[Ubuntu-us-wisconsin] Why the inactivity?

Josh Hertel herteljt at gmail.com
Mon May 2 00:41:29 UTC 2016

Hi All,

I've not much to add to the discussion, but I figured I should chime in.
Others have pretty much covered what I think. In 2006/2007 I had a lot of
interest in trying to spread the word about Ubuntu, but then life got in
the way of things. I'm not as interested in converting folks nowadays, but
I'm happy to talk shop when I meet a fellow user. I also enjoy reading
posts from this community, info from the local LUG, and helping (a little)
with Full Circle Magazine.

During the school year, life is pretty hectic for me (as others have noted
on another thread) so I'm pretty much in read mode with emails (responding
only when necessary).

Regarding a physical meeting, I don't think I'd really be drawn to an
install fest. However, if there were some community-focused project that a
member needed help with (e.g., installing computers in a community center,
updating machines in an existing place), that would probably draw me in.

Like Mike, I also appreciate the conversation and the energy.


On Sun, May 1, 2016 at 12:44 PM, Samuel J. Klein <srukle at gmx.com> wrote:

> Hi, I just received these emails in my inbox. Thought I should share some
> ideas.
> I've been a moderator for two large tech forums in the past, and I've been
> around them enough to see two major forums spike in membership and activity
> around 2006 and then drop off with various spikes throughout 2007 - 2009
> until everything kinda imploded in 2010. I was in high school and had lots
> of time on my hands. You can see actual results via web archives, etc.
> I was in charge of the weekly newsletter. I planned events. I also saw a
> lot of activity and engagement growth under my community care. The number
> one reason was that my platform allowed people to engage with other members
> on a daily basis.
> Many people may say -- go do this, etc. and then when you're there, people
> will respond. But honestly, I think it's best if the team did what it was
> most comfortable with and something that they can engage as much to or as
> little as they want/need. When you're uncomfortable, you sweat and show how
> uncomfortable you are. People get uncomfortable with anxiety -- because we
> watch too much TV. Check out Adam Kotsko's work [1].
> I think one approach is to use a decentralized blogging community to keep
> people engaged -- like Planet Ubuntu [2]. This way -- we can stay in our
> own counties -- never needing to head off to some arbitrary town every
> month.
> If few of our members have websites, we can use Dreamwidth, a
> decentralized journaling web application that you can register with using
> either Dreamwidth or an OpenID account. Members can subscribe to a
> "community" account and post to it. I could set it up.
> For physical meetings, I propose a yearly meeting instead or bi-yearly if
> the first meeting is fun enough. That way we get pictures of all Ubuntu
> users, have some drinks (or not), play some FreeCiv or RedEclipse on our
> Ubuntu/Debian machines, and then maybe do some minor official things --
> like talk about resources or future plans for the group.
> Sam Klein
> [1] https://www.bookdepository.com/Creepiness-Adam-Kotsko/9781782798460
> [2] http://planet.ubuntu.com/
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