On Thu, 10 Feb 2005 13:58:23 +0900, Eric Hodel <drbrain / segment7.net> wrote:
> On 09 Feb 2005, at 20:40, Yogi wrote:
> 
> >>> Don't you think a dynamic languages user group would quickly
> >>> disintegrate? We have a Python user group in Bangalore (started
> >>> recently). I was wondering if there are enough Rubyists in India to
> >>> form a user group.
> >
> > How many people would we need to sustain a user group?
> >
> > Actually, why don't we just meetup and see who turns up. Even if there
> > are only 4-5 passionate rubyists, I'd love to meet... hopefully some
> > kind of group will emerge from it.
> 
> Forming a solid and active Ruby user group (or any user group) is
> something that takes time, advertisement and recruiting.  Seattle.rb
> hasn't grown much since we first started meeting over 2 years ago, but
> we do have a few things that are important for a good user group:
> 
> * Regular meeting location
> * Regular meeting time
> * Mailing list
> 
> OMNI Group has been letting us use its space for Ruby meetings for
> quite some time, which gives us the advantage of a stable place to meet
> and nice big screens for doing demos and so-forth.  We've established a
> consistent meeting time, and we announce on the mailing list before
> each meeting and try (but don't always succeed) in choosing something
> to talk about/demo/whatever.
> 
> For each meeting we've typically had only 3 or 4 people show up out of
> a rotating stable group, and maybe 2 or 3 other new faces.  Getting
> famous Ruby faces (like DHH) brings in a much larger crowd (17, last
> meeting).
> 
> Most importantly, you can't give up.  Also, try bribing people with
> cookies or food or something.

Ah, that should help. :-)
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