I'm also going to put forward that, in particular, I'd rather names/dates not be listed on the Google group- that's visible to literally anyone with Internet access, and it seems unkind to list people's movements on the Web, particularly with an opt-out system.
I'll third this; an attendance count would be cool, specific names not so much.
You should definitely take minutes with the content of the meetup though, as there are people who can't make it to each one, and there are others like myself in other cities that would appreciate it very much.
Anybody else at the gallery now?
Feb 17 - We talked of various things including Space Chem the game, the up and coming RP group (currently looking like Eileen's zombie setting on Sunday mornings, if nothing else), and briefly on upcoming meetups in the near future (more 'Ask an Expert' topical discussions, follow up on Phil Goetz's offer to host TED talks.)
I wasn't there, but my two cents is: We have proved that we can get a bunch of people to a non-Metroable place for a meetup at least once (Billy Goat Trail), so I'd be in favor of trying it out.
March 17 - The scheduled talk on stress-strain was tabled on account of lack of people. Instead we played Pandemic and Zendo for a bit, and discussed fictional works and science fiction.
Philip, thanks for taking all this stuff down every week, it's cool data. :-)
8/18 - Roger and Maia made up characters for the RP group; we (well, most of us) learned Lojban for about half of the official meetup, and moved on to conversation or doodling all over the poster boards. Also, the usual post-meetup dinner and hanging-out at Archives. 13 people showed up.Special thanks to whoever posted the meetup to /r/Lojban, which drew one other person who knew Lojban, in addition to David.
This isn't a LessWrong policy so much as a LessWrong DC policy... and no, we don't have any central place for that sort of thing. This particular policy was decided on near the start of this thread.
I can't think of any other policies that we have off the top of my head; "don't post information about other people without their explicit permission" is probably a good rule of thumb, though... and just remembering that the mailing list is open to the entire Internet, no permissions required, and acting accordingly.
I don't blame you for not knowing or anything, though, just to be explicit about that. Honest mistake, was corrected, almost certainly no harm was done.
Is there a centralized place where all of the Less Wrong policies are provided (including this attendance name policy), so I can learn what to avoid doing before doing it?
8/25 - VA meetup at Ballston Mall. Biased Pandemic happened! (Biased Zendo did not work so well.) People did various other stuff including a few Arimaa games, Lojban learning made official, and martial arts/parkour concepts. And, we (Roger/Maia and I) weren't sure whether there were 11 or 12 people.
Other topics were also discussed. Not everyone was interested in putting short-term goals on the spreadsheet, so the group split for a while to do that.