[svlug] Re: [Officers] SVLUG Ineffective Communication - A Rant Everyone Should Read
Chris J. DiBona
chris at dibona.com
Mon May 1 06:01:38 PDT 2000
You're right, but we are all volunteers so before you freak out and call
us friggin clueless you might remember that a meeting comes off every
month and everyone there seems to have a good time.
Linux Community Evangelist, VA Linux Systems http://www.valinux.com
President, Silicon Valley Linux Users Group http://www.svlug.org
Grant Chair, Linux International. http://www.li.org
Co-editor, Open Sources http://www.dibona.com
On Tue, 2 May 2000, Derek J. Balling wrote:
> 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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