[clug] Declining attendance?

Paul Wayper paulway at mabula.net
Wed Oct 3 05:54:53 MDT 2012

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Hi all,

One thing that people have commented to me about, and has also been an issue
raised at the monthly inter-LUG discussion meetings online, is the declining
attendance at actual CLUG meetings.  I blame myself partly for this - there
are a number of things I should do (get the new site software set up, keep
the speaker schedule up to date, etc) that I'm just not putting a high
enough priority to get done.

But it occurred to me that one of the reasons people come to LUG meetings is
for the ability to ask people questions that are stumping them.  And,
coincidentally, I've had several people email me in recent months asking for
help with Linux problems because they've found my email address on the CLUG
website.  I've tried to direct them to the list, partly because I'm fairly
busy trying to keep up with the things I'm doing as it is without paying
house calls or doing personal tech support, but mainly because I believe the
community of people online is greater and we're all enriched for the kind of
questions and answers we see on the list.

However, is there any interest in having regular meet-ups where people bring
their computers in and we try to solve problems related to Linux and FOSS?
I'm thinking mainly of a part of the regular monthly meetings, but if there
was enough interest a separate meeting (or using the PSIG night) might be
possible as well.  We've done this occasionally with Install Fests - just
extending the concept of 'install' to 'fix problems with' :-) - but those
are special events that I don't think work well to fix everyday problems.

I know this won't work for every problem.  And I don't want it to get in the
way of the regular talks or the general socialising at the meeting.  But in
the past this has been done for some people with a fair degree of success.

What does everyone else think?

Have fun,

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