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@xj9

getting the word out about walkaway utah has been an interesting challenge. so far, i'm certain more people here are aware of what i'm trying to do that in my local area. you don't think about how difficult disseminating information can be until you try to get your flier in front of a lot of people. especially in a new town where you don't know many people. i'm intentionally not using any "traditional" media channels like facebook and targeted internet ads.

i had decided against using meetup.com when i first started this project, but i'm starting to see the value of their service. its pretty nerve wracking to have no idea how much interest there is in what you are trying to do. i do have a couple of RSVPs from people i know personally, but its still rough trying to organize things without tools. gatherings is nice, but getting people onboarded to scuttleverse before they can add the event is a big barrier. not to mention that gatherings doesn't integrate with any system calendar which makes it easy to forget events that you've rsvp'd to if you don't check patch* regularly.

i still have a bunch of flyers i need to distribute, but i think the first order of business for the workgroup is communicating and organizing meetings. a group chat might do the trick, but that has the same onboarding problem unless i use some kind of popular spyware messaging service.

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Yeah, this sounds like a challenge. I had thought about building tools to track the distribution of flyers etc and promote events. Having a Facebook Event and/or using Meetup are both the dominant platforms that have the best chance of getting eyeballs but I totally understand a desire to do this without it.

Beyond hanging fliers at coffee shops or other physical spaces you could just use existing media platforms without hosting the event on them. Post about it in local Facebook groups which could have people of interest.

I would imagine the scuttleverse being useful after people go to the meetup and not something that a lot of people would join until they see other people using it and find the benefit of the service.

@Dominic
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talk to @xj9 ! and see walkaway utah

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@xj9 - I had the same dilemma trying to organize Chantilly Mesh. I ended up using meetup, BUT only getting the minimal 50 member package. I publish the dex communications: local mailing list, #inews over #cjdns, scuttlebutt. And when new members sign up, I remove the oldest inactive members with a parting email containing a pointer to the local mailing list.

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@todrobbins

@:xj9, we could have more success spreading the word through https://www.801labs.org/

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@xj9

@todrobbins i joined their IRC channel and i'm planning on going to one of their meetup to talk about #walkaway stuff later this month. it would be cool if we could coordinate that, but no hurry. IRC isn't very active atm, but i'm sure there will be some people to chat up once the holidays are over.

@xj9

801labs has a meetup at 18:00 every thursday.

https://www.meetup.com/801labs/events/

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