2008/12/14 Thomas Dalton <thomas.dal...@gmail.com>: > 2008/12/14 David Gerard <dger...@gmail.com>: >> 2008/12/14 AndrewRT <ratur...@yahoo.co.uk>: >> >>> There are advantages in having in person meetings as well, though - it >>> gives us an opportunity to discuss things more informally and get to >>> know each other more that you can with an online meeting. >> >> >> For an AGM, a meeting in person may be appropriate, for all the social >> reasons you describe. >> >> For getting stuff done, IRC meetings are very nicely practical things >> IME. The chair needs to ride herd on them firmly and everyone needs to >> keep to the agenda, but they work quite well enough. And of course you >> have the log to hand. > > The key thing about an AGM that makes IRC impractical is the size. A > board meeting with less than 10 people works great online (as long as > you have a decent chair). An AGM with 20+ people is another matter and > no chair could handle that well. You would end up with people talking > over each other too much and everything would get confused. You can > hold a Q&A with those kind of numbers online (people PM the chair with > their questions), but not an actual discussion.
Umm, +m? And sure you can hold actual discussions, it's just all moderated through the Chair. I generally find, if anything, that the meetings are more effective and efficient. J. -- James D. Forrester jdforres...@wikimedia.org | jdforres...@gmail.com [[Wikipedia:User:Jdforrester|James F.]] _______________________________________________ Wikimedia UK mailing list wikimediau...@wikimedia.org http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_UK http://mail.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediauk-l