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Old 07-31-2008, 08:47 AM   #1
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Meet-up Guidelines : the "How-to start your own" sticky !

Meet-ups have been popping up like dandelions after a spring rain, and we all are thrilled to see how they are enriching our community thanks to your enthusiasm.

Since they are a fairly new phenomenon, it seemed like a good idea to post some guidelines to makes sure each meetup is as great as possible. If you organise / attend a meetup, feel free to mention any other tips you think could be useful, based on your experience.

  • To propose a meet-up, create a thread in the lounge.

    If you have a place in mind, choose an informal venue like a café, where people can get drinks, and give the address and clear directions (google maps, we love you).
    It doesn't have to be a café : one daring member has proposed a picnic in a park ! geeks out in nature, what a novel idea ! the perfect occasion to show off the amazing legibility of e-ink in full sunlight ! genius !

  • Use the "Meet-Up!" thread prefix !! Alex made it specially so your meet-up will be easily visible.

  • Location, location, location ! (oh, and date !!) Mention the city (if you know it), region, state (if in the US) AND COUNTRY in the thread title (you'd be amazed at just how many countries have a "north-west". Most of them, it turns out), and date (mid april, september 24).
    Example :
    "Edinburgh, Scotland MR Meet-up; Mid August?"
    "Washington, DC Area MR Meet-up: Aug 23rd in Herndon (USA)"

  • give one to two months' notice !! some people have really full calendars !

  • Tell a mod when things start taking shape (look for the names in green) and we will make an official announcement so nobody misses it ! Remind us near the date when all the details are confirmed ; we will make a reminder announcement as well.

  • BRING YOUR DEVICE if you have one. more than one is encouraged !

  • Planning to come ? reply in the thread, and mention which device you will bring.*

  • chat it up ! and not just amongst yourselves : if random strangers are intrigued, explain to them what the devices are for and write down the MobileRead URL (site address) so they can get more info.

  • be visible and find each other easily !!! there's a pdf of the mobileread logo attached to this post which you can print out to make signs, so all the mr members will be able to find each other ! it's A4 size but it's a vector format, which means you can print it larger if you want. i've left a bit of space under the logo if you want to write in a message. you can also print it smaller if you prefer.

Any member can start a meet-up in their area ! don't be afraid, it's a matter of choosing a friendly café and a date, and starting a thread. easy !

Meet-ups are the perfect occasion to take a look at a lot of different liseuses in one place, and talk to actual users about their experiences. Perfect if you're trying to decide which one to buy !

If no meet-up is scheduled near you, or you just want to see one specific device and don't want to wait too long, also don't forget about the official "see a device in your area hook-up thread" to set up a one-to-one demo.

That's all i can think of for the moment. Now go forth and congregate !


*Thanks Slayda for this tip.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:35 AM   #2
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For the Washington, DC (USA) Area meet-up on August 23rd in Herndon, VA (shameless plug) we have also posted a copy of the carry out menu to give people a glimpse of the types of food available. Again, that's August 23rd at Euro Bistro in Herndon, VA. The bar opens at 5:00 pm.
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Old 07-31-2008, 06:59 PM   #3
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good idea, wood ! if you are planning to have it in a restaurant it's best to give some idea of the cuisine available especially for people who might have special diets (vegetarian, for instance). of course if you're planning it in a café or bar you don't have to worry much about that.
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:37 PM   #4
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[*]Use the "Meet-Up!" thread prefix !! Alex made it specially so your meet-up will be easily visible.
I knew I was weird but didn't think I was dense too. Where do I find this "Meet-up!" thread prefix?

Edit: I found it.

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Old 07-31-2008, 10:00 PM   #5
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I knew I was weird but didn't think I was dense too. Where do I find this "Meet-up!" thread prefix?

Edit: I found it.
i'm glad you found it !

for any other people still searching, it is in the drop-down menu to the left of the title box when you create the thread. if you want to add it after the fact, click "edit" on your first post, then "go advanced".
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:12 AM   #6
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So, if i start a meetup thread for my office in the basement, I can haz sticky?

Do I actually have to let people in my house?
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:30 PM   #7
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So, if i start a meetup thread for my office in the basement, I can haz sticky?

Do I actually have to let people in my house?
"we'll see", and "technically, yes".
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:49 PM   #8
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"we'll see", and "technically, yes".
I gotta think about this, then.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:55 PM   #9
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You could always invite people to their own homes. Ask and maybe someone will want to hold the meet-up in their place and invite you. If you could promise to bring badgoodDeb, Patricia, or Zelda they would welcome yu with open arms for them. (Notice that I used alphabetical order for the names to avoid and show of favoritism.)
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Old 08-07-2008, 10:06 AM   #11
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added a moibleread sign to help people find each other !

thanks lazyscot for this idea. i've added an A4 pdf of the mobileread logo to the first post (top of the thread) ; you can print it out to make signs so you can easily find each other in the crowd.

print it smaller to make cards with the mobileread url to hand out to people expressing interest.

print it really huge (it's vector, yo !) and add mobileread to the short list of man-made constructions visible from space !
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Sorry, I posted a meet-up and didn't include the state and country. My bad.
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Sorry, I posted a meet-up and didn't include the state and country. My bad.
F1Wild, it's great you're starting a meetup ! i'll edit the thread title to add the state and country. i believe it's Arizona, right ?
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