Re: [mostlygo] Mostlygo event updates

From: Terry B.
Sent on: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 2:57 PM
2 cents from the peanut gallery...

The key to any retail business (and that's closest to us) is consistency and making it easy for people to remember you and find you. 

I would not alternate. Build up what you have.

Start up Saturday as its own thing on some basis with whoever can do it when it makes sense. It's easy to be too aggressive or too optimistic and spread too thin. (Go analogies abound in things like this!)

Terry

On 2/28/2012 1:47 PM, Randy Au wrote:
I'll admit that there's definitely a cost of confusion by switching to an alternating schedule.
We've currently disabled regular reminder emails for the events because they cause their own confusion, but they might be coming back in some form... maybe. Not just yet tho because the devs are tweaking that feature as we speak.

The ideal for Mostlygo would actually be that there's an event on both days of the weekend, every week barring holidays.
Obviously we don't have the man power for that right now, and we may never reach that point in the future without lots more volunteers.

That said, I want to keep the Fat Cat events totally free-form and DIY. and I think the alternating days gives us flexibility in scheduling one-off events much more so than having sundays totally blocked off.

My personal view is that I'd like the more structured events to play a more prominent role because I find them more engaging for everyone involved. But hey, if my feelings are blatantly off the mark, we'll find out quickly and adapt like we always do.

~R

On 2/28/2012 1:16 PM, Peter wrote:
Re: [mostlygo] Mostlygo event updates
Randy,

That’s great that the Meetup space is available again. It sounds like a great place for tournaments and lectures. The Fat Cat is a great place for an informal go club meeting to play games. IMHO going to alternating Saturday-Sunday is a mistake. Having a regular place that people can go EVERY week reliable is conducive to creating a vibrant go club scene. Switching every other week will just make it less likely people will block out the time in their heads.

Not everyone keeps up with the Meetup website (a shock I know) and are more likely to informally show up knowing it is a weekly thing.

You could send a note to the meetup group and see what they think.

Just my two cents.

Thanks,

P


On 2/28/12 12:01 PM, "Randy Au" <[address removed]> wrote:

Hey guys!

I've been somewhat out of touch recently with travel and work, but am happy to announce that Meetup HQ's new offices are ready for use by our group again on weekends, provided an employee (namely me) is there to open the doors and manage things.

 

With that, I've also made some changes to the event calendar of the group:

 

1) Starting 2 weeks from now, Fat Cat meetups will be ALTERNATING between Sunday and Saturday.

Fat Cat is very casual and great for our needs in cases where we just want to play and have fun, so I'd like to keep using them for that. The live music and drink selection are great too.

Making them alternate between Saturday and Sunday will let people have a chance to come if they only have one day of the weekend free.

 

2) When possible, probably once or twice a month, we'll meet somewhere (Meetup HQ perhaps, or somewhere else) to have some kind of workshop/study group/other event

Most of our meetups until very recently have been very unstructured. People come, play, have fun, leave.

I'd like to start building a more educational series of events in the future. Details will change over time, but I'm thinking of events where we get together and all study some go problems, or have a group workshop, or review someone's game record, etc. More discussing and helping each other, less staring silently at the board.

Having Fat Cat alternate Sat/Sun also lets us put these workshops on different days, also to help accommodate member's schedules.

 

We can collect a nominal fee for these events if we want and use the money to even pay for group lectures and other perks. With so many regular members gathered together, we can make lots of things happen.

Anyone with ideas on we should try, let me know.

 

Cheers,

Randy




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