Here is an idea I have brought up in the past.
Since this blog is facing huge changes, of existential ramifications, I have pondered how much easier life could be for me and for others if there were a
“Catholic Signal Corps“.
What do I mean?
Firstly, consider that big social media outlets are filtering, censoring, shadow banning content and users whose opinions are not “acceptable” to them.
Consider also that this is going to get worse as we continue to polarize.
Next, people who want to or who do use the interwebs for good, Catholic works usually don’t have the tech background to, say, be a server administrator or to unwedge problems as they arise… and they always arise.
Building up a free standing site and keeping it updated and running is not easy. Not just anyone can do it. Believe me. I have practical knowledge of the problem, not theoretical.
It it hard to find good tech help that is both capable and reliable.
I can’t say how many times I’ve reached out to find some help and, after deciding that this or that person might be okay, he turns out to be incapable of maintaining even basic communication.
In any event, a friend of mine who is solidly Catholic has in the past been seriously involved in tech development. Some time ago, we discussed forming a reliable and capable group of tech savvy Catholics who could form a “corps” to help keep Catholic sites up and running.
Our conversation also ran to future needs, such as the creation of “distributed architecture technology” and a decentralized web, in the case that the powers-that-be decide that we shouldn’t have a voice in the public square. As it stands, the people in control of the registry, DNS, can disappear anyone.
I have been wanting a tech person to maintain the back-end of this site for a long time. I haven’t found anyone reliable and capable in the same person. I think others might have the same issue.
Recently I gathered some names – or tried to – of people who understood WordPress… who really grasp it, not just who have tinkered with it. I got some responses and I forwarded them to my aforementioned development savvy friend. The idea is to form a small team who could be of help.
What if that were expanded and there could also be pay for belonging to the team: a Catholic Signal Corp?