[Baypiggies] BayPIGgies leadership
spmcinerney at hotmail.com
Fri Apr 7 11:38:38 CEST 2006
Marilyn's comments are excellent and I will add them to the forthcoming
I had already said I would rerun the BayPIGgies member survey that I ran in
Anyone with suggestions/strong opinions/pet topics/narks please do contact
Marilyn's question: "What are your priorities in attending meetings"
a) to learn something?
b) to meet other people who use Python?
c) to network? /job-shop?
d) any other suggestions? "recruiter evening" is something we had kicked
around but takes a lot of advance organizing and never happened. But I think
the critical mass is there.
>Do we have a statement of purpose?
Please everyone reread the comprehensive email I sent after Mar mtg in
response to the same question:
This is what came out of 2003 survey. Clearly the membership and interests
will have moved on.
We will find out soon.
>Maybe we could collectively figure a way to push Python into the schools?
Seems like 'Python in education' has recently surfaced as a topic of
interest. I will add that.
Ruby on Rails, Plone and Twisted are other additions. Anything else?
Re Marilyn's other comments:
- the 'BayPIGgies' name is considered to be set in stone, this was discussed
- off-mail discussion is discouraged if the topic of public interest, but
This distinction has grey areas; I do not think this is a major issue, just
Hopefully we do not get to the point where we need SIGs.
My personal opinion on meeting format:
- my previous suggestion: categorise each meeting either 'Beginner',
'Advanced' or 'Expert'. This is important. Several people have come to
meetings expecting a newbie topic and left scratching their heads and
- job/book/training announcements before mtg are fine, 60 sec each max,
limit 10 min. Post fulltext to list. Announcers, please state your name(!)
- it would be best to crosspost the ACCU, East-Bay Python and other group
notices in *advance* of BayPIGgies so as not to spend time redescribing the
- as Wes comments we need a hardcore of moderators to give the thing form
and keep it somehow focused and on track, structure the Q&A, add continuity
between meetings. Volunteers needed.
- signing in at Google takes serious time, so I suggest the Google meeting
announcements should say "7:10 in lobby for signin for 7:30 start". Wes's
comments about how to do it in 10sec were useful. How to decline the Google
NDA is useful too.
- snacks is a good point. The restaurant thing currently does not really
work at either location, and that is a missed opportunity. Pizza at the
meeting itself would probably be better, but pizza for 100 people would cost
serious money. Wes suggests people would be opposed to even an optional
voluntary member subscription(~$50/yr?), and BayPIGgies does not currently
have tax-deductible status. Any solutions on this?
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