> > 2) The attendance. They can only take 20 people. As there needs to be 1 > > curator per 10 people in the non-public areas and they will be providing 2 > > curators = max.20 people. I suggest that paid-up members of WM-AU be given > > preference by way of encouraging membership. But nevertheless, it would be > > strongly advisable if we headhunt good content writers (rather than just > > "gnomes" like myself) to come along even if they're not WM-AU members (yet). > > Thanks for your work in organising this.
Kudos for getting this to happen! > How can we attract people who > don't usually come to meetups? I expect embarrassingly few will turn > up if we can't do this. Yes, my concern too. Thoughts on how to increase turn-out: == Tell them == * We spam everyone in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedians_in_Sydney , all ~231 of them, via their talk page, notifying them about this event for Wikipedians in Sydney, and we invite them to bring extra people along. * Put it on the Australian Wikipedian's noticeboard. Let's assume that gets us 7 people. == Outreach to related communities == There are plenty of people that are likely to be interested in this and/or sympathetic to the aim, many of whom are not on this mailing list or in Category:Wikipedians_in_Sydney. Suggestions: * We tell flickr people, and ask for their expertise with taking excellent photos. I have no idea how to reach flickr people in Sydney. Do they congregate somewhere / hang out somewhere / have a mailing list? * As above for Creative Commons people? * We tell Linux people - I can blog about it and get it on Planet Slug ( http://planet.slug.org.au/ ), it could also go on Linux Australia's planet ( http://planet.linux.org.au/ ) [would need to ask for them to pick up a feed]. * Teachers who are teaching the wikipedia module? To give them a dry run before school starts with editing and collaboration? Or a class that's taking this module (has it started yet?) * Anyone else we're missing? Let's assume we do the above, and that gets us 7 more people. == Maybe add a sweetener? == The sweetener doesn't have to be huge or cost a lot, but some sweeteners that have worked in the past are: * Come to this meetup and <sweetner>say hi to Jimbo</sweetner> got ~20 people * Come to wiki wednesday, discuss wikis, and <sweetner>drink some free beer and eat some free pizza</sweetner>, gets about 35 people. I don't know what might work... coke and pizza? wikipedia stickers? lamingtons! :-) We don't have to do it, and if we do then whatever it is, it should definitely be inexpensive and be something that encourages socialisation. Let's assume that gets us 6 more people. == Exclusivity == People like most the things that are hard or impossible to get - so we emphasise the private-tour backstage-pass element of this, we emphasise that this has never been done like this before, and we emphasise that it's first-come first-serve, and we emphasise that if you're too late to sign up then **tough luck!** Let's assume we do the above, and that gets us 7 more people. == Overbooking == Airlines do it regularly (5 to 15% over capacity), and you have to pay for seats, and _still_ people don't turn up. How many people are going to sign up for something that's free and then not go on the day? So maybe we over-book - we say we have 25 places, or maybe even 30 places, when really we have 20. Let's assume we lose 7 people on the day due to slackness or inertia. So basically even if we do all of the above, we'll probably get about 7 +7+6+7-7 = 20 people. That's my guess anyway. > My vote is for the 27th. Me too - personal order of preference is the 27th, then 13th, then 20th, and can't do the 6th. -- All the best, Nick. _______________________________________________ Wikimediaau-l mailing list Wikimediaaufirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l