Re: [gamedev-69] Group Communication

From: Jason M.
Sent on: Thursday, June 3, 2010 11:37 AM
I should discard and,­ no plans to use them?


On Jun 2, 2010, at 8:21 PM, Matt Perrin wrote:

> Thank you Mike & Max for checking out what was out there! I'm hoping we 
> can get some some better traction on the Meetup site and get some more 
> collaboration & communication started.
> And for anyone interested, the new Facebook Group is activated through I 
> think Max & I are the only two members so far. The URL for it is 
> http://www.facebo...­ and is also under 
> the name "Cleveland Game Developers" if you search Facebook. Not trying 
> to split attention from Meetup but I'm kind of hooked on the immediacy 
> that Facebook delivers.
> Also, I still haven't gotten permission from the library for the Tech 
> Workshop. I have emails and a voicemail in to them but nothing so far. 
> If I haven't heard back by end of day tomorrow I'll start looking into a 
> different  location. If anyone wants to present at a Tech Workshop 
> please let me know. I have a few ideas I can present but with the 
> multitude of talents & backgrounds in the group I'm hoping we can have a 
> couple interesting topics versus me blabbering on about Actionscript the 
> whole time. :)
> Best regards,
>   Matt Perrin
>   Event Organizer, Cleveland Game Devs
>­thewperrin <http://www.facebo...;­
>­perrin <http://www.twitte...;­
> Max Cantor wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Mike Robellard & I sat down and took a look at our options for group 
>> communication.  We put priority on search ranking visibility, ease of 
>> use and ease of setup, and decided that the builtin Meetup mailing 
>> list & discussion board are a good solution for now.
>> The Meetup group has top search ranking for search terms like 
>> "cleveland game dev 
>> <;­", 
>> and you can use e-mail tracking on the discussion board, as well as 
>> using the mailing list (like I am now) when you want the entire group 
>> to hear you.  Though, we should use the mailing list sparingly so 
>> people don't get spammed.
>> I think there's a Facebook group out there right now, which is 
>> fine--but we should probably keep serious discussion in the Meetup 
>> tools, to keep everything trackable and centralized.
>> We ruled out Google Groups because of the janky admin interface, and 
>> Wave because of the lack of visibility and infrastructure. There are 
>> some community site packages floating around, but they all require 
>> extra hosting or setup, and since we're already paying for Meetup, we 
>> think it makes sense to go on using these tools.
>> A major concern we heard was lack of activity on the site; I don't 
>> really think that moving to a different medium right now will solve 
>> that, though.  If we reach critical mass, I think the community will 
>> be active with whatever tools we end.
>> In terms of a sexier web presence (showcasing our projects and ideas, 
>> etc.), that's definitely something we can address moving forward, but 
>> for our current needs on discussion & debate, Meetup looked like the 
>> best choice.
>> Anyone have strong feelings to the contrary?
>> - Max
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