Fundamentally, we want this mailing list to be a useful resource for technical practitioners. There is an endemic problem in our industry whereby cost-free electronic channels of distribution to technologists (such as websites, mailing lists, group boards, etc) tend to get overwhelmed by recruitment agencies. As a result, we decided since the beginning of this group that the best way to keep the mailing list useful is to prohibit job-related emails of any kind (seeking or offering) from this list. Technical messages (or non-technical messages of particular interest to the group) are welcome and encouraged.
At the same time, we want the in-person Meetups to be useful, interesting and enjoyable as well. As opposed to electronic channels, the in-person meetings do not pose the same risk of becoming spammed to death by recruiters. Therefore, members are welcome – encouraged – to network with their peers and discuss ANYTHING of importance or interest at the in-person Meetups (job hunting, the state of the markets, technical stuff, etc).
Ground rules for all user groups that meet at Microsoft in New York:
As you all know there are quite a few user groups that meet at the New York Microsoft Customer Briefing Center. Both as user group leaders and as Microsoft sponsors and supporters of these groups we appreciate the fact that user groups are allowed to meet here free of charge. Losing this privilege would be devastating to the user group community in New York.
Recently there have been some issues with several user group members. Members have been registered for a specific meeting and engaged in what we will call meeting-hopping or traveling from meeting to meeting for which they are not registered. There have even been cases where user group members have attempted to enter both private partner and Microsoft internal only events being held at the Briefing Center.
In an effort to protect the rights of all the user groups that meet here, as well as protect Microsoft and the rights of their employees, we have new ground rules all user groups must help enforce going forward.
Anyone registered for a meeting must attend that meeting. If you are not registered for a meeting you will not be allowed to attend that meeting. No meeting-hopping. You will not be allowed to access the 6th floor more than 30 minutes prior to your meeting start time. Do not arrive hours before the meeting and loiter in the hallways or look for other interesting meetings to attend as you will be denied entry. Do not help yourself to any refreshments that are not specifically for your meeting. When the meeting is over please leave the building promptly.
Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated and will protect the use of the facility for all the user groups. Registrants who do not adhere to these rules, risk being denied access to future meetings.
ELEVATOR PITCH Gathering .NET coders, hackers, enthusiasts, evangelists, and experts to meet and discuss about all areas of the Microsoft .NET platform.
WHO SHOULD JOIN Fulltime .NET practitioners only (no recruiters please!). BENEFITS Show off your work to peers. Get to know other smart developers. Bounce around ideas and discuss trends. WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND Rather than coming to *watch*, you should join this meetup to *participate*. It's about sharing war stories; comparing tools and architectures; discussing the pros and cons of the latest tools and technologies; and generally a place to keep on top of the latest developments.
WHY IS THIS DIFFERENT THAN ... ... the NYC .NET Developer's Group? That group (which I'm a big fan of!) focuses on "top speakers, free product giveaways, and great community networking". We're different in that, as a Meetup, we're community-focused. We don't focus on bringing in top speakers, and I wouldn't expect a lot of giveaways (there might be a bit of networking). Rather, we bring practicing, professional .NET developers together face-to-face every month, in a forum where we get to know each other up close.