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cstheory is around a year old and around 6 months has passed since the moderator elections. What do you think about having a Town Hall meeting on cstheory chat? We can discuss anything related to cstheory, e.g. how things are going, how we can improve things, etc.

Update: here are the links to part I (Jul 14 2011, 0600-0700 UTC) and part II (Jul 14 2011, 1700-1800 UTC) of the town hall meeting

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  • $\begingroup$ Sounds good to me. $\endgroup$ Jun 21 '11 at 15:28
  • $\begingroup$ Certainly sounds like a good plan. $\endgroup$ Jun 21 '11 at 15:36
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    $\begingroup$ definitely a good idea. we should fix maybe a couple of different times for the chat, depending on the time zone ? $\endgroup$ Jun 21 '11 at 16:40
  • $\begingroup$ Wow, time files! It's really a good idea. We have some new heavy users in our community. Maybe we can have them share the ideas of improving the site. $\endgroup$ Jun 21 '11 at 16:54
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    $\begingroup$ Completely off topic: I'd like to say that I think the three elected moderators have been doing a fantastic job. $\endgroup$ Jun 25 '11 at 14:00
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Let's first decide some dates/times, and then we can use system messages/blogs etc to promote it.

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    $\begingroup$ How about a day in the first week of July? $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Jun 21 '11 at 23:47
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    $\begingroup$ that can work. not too close to SODA deadline though :) (jul 12) $\endgroup$ Jun 22 '11 at 4:52
  • $\begingroup$ How about 15-16 GMT Friday, July 1st? (9AM-10AM in the west coast, noon-1 PM in the east coast, and afternoon/evening in the Europe/Middle East/South Asia, past midnight in China/Japan/East Asia)? $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Jun 24 '11 at 23:08
  • $\begingroup$ It is difficult to get a time that would be suitable both for US/Canada west coast and China because they are 12 hours apart, so we are going to miss some part in Europe if we try to have it in the morning in China and cover West coast. Having it on Friday night would probably help those in China/Japan who want be staying awake past midnight for the meeting and might not be able to wake up the next morning. If anyone has a better time/date post it and we can then count the upvotes on comments to see which one is more popular. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Jun 24 '11 at 23:09
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    $\begingroup$ We might need to do it in batches ? $\endgroup$ Jun 25 '11 at 3:59
  • $\begingroup$ Seems a good idea, we can schedule another one for the users in Asia. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Jun 25 '11 at 5:26
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OK, I think we need to make an announce a few days before the meeting so people can schedule their program. How about these:

WHAT: cstheory Town Hall meeting

WHERE: cstheory chat

WHEN: Thursday, July 14, 2011

  • 6-7 GMT (for Asia)
  • 17-18 GMT (for Europe and Americas)

You can register for the event so you get a reminder as the event approaches: http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/info/47/theoretical-computer-science?tab=schedule


EDIT 1: I fixed the time for Europe/Americas

EDIT 2: moved the date to Thursday, July 14

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  • $\begingroup$ the Asia time works for me, but the 15-16 GMT time is 7-8 in the morning in the MT zone, so I'm unlikely to be on then :). Which is fine: we don't all have to be on at the same time. $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '11 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Suresh, my mistake. I was trying to set it such that it will start in 9AM in the Pacific Time. Let me fix it. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Jun 30 '11 at 23:42
  • $\begingroup$ I can try. 17-18 GMT puts it at around dinner time on a (particularly special) friday evening ... we'll see. $\endgroup$ Jul 1 '11 at 8:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Dave, I thought that Friday would be easier for people who need to wake up the next day, but since now we are having two we can move it to say Thursday, June 14 if that helps. Would it be better if it is on Thursday? $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Jul 1 '11 at 9:35
  • $\begingroup$ Thursday might be better, but I'll possibly have international guests who I'll need to entertain/schmooze with. $\endgroup$ Jul 1 '11 at 9:41
  • $\begingroup$ @Dave, OK, I will change it to Thursday and hopefully your guests will be tired enough to want to go to bed early and you can join us. :) $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Jul 1 '11 at 9:47
  • $\begingroup$ Again it's going to be at dinner time. But perhaps the guests will eat alone (or return to Portugal). $\endgroup$ Jul 1 '11 at 9:48
  • $\begingroup$ Time to promote the town hall ? $\endgroup$ Jul 10 '11 at 22:01
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    $\begingroup$ @Suresh, yes. How about a system message like "cstheory Town Hall meeting in cstheory chat on Thursday, July 14, 6-7GMT or 17-18GMT"? I think we may also want to send an email to the high-rep cstheory users. $\endgroup$
    – Kaveh
    Jul 10 '11 at 22:57
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    $\begingroup$ I'll also mention it in other places, for anyone interested. $\endgroup$ Jul 11 '11 at 5:05

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