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Re: [Debconf-sponsors-team] Replacing sponsors-table

On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 8:57 AM, martin f krafft <madduck@debconf.org> wrote:
> Hey folks,
> sponsors-table is a bit of a nightmare. What we're doing here is
> a poor man's CRM in a text file. Yes, we can version it with Git,
> and it has worked in the past, but there's room for improvement.
> We have some overlap between the DC15 project team and the folks
> organising FrOSCon, which is one of the larger German events. They
> use a web-based system where sponsor data is tracked in records (the
> sponsors can even update their data if they want, and upload media
> files etc.) and the team can attach workflow notes to each sponsor.
> I think they even do invoices with the system.
> This is probably not too hard to whack up in Django, which we're
> using now for DC14 anyway, especially if we keep things simple (e.g.
> single text field for the entire address, etc.).
> Do you have thoughts on this? What would you like the system to do
> better than sponsors-table?
> Or is this a no-go because we are married to sponsors-table and all
> love it so much that we would never want to do things differently?

We aren't married to sponsors-table, and recognize its faults as much as
anyone, but I'll add that it has a few strengths, that you should consider
before we toss it.

1) Very low maintenance
2) Relatively low learning curve
3) It's the status quo, and we know it, terrible warts and all

If you are going to replace it for DC15, I'd personally want assurances that
it will have maintainers well into the future. (Ideally we want some sort of
easy to use CRM, and it's come up before, but getting volunteers to build it
out and maintain it just hasn't happened.)

We'd want to coordinate with SPI as well, to make sure that if you want to
use it for invoicing, we meet their needs, since they do as much DebConf
invoicing as anyone.

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