[Wellington-pm] Wellington Perl Mongers 2017

Florent Mara florent.mara at nzregen.co.nz
Fri Feb 24 11:39:13 PST 2017

Hi Mongers,
I can't retrieve the email about doing lightning talks in March but it
works for me.
I will have one or maybe 2 talks as I want to give an update on my
packaging (Ansible vs Perl) progress.

If I read my calendar right, the next meeting is on March 14th, right?

Cheers, Florent

On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 4:14 PM, Olly Betts <olly at survex.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 07, 2017 at 09:43:37PM +1300, Grant McLean wrote:
> > Throughout 2016, attendance levels were low and I really found it a
> > struggle from month to month to find people willing to do a talk - so
> > huge thanks to everyone who did speak last year!  I'm leaning towards
> > the conclusion that it's not worth bothering any more - convince me I'm
> > wrong :-)
> I suspect there's something of a feedback loop between lack of speakers and
> lack of attendees.  Not only is there a smaller pool of potential speakers,
> but giving a talk to just 2 or 3 people feels less rewarding as a speaker.
> I probably turned up less often last year than the couple of years before -
> in my case it's partly just being busier, partly unfortunate timing of
> meetings vs me being away, but also I don't work in town and I'm more
> likely to trek in specially if there's a talk that's about stuff I'm
> particularly interested in, more so if there are multiple talks.
> > The format we have been following is by no means set in stone.  If you
> > have ideas for how to make it better and how to boost attendance then
> > please reply on the list and we can talk about them.
> Some thoughts on suggestions elsewhere in the thread:
> * Widening the scope to beyond Perl was suggested, but the current scope
>   isn't really just Perl - few of my talks have been very connected to
>   Perl, and we've had a number of other non-Perl talks.  But perhaps that
>   needs more explicitly publicising.
> * Shorter talks - again, there's not a required minimum length is there?
>   But maybe that should be made clearer to encourage potential speakers.
> * Lunchtime meetings probably wouldn't work for me personally - I've gone
>   to a few of the lunchtime "summer of tech" talks, and it means a big hole
>   in my day while I travel in and out again.
> > Are any of you keen to come along but have other commitments that clash?
> > The schedule can be changed.  Would you be more or less likely to attend
> > if meetings were every two months?
> Probably slightly more likely, though a reminder email that it's this month
> would be more important if it's not (almost) every month.
> > Will you be volunteering to talk this year?  If so, what about?  If not,
> > why not?
> I'd imagine so, though not sure about topic.  Main issue is finding time
> to prepare.
> > Is there something that I'm doing (or not doing) that puts you off
> > attending?  If there is, I need to know so I can fix that - please tell
> > me.
> I think you're doing an awesome job.
> > Traditionally, the first meeting of the year is a lightning talk meeting
> > on the second Tuesday of February - that would be next Tuesday (also, by
> > coincidence this year that's also Valentines day, does that matter?).
> >
> > Can we actually pull together a lightning talk meeting in one week?  If
> > you think we can and want to take part, then email me to book a 5 minute
> > talk slot.  If you think delaying until March would help then say so.
> I'm just back from holiday, so might struggle to come up with a coherent
> 5 minutes by tomorrow evening, but happy to try.  Not sure I can make
> the March meeting.
> Cheers,
>     Olly
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