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New website features / going forward

From: Jeff G
Sent on: Friday, January 20, 2012 6:04 PM

Happy New Year, Philosophers!  I just want to let both the active members and you lurkers out there of some new features on our Meetup site.  Plus I have a couple requests.

There is now a FAQ in the Pages section that is directed primarily at new members, but if you haven't been a meeting then you're new, too.  And because we are working on enhancing the format gradually, really every meeting is a little bit new.  As you may not be able to attend every meeting to watch these developments, you might want to check out a new thread in the Discussions section called "Meeting dynamics, archived" where I record how the meeting went (without using names or quotes).  And those of you who have participated in meetings, I'll wager that from time to time you've had an epiphany after the meeting where it all came together, too late.  Well, now it's never too late, for there will be a thread for each meeting where you can post your one-paragraph response to the "exit question" we used to close the meeting.  Look in the Discussions section for a thread called "Your Last Word on <theme>".

There is one section of the website that I cannot update by myself, and that is the Group Reviews.  So I am asking for new reviews (of the last two meetings) that can be featured, for the benefit of prospective members.  Of course your feedback is welcome in the form of private emails as well.

Private email is the preferred mode of communication regarding future meeting themes.  You could suggest a theme, or more powerfully, relate in your email a real concern you have that seems to have philosophical underpinnings.  Look at the December and January meeting announcements for hypothetical examples of the form we use to start our meetings. 

Philosophy Cafe is off to a promising start for 2012.  Well, at least I'm having fun!  Cogito ergo diverti :-?


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