March 17th, 2020 20:36

How does Talk work at Kiez Burn?

Veroca R. Sala
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This initiative is to create a guideline about how does Talk Work & How we use it at Kiez Burn

We are co-creating, feel free to add more relevant material.

Source: Master guide from Loomio. A full guide with a cool search tool to find easy instructions on how to use Talk.

What is Talk:

It's our Communication & Decision-making channel. See this video about Talk.

What is a Thread:

  • A thread is where everyone can discuss a topic and to reach decisions, make ideas public and enable participation.

  • Threads are sorted by last activity. This means if the thread had an update or a new comment it will appear at the top of the listed threads in that group)

  • Pined Threads: threads can be only pined by the Admin of the group, to remain always at the top. You can ask the Admin to do so. Search on the "Members" tab of the group and see those that have the "admin" label next to the name.

How do we use Threads at Kiez Burn?

  • Transparency by default: We believe all that we do at Kiez Burn regardless of the role you have in the organization, should be public unless you have a good reason not to. Therefore, always reflect before limiting settings to "private", Can this not really be more open?

  • Purpose of the Threads: Talk is wide and we strive to have as much order as possible. When opening a thread, keep in mind not everybody knows you and what you intend to do.

    Make sure you address these:

    • Present yourself and the driver

    • who is your co-lead @tag yourcolead

    • Which Realizer role do you have or want to have in Kiez burn?

    • What is the thread for? ( gather opinion?/organize? etc)

    • Why is important?

    • Give some background.

    • Present your Idea - doubts etc...

    • Use headings and categorize the content so it's easy to read

    • Try to be concise.

    You could best use this template to propose your Ideas, it is a bit extensive but it will help us understand who, what, how, when.

  • Updates:

Do make the corresponding updates on the thread. Add relevant links, meeting notes etc. Contribute to making Talk as clear and informative as possible.

  • Updates best practice: update the content of the thread and subsequently make a comment: "thread updated" + copy paste the new content in that comment too. this way we dont have to read the whole thread again but only the new content.

Why the updates should be in both comments and the thread itself?

So that when we come back to the thread in future years, we only need to read the thread instead of having to also read all comments below it to pick up that piece of info!!!

  • Many Threads around the same topic

    Please, don't! if more concerns arose about the same topic, hit the comments, rewrite your thread, cross off old stuff, or add new points. Take a moment to reflect and briefly search where your concern/ question could go. We dont have moderators, its on us to make the space as organized as possible.

Groups & Subgroups:

  1. Join groups:

    • Private Groups: to join these you need permission to join.

    • Public Groups: to participate/comment on public groups you only need to click on the orange "join group" button and you are in! otherwise, you can only see the threads and conversations but cannot make comments.

    • By joining a group, not necessarily join all the subgroups in it. You will be able to see these on the left side bar. Make sure you join those too!

    • By joining public Group/subgroup you are able to make comments, participate in the threads, and of course open new threads.

  2. Why Subgroups?:

    Subgroups are used to "organize" related threads so to find them easily.

  3. Threads opened in Public Subgroups:

    These will appear in the list of threads of the main group, ordered by the last activity.

Talk tools & tricks


Subscribing to threads to get notifications of the activity


manage notifications to avoid spammy emails ( see this guideline from Loomio )


Use the tool bar to categorize the content on your thread, add headings and listings, links etc. Lets make the content on Talk easy to read


  • All threads can be edited by any member of the group/subgroup.

  • The edited content can be recovered by clicking on the "edited" button of the thread.

  • Group Descriptions can be edited only by the admin of the groups or subgroups.

You can edit your own comments.


As usual, simply @thename

Decisions, proposals, and polls?

Best way to learn about it is taking a look at this Loomio Guideline Proposals & Polls

Talk Code of Conduct

We would loooove to have a code of conduct. There is a initiative work in progress, feel free to get involved, give input and/or help finalize it!

Talk code of conduct Thread ( Communicorns Group)

Talk Moderation

We are in the seek of a Team tha will be moderating the space and potentially also getting involved in the Code of Conduct. There is an initiative, feel free to get involved, we need this!!!

Talk moderation Thread ( Communicorns Group)

Wanna be a Talk Master? See this master guide from Loomio

Veroca R. Sala

Veroca R. Sala March 16th, 2021 09:44

Updated this thread. Made some general rewriting + links.