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[tlug] Re: Why the shirts? Why TLUG?
- Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 08:10:37 +0900
- From: "Shannon Jacobs" <email@example.com>
- Subject: [tlug] Re: Why the shirts? Why TLUG?
While I think it is worthwhile to consider the purposes of an organization, I don't feel like this discussion has been especially productive, and I rather regret having contributed to starting it. Nor do I see my own contribution as particular effective or constructive... Nevertheless, I'll try to clarify a couple of points.
First, you should note that I do tend to write clearly, and even forcefully. That does not mean my thoughts should be taken as holy writ, or even that my opinions are as strong as they might sound when cast into concrete words. Nor am I suggesting that anyone else should adopt any of my perspectives. However, I am attempting to describe some of my own reasons for not being fully satisfied TLUG, and I am trying to offer some hopefully constructive suggestions for alternatives that might be considered. (Alternately, someone might offer a reference to a different users group...) I haven't noticed any constructive responses to those suggestions. Most of the responses are simply defenses of the status quo. It's basically easy to argue against change, though some of the arguments offered have been rather laughable. (Of course I'm thinking of the elitism dance... So how many angels can dance on the cover of the manual?) I even admit that I don't really like changes, but they happen, and the long-term average trend is for improvements.
I doubt it will help, but the discussion has gotten me to thinking about various kinds of user groups that I've been involved with over long years. TLUG strikes me as being closest to a cross between my first two... The first one was completely informal. Just a group of school friends who gathered frequently to talk about such things as our computer programs, though mostly to play chess and pinochle. We scattered and the group dissolved. I joined the second one around the time I finished my computer science degree. It still exists, and I'm still in touch with them via their mailing list. It was slightly more formal than TLUG, but still essentially a friendly group living on charity. It stopped growing many years ago. There are still some technical discussions, but the main topics are now social, and the most active topics are when someone passes away... In contrast, in the same area there was a rather more formally structured group. It also continues to exist, but in contrast seems quite active. They have large monthly meetings, small annual dues, and a dozen active special interest groups, including one for Linux beginners. I participated in both of those groups around 25 years ago. In the less formal one I was was a relatively big fish in a small pond, and that was the group I was much more involved in... There are also the professional societies...
Not sure what conclusion to draw from any of it... However, these days I'm more interested in getting things done with minimal overhead, even including the sacred reading of the manuals.
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