Talk:Weekly wednesday may 2011
From VoidWarranties - Hackerspace Antwerp, Belgium
My two cents (Tom)
=About the meetings:
- It might be a good idea to have a meeting every other week. That way, there'll be more time to work on a project. (on the wednesday when there isn't a meeting planned)
- Once a month or even bi-monthly is fine for me too. Having regular meetings mostly puts pressure on the people preparing, attending, or both and those staying away. I think it is a healthy idea to go through some recurring subjects once in a while. Choosing the right interval might need revision regularly.--Ivom 00:04, 10 May 2011 (CEST)
- The space could be open for members to work on projects/introduce other people/do some other thingy
- Meetings should certainly not be obligatory. When there is a pre-announced agenda in place (which has happened frequently actually), some might split their time to work and to attend meetings during the same evening. And all will be very effective all together --Ivom 00:04, 10 May 2011 (CEST)
Investments in time and space:
- If we want to attract more members, we could advertise more. (on fora, @ your place of work, friends, family...)
- The actual way(s) we want to distinguish ourselves to the relative locality and on the inter to attract new visitors is a sub-project we should all try and work out. Partly personal, partly as a group. Some approach might not work now, others will, but not in the future. We certainly have to be creative here, and I have no extensive experience myself in this domain --Ivom 00:04, 10 May 2011 (CEST)
- In which way the space could be used comes directly from the people visiting and the ideas, projects they might have.
- Don't forget people who stop visiting the space. Those people are even harder to follow, but might be interesting nevertheless, since they for some reason have not found what they thought to find, or just had to cover different stuff that needed attention of course. --Ivom 00:04, 10 May 2011 (CEST)
- I for one wouldn't mind doing some more advertising. I could propagate our wiki on numerous sites or so.
- Let's see where we could lay seeds..., a hackerspace is a meeting place for me in the first place, especially at the moment where the space is not open than once a week (wednesday evening) --Ivom 00:04, 10 May 2011 (CEST)
- I already tell all my tech savy friends what a hackerspace is and what's it used for. (but with very little succes atm)
- Wearing the voidwarrenties T-shirt over the period of a few months in various related communities and talking to the people is my approach. I don't expect it to be very effective, but we should make the place known. --Ivom 00:04, 10 May 2011 (CEST)
- This one's tricky. We could switch to Flemish on our Wiki and/or mailing list, but I'm afraid that by doing so, we might miss out on some people.
- I feel the dilemma you describe, I don't propose to switch over to one or another language. The local language spoken is probably guessed by people by say 300km away. As I say 'local', the ethnic and demographic (age) impedance with regard to the English language over the Dutch/Flemish should not be underestimated in locality. If we want to get more local traction, exposing ourselves more in Dutch/Flemish might we very powerful. English however is of course a very handy tool to propagate information in the open domain we operate. On the Wiki we speak English, just like we do on the mailing list. I tend to be more loose on the mailing list language-wise than on the Wiki, but then again I am not convinced yet, and not tied by regulations at the moment :) I myself am rather curious what comes out of the discussion/debat for the meeting on the 11th of may. Maybe there is no real solution to this --Ivom 00:04, 10 May 2011 (CEST)
- We don't have too many English speaking people atm, but there's a lot that can happen in the future.
- I think that on the long-term scale of say 5 years, it is more unlikely to have many non-native speakers that will visit on a regular basis and will stick to English. I mean, if you stay around that long, I suppose that your apprehension of the local language will improve... On the other hand, I want to stress that everybody in the space is welcome independently of being able to speak Flemish/Dutch! --Ivom 00:04, 10 May 2011 (CEST)
- By sticking to English you open op the Wiki for a whole lot of people to read, without the hassle of translating every word. And it keeps your English writing/reading skills up to date. :-)
- Agree, but then then every line of English that goes into the Wiki should be spell-checked and grammatically sane before it goes to press. That means lot of extra work :) --Ivom 00:04, 10 May 2011 (CEST)