On Sun, Nov 25, 2007 at 11:18:34AM +0000, Tom K wrote:
> And we're back.
> Here's how I see this working:
> 1. We agree a date
> 2. We agree a location
> 3 and upwards. We organise some stuff
> This mail is about step 1. ArchCon's date is the single most important
> element to be confirmed, and probably the hardest as well. I suggested
> 2009 in the original proposal because it's likely that some people
> already have plans for 2008. Obviously, there are also people who
> already have plans for 2009, but probably not as many. If we're going to
> do this, we should regard ArchCon as a pre-existing commitment that is
> given priority over other activities, and not something that we try to
> squeeze into existing schedules.
> To kick this off, I'm making some provisional decisions here:
> * ArchCon will take place over a weekend
> * ArchCon will last no more than four days
> * ArchCon will take place in warm weather (Yes, I know, that's a
> date/location mix, but necessary for the next step) (James - see below)
> And now here are five randomly-chosen corresponding weekend periods in 2009:
> 29 May - 01 June
> 26 - 29 June
> 24 - 27 July
> 21 - 24 August
> 18 - 21 September
> I would ask everyone to indicate which of these periods would suit them.
> Please select as many as possible, to increase our chances of finding a
> good one, and set aside any other concerns, such as funding, travel
> arrangements, size of mugs, etc. If we don't come up with a date, none
> of that will matter anyway.
> If anyone has a particularly strong case for a different weekend that
> meets the same criteria, please post the details.
> I realise that individual weekends may be too specific at this stage,
> but I'm going for a shortcut here - it would be worthwhile if we didn't
> have to drill down from month to week to weekend.
> So fire up cal/remind/Google/Oprius/whatever, pencil in some weekends
> for ArchCon, and post them here. I'd appreciate a majority of responses
> before the next Status Report, which is due in just over a week. If we
> can get the date confirmed before Christmas, that would be great.
> James - I am also aware that my warm weather requirement, combined with
> my chosen dates, indicates a preference for the Northern Hemisphere, but
> our geographical distribution suggests that anyway, right?
Well for lack of other reasons, I'd say we should throw out May, August,
and September, because a bunch of us (maybe just me nowadays?) still go
to school, and those are all times that school usually occupies.
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