So I stuck around after the end of the ILC for the Association of Lisp Users (ALU) meeting just to see what it was like and somehow ended up getting nominated to and then elected to the board of directors. (Okay, so there were only eight nominees for eight positions so the election part was pretty easy.) So I guess I'm going to be reading the ALU bylaws and brushing up on my Robert's Rules of Order.
Since I'm new to it and thus a) am full of energy and interest and b) have essentially no investment in the history of the ALU and the way things have been done in the past, I'd be quite interested to hear from folks who have, as I say in the subject, comments, questions, gripes, or rants about the ALU. If you are a Lisp users, what do you think the ALU should be spending it's energy and resources on? If you are a member, why did you join? and if you are not, what might entice you to sign up? Can you identify any benefits that you derive from the existence of the ALU? Are there other organizations (informal or formal) that you think are doing a good job to promote the use of Lisp or otherwise make the world a better place for Lispers?
No guaranteees that I'll have any immediate answers to any questions folks may pose or that anything will necessarily change in the short term (or even the long term) as a result of your comments but I'd love to hear whatever you have to say. Thanks.