Tomorrows Web Standards Meetup

From: Aoirthoir An B.
Sent on: Monday, August 13, 2007 7:14 PM
We have a lot of folks coming tomorrow. So far we have 21 Yes RSVPs, and 8 Maybe's. Since we seem to have pretty much 100% RSVP attendance the last couple of meetups, I think we will have a big group tomorrow. With this in mind I have created a badge in PDF format for our Meetup group. You will find it here:

http://webdesign.meetup.com/396/files/

I realize not everyone will have time to print this out, so I will bring plenty of extras. However those of you who are able, please print and wear it when you come into Impulse, so that we can more easily spot you, and invite you to our table.

Dinner is at 7pm (everyone is responsible for their own tab). Followed at 8pm by more official sounding business. Typically that would mean me drinking guinness:) Or not.:D

Here are the list of things I've been thinking about, anyone is free to add to the agenda. If you are able to do so before the meetup, please email me then I can be sure to bring up your topic.

1. An "association"? It seems that we are expanding beyond just a typical meetup group. We've got some roots now on other sites like Virb. From the start this meetup group was "company neutral". We were just professionals (and semi pros like me) that wanted to promote web standards, while maintaining a high degree of quality. So thinking about that, tomorrow I want to feel out the group's opinion of gearing towards a kind of association of web professionals. Naturally, hopefully, this would include those of us who are not particularly skilled (like myself), but would like to become. If everyone is amicable, would would we be called?

2. Brendan has the domain "ClevelandWebStandards.com" and has offered it to us. So with everyone's permission, we will make use of it. Hosting has also been provided also, which will include the web site hosting, mysql hosting, irc, hosting and even email forwarding, for those that desire.

3. It might be nice to use our site to highlight Cleveland (and the surrounding area) based websites. Either sites about this area, or created by persons from and in our area. What do yall think?

4. Location:) We are definitely outgrowing both Michael's and the Impulse. Eric Meyer and Angela have both suggested that they could help us with accomodations at Tri-C. Any comments on this? (Thus far on the board it has been all positive).

5. Workshops, podcasts, vidcasts, and other educational assistance. We've talked about this from the start. The last meetup determined that we probably want Use Cases, which is an excellent idea. So now, how exactly to handle this? Do we want to lay out a series of workshops, so that a beginner could follow along with what we are doing, through the entire scenario, learning more as we progress? This would be similar to taking it one topic at a time, but with the additional planning for which topics should come first, and why? We are of course seeking volunteers for any workshops.

6. Charity sites as use cases. We are not thinking anything fancy perhaps. Maybe creation of a simple CMS that can be used across multiple sites...maybe more. Mz. Bridget will have the floor here if she desires, since she already has the first case for us.


Lastly some of you may wonder why I've brought up having our own site, including for things like forums, wiki and such. The details are of course more than this, but in short, because it will give us more control over our data. The SQL tables could be searched, reworked, copied and such at our whim. Plus it will help provide good examples, hopefully, of how web standards can be applied. Naturally on this, as with all topics I bring up, I am flexible, and most willing to hear any ideas.

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Please be sure to double check our where we meet about page located here:
http://webdesign.meetup.com/396/pages/Where_We_Meet/

This way you wont get lost, trust and believe it has happened to me. We'll be meeting inside of the Holiday Inn.

Looking forward to seeing all of yall there tomorrow!

Thanks kindly and best regards,
Joseph James Frantz

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