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Re: International Xanadu Meetup Day
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- Subject: Re: International Xanadu Meetup Day
- From: Tony Smith <ts@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 08:36:17 +1000
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On Monday, September 15, 2003, at 10:09 PM, ____Textpert Alert____
I'm sorry, who exactly is this "dis/allowing" party we all
of a sudden are supposed to be subjects of? Or else what?
Less than 5 people is not enough of a future marketing
opportunity for them, or something?
The MeetUp organisation seems to have a less than sustainable business
plan, no matter how hard they keep trying. Recently they have added a
bunch of "privileges" for paid up members, but I'm not about to pay up
since the only MeetUp that I was interested in that got a start in
Melbourne was for Slashdot and that eventually faltered and seemingly
died because those who were acknowledging each month dropped below 5.
Notwithstanding that experience, I have signed up for Xanadu, and might
well sign up for a couple more that that process drew my attention to,
but I don't seriously expect that any of them will get close to the
required 5, which, BTW, I think is more a naive idea of what a viable
minimum might be than an essential component of their business plan.
From experience with similar groups that have hung together for more
than 20 years, the actual practical minimum is 2.
In the unlikely event that Xanadu were to get the numbers in Melbourne,
and even if I am way overdue to catch up with Andrew Pam, I would have
a problem anyway because 2nd Wednesday clashes with the very viable
Melbourne Perl Mongers which is one of my current two monthly
Based on the somewhat sad history of Melbourne Slashdot, my advice to
any group which ever reached critical mass via MeetUp would be to
immediately jump ship and set up their own free board somewhere to
organise their own future meetings. Both the times and the venues
MeetUp has offered us show zero sensitivity to local cultural norms.
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