[kwlug-disc] "What Linux Distro Should I Use?"

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed May 5 03:11:11 EDT 2010

bbierman wrote, On 05/04/2010 9:15 AM:
> Good points.
> My only concern is someone that is an introvert and unsure of
> themselves being scared and not trying to come out because they
> don't know what to expect or who they can approach with some
> confidence. After attending the meetings I know that this is
> unwarranted, but is there some way that we can help them get them
> over this fear?

The problem would be to identify them.

But if we can identify them, we could have a buddy system. e.g. I'd be
more than happy to sit beside a newcomer throughout their first
meeting to give them a consistent point of reference in the maelstrom.

The problem would be to get them to identify themselves, if they're
that 'introverted'. Perhaps this would be part of the role of the 'new
member coordinator'?

> I like the idea of the impromptu meeting at the break for new user
> help. That is something that people can volunteer for at the start
> of the meeting instead of putting the onus on one person.
> Brad "Fired from my bb gun"
> -----Original Message----- From: Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> 
> Date: Tue, 4 May 2010 08:52:59 To: KWLUG
> discussion<kwlug-disc at kwlug.org> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] "What
> Linux Distro Should I Use?"
> On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 8:27 AM, bbierman <bbierman42 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Would it help if we has an new user ambassador, with a picture of
>> that person on the website. This way a more timid individual
>> would know who to look for at the meeting. The ambassador could
>> show up 15 mins early and answer general questions about the
>> group, linux and FLOSS.
> We had a little bit of that last night.
>> I think a single initial voice will be less confusing and
>> intimidating than a many differing voices (which sometimes
>> happens).
> Sure.  Are you volunteering?  ;-)
> One challenge is that no single person can answer every question
> from every newcomer.  Another challenge is that this plan turns the
>  attendance of that one 'voice' person into an obligation.  We
> don't want that, do we?  I expect that the 'voice' person doesn't
> want that.
> We have had meeting announcements welcoming newcomers and assuring 
> them that "asking anybody is okay," but we don't do that every
> month.

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