[MVLUG] speaking of meetings...

Joe Pfeiffer joseph at pfeifferfamily.net
Thu Sep 11 22:00:05 MDT 2008

Another way to put that is that whatever you do, you don't want to
drive away the core constituency -- and in the short time I've been
involved, the LUG has been most successful when it's followed exactly
the path you outline.  All the same, it seems like there's some
benefit to be gained by trying to go for a bit broader topics early in
the year, and postponing "how to use automake" for later (actually,
that's a topic I wouldn't mind presenting later this year....).

Hans Fugal writes:
>Joe Pfeiffer wrote:
>> That wasn't *quite* what I meant -- more moving from
>> beginner->advanced during the year.
>Maybe this is something that was discussed at a meeting I wasn't at, so
>I'll put in my belated 2 cents. I want to emphasize that I don't have
>strong feelings about this - I'm pretty laid back about it all - but
>it's just an observation.
>I think LUG growth is best facilitated by two things: welcoming new
>members and ignoring them. Ok, so that's a shock-treatment sentence. By
>ignoring them I mean the best thing to do is for the active participants
>to learn and share with eachother. Do what we know best. New members
>will, if they feel welcomed, soon become active participants (or get
>bored). The more a LUG tries to cater to the mysterious nebulous
>"newbies" that are just around the corner the more newbies and oldies
>alike slip through their fingers.
>Of course I'm not saying ignore newbies - we should actively seek their
>input and if we even get a hint of an idea from one we should definitely
>pursue it. But it's like Schrödinger's cat - we just need to open those
>boxes and cater to the cats that end up alive.
>My own personal approach is to lurk, pitch in here and there, go to
>meetings that sound interesting to me when I can make them, and offer to
>present on topics I know about when I perceive an interest in them. The
>above is simply my observation based on experience in other successful LUGs.
>Hans Fugal ; http://hans.fugal.net
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