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thank you very much for all your feedback!

What I would be really interested in - and feel free to reply in private if you don't want to expose that publically - is the particular reason why you would prefer not to join a phone conference.

From the messages I've seen so far, it might be a problem of language (not everybody is fluent in English), and it might be a problem of high call fees. Both is totally understandable. We have been trying to get people into meetings via Skype, Google Hangout or various other tools, but nothing so far really worked out perfectly, which is why we stick with phone conferences. However, Having IRC in parallel might make sense. Maybe it's even technically possible to at least stream the audio to everyone and you then can reply via IRC. That might be worth a try, but of course, investigating and setting that up only makes sense if enough people would join such a meeting then - this is why I ask for the reasons. :-)

Marc Paré wrote on 2012-04-26 04:00:

My personal opinion on all of this is that there should be plans for
short term goals and long term goals to help create an effective
marketing group. Short term goals are always comforting for newer
members to the marketing team. Long term goals are usually based on a
more organized and cooperative effort by all members. We do have a "Work
Items" wiki page[1] but it does not seem to have seen much action lately.

I agree, goals are important, and so far, marketing has worked, but we didn't manage to create a real team feeling, which is something I would like to work on now, that we have a good basis and the administrative foundation topics are nearly done.

My primary goals for marketing is indeed to build a marketing network, so we know who is "wearing the hat", and to have a workflow. I think that is a very important ground that we then can build upon.

I also think that an agenda should published prior to the meeting so
that marketing members can come to meetings well prepared. This seemed
to work quite well previously.

I agree, for this time, I simply lacked the time to work on this.

Marketing meetings should occur on a regular basis so that people can
familiarize themselves with regular marketing members as well as to help
with team building. Maybe then, the marketing list will see a little
more discussion and completed work items.

I still think that voice calls are still the best way to meet, IRC is
good as complementary tool.

So, shall we try to call out for regular monthly meetings at fixed times again, with agendas in advance, and try to get those who cannot join the phone call in via IRC?

What do people think about that?


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