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.

James D. Forrester
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