Commons-in-a-Box (CBox) is a packaging facility to ease the installation and management of a BuddyPress-based community web site. CBox supports the AF philosophy of shared community facilities as a requisite foundation for collective intelligence. It has long been an AF design determination that the best way to do that with WordPress (WP) is to base the community facilities on BuddyPress (BP) with it’s incorporation of bbPress as a integrated forum facility. All of this helps to bring some degree of order into the chaos of individuality that emerges in open source software at the user interface level. (Something that is also true, but in a more orderly form, at the infrastructure layer. Order, to the extent it exists, is at the RFC level in the internet.) WP, BP, and CBox all allow users who are not familiar with the engineering details of cyber platforms to easily assemble user interaction cyber platforms for discussion and information sharing.
There are a series of issues with humanity migrating to a cyber-physical way of life. We may have no choice in terms of the migration, or evolution as the case can be formed. We do have choices in navigation. How we decide to swim the currents. One problems is having some concept of understanding of context and significance, and another problem is understanding who we are as humans, and what the significance of that is to each of us individually, and all of us collectively. And how gradations of grouping has significance to both of those extremes we all exist in.
One major ignored problem with cyber is stability and longevity of technical support. Moore’s law sold a lot of shares of stock. Nature abhors a vacuum. Problems which were solved in 64K, found new ways of consuming 640K, and then 1024K, and off to the races. DOS 3.1 was one of the last operating systems which was actually understood as a unitized system by a single individual as I recall IBM’s story. His name was Doug Love, I believe, and he lived in Boca Raton, Florida.
It creates an environment where managing fundamental tooling associated with routine operational requirements becomes similar to what has commonly been termed: herding cats.
Tools like WP, BP, and CBox address the issue from the perspective of the non-technical user, administrator; but they don’t address from inside the core of the cyber platform. They don’t attempt to bring the cyber facility itself under control. Rather they mask the underlying issues to make life easier for the user.
CBox was implemented and removed. It provides a model I want to come back to, but first the foundation WP system needs better security features. Activating CBox opened security holes and invited new spammer activity in my site through a focus on open enrollment to boost sharing and community without corresponding features to manage hackers and spammers. CBox is a good idea, but needs careful review of all such opportunities for exploitation before it is implemented on a live site. Security controls need to be properly implemented to block such activity before it penetrates a proper security fire-wall.