Update - August 8, 2012
I'll be beginning Part 2 in the next few days. Remember, if you're interested, make sure to put your location on the map. The more we have, the better we can plan our locations.
On Friday (July 27), I threw out the idea of arranging a meetup for us Arqadians (bad pun, I know). Based on the response I received, most everyone is in favor of doing this.
To make the planning a bit easier (and so we don't overload a single meta discussion with everything), I'm going to try to break down the planning bits into several parts.
If we do decide to do this, I'll happily take the brunt of the framework planning. If we agree to have a meetup in Winnipeg, Canada, I'll even take on the planning for that. The main point is, this is fun to talk about, but let's stop talking about it, and do it.
I'm starting the discussion on planning the particulars of trying to get us contentious lot into the same (general) physical space. There are a couple options available to us on how we want to go about this:
- StackOverflow tends to distribute the meetups around the globe, and have them in the same general date range, for the "Together in spirit" thing. This would allow smaller, quicker meetings that don't require as much planning, as it would basically be a day long event, and that's it.
- Buck the SO trend, and get all us crazy people together in the same space. This one would require lots of planning, and would be a major time investment. Would need to be planned out months in advance to ensure everything is in order, and everyone's made arrangements for work, pets, and whatnot.
Now, first things first: StackExchange cannot cover travel expenses. We're on our own to get to wherever it is we're going. I discussed this with Lauren in chat, and while they can help us out with some stuff, like food and drinks, they can't help us get to where we're going.
Part of this decision is going to have to take into account where everyone lives. To that end, I've created a map we can use to locate ourselves. We'll use this in Part 2 as well to figure out where to have our meetup(s).
It's not terribly obvious how to add a pin to the map. If you want to tag yourself:
- Go to the map.
- Click the giant red
EDITbutton. (note: Make sure you are signed into Google, otherwise this will not show up)
- Right click the location where you want your pin to add it.
- Make sure you put your username as the name of the pin.
- Click 'done'.
With that in mind, here's the first decision we have to make. How are we going to do this? Or, do we even want to do this at all?