From: Greig McGill [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, 22 September 2004 10:32 pm
To: Waikato Linux Users Group
Subject: [wlug] WLUG Members - Input Required
Several matters have arisen at tonight's committee meeting which require
some input from the WLUG in general.
PLEASE read this email, and offer your input - preferably offlist, but
onlist if you'd like feedback from other WLUG members.
1. WLUG Funding
Last year, the committee attempted to raise funds for the purchase of a
mobile test rig/demo lab consisting of a server, a workstation, and
several peripherals for use in presentations, training, and perhaps
We were declined on all three attempts, but will be trying again this
year. What we need to know is: Is this a good goal for funding? Do
you have a better idea? Is there a service you would like to see the
WLUG provide that is currently unrealistic due to funding restrictions?
Keep in mind that funding must be applied for with a specific project in
mind, as funding cannot be used to meet ongoing running costs, or allow
for events that may not happen.
2. New and Inexperienced Users
As mentioned at the AGM, the WLUG has been accused of being unsupportive
of new or inexperienced users. It was explained that the *active*
members of the WLUG, ie. the ones who do all the work, are experienced
users, and are thus unlikely to arrange meetings on beginner topics, or
arrange installfests, which they have little desire to attend.
We don't wish to alienate the new or inexperienced users however, but we
need some of them to step up, and volunteer to present some beginner
topics, arrange workshops, and perhaps start a "beginner stream". You
will have the full backing, and support of the "old hands" - just tell
us what you need. I repeat TELL US WHAT YOU NEED! Nothing is more
demoralising than being complained at for not providing something which
no one has ever told us they wanted.
We do have something scheduled for the new people. October's meeting
will be dedicated to using the WLUG resources - the Wiki, mailing list,
effective use of Google, etc. It will also feature a live "fixup
workshop". This will consist of people bringing their "broken" setups,
and we will pick a few, and solve them, live, on the projector. This
will not only get the problem fixed, but will show the troubleshooting
process, and hopefully demystify the black-magic aspect of what the
'gurus' of the group do.
Details will follow. Suggestions are welcome and encouraged.
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