[nSLUG] Encouraging participation and reaching out into the community

Michael Gillie mikegpc at gmail.com
Wed Jul 17 22:02:59 ADT 2013

By the way, I feel the need to add more to this twitter conversation, by
bringing in a bunch if other options, and ideas. Forgive my run-on

I am not familiar with Ikiwiki (or whatever the engine is you are working
with for the website. My love is Wordpress.org. We could start a blog as
well.... We coould tie twitter, facebook, the mailing list, irc, and a
whole lot more into the one site....

I focus on Wordpress, for the web work that I do... This winter I will have
lots of spair time. I might be able to pull off some cool stuff as


On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Michael Gillie wrote:

> I agree with you Ben. I decided to follow the twitter side of things. I
> don't tweet a whole lot, so I am looking forward to seeing things from a
> different point of view...
> Michael
> On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Ben Armstrong wrote:
>> Jack,
>> Thanks for your thoughtful contribution to the discussion.
>> On 07/17/2013 12:50 PM, Jack Warkentin wrote:
>> > I have two concerns over having a twitter account.
>> Those are valid concerns. I hope to perhaps diminish your anxiety a bit
>> by explaining how to address each of them.
>> > First: I enjoy *all* of the posts to the email list, and making the
>> > occasional posting myself. If I don't participate in the new twitter
>> > account, I am concerned that I will miss out on something that might
>> > *really* interest me.
>> You might. But you might also be already missing out on what happens on
>> irc, and we've had an irc channel for a very long time. Plus, people who
>> don't show up for our monthly meetings miss out on that ... I'm afraid
>> the only way to guarantee you do *not* miss out is to show up. :)
>> That being said, if there are significant goings on in Twitter that any
>> of us who follow it think would interest others on the list, we'll try
>> to remember to post it there as well.
>> > Second: If we start using some communication device other than the email
>> > list, then next might come a facebook account,
>> Indeed, why not? I agree, that probably would be the next logical step.
>> > a linkedin (I think
>> > that's how it is spelled) account, and who knows what else. That could
>> > split the group into subgroups among which intersubgroup communication
>> > is significantly reduced. I think the group is small enough as it is
>> > that such splitting would be undesirable.
>> If it really did diminish the size of our community every time one of
>> these new "back-channels" emerged, I would agree. Fragmentation*** of
>> our already rather small community would not be a good thing. But that
>> has not been my experience so far. People who are only on irc and don't
>> participate on the list probably prefer weren't going to participate on
>> the list to begin with, and just enjoy having that contact with us.
>> People who are on both irc and the list enjoy doing both, and being on
>> one doesn't diminish use of the other. I anticipate Twitter will be very
>> much the same in its impact.
>> > On the other hand, I know that people who have jobs, or would like to
>> > have jobs, are pretty well compelled to have presences on social media.
>> > As a 75-year old old fogy, I guess it is a luxury for me not to have to
>> > have such a presence. I just hope that my above concerns fail to
>> > materialize.
>> I predict they won't. Meanwhile, you may reserve the right to say "I
>> told you so" later, if they do. :)  But seriously, let's wait and see
>> how beginning to use social media with the group has an impact on our
>> community and several months to a year from now, we can assess how it
>> went, and if anything needs to change. Like you, I truly don't want to
>> see any harm come to our community and would not be encouraging us to go
>> down this road if I hadn't thought it through and deemed the risk to be
>> very slight.
>> Ben
>> *** I would assert that in Linux communities since the beginning of
>> history there has always been a concern about fragmentation. But over
>> time what has happened is, each time a new "splinter community" emerges,
>> it tends to add to existing communities rather than bleeding away people
>> from the old. So today we have a marvelously diverse set of communities
>> around free software that reflects all of our different desires and
>> needs, and a lot of crossover of membership between them.
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> --
> Have a great day,
> Michael C. Gillie
> 1-902-482-9644
> Skype: hemmysoft

Have a great day,

Michael C. Gillie

Skype: hemmysoft
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