[group-organizers] Advice on starting a python UG

Jeff Hinrichs - DM&T jeffh at dundeemt.com
Fri Jun 8 23:51:18 CEST 2007

On 6/8/07, Chris Calloway <cbc at unc.edu> wrote:
> Jeff Hinrichs - DM&T wrote:
> > You can do all of this through python.org.  They will set up a list
> > for you, and you can make a wiki page to keep group specific stuff
> > like meeting notes, etc.  One of my hosting accounts allows me to
> > point www.OmahaPython.org to the omahapython wiki page on
> > wiki.python.org  -- didn't cost me an extra dime.
> Jeff, who do you talk to to get an email list set up on python.org?

Requests should go to postmaster at python.org.  Brad Knowles, who
answered it, was very helpful.  (Thanks Brad)

> > The Omaha group hasn't done this -- partly because I loathe paying
> > meetup.com out of pocket and partly because of the way meetup.com
> > tries to intertwine itself in your user group. So I modified my
> > profile to display the www.omahapython.org address in hopes of others
> > seeing it and being curious.
> Exactly. I don't advocate paying the meetup.com fee, either. Just put a
> note in your profile and update it often to keep it near the top of the
> list like this:
> http://python.meetup.com/cities/us/nc/carrboro/
> > p.s. One other draw in addition to food is giving away stuff.
> > O'Reilly is second to none in supporting user groups in this manner.
> > This month we've got a copy of Python in a Nutshell for a door prize.
> > It is not a silver bullet, but I am trying to attain a critical mass
> > of members in the first year.
> Also, going to PyCon was a bonanza for collecting door prizes for PUGs.
> I came back with 52 Pythonic free t-shirts of varying sizes and managed
> to give them all away by the end of Camp 5. (Thanks, Google!!!)
> O'Reilly has been very good to TriZPUG. We've given away four books in
> the last year since we became an O'Reilly user group. We also joined the
> Apress user group program and got thirty percent off the textbooks for
> Camp 5. That amounted to several hundred dollars in savings.
> --
> Sincerely,
> Chris Calloway
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Jeff Hinrichs

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