I definitely think in-person meetings make sense.  As someone who has
attended a lot of them, there's definitely a significant difference between
what types of people and what is accomplished during in-person meetups vs
online ones.  The Berkeley campus group was never really active (it was
more-or-less Matt Senate and Derrick Coetzee's idea, I just signed to hit
the minimum requirement.)

I could probably get a room on UCB's campus (although I won't be a student
for more than another couple weeks I'd probably be able to anyway,) but the
wifi is a pain to set up which makes it a less than ideal choice for a
meet-up location.  I suspect the library would be willing to host us given
how much libraries tend to like Wikipedia (potentially helped by the fact
that we are right next to the WMF.)  I would like to host an editathon in
the non-student cooperative in northern oakland I live in at some point,
but that will probably be a little bit away and not necessarily a frequent

I'll definitely show up wherever there is a meetup though :)

Kevin Gorman

On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM, Wjhonson <wjhon...@aol.com> wrote:

>  The issue I've always had with IRC is that if you are not a gear-head,
> you really have never used it.  The logs are *mostly* either not indexed at
> Google, or not even kept at all, so you cannot link to a discussion of what
> this one or that one said, and you cannot read those discussions.
> Yes I'm aware that *some* chats are being logged.
> If the community wants to *reach out* to all the non technologists, IRC is
> not the way to reach.
>  -----Original Message-----
> From: Karen Coyle <kco...@kcoyle.net>
> To: wikimedia-sf <wikimedia-sf@lists.wikimedia.org>
> Sent: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 6:27 am
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-SF] Berkeley Wikipedians
>  On 7/29/13 8:12 PM, Jeremy Baron wrote:
> >
> > I think IRC's not too scary if there's an appointed meeting time with
> > people that are guaranteed to be friendly and helpful and there's only
> > one channel to have to pay attention to. It's easy to make a webchat
> > link with the fields all pre-filled (e.g. with the channel name. or
> > even IRC nick)
> IRC is not scary for you, but it is a significant barrier to anyone who
> doesn't already know it. So, no, I personally will not be organizing any
> "meetings" on IRC. YMMV.
> kc
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