I definitely think in-person meetings make sense. As someone who has attended a lot of them, there's definitely a significant difference between what types of people and what is accomplished during in-person meetups vs online ones. The Berkeley campus group was never really active (it was more-or-less Matt Senate and Derrick Coetzee's idea, I just signed to hit the minimum requirement.)
The issue I've always had with IRC is that if you are not a gear-head, you really have never used it. The logs are *mostly* either not indexed at Google, or not even kept at all, so you cannot link to a discussion of what this one or that one said, and you cannot read those discussions.
Yes I'm aware that *some* chats are being logged.
If the community wants to *reach out* to all the non technologists, IRC is not the way to reach.
From: Karen Coyle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: wikimedia-sf <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, Jul 30, 2013 6:27 am
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-SF] Berkeley Wikipedians
On 7/29/13 8:12 PM, Jeremy Baron wrote: > > I think IRC's not too scary if there's an appointed meeting time with > people that are guaranteed to be friendly and helpful and there's only > one channel to have to pay attention to. It's easy to make a webchat > link with the fields all pre-filled (e.g. with the channel name. or > even IRC nick) IRC is not scary for you, but it is a significant barrier to anyone who doesn't already know it. So, no, I personally will not be organizing any "meetings" on IRC. YMMV. kc
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