[sf-lug] how to improve the sf-lug web site(s)?

jim jim at well.com
Thu Jun 5 21:10:09 PDT 2008

good ideas. 
   i say let's have the scheduled meetings at 
javacat and have one extra meeting each month 
at some other place as a means of scouting 
out an alternative. 
   what do you say? 

On Thu, 2008-06-05 at 12:54 -0700, Asheesh Laroia wrote:
> On Tue, 3 Jun 2008, Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> > As much as I like the people at Javacat, that room is horrible for our 
> > meetings.  The sound there is just awful.
> I agree about at least the sound making it a bad place for meetings.
> I vaguely remember two years ago we briefly discussed alternate meeting 
> locations, but feel back to Javacat due to lack of decision.
> > Also, I would kind of like to see us have a more coordinated meetings. 
> > The current arrangement of meetings is nice in that people can just come 
> > and hang out; but it is hard for us to discuss stuff as a group.  It 
> > might be nice if we were in a place where we could have a loudspeaker so 
> > that we could address everyone at the same time for part of the meeting. 
> > As it is, the meetings are a bit chaotic, with people just coming in and 
> > hanging out and just sort of drifting around.  Drifting around is great 
> > for meeting people one on one, but not great for building group 
> > consensus, IMHO.
> I enjoy SF-LUG's "drifting around" thing, but then again sometimes there 
> are conversations at multiple tables I want to be involved in.
> > I am imagining an open-mic type of thing, in which people would come up 
> > and make really short announcements for say 10 minutes, and then we 
> > could discuss stuff as a group for say 30 minutes, and then we could 
> > back to doing the same kind of hanging out that we do now.  As I say, 
> > hanging out is great for building friendships, and I think that the 
> > informal nature of the Javacat meetings has been one of the reasons that 
> > this is the most friendly, nice FOSS list that I have ever been on.  I 
> > do get the feeling, though, that our group is a little chaotic 
> > occasionally.
> I seem to recall Jim doing the "short announcements" thing at the start of 
> the meetings I went to in the summer of 2006.
> The small tables at the Javacat meetings can be a drag, too.
> I personally find it a little hard to get out to the Richmond, but if 
> we're to keep the location, I'll gently suggest Bazaar Cafe 
> <http://www.yelp.com/biz/bazaar-cafe-san-francisco> to which I've never 
> been but which seems to have nice things said about it on Yelp.  The days 
> I don't make it out, I usually couldn't have made it if it were closer for 
> me anyway.
> http://www.yelp.com/biz/caffe-del-sole-san-francisco is a little closer to 
> downtown, around 5th Ave, but I can't find much information on how much 
> space there is inside.
> Although http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCCnkZj9pAo does come up on a 
> quick web search for them, which is a plus!
> Perhaps we could have some trial runs of meetings at these (or other) 
> places suggested by people on this list.
> -- Asheesh.

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