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North257

Chatroom Meet This Weekend?

Anyone up for a meeting this weekend? have a general chit chat about things we have going on/modding/looking to mod etc?
UKNerfWar

IRC is stupid and confusing. How about a hangout?
North257

Sure I'm down with that Smile
dabrad89

What day /  Time we thinkin?
NewportNerfer113

I'd be up for that. Depends on time, etc.

Assume you are referring to Google Hangouts?
North257

Saturday Midday maybe? just see what time people can make
OldNoob

Most of the veterans here are only available from 9pm on. Many of us still work Saturday or get sucked into kids stuff.
Happy to join either a hangout or Skype chat again, or host.
North257

Well like i say when ever is best for everyone else Smile
OldNoob

Add a poll on your original post, use edit, then people vote, then you select the most popular option. Democracy in action.
Boff

This particular veteran isn't available weekends. Smile I Nerf for a living, got to have some time away.
McRex

I enjoyed the last get together. Another skype or hangouts meeting would be nice.
Davidov

Shame I have to miss the first one of these since I've started paying proper attention here but I'll be with you in spirit / filled with spirits in a bar when I'm away this weekend.
FDT

Busy both nights at the weekend but I really need to get into one of these.
North257

well we can always postpone it until a time that's best for everyone, would be good to have some regulars involved and also some newbies as well?
OldNoob

Date and time now set by democracy. It will be-

Saturday 30th January (TODAY) at 9pm.

Platform- TBC
Hosting member- TBC

Please decide on a platform and holler if you want to host.
North257

sorry guys, not exactly been the best weekend for me so wasn't really online much, i hear we are now trying for the chat Monday?
OldNoob

Currently completed a chat yesterday, feel free to organise another however you want. We do need to sort out a stable and accessible platform, hangouts didn't even get used yesterday!
North257

OK that's cool, i think next time i will give people plenty more notice and plan it better, how did it go last night? many people? like i said not a great start to my weekend yesterday, so wasn't able to make it online last night
UKNerfWar

No worries buddy. Historically all BN chats are plagued with technical problems, partly because OldNoob lives in the 3rd world and internet is supplied by horse and cart. Also, we're old men, internets scare us. Perhaps if we can get a young'un to organise the technology we can have a chat without all the faff?

In the end there was 4/5 of us. Myself, ON, McRex, Blindgeek and HaloXXBilly.

It was a good chat. The Leeds war sounded like a hoot and I'm glad that a few of you finally got together. Once the ice is broken with these things it suddenly becomes a lot easier.

We'll put some more planning into the next one. Possibly schedule a regular call once a fortnight or something?
McRex

I'd love a regular call, but we'll need a day thats nice to as many people as possible. Once a week at Saturday?
haloxxbilly

If we do it on Skype again the person with the best connection should host and when they leave then the person with the next best connection should host and so on. This could help to get better results on Skype.
McRex

Well, I have like 160mb/s ethernet connection, so should I host?
dabrad89

On friday the poll suggested the call would be monday so i didnt bother logging in until saturday evening ... by which time i had completely missed the call!
ill try again next time.
North257

OK Guys so are we wanting to do one tonight or give it another 2 week where i can plan it and advertise it a lot more?
OldNoob

Let's set one up for a couple if weeks time. Put a poll up for date/time, then set it a full week before to give people a chance to remember it. Pick a platform ahead of time too.
haloxxbilly

Maybe we could start doing a regular one so people know when it is? Every week or two? Skype is good for 5ish people.
McRex

I don't think we really need to plan ahead more than 2 and a half weeks, at most. But we should decide even further before then who is hosting and in what order.
SSGT

That's one benefit of hangouts, once set up no-one specifically has to host it so you don't have to worry about the regular host being away for whatever reason. I don't think hangout links expire anymore either (the link that Boff posted on Saturday still appears to be live and kicking) so maybe a permanent hangouts link posted in a locked-down sticky on the Members only forum (with other details such as how often etc.) would work. People could then join that at whatever regular time is decided (or in between times if they really want).

The only issue with having a regular call "every other week" is that, without updating the specific dates every time, new people to the forum (or even regulars who have been away a while) may not know when the last call was and, therefore, won't know whether the next call is this week or next. If it could be more specific (1st and 3rd Saturday of every month at 9pm for example - it amounts to the same thing but it's a little better defined) it might be more fool-proof. Alternatively you could have a "we're having a hangout/Skype call this week at x time on y date" thread the week before each call, which you then delete afterwards to keep things clean, but that just seems clunky and it'd have to be the responsibility of a mod/admin to post and delete the thread every other week.

If some people prefer weekends and some prefer weekdays you could always alternate it (1st Saturday and 3rd Monday of every month for example).
Davidov

I have been using a group hangout link that has been in constant use for 3 years + elsewhere so can confirm it could be a permanent thing, all other factors you mention to be considered.

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