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Re: [NYC-rb] Re: a RoR class for developers @ GA in January

From: Peter B.
Sent on: Friday, December 23, 2011 10:38 AM

On Dec 23, 2011, at 10:23 AM, Akshay Kumar wrote:

At the very least it's in bad taste to try and take advantage of a free public forum to promote your own agenda to make a quick buck without providing anything positive to the group. The group talks about not actively trying to recruit people and this falls in the same category.

I think this is something worth clarifying. I'm involved with running a number of meetup groups in the city (CTO School http://www.ctoschool.org/, node.js meetup http://www.meetup.com/nodejs/, Domain Driven Design http://www.dddnyc.org/, and the Grails meetup http://www.meetup.com/grails/). Generally the position we take for most of them (the verdict is still out for CTO school):
- We'll publish info on local training courses when requested - whether free or paid. We don't get too many of them so it's not too noisy and they are a resource that people might be interested in (I'd have loved to take the advanced cucumber course if I was in town that week and valued that it was posted on this list).
- We generally don't publish/promote non-local events. We might mention important national conferences, but we usually wouldn't promote paid training courses in Ca or regional conferences in Sweden as they just wouldn't be of interest to the vast majority of group members.
- We do allow jobs from principles (so you can tell people about jobs at your company), but recruiters postings (unless they are in-house recruiters) are not allowed. We do this because when we've asked on the lists a fair number of people have said they appreciate seeing what is out there. Other meetups like the alt.net meetup use a similar principle. Generally we'll prefix the subject lines with [JOB] for job postings so people who *don't* want to see them can easily add a rule to their mail program.

Are there any agreed policies for the NYC-rb list (other than the default "don't be a dick" which I think applies on most tech lists)? Not that I have anything to sell, but I think it'd be good for us to have a shared understanding of "acceptable postings" so we could save some of the back and forth we seem to get when people promote commercial offerings.

Best Wishes,
Peter


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