaze Hosts) Tue 3 May 2022 1:32PM

I agree with the sub domain being forum.workers.coop obviously until we get the actual domain a temporary I've can be used and charged at a later date. Are web architects happy to host pro bono? We're happy to if not.


Yes, I was assuming that, I might give you a call for a quick chat in a while about this.


Liam MacLeod (MediaBlaze Hosts) Tue 3 May 2022 2:12PM

Sure, give me a call when you're free ☺️


Autonomic Co-operative Tue 3 May 2022 1:56PM

Thanks @Chris Croome (Webarchitects Co-operative) @Liam MacLeod (MediaBlaze Hosts) for stepping up to get this discussion running about our own co-op run digital infrastructure. Autonomic can likely commit time/energy to helping where needed on this topic. Let us know. Luke on behalf of Autonomic


Cheers Luke, SSO is the thing that Liam and I were wondering if Autonomic might be able to help with.


Autonomic Co-operative Tue 3 May 2022 3:13PM

Yeh nice, would be well up for that. I'll let other Autonomic folks know this could be a thing we'd be asked to support on. Will be keeping an eye here anyway to see progress and ways to dip in.


John Atherton Tue 3 May 2022 2:02PM

In which case work out how much the domain is going to cost and we just need to find the money for that. Its better to use the one we want to use over the long term then if it means we need to find a few £100 I'm sure we can get that from somewhere

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