On 10/27/06, [email protected] [email protected] wrote:
should probably stop But it’s very hard for people to travel to a
meeting that’s more than a few miles away, especially after a work
day, and therefore having more rather than fewer groups makes sense,
if there’s interest.
Having just been part of the (very amicable) splitting of URUG into
two meeting groups (with a third on the way), I agree whole heartedly
with Dave and Hal. Let me give some URUG background that might
be mined for advice.
URUG is the Utah Ruby U. Group, our mailing list sites at just
over 100 members. We used to meet midway (roughly) between
Salt Lake City and Provo (they’re about 45 minutes drive time apart),
and we had ~30 people showing up to meetings. During the spring,
we decided to break up into the UtahValley.rb (Provo and surrounding
areas) and the slc.rb. the combined attendance is probably around
35 or 40 now. We took a bit of a dip at first, but seem to have
climbed out of that and all of the groups are doing pretty well.
We meet on different nights and some folks go to both meetings.
We keep planning on regular joint meetings (quarterly, or
something), but they just haven’t happened yet. If it hasn’t
happened by then, next May, I’m going to throw a URUG.rbbq!
We’re also working on a MountainWest RubyConf which we’re
hoping to run in mid-March 2007.
It looks like there’s another group brewing up in the Layton/Ogden
area (30 minutes or so north of Salt Lake City), and we may
end up with one down in St. George (4 hours south) before too
long as well. Both of these groups (and any others that end up
forming) are welcome in the URUG umbrella. Hopefully having
an umbrella group will help us share ideas (and speakers),
organize joint activities, and keep on growing throughout Utah.
As for events: I’m of the opinion that these, too, should proliferate.
Just watch for conflicts in time and place and naming.
In addition to watching out so that you avoid the bad stuff that
David’s mentioned, look out for opportunities to work together.
Two or three Ruby brigades can do a lot better job at putting
together a hacking weekend, or a regional conference than
one group can.