[Baypiggies] Baypiggies- background info needed

jim jim at well.com
Mon Apr 4 20:23:39 CEST 2011

    Moving the meeting out of the Google campus 
coincides with a decrease in meeting attendance. 
My guesses are 
* there's a luster to meeting at the Google campus that 
  was lost. 
* the first two or three meetings not on the Google 
  campus created some confusion and broke some people's 
* at about the same time as the change of meeting 
  place, a few python interest groups were established 
  in San Franciso, and it's likely a few baypiggies 
  attendees shifted their schedules to those groups. 
* the change to 3.0 highlights the maturity of the 
  language, and it may be that some baypiggies 
  attendees became sufficiently specialized that they 
  could not justify the time commitment (topics are 
  necessarily somewhat general and introductory, given 
  the perceived need to be accessible to a wide range 
  of attendee backgrounds). 

On Mon, 2011-04-04 at 10:30 -0700, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 4, 2011 at 10:19 AM, Tony Cappellini <cappy2112 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Apress wants to put a small paragraph in their newsletter about Baypiggies.
> >
> > I need a little background information on the group.
> >
> > When was the group first formed?
> > I remember going to the meetings at Stanford, I will assume those meetings
> > were pretty close to the beginning. That was in 2005-2006.
> It's way older. The wayback machine has this as the earliest snapshot
> of baypiggies.net:
> http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20021116080721/http://www.baypiggies.net/
> > Does anybody know how many members were currently have?
> The list has nearly 800 addresses.
> > I'd speculate 100-200 even though we only see ~20 at the meetings.
> What happened? When I last visited (3 years ago?) I recall it was more
> like 50-80. Even in the old Stanford years (run by Danny Yoo) I think
> I saw 30-50.

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