[LGM] Meeting logs from tonight

Frank Trampe frank.trampe at gmail.com
Thu Mar 7 02:04:55 UTC 2019

The failure to get a single question or comment about either of the two
serious hosting proposals last summer might suggest low readership, but I
sure got a lot of feedback on mine! People are clearly reading the list but
not participating, likely because they are satisfied with the prevailing
direction taken by the small group of active participants. We have only one
proposal for 2020 and only one proposal for 2021, so the stakes of the
deliberation are fairly low. More than anything else, the discussion will
provide an opportunity for engagement, and I think that that is best done
at the meeting.

For more open-ended discussions, though, some matters require a lot of
back-and-forth over a long period of time, and I think that it makes sense
to let the active mailing list participants arrive at a single proposal (if
there is consensus) or several proposals with upsides and downsides to be
offered at the meeting. An hour simply isn't long enough even to begin to
harmonize 100 opinions on a complicated topic into a plan of action.

On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 7:25 PM Gregory Pittman <gpittman at iglou.com> wrote:

> On 3/6/19 5:25 PM, Tobias Ellinghaus wrote:
> > Hello list,
> >
> > you can find the latest logs here:
> >
> > https://houz.org/LGM/2019/?logfile=LGM2019_meeting_log_2019_03_06
> >
> There is an ongoing tension in the organization meetings at LGM and the
> decisions made. On the one hand, one might argue that if decisions are made
> at the meetings, only those who attend have any say or vote. But at the
> same time, the discussions and decisions which come from the mailing list
> are an even smaller group of people. It gets hard to know how many even
> read the mail list postings since so few people interact.
> I think it makes sense to try to come as close as possible to decisions
> about future LGM locations while at the meeting, with a very short
> time-frame afterward to make final decisions via the mailing list.
> Greg
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