Re: [robotrobot] Member or non-Member?

From: J. Carlos A.
Sent on: Monday, February 18, 2013 6:22 PM
I didn't quite get that you were objecting to my attitude, Bequi. If so I offer a sincere apology to you and the group. I enjoyed my time at the club until I didn't anymore. I found the question itself offensive so I reacted accordingly. I am by nature an aggressive person, it has served me well growing up in the "ghettos" of Chicago, as a Marine and an engineer.
That is one of the reasons I stopped going. There are a lot of delicate sensibilities at the club and I didn't want to offend anybody.

I think Thomas gets reimbursed for his monetary expenses regarding the Meetup website. At least he did the year I was there. I was also there when free alternatives were proposed. The club certainly has money in the till.  As for his time, that is another matter. But I certainly didn't take it for granted. I just thought it could have been more. Because I wander a bit and have been a member a few robot clubs around the country, Chibots, DPRG, and competed at CIRC I know it could have been.  I definitely met some very interesting people and do not consider it a total waste. I was an active member while I did go. I made a presentation, I helped at the Expo, and started work on the club robot. I don't think I missed a meeting for a year straight. I regret the fact that work is taking so much of my time. But not so much that I regret the fact that I am working :)

Perhaps it is time to withdraw from the group all together.




On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 5:39 PM, bequi <[address removed]> wrote:
Right, but, there is still a fee for the organizer which none of the members pay as far as I'm aware. 
 
I agree, having more members means there's a better chance of people actually coming to a meeting.  What I'm objecting to is the other gentleman's aggressive and impolite attitude towards this question.   I mean, the question was posed to the group for opinions, Thomas never said that he's going to do it just that some members seemed unhappy about there being many members but few who actually attend meetings.   The idea was proposed to see if other people feel the same way.   If most other members disagree with the sentiment then he probably won't impose a fee.  No need to be nasty about it.

I'm glad that Thomas asked our opinion, I appreciate his democratic approach.

Bequi


On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 5:19 PM, Richard Sisk <[address removed]> wrote:
According to MeetUps HELP, the fee is a per month fee and is not tied to the number of users. 

My opinion, we should keep everyone on the list and do our best to promote the group and encourage more members to attend the meetings. Personally, I am very busy and find it hard to attend the meetings, but I do enjoy the group and look forward to the meetings I can attend.


On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 4:55 PM, bequi <[address removed]> wrote:
I don't think it's a "great" idea but, being that Thomas pays to host the Meet-up he does have the right to encourage people to be active in the group if they're going to be a member.   Having a Meet-up site is not necessarily free and it can be some work to up keep as well as organize and host meetings.   It can be frustrating to put time and energy into something that other people take for granted.   It might be appreciated if people who claim to be members were to step up and act as such.   Put your money where your mouth is.

Bequi


On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM, J. Carlos Acevedo <[address removed]> wrote:
Can somebody that thinks this is a great idea speak up?

Sounds like the group has spoken.

Care to sum it up for us Thomas?

Can a non-member make a motion to dismiss the idea with extreme prejudice?


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If RRS proceeds along this path, below is a list of groups that would welcome your membership, even if only a virtual one. There are many others.




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