[Newbies] Re: Need a local tutor for Squeak

Ron Teitelbaum ron at usmedrec.com
Tue May 17 00:59:07 UTC 2016

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> bounces at lists.squeakfoundation.org] On Behalf Of askoh
> In MeetUp, I go to a real place to meet real people. Great for popular
> activities.
> But I would like to meet Smalltalkers once a month or a week for realtime
> conversations. There are too few or no one nearby who are interested. A
> virtual meeting place would be a great substitute. Is there such a website
> app?
> Perhaps, in the future we can combine physical with virtual meetings
> simultaneously. A remote user can see the real meeting room and identify
> the person he wants to talk to. He then calls that person to start a
> conversation. Does such a capability exist?
[Ron Teitelbaum] Right now I think your options are Facebook or google
hangouts.  There is also second life which used to have a lot of areas
dedicated for different activities like science and academia but it turned
into a ghost town for most of the useful areas.  I like the idea but need to
really think it through.  The real problem with 3d as I see it is that there
is a certain amount of investment required of users to learn and understand
the platform.  The activity needs to pay back that investment with something
useful.  We do well in education, training, counseling, and collaboration.
Places where the software provides sufficient benefits to the users to pay
back that investment.  MeetUp is a calendaring and coordination application.
It has a very low cost to users to use and understand and a minimal cost to
organizers, and a benefit that organizers can charge more than the cost to
members that participate.  I'm not sure that the same is true of a virtual
world.  We tried having google hangouts for Squeak people!  That was fun,
but difficult to coordinate.  It also quickly dropped off in attendance
after the first few meetings.  If someone would like to use Terf for Squeak
meetings, and we can organize something that would be useful to pay back
participants, I would be very interested.  Please feel free to contact me.
Ron at 3dicc.com.  What I would suggest is an agenda, speakers, training,
sprints, documentation days, programming contests, something like that.    

All the best,

Ron Teitelbaum

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