[svlug] SVLUG Ineffective Communication - A Rant Everyone Should Read

Derek J. Balling dredd at megacity.org
Tue May 2 12:44:54 PDT 2000

Can I ask a question, in all fairness?

Can we, as a whole, set a standard for ourselves that "At the May meeting, 
we will announce the speaker for the June meeting", and so forth?

Finding out who the speaker is and what the topic of the meeting is, 
approximately 27 hours prior to the meeting, is NOT good communication by 
any stretch of the imagination.

Every month, we have this same thing happen, people will complain about the 
short-notice of the announcement, and yet (still) nothing has been done to 
change this. We are still rolling along with the status quo.

On the same note, http://www.svlug.org/meetings.shtml is, once again, 
horribly inaccurate.

The header information still shows the "next meeting" as last month.

In the "The Upcoming Meeting" section, our next meeting is scheduled, per 
the web site, for March 1, 1999, and will be Steve Giles. That there 
already WAS a March 1, 1999 meeting (in the past meetings which was Greg 
Herlein) is not really apparently obvious, nor is it obvious that Steve's 
meeting was ACTUALLY the non-intuitive "April 2000", and Greg's was "March 

In the "Future Meetings" section, there is a spot for May 3, 2000, but the 
actual speaker is not listed. I suspect it won't be listed there (as usual) 
until the web team has been shamed into getting the site updated by way of 
public flogging.

No offense to all involved here, but we look like we haven't got a friggin 
clue what we're doing! Our two main means of communications with the member 
base -- our mailing list and our web site -- are both highly ineffective or 
are flat-out useless.

Officers : Is there a definitive plan -- with deadlines for all goals -- 
for getting this corrected? Something that the officers can be held 
accountable to come next election, if you please. Every month we hear that 
"oh, we're working on getting this or that process changed" but every month 
it is the same story.

At 12:04 PM 5/2/00 -0700, Sam Ockman wrote:
>Rasmus Lerdorf, of LinuxCare, will be speaking on PHP at the SVLUG meeting
>on Wednesday, 7pm, May 3rd.  Rasmus is the creator of PHP.  It is in
>Building J of the Cisco Campus.  More info and directions at www.svlug.org
>PHP is an HTML-embedded scripting language. Much of its syntax is borrowed
>from C, Java and Perl with a couple of unique PHP-specific features thrown
>in. The goal of the language is to allow web developers to write
>dynamically generated pages quickly.
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