A poll to consider changing the weekly QT4CG meeting time

Hello folks,

I swear I wrote this message in December, shortly after our last
meeting, and sent it to the list, but I can’t find any trace of it in
the archives and no one has replied, so I must have hallucinated it.

We’ve been meeting at 16:00 UK time (17:00CET, 11:00EST at the moment)
on Tuesdays for some time. When we chose that time, it was the least
worst option, but it was an impossible time for some.

Just before the holiday break, I asked if the group would consider
changing the time. Perhaps schedules have changed and there’s a new
option that’s least worst for more of us?

The problem is that the possible meeting times are very constrained.
Mondays and Fridays are unsuccessful days for meetings in my
experience. If we want to be as gracious as possible to the folks on
both the Pacific coast of the United States and in Europe, we’re
pretty much stuck with 16:00 UK time. If everyone on the Pacific coast
of the United States wants to start at 07:00, we could go to 15:00 UK
time. If everyone in Europe is willing to start at 18:00, we could go
to 17:00 UK time.

With all that said, let’s give this a try. If you are interested in
participating in the weekly calls, please complete the form below and
send it to me, at least, the list if you wish.

Put a “1” in any slot you’d be happy to meet in. Put a “2” in any slot
you’d be willing to meet in. Leave blank any slots that you are
unwilling or unable to meet. (If you don’t reply, I’m going to assume
you would have replied with a “1” in every slot!)

            | 16:00 GMT | 17:00 GMT | 18:00 GMT |
| Tuesday   |           |           |           |
| Wednesday |           |           |           |
| Thursday  |           |           |           |

A couple of folks proposed that we could have two different meeting
times, alternating weeks. (For example, Tuesday@16:00 one week and
Wednesday@17:00 the next, in alternation).

I don’t have a high degree of confidence that such a scheme would be
successful. If some participants can only meet every other week, I think
they will find it frustrating. For participants planning to meet every
week, I can easily imagine missed meetings because they thought it was
“the other” week. But I’ll keep that option open when I have a complete
set of numbers.

This *is not* a proposal to change the time for our next scheduled
meeting, 16:00GMT (17:00CET, 11:00EST) on Tuesday, 9 January 2024.

                                        Be seeing you,

Norm Tovey-Walsh

Received on Thursday, 4 January 2024 16:56:34 UTC