[Wolves] Amending Meeting times /days/frequency etc

Iain Cuthbertson iain at cuth.uk
Tue Jul 25 11:11:52 UTC 2023

Reasons why I'm reluctant to join video calls instead of physical meetings:
1. I spend my working life on a computer
2. All meetings I have at work are video calls
3. After work, I don't want to return to the office to have a call - it
feels too much like work
4. Living with my wife means that I can't occupy a comfy location for the
call (see point 3)

I relish the thought of returning to a regular physical meet-up - be it
fortnightly or monthly.
I do miss the regular meetings, having a bite to eat, a pint or two, and
talking crap for a few hours.
The occasional discussion of Linux related things is acceptable as well.

For general meeting venues, I recommend pubs rather than restaurants.
The latter is more about having a meal and vacating once consumed. Whereas
pubs expect people to be chatting for hours on end.

Monday - Thursday suits me for physical meetings. Fridays are when my wife
and I relax after a manic week :)
And we might have more trouble finding setting on Fridays.

Pretty much any location - have car, can travel!


On Mon, 24 Jul 2023 at 15:01, Chris Ellis via Wolves <
wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 24, 2023 at 2:08 PM Adam Sweet via Wolves
> <wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:
> >
> > On 22/07/2023 02:26, John Alexander via Wolves wrote:
> > > Hi everyone, recently the WLUG meetups have reduced in uptake to myself
> > > Chris and Dan, others come but it's not frequent.
> > > Chris came up with some good ideas and 'll leave it to him to explain
> them.
> > > What do people want in a meetup, events/social/Study  etc,,, when and
> > > how often would be good for the members.
> > > I'd like to open up this as a discussion thread. What do others think?
> >
> > Sorry to take a few days to come back on this. I'd be interested to hear
> > what Chris has to say, but from my point of view, I think the world in
> > general has had enough of video calls after the pandemic. They're
> > certainly useful but lack the qualitative and tactile nature of in
> > person meetings.
> >
> > For me, I now have a baby and I simply can't reliably turn up to video
> > calls as I'm never not doing anything. It would be easier for me to make
> > in person meetings as I can arrange to be out for evening. I could
> > probably make once a month if we agree on a location. They could be
> > fortnightly as they were before, or once a month with a video call on
> > the other fortnight. I'd be happy to go back to the Royal Tiger as a
> > regular and then move around few other locations too.
> >
> > I had plans to hold events to build up some momentum and encourage new
> > members. Unfortunately some family news kicked the legs out for a while,
> > then COVID and later my wife becoming pregnant sucked all the air out of
> > the those intentions. The talks were quite popular but I was burnt out
> > after the Rocky Linux one, I wasn't able to find volunteers to give any
> > more talks and wasn't able to sustain it. There are a few pages on the
> > LUG website about proposed talks and events. We always need suggestions
> > and ideas.
> >
> > I don't currently have the availability and we're lacking other
> > organisers. We need volunteers and motivators.
> >
> > Aside from that, what were you going to say Chris? Everyone else, what
> > would you be interested doing and what would encourage you to meet up?
> >
> > Ad
> My thoughts are pretty similar.
> Given things have now moved on from the initial days of pandemic lockdowns,
> I think weekly meetings are a bit over the top, but I do still think
> there is value in
> having virtual meetings, and not just from a purely selfish view of
> being a bit remote.
> I would suggest that we reduce the frequency and that we also consider
> which day
> and time works best for people whom wish to attend.  I know that a
> number of people
> have clashes on Wednesday evenings, it would also be sensible to avoid
> clashes if
> we go to alternate weeks
> I also think that having regular physical meetups would be good and
> I'll certainly aim
> to travel to make some of them.
> I would suggest we gauge interest in:
> 1) Restarting regular meat space meetups
> 2) Reducing virtual meetups
> 3) Alternating virtual meetups with evening and daytime
> 4) Discussing with days work best for people
> 5) What frequency of physical and virtual meetups to aim for
> 6) What venues work for people
> Thoughts?
> Chris
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