Communications Policy

From HacDC Wiki

This policy is meant to clarify how communications are handled at HacDC. We have an obligation to:

  • Collaborate clearly and effectively within HacDC.
  • Communicate effectively with the general public.

This policy outlines the various methods of communication necessary to facilitate the mission of HacDC.


E-mail is the front line of contact between HacDC and the outside world. It is also how most contact happens within the organization. The communications policy spells out how e-mail is to be used by HacDC for maximum effectiveness and mibs.

Member E-mail Addresses/Aliases

Each member is entitled to an e-mail account. HacDC shall offer hosting for e-mail accounts or offer the option of forwarding to the member's chosen e-mail address. Member e-mail shall not be archived, except as chosen by the member in a hosted e-mail account.

Ministerial E-Mail Addresses

These are rotating e-mail addresses forwarding to those currently holding the relevant title. They are subscribed by default to the appropriate internal organizational lists, allowing for easier changeover of positions.

E-mail address Aliases Member Currently Forwarding To (None) Coordinator in Chief User:Q (None) Keeper of the MIBS UNASSIGNED (None) Minister of Finance User:nickfarr (None) Keeper of the MIBS User:allirense (None) At Large Director 1 User:thomascrown (None) At Large Director 2 User:1057

Internal E-mail Addresses

These addresses are the internal contact addresses within HacDC. They are not necessarily private, though we should encourage the public to contact us through one of the organizational e-mail addresses.

E-mail address Aliases Group/Person Served List Members Archived by theministers, officers, command, thanklessjob The Ministers,,, Mailman theboard, ministersplustwo The Board of Directors,, Mailman (None) The Members The Members Mailman (None) Advisory Council Any person appointed by a Member Mailman

Organizational Contact E-mail Addresses

These are e-mail addresses that are public. They may be used within the web page, wiki, on documents, flyers, etc. as a way for people to contact members serving that particular function. Each generic list should also have an archival function associated with it, either an archive e-mail address or a web archive available only to members of the list.

Replies shall be handled by members from whatever e-mail address they choose to reply from. However, all replies must cc: the original contact list.

The following are the current OC e-mail addresses

E-mail address Aliases General Purpose Primary Contact List Members Archived by press, help, abuse, * General inquiries and contact, catch-all Coordinator in Chief The Ministers Mailman www, blog, wordpress Web page design, inquiries, WordPress administrative requests Minister of Information Web Team Mailman mediawiki Wiki inquiries, help, administrative requests Minister of Information Wiki Team Mailman irs, dcra, dmca, theman Corporate paperwork, things we really cannot let slip by the wayside Keeper of the Mibs The Ministers Mailman

Static Organization E-mail Address

Static contact e-mail addresses should be used very sparingly for a particular justified purpose. These are actual e-mail accounts Only a relevant Minister should have access to each account.

Each key should only be considered valid if it is signed by the master HacDC GPG Key

E-mail address Aliases General Purpose Primary Contact Key ID Justification paypal, donations, fundraising Everything dealing directly with money Minister of Finance NO KEY YET Financial transactions and details should not be sent to a list gpg, pgp Anyone who wishes to securely communicate with HacDC Coordinator in Chief NO KEY YET Secure communications to be re-wrapped and sent by HacDC, Address associated with HacDC GPG key and other certificates

Project Contact E-Mail Addresses

Each ongoing project must have an e-mail address associated with it. The e-mail address may be an alias for the project coordinator, a discussion list for the project as a whole or an alias to info@ so The Ministers may be able to send project inquiries to the correct relevant parties. In any case, the status of each project contact e-mail must be documented here:

E-mail address Aliases General Purpose Delivery Mechanism Archived?
columbiaheightswifi@ (None) Discussion list for the Columbia Heights Wireless Project. Mailman via Yes

Web (Static Content)

Web (Dynamic Content)







IRC is another method of communication for HacDC. It is a great way to keep in touch or have meetings with groups of people separated by distances.

Members of HacDC (and a few Friends of HacDC) maintain the IRC channel #hacdc at This is the officially recognized channel where The Ministers and/or designates are expected to provide information on HacDC and discuss HacDC projects and activities.

Projects whose communities rely on IRC are encouraged to start their own IRC channels or actively participate in existing channels.

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