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Re: New round of IRC sessions

[CC-ed project: the discussion is about how to organize a new round of DW
IRC training sessions, a general idea on the schedule could be find at
[1], please reply on -project]

On Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:13:48, Margarita Manterola wrote:

>Things I think that could be improved:
> * I'm not convinced that having a separate channel for questions when
> the people attending is less than 20 is helpful.  It means having to
> constantly switch between 2 windows, for a very very small reduction
> in noise.  Until the amount of people attending really justifies it, I
> think that sticking to one channel is preferable.

Yes, I agree.

> * Having the sessions always at roughly the same time gave them some
> coherency, but also meant that people with something already scheduled
> for that time (I teach classes at that time, for example) or where
> that time catches them in the middle of their timezone night, could
> practically never attend.  So, I think that some diversity (maybe
> alternate between two times?) could be better.

And agree to this too. Probably the better is to alternate between two
times to fit different timezones, as you suggested.


> Francisca, 

.oO( s/i/e ;) )

> it's my understanding that you need some volunteers to
> help you out.  Why don't you detail exactly what you need from the
> volunteers so that someone can step up to help?

Yes, as the idea is to have a lot of sessions, are necessary some people to
manage/organize them. 
So things to do are essentially:
	a) organize schedule, contacting possible speakers
	b) promote the event (first with a general announcement, then
	with reminders some days before each session, keeping the related
	wiki page up-to-date, posting on identica and MLs)
	c) handle the session itself: not a heavy work but is important
	to be present on each session. 
	d) write down the wiki-tutorial based on the session log

I can do a) and b) but for c) we probably needs to be two or more (so we
can do it in turns) and need someone (better two persons) for d).
So, to reach more people I've added in CC -project ;)

Another thing it came out, talking with zack: maybe could be useful a
specific IRC channel for the training sessions. 
The rationale is that this way we could encourage more people to do
their irc sessions (also sessions targeted to audience different from the
DW one). For instance, there was a proposal[2] for online sessions
similar to the Ubuntu "developer week".
I'm not completely sure about it, but I'd like to read your opinion as
the idea could be interesting.


[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-women/2011/03/msg00001.html
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2010/09/msg00093.html
<taffit> eof: when I want something | "Convince people with results,
done quickly, I don't wait for      |  rather than words"
others ;)			    |  Enrico Zini

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