Re: [The-Boston-Arduino-Users-Group] Boston Arduino user's group shutting down?

From: Steve M.
Sent on: Monday, August 20, 2012 3:05 PM
Even though there is a lot of Arduino help on the web I would attend
occasional Arduino meetups just to talk to people having similar
problems and swap ideas. I will attend all meetups when I don't have a
conflict. My evenings are busy though so I expect to have lots of
conflicts.

I have noticed that the most successful meetup groups have a core
group of people working to keep things alive. It doesn't seem like a
lot of work but keeping it up month after month can be an unrewarding
grind.  It can be a lot for one person especially when life
interferes. Everyone has occasional conflicts. The core group gives
the chief organizer other sources of ideas as well as people to hand
off to when they have conflicts. When they decide to move on someone
in the core group is usually willing to pick it up. If someone (
Bocoup?) picks this up I suggest that they ask for volunteers for
this. I would be willing to help.

As for the $15 monthly fee if a group can't raise this much money by
passing the hat at meetings there probably isn't enough interest to be
worth having a meetup group in the first place. Raising  that every
month should also be the responsibility of the core group. A volunteer
willing to spend the time organizing a group like this shouldn't have
to pay for the privilege.

No need to rent space for meetings.  Free meeting space for tech
groups is available at the Microsoft NERD Conference center in
Cambridge. Lots of tech related Meetup groups meet there regularly. It
also has WIFI in all of the meeting spaces which makes sharing
projects easy.

A warning. Anyone who volunteers to try running things shouldn't
depend too much on the numbers of people who sign up for meetups.
People sign up even if they have only a vague interest in possibly
attending. I have been to meetups where 20 people signed up and only
one or two actually showed. If you need to have solid numbers (i.e.
you are laying out cash in anticipation) you need to ask people to
confirm with a post. Consider the list of signed up attendees to be
merely a list of possibles. It is just too easy to click that "will
attend" button with no cost for failing to show.

-steve

On Sat, Aug 18, 2012 at 7:52 PM, Rick <[address removed]> wrote:
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> Bocoup is willing to take this on and cover the fee.
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> -Rick
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> On Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 7:35 PM, g.andrew.stone wrote:
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> This is a repost from the message board directly to your email.  Sorry if you get double, but I think people aren't seeing the message board posts because nobody replied but at the same time a bunch of people signed up to attend a meetup!
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> It looks like Ed stepped down as organizer.  I was going to just sign up as organizer but it turns out you have to pay about $15 a month to have a meetup group so its not a "no-brainer" to keep this going.
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> While I love the idea of the arduino user's group and have had a lot of fun at the meetups I sponsored, I have not had much time this summer for going down to Boston because I am fixing up my house to sell. But this might change by this fall... and if so I'd be attending and sponsoring a lot more.
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> Is there still interest and excitement over a user's group? Or is Arduino so big now that its easy to get information and help from other sources?
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> Your thoughts greatly appreciated
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> Andrew
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