Welcome and Request For Input

From: Stephen C.
Sent on: Friday, November 30, 2007 3:49 PM
Welcome

First of all, hello to all :) Thanks for signing up and showing your support! I'm looking forward to getting this meetup rolling and spreading the Ruby Love locally.

A bit of background, briefly: my motivation for organizing this group was born largely out of my good experiences with a similar group, the South Florida Ruby Brigade as well as from the realization that there were enough interested people in Tallahassee and surrounding areas that wanted to share their knowledge of or learn more about Ruby. Hopefully what we'll all gain from it is a good community of peers we can all learn from and bounce ideas off of and make some new friends along the way.

Request for input

For the first meetup, I intend for the agenda to be a bit open ended. I'd like for those in attendance to be able to have a hand in shaping how these meetings take place, how often and what the content of them will be. However, if we get enough feedback on this mailing list to take care of some of that now, there's no reason we can't get right down to some presentations, hacking or even getting everyones environment set up.

So here's what I'm thinking:

Frequency:

I think monthly is pretty appropriate. Not everyone will be able to make every meeting, so when you miss a meeting that only happens every two months (as is the case with Refresh Tallahassee) it's a big deal... Hopefully by increasing the frequency a bit, we'll avoid that large gap when you miss a meeting.

Agenda:

Every meeting should have a presentation! At least one, perhaps a couple of smaller ones. Topics can range be anything Ruby related but typically cover new (to you) and emerging technologies and methodologies. And really, if something is cool to you, we all probably want to hear about it.

Outside of presentations, general discussion and chit-chat is always fun. And everyone should always feel free to present the group with whatever they're stumped with at the time.

I'd also entertain the notion of a separate night dedicated exclusively to hacking. If there's enough interest, I think this should probably be less formal, also monthly and on it's own schedule. For what it's worth, these are the really fun meetings to me, because you get to bounce around and look at a lot of different approaches to solving problems and get a real chance to think creatively.

Duration:

My experience is that these meetings always tend to take between one and two hours start to finish. We obviously want to take care of the more structured stuff up front so people with tighter schedules can go when they need to without fear of missing the main part of the meeting.

The Input:

So what do you think? Frequency, Agenda, Duration... Let's get this sorted out so we can dive right in come January :)

Also, anyone who'd like to do a presentation/demonstration at the inaugural meeting, please throw your hat in the ring and we'll get some time set aside for you.

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Please tell anyone you know that's interested in Ruby or Ruby on Rails and is local to the area to come sign up at our meetup group and come out to the meetings! All skill levels (even non-existent) are welcome :)

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