I think 3 things conspired to make it fizzle out in the past;
1. It takes some planning and notice to make an interesting talk / session
and to get it into people's diaries. The first 6 months or so I spent a lot
of time getting speakers organized and promoting the event for a month or
so in advance. Each of those were well attended; 15-25 people regularly.
2. If it relies on one person organizing things it all falls apart as soon
as that person is away or goes through a busy period. That's how the first
run died, I couldn't find any body to pick up when I had 2 months off and
couldn't put in the time to resurrect it when I got back.
3. As soon as it becomes sporadic there is no point because nobody knows
it's definitely happening.
I'm just too busy to pick up again and put the effort in regularly, but
would happily turn up when I can and talk if we organized a few weeks in
I'd also turn up when possible to a less organized ruby gathering in a pub
If somebody does want to have a go I'd say the following things are
1. Get it in a public calendar like upcoming or lanyrd a few weeks in
advance where people can register their intent to go (you'll usually get
50% of those unless it's pissing down). once you know others are going you
are more likely to yourself.
2. Don't expect people to just find it because you've posted it on lanyrd
(it just isn't as useful as upcoming was in its day) so carefully judged
use of bnm, the google group, twitter and other tools well in advance is
essential to get a core attendance. Then repeat the marketing a few days
before the event.
3. If there are talks lined up, make sure people know about them well in
advance. With a little networking it is possible to catch big names that
4. Don't go it alone, a little support is the difference between it flying
or collapsing. Consistency is essential so share the load.
The reason the farm works is it is simple and never skips a beat. It
carries none of the legwork of organizing speakers etc so all Paul's hard
work goes into making sure people remember to go and know which pub it's
On 29 Mar 2012, at 09:32, Max Williams <toastkid.willi...@gmail.com> wrote:
Yeah, it faded away and died due to lack of attention. It seems hard
keeping it going in brighton - Jon Markwell, James McCarthy, Andy Bruce and
myself have all had a go at it. Maybe we didn't try hard enough, and/or
maybe there's not a critical mass of Rubyists here.
Dave, or whoever takes over, it's still booked in the skiff calendar for
the first weds of every month even though nobody's turned up in a while.
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