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Simple Machines LLC announces “The Meeting of the Minds”

Started by An-Old_User, September 17, 2007, 01:57:20 AM

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Quote from: karlbenson on September 22, 2007, 08:19:57 PM
Well I'd love to meet y'all
but
a) I don't have passport
b) I can't afford it
c) I don't have the time
d) I'm on the US blacklist

j/k (all but a)
And it's only for team members. :P
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SHHHH!!!!!!!

I was hoping they wouldn't realise.  I'd sneak into ALM's luggage and sort of be a groupie.

Lol;  I edited that one in.

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Quote from: karlbenson on September 22, 2007, 08:21:47 PM
I was hoping they wouldn't realise.  I'd sneak into ALM's luggage and sort of be a groupie.

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Oh my.

I can only image what'll happen when you fellas get together.

Admit it, you're asking for tips because you need to cover the costs of repairing the hotel rooms, not to mention the court costs, and the money it takes to make bail.

Take a camera.
Take pictures.
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I'll take my camera, though there is one person who wont be in any pictures.

Not that I can blame them. :P
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Quote from: ALM on September 23, 2007, 01:19:17 PM
I'll take my camera, though there is one person who wont be in any pictures.

Not that I can blame them. :P

Turn the camera around you newb :P
Enjoy a little self glory..
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Rudolf

With all my respect, I do not think that asking money is quite fair. And in the Charter member sections?
I mean, let's face it, you meeting in live is not really necessary for the SMF as a project or else it would be dead long time ago. It's a thing you want to do it for personal purposes, because it's fun.
When I saw the subject I thought it will be something like a conference, where people can show up and meet the team members and/or talk with each other. Instead I saw a topic for team-members only (almost all the replies are made by team members).
If this is a meeting for the team members, then I don't see why I should help anyone getting there?

Basically you are asking from the people who support the SMF as a project to support your personal whims. Not nice, imo.
Again, with all due respect, I support the project because the software is good, not because of the people on it. If it's a SMF meeting it should be financed by the Simple Machines LLC from it's income. If that's not enough, then you should skip it, instead of asking further money from the charter members.

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metallica48423

September 23, 2007, 04:16:29 PM #30 Last Edit: September 23, 2007, 04:24:47 PM by metallica48423
The majority of it is being financed by SM, LLC.  There are other things in the works that prevent full financing, of which i can't go into specifics.

This topic isn't meant solely for the charter members, it'll end up in the public boards soon.  Nobody is required to pay.  The point of this is to announce the meeting, not to ask for financing. 

Personally I financed my part of my own trip from my own money for the better of SMF.  I can afford to do this, but not all team members can.  That part is meant to help those who need a bit of help to raise the relatively small amount (seen in the scope of the whole trip) we're being asked to attest to.

Its been a longtime goal of the management to get the team together for intense face-to-face meetings, which are of course more efficient than doing it via IRC. 

This isn't a 'for fun' type of thing, else i'd agree with you.

On a side note, i would like to see some kind of conference someday.  That would be very nice for everyone :)


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September 23, 2007, 04:19:07 PM #31 Last Edit: September 23, 2007, 04:31:05 PM by karlbenson
I suppose it would be useful to meet up at least once.  Although these days it would be alot cheaper to do video conferencing.

I look forward to SMF Expo 2010.

Inviting all smf admins, smf owners to Maddison Square Garden for a 2-day expo on smf.

HEHE ;)

metallica48423

The point i am making ultimately, this isn't 'for fun'.   Though i don't doubt we will have a good time

This is a work/business meeting.
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I'd like to mention that the first replies are all from Team Members because this was first announced to just Team Members and they had the first opportunity to reply.  We then moved it to the Charter Members board out of respect for our Charter Members (We thought you'd like to know before we announce to the public.)

That said, I feel it is very important that the SMF Team Members meet before we have an open conference.  We hope to be able to do this again in the future and when we do we'll announce where and when so anyone in the community can visit with the Team Members.


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Quote from: Rudolf on September 23, 2007, 04:09:21 PM
With all my respect, I do not think that asking money is quite fair. And in the Charter member sections?
I mean, let's face it, you meeting in live is not really necessary for the SMF as a project or else it would be dead long time ago. It's a thing you want to do it for personal purposes, because it's fun.
When I saw the subject I thought it will be something like a conference, where people can show up and meet the team members and/or talk with each other. Instead I saw a topic for team-members only (almost all the replies are made by team members).
If this is a meeting for the team members, then I don't see why I should help anyone getting there?

Basically you are asking from the people who support the SMF as a project to support your personal whims. Not nice, imo.
Again, with all due respect, I support the project because the software is good, not because of the people on it. If it's a SMF meeting it should be financed by the Simple Machines LLC from it's income. If that's not enough, then you should skip it, instead of asking further money from the charter members.

Rudolf

Thanks for the comments. Let me clear up some misconceptions.
SMF is paying for the MotM. This topic was initially started in the team boards. I moved it here before making it public to allow our beloved CM's access to this info before officially announcing to the public, not to ask for a hand out.

Each member does have to pay an undisclosed amount. Being that the bulk of our staff are college students, this is harder for some than others. I apologize if it seems we are only asking CM's. This post will be public soon. To quote myself..
QuoteIf you have received good service from one of our various team members, please feel free to put a little something is his/her virtual tip jar, as always, it's not required, just highly appreciated.

Quotemeeting in live is not really necessary for the SMF as a project or else it would be dead long time ago.
Yes how true. But remember our entire staff works on SMF on a volunteer basis. We have team members all across the globe. We are rarely all online @ the same time, even for our team meetings. Meeting in person, dedicating a week to SMF will allow us to do things that just aren't possible on the net. Of course we will save time to have fun, but remember, this is a group of people who dedicate 5-30 hours a week (sometimes more) to an online project for fun.

I assure you this is a Win-win situation for the SMF team, and our users. :D



SleePy

Jeez, The 1.1.4 announcement ate this thing up, I wonder how many people actual know its here :P

While I can't enjoy this meeting myself due to family and work. I am for sure going to kick people to get to the next one :P
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metallica48423

plans aren't finalized.

i doubt anything of a press conference though.

I was trying to badger people into a podcast though :P
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Quote from: metallica48423 on September 26, 2007, 11:30:35 AM
plans aren't finalized.

i doubt anything of a press conference though.

I was trying to badger people into a podcast though :P

As Met. said, the plans (details) are still in the works. The main goal is to get the team in one room, (and one time zone for that matter) to be productive and socialize. We have LOTs to discuss regarding 2.0, and other SMF related matters.

And to spearhead any rumors before they start....

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