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Tuesday August 12, 2003
04:16 AM

How to revive a Perl Mongers group?

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Due to an unfortunate mixup, Sydney.pm missed holidaying New York Perl Monger Ross Lonstein by 24 hours, the fleet-footed New Yorker already on the road to Melbourne. Only two mongers gorged at the Chinese Noodle restaurant, Shop 7/8 Quay St, Haymarket. After asking the only non-Chinese eater, "Erm, are you Ross Lonstein of New York City?", Stephen and I hatched our evil plan for reviving Sydney.pm over a huge plate of spicy noodles, washed down with a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato (espresso coffee mixed with caramel syrup topped with foamed milk and yet more caramel syrup). Well, we discussed several possibilities, but don't really know what to do.

Any tips on reviving a Perl Mongers group? I heard Gabor gave a talk about the leading Perl Mongers groups at YAPC::Europe; does anyone have a reference to that talk? Who are the leading Perl Monger groups and why are they successful?

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  • This article [pm.org] might be useful.

    Gabor's survey seemed to conclusively prove that london.pm was the biggest and the best :)
  • pdx.pm goes through fits and starts, so I'm familiar with this. It takes two things to keep a group going... a leader that will do it, and a regular meeting, even if it's just a social meeting, although it helps to have meetings with speakers, even on the smallest of topics ("things you can do with a hash!").
    --
    • Randal L. Schwartz
    • Stonehenge
  • Melbourne PM is active and happy. It went very very quiet after Skud left and then we (pjf, me and Scott) decided to bring some life back into it.

    My suggestions on bringing Sydney PM back to life are:

    • Start off with a social gathering for the first meeting - like going to a movie or cafe
    • Find somewhere to host the meeting that you can rely on for a while (contact me for a suggestion)
    • Update the website
    • Enthuse on the list for the whole month between the social gathering and the first officia