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Re: [Debian-NYC] Thoughts on Eventbrite.

On Sat, Feb 19, 2011 at 12:14:26AM -0500, Ron Guerin wrote:
> Daniel Kahn Gillmor wrote:
> > On 02/18/2011 01:59 PM, Brian Gupta wrote:
> >   
> >> I understand that some people are opposed to RSVP lists for privacy
> >> reasons, but the reality is we live in a post 2001 New York and many
> >> groups meet in buildings that have rigid security policies, that
> >> require a list of names for the front desk security
> I wish it were as easy as simply choosing to meet in spaces that don't
> require RSVP lists.   Space is terribly hard to come by in Manhattan
> though.  I've had to RSVP for lots of stuff in Brooklyn too though.   I
> don't like doing it, I don't like asking anyone else to do it either. 
> However, given the choice between there being an event or there being no
> event, I don't find it's a difficult choice.    It has been many years
> since the last of the holdouts against the RSVP list requirement at 590
> Madison finally showed up there again anyway.  For good or bad, this is
> one battle New Yorkers don't seem terribly inclined to fight.
> > And speaking of encouraging the surveillance mentality...
> >
> > I'd like to also voice a preference for meeting in places that don't
> > require this kind of security theater [0].
> >   
> Everyone has a preference for such places.  As an event organizer, when
> there's an RSVP list involved, it's just more work and more aggravation
> for the organizer, provided there isn't some fixed resource to dole out
> to attendees.
> > If this list isn't published someplace in an RSS-ish form, maybe someone
> > could do that, and than anyone who doesn't like SMTP can point their
> > favorite feed reader at it to get the alerts instead of just subscribing
> > to the list.
> >
> >   
> http://rss.debian-nyc.org/list.rss
> > [0] https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Security_theater
> >   
> I don't think there's too many people who are confused about that.  
> I've been told by someone on this list (IIRC) that they use an
> exceedingly old non-photo expired library card to gain admittance to the
> buildings of NYC.  They play by the rules, I presume everyone winks, and
> admittance is gained.

/me waves....

speaking of RSVP, Ron, Nylug has one of those... Could it be used or adapted,
if it was acceptable?

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