I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I could give back to the Ruby
/ Rails community (communities?), and the idea I have now has grown out
of my own search for a user group and out of a desire to pave easier
roads for later newbies to follow.
I’m going to (attempt to) create a centralized Ruby / Rails user group
website, which will offer free resources to any user group which needs
it, and will at least attempt to catalogue all Ruby / Rails user groups
in existence, even if they don’t actually use the resources of my
This is a very young plan, which could be quickly dashed if I’m missing
something (a website that already does this), or if no one seems
interested. Currently, I’m planning on offering search capabilities (so
you can find a group or groups near you), a group forum for each group,
mailing list capabilities (I have absolutely no clue how to implement
this, but assume that there are plenty of tools available to do the
job), an event calendar, and any other features that are requested or
I am hoping, after the initial publication of the site, to be able to
spend the time necessary to add internationlization. I am also hoping
to find a hosting company that will help sponsor the cost of hosting a
site that will start free, and remain free, but will require a lot of
space/bandwidth assuming it goes anywhere.
If anyone has any suggestions, comments, or feels the desire to pitch
in, I consistently monitor this group/mailing list/forum and am also
welcome to personal emails at technodolt :: at :: gmail :: dot :: com.
Please, please give me some feedback so I can know if I’m wasting my