[kwlug-disc] (Proposed) New kwlug meeting section: Q & A

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Fri Dec 18 22:51:30 EST 2009

If simple people aren't present, simple questions won't be asked.

Most answers will be "You two can take if off-line."

The point is to promote demonstrable audience participation (and thus, 
inherently, feedback), have it known you will definitively have a time 
to ask a question, build member familiarity, and relationships.

	Make some of the silent majority audible. Or provide a 
non-threatening moment for them to be heard.

Let's not put the cart before the horse in terms of the nature of the 
questions asked, or the answers given, until they are presented.

It is a 'Linux' 'computer' club - I expect attendees will have a 
certain amount of competence and curiosity or they wouldn't show up.

Certainly, I agree, if we get questions about how to minimize a 
window, or what the 2nd mouse button is for, we're not in Kansas any 
more and I want to go home.

But I don't expect that will be the case.

R. Brent Clements wrote, On 12/18/2009 9:28 PM:
> I don't think that most of us could even start an answer in 30
> seconds.  And too many people would be too shy for that kind of
> tomfoolery.
> The biggest concern I have with this kind of interaction is that, to
> put it bluntly, we are not the best people to answer simple questions
> for people who can only handle the simple answers.  We just aren't.
> On 12/18/09, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> wrote:
>> Not everyone participates in the list, especially newcomers. Whom, I
>> think, will be the source of most such questions.
>> And it's a little more welcoming and in person participative.
>> Robert P. J. Day wrote, On 12/18/2009 4:53 PM:
>>> On Fri, 18 Dec 2009, unsolicited wrote:
>>>> Here's an idea (proposal) ...
>>>> Suppose we take 10 minutes at each meeting, a *strongly* constrained
>>>> 10 minutes, for questions on anything from the floor - doesn't
>>>> matter what the question's on (Linux, Windows, whatever), but the
>>>> answer has to have a FOSS component. (Windows so we can tie it back
>>>> to FOSS/Linux - e.g. vnc client, samba.)
>>>   how is this an improvement over simply asking such a question on
>>> this mailing list, where you have the entire power of the membership
>>> to answer it?

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