I'm strongly in favor of voice conferencing of some sort (Skype or otherwise) due to the difference in the amount of time text and speech take to convey ideas.  For example, recently, I have been exit-interviewing some enwp editors.  Of those interviews I've done over the phone or skype, I was able to complete the entire question set in about 30 minutes.  Whereas, the same question set took about 4 hours to complete over gtalk and IRC.  In other words, conveying roughly the same ideas over text took about 8 times longer than voice.

For the sake of keeping our synchronous meetings both brief and effective, I feel strongly that we should pursue some voice communication system.  

On Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 2:33 AM, WereSpielChequers <werespielchequers@gmail.com> wrote:
I've experience of both IRC  and Skype conferencing and I very much
prefer skype, though if we are all on it would help to have a chair
and a text channel.

We need to decide whether the call is going to be recorded and or streamed.

Also before we decide to communicate in realtime as well as online,
can we establish whether there are common times when we are all
available? This shouldn't be too difficult if we don't have anyone
West of California or East of the Euphrates - are any of us in
Australasia, east or southern asia?

On 28 August 2010 01:07, Milos Rancic <millosh@gmail.com> wrote:
> Just to say that I am not likely to be able to participate in
> voice/video conversations. I can try, but I am quite unsure about
> being able to have voice connection because of internet access
> quality. Nominally, it should work fine (ADSL 4Mbps/512Kbps), but the
> connection quality is not perfect, at least in the sense of skyping.
> Usually, I have a couple of interruptions during one 30-60 minutes
> session, which is OK if it is one-to-one communication, but could be
> very painful with many people in communication.
> But, all in all, I don't have any strong argument against textual
> skyping. I don't know how WebEx would work on my computer, while it
> sounds interesting. And, of course, I prefer IRC.
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