On 08/13/2014 11:31 PM, Michael Still wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM, Jay Pipes <jaypi...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> Just wanted to quickly weigh in with my thoughts on this important topic. I
>> very much valued the face-to-face interaction that came from the mid-cycle
>> meetup in Beaverton (it was the only one I've ever been to).
>>
>> That said, I do not believe it should be a requirement that cores make it to
>> the face-to-face meetings in-person. A number of folks have brought up very
>> valid concerns about personal/family time, travel costs and burnout.
> 
> I'm not proposing they be a requirement. I am proposing that they be
> strongly encouraged.

I'm not sure that's much different in reality.

>> I believe that the issue raised about furthering the divide between core and
>> non-core folks is actually the biggest reason I don't support a mandate to
>> have cores at the face-to-face meetings, and I think we should make our best
>> efforts to support quality virtual meetings that can be done on a more
>> frequent basis than the face-to-face meetings that would be optional.
> 
> I am all for online meetings, but we don't have a practical way to do
> them at the moment apart from IRC. Until someone has a concrete
> proposal that's been shown to work, I feel its a straw man argument.

Yes, IRC is one option which we already use on a regular basis.  We can
also switch to voice communication for higher bandwidth when needed.  We
even have a conferencing server set up in OpenStack's infrastructure:

https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Infrastructure/Conferencing

In theory it even supports basic video conferencing, though I haven't
tested it on this server yet.

-- 
Russell Bryant

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