This post is to discuss and evaluate potential standards on the collaboration and communication tools used in Aragon working groups.
The tools that we use in Aragon ideally optimize for three things: efficiency, transparency and accessibility.
It is important that the tools we use enable frictionless collaboration between working group members, while being legible and open to the rest of the of the community.
The main tools I can think of at the moment are the Arachat, Keybase, Notion, the Aragon forum and the Aragon Wiki.
Arachat - is open-source and Aragon has its own server (please @light confirm). It can be used both on the browser or a desktop app. all channels there are public and accessible to all. It can probably be considered as Aragon’s public chat.
Keybase - is end-to-end encrypted chat solution. Client is open-source but it is run in a centralized way. It can map accounts to social media profiles for verification. It has a desktop, mobile and web browser extension. It is today used by most Aragon contributors for private and team discussions. It has been used as the main communication tool for the Nest program. It is now used by the Nest Working Group as its main communication channel.
Aragon Wiki - is a repo owned by the Aragon organization on Github. Github is closed source and centralized. The repo information is open to all and anyone with a Github account can ask create a Pull Request to add content there. It is accessible as a web page at wiki.aragon.org. It has broad information about the whole Aragon ecosystem.
Notion - is a flexible and powerful collaboration space that can be used for task management, collaboration on documents, async coordination, etc. It is accessible through browser or app. It is closed sourced and run on centralized servers. It is now used internally by most Aragon teams. It is also used by the Nest WG to manage its deal pipeline and workflows. Pages on Notion can be made public but in order to modify them, one has to have a paying subscription.
Aragon Forum - is relying on Discourse. It is an open-source (self-hosted?) platform for community discussions. Currently we use it for broader higher-level community discussions. Currently only the Nest Working Group has a its own tag. It seems like it is not conflicting with any other tool atm.
Keybase and Arachat have some overlap
Aragon Wiki and Notion have some overlap
All these different solutions may be used by Aragon Working Groups to collaborate. Aragon chat can be used for discussions and async coordination. Keybase has a similar role. The Aragon Wiki can host call notes and information about working groups. Notion can help for async coordination and for hosting call notes as well.
There have been discussions in the Nest Working Group around the use of these different tools. Overall it seems like Keybase.io and Notion are winners as per daily usage. It was proposed to host Working Group notes on Notion as well instead of the Aragon Wiki.
I’m inviting community members to chime in and share their preferences on best practices to adopt. What are your preferred tools and why?