"The crux of the problem was the synchronous nature of the
traditional department meeting was working against us. What our
particular environment needed was an asynchronous medium that would
allow staff to interact with one other when it suited them, to have
their opinions heard and--critically--recorded, and to provide a
focus for moving the Programmatic Review forward. This realization
lead me to Slash.
"Most of you probably are already familiar with Slash. It is the
GPLed system that runs Slashdot, the global geek news site. I
rarely visit Slashdot, preferring to check Use Perl every day for
gossip about Perl. Both sites, as well as many others, use the
Slash system. My idea was to take Slash, install it locally and
then use it in support of the department's Programmatic Review
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