Meetings with a large number of online or teleconferencing participants are 
practical, provided those in the aether are receiving but not sending (except 
maybe one at a time - for example Email the chair in advance if you want to 
pose a question and have the chair dial you in when your slot comes up). 

Regards

Jonathan Cardy (WereSpielChequers)

dah...@yahoo.com


--- On Sun, 14/12/08, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dal...@gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Thomas Dalton <thomas.dal...@gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] Location of AGM
> To: wikimediauk-l@lists.wikimedia.org
> Date: Sunday, 14 December, 2008, 2:10 PM
> 2008/12/1 Michael Shilliday
> <mjshilli...@googlemail.com>:
> > I have never commented here before, but why the need
> for a physical AGM?
> >  Incorporated companies have been having online AGMs
> for years now.  It may
> > be necessary for a small group of people to be sitting
> in a room together,
> > but the voting members don't necessarily need to
> be.
> > There may be a hugely compelling reason why this is
> necessary, but that's
> > just my thoughts,
> > MJS
> 
> Online meetings of large groups of people aren't
> practical. If we
> wanted members to just vote and that's it, then it
> would be fine, but
> we would like to actually get people involved in discussion
> and
> debate. It's pretty much impossible to maintain order
> in an IRC
> channel with dozens of people talking at once.
> 
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