On 20 Oct 2009, at 12:28, Thomas Dalton wrote:

> 2009/10/20 Thomas Dalton <thomas.dal...@gmail.com>:
>> 2009/10/20 Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net>:
>>> The first hour of the meeting, 8.30-9.30pm, will be held by Skype
>>> conference. This part of the meeting will be discussions, not
>>> decisions, and will essentially be focused on making sure that  
>>> all of
>>> the board members are on the same page, and to identify issues that
>>> need resolution or deciding upon. Due to technical limitations, it
>>> won't be possible to have this part of the meeting open to the  
>>> public.
>> What technical limitations? Skype can handle public voice conferences
>> with some people voiced and some just listening.
> I take back that last bit - that required the now discontinued
> Skypecast. You'll just have to ask non board members to mute
> themselves.

That technical limitation. :-) Also, there are concerns about the  
required connection speed for hosting a multi-way conference like  
this (as I understand it, the calls are all routed through the host  
computer), and also the quality of the connections (I believe this  
degrades as more people are added in?). Additionally, in order to  
join in a conference call, they would need to skype call the person  
hosting the meeting, who would then have to put the conference on  
mute to answer the call and conference them in. That can really slow  
down the conference.

These may not be problems - in which case we can relax that  
restriction in the future - but for the first attempt, it's logical  
to keep things as simple as possible. The aim here is definitely not  
to exclude people, or become any less transparent, it's to become  
more effective as a board.


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