[python-uk] DJUGL - Django User Group London: this evening (April 22th) at 19:00 c/o WayraUK

Anand Kumria akumria at acm.org
Wed Apr 22 14:07:20 CEST 2015

Hi Jon,

On 22/04/15 11:59, Jon Gould wrote:

> Moving forward, I'll be looking for a couple of additional people to
> help with the running of the event.


If you feel you don't have the time / energy, why continue to run it?

What particular need do you feel DJUGL is serving?

> There seems to be a negative impression of DJUGL from some quarters
> based on it being solely run by a recruitment company, for those who
> know me this is something I have worked hard over the last 7 years to
> change the typical perception and become an active member of the
> Django community.

I've never seen you come to a London Django meetup - that was the one
last night. Nor did I see you at any of the London Django coding
sessions; nor the (recent) Django sprint.

No one expects you to come to every possible event but *only* going to
the ones that you put on indicates that your perception of the community
is limited. Particularly if you've not been able to over the last 7 years.

The "negative impression" is something I've heard many times; a number
of speakers have resented that the fact that their presentation needed
to be "vetted" for recruitment statements and they felt obliged not to
say "we're hiring" in their presentations.

> It's also a shame that there are several other Python/Django Meetups
> happening this week.

You wrote me a email complaining about that, but *why* is it a shame?

I think it is something to celebrate that London has a sufficiently
large Django community to be able to easily support two meetups during
the week.

I know plenty of people who are going to both; it seems like a win for
the community to have choice.


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