[Wolves] Amending Meeting times /days/frequency etc

John Alexander acontractornow at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jul 26 10:40:43 UTC 2023

 Probably mondays for me as I'm busy for most of the others
    On Tuesday, 25 July 2023 at 12:52:46 BST, Adam Sweet via Wolves <wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:  
 Absolutely all of this, especially the bite to eat, pint or two and 
talking crap for hours.

How about returning to a fortnightly schedule, with a physical meet one 
fortnight and virtual the other?

For me, Tues/Weds/Thurs are easiest for me, though Mondays would be 
possible too. That said, my wife is due to return to work after 
maternity in a few months, had a test day yesterday and didn't get home 
til nearly 9pm so I'd best avoid her work days, which would make 
Thursday a better choice, though we can always vary the day if need be.

Anyone else have preferable days?


On 25/07/2023 12:11, Iain Cuthbertson via Wolves wrote:
> 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!
> Iain
> On Mon, 24 Jul 2023 at 15:01, Chris Ellis via Wolves 
> <wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk <mailto: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 <mailto: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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