Re: [mostlygo] Maybe we have too many events?

From: Matthew H.
Sent on: Saturday, March 24, 2012 8:25 PM
I have to disagree with Terry on this. Having a consistent place would be great, but only if that place is itself great. Right now, we really don't have any great places to play. Cafes and bars are noisy and/or crowded. I don't want our weekends to be monopolized by Fat Cat, because Fat Cat is just not an ideal place to play Go. It's fun, don't get me wrong, and it's not crowded in our timeframe, but it's very, very loud.

If we can't secure an ideal location to play every weekend, then we need to be flexible.

I've been planning to host an event at a game-friendly pizza place near Union Square, but I've been waiting for a clear weekend. Now that the weather's warm again, it opens up parks, as well. We don't want to write these things off.

People need to use Meetup to see what's going on. I don't think that's a big problem, particularly with email announcements. Use Meetup, and please DO RSVP! Meetup won't even announce an event until 3 people RSVP, which I think has already killed a couple events because they just didn't have enough exposure.

Last year, the Mostly Go Club was very successful with rotating, irregular meetings.

On Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 8:10 PM, Terry Benson <[address removed]> wrote:
Randy

You will find me a one-note person on this issue.

Give people what people want - a reliable place to play. Consistency is what matters. They don't need special events. They don't want to have to keep checking to see if something is happening. It doesn't have to be interesting. It just has to be nice Go at a good level for them.

Is consistency possible? I don't know that. The Go Center had 7 days of go and that clearly stretched the players too thin  and was costly to manage. How many days of go (held at one place or another) can the community support? 3 or 4 is my guess. But you need volunteers (plural) who will take on a day and make sure it happens. We don't have to keep getting bigger. We don't have to build and build. We don't need to keep trying this or that.

We need to set up a base for those we have and then see what is possible.

Terry

On 3/24/2012 1:54 PM, Randy Au wrote:

Looking at the results of the poll that 24 members have voted on,

http://www.meetup.com/mostlygo/polls/500692/

One thing becomes obvious, even more so than how alternating sat/sun fat cat days are a source of confusion. People only want to go to one event a week. Plain and simple.

So now we have this problem of Fat Cat being "the one event in the weekend" unless it is overridden by something else. Which is even more confusing than the admittedly confusing setup we have now.

 

At the same time, we've also seen success from people suggesting things. I love the fact that the High Qi series has started, and want to encourage that kind of grass roots leadership.

I'm not sure what is the best path forward. So I'm going to put forward a crazy strawman idea for you guys to beat up.

 

What if I killed off the current fat cat days altogether.

No events on the weekends would be automatically scheduled. Then, with rare exceptions, we have a first-come first-served model of whoever wants to put an event up can do so.

If there's a weekend empty and someone wants to go to Fat Cat, go right ahead and post it. If the next weekend someone wants to play in a park, post that.  And we have a gentleman's agreement to have 1 event a weekend.

 

Would that be more interesting to you guys?

I need feedback to decide how to move this group forward.

randy





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