[kwlug-disc] consider an alternative to monthly presentations ...

Raul Suarez rarsa at yahoo.com
Thu May 6 13:46:03 EDT 2010

Good observations:

- Agree that not everything is a presentation.
We currently "somehow" organically decide what goes into a presentation. I have no complaints for most (if not all) of the meetings I've attended

- For goodies we already have the KWLUG blogs. I guess that we could also "somehow" organically decide what goes into the "sticky" list.

I'd be leery of actually investigating how that "somehow" works lest we find our selves altering it. I know the "somehow" works and that's all I care about.

Raul Suarez

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--- On Thu, 5/6/10, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> wrote:

> From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca>
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] consider an alternative to monthly presentations ...
> To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
> Received: Thursday, May 6, 2010, 12:45 PM
>   while there's been much
> discussion about how to restructure the monthly meetings to
> be as productive as possible, it strikes me that people are
> *way* too quick to address every problem with, "hey, that
> sounds like a presentation."  not everything needs to
> be a presentation.  in fact, it strikes me that, for
> many things, a public presentation is massive overkill.
>   IMHO, the monthly meetings should be reserved for
> things for which there is *clear* value for everyone to be
> in the same place and, yes, there are certainly things that
> qualify.  but in lots of cases, it would be far more
> time-effective to simply supply the answer online
> somewhere.
>   for instance, i offered to give a 20-minute spiel on
> how to compile a kernel next month.  but i'm well aware
> that most KWLUGers already know how to do this.  so why
> not just have me write a short piece on how to do it and
> post it in an online "library" at kwlug.org?
>   there's little point in writing up a presentation,
> waiting up to a month to deliver it, then posting it at
> kwlug.org in the end, anyway.  why not just start a new
> subsection at kwlug.org called "goodies?"  some linux
> companies do this already, solely for the purpose of drawing
> eyeballs.  check out gurulabs.com:
>   http://www.gurulabs.com/
> note the "goodies" link, and what's at "guru guides":
>   http://www.gurulabs.com/goodies/guru-guides/
> granted, the quantity of goodies is not overwhelming, but
> you get the idea.  we could collectively discuss what
> most people want to know, then various people could take
> ownership of writing a tutorial or two, submitting it for
> the goodies page, then maintaining that page, expanding it
> as necessary and addressing reader questions.
>   another possible extension is how the PHP manual is
> supported online.  here's a sample page:
>   http://www.php.net/manual/en/install.unix.php
> note how every page supports adding user notes, if a reader
> thinks there's something worth adding to the page. 
> and, on a regular basis, the maintainer could read the user
> notes, incorporate them into the page if it looks
> worthwhile, and remove the note.
>   anyway, you get the idea.  thoughts?
> rday
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