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Posted May 4th, 2009 - 1:58 am by from Roanoke, United States (Permalink)
Not sure if this would be a good place for the question, but I was wondering about how to become an Ambassador, even though it says they are not open for applications till June, I'm getting very frustrated that a city the size of Roanoke doesn't have one dang ambassador, and we can't even put in an application till June. Yes, there may be one down the road in Blacksburg, but Roanoke is bigger than Blacksburg, even if we don't have a ton of CSers. I mean, if I wanted to, I could still host a monthly meeting here in Roanoke, but it would be nice if we had someone listed as an ambassador here, because I don't want to drive 45 minutes down the road for a vegan potluck dinner once a month, I want a Roanoke dinner with lots of meat ;)

Posted May 4th, 2009 - 2:50 am by from Perth, Australia (Permalink)
Hi Jedidiah,

At the moment the AMT (Ambassador Management Team) is not accepting applications for new ambassadors. The reason for this is that there is a major overhaul of the whole system going on right as we speak.
And rather then slow this process down by reviewing all new applications, we have postponed the next round of ambassadors until everything is in order (June).

But this does not mean you can't already carry out the role of an ambassador in your part of the world. Remember, having that little yellow flag does make you any more important then any other member. Does not give you any special powers, or any more authority.
It is just a symbol of your desired to help out with the community.

So go ahead, organise a meeting, get to know the people in your part of the world.
I see that there is a meeting coming up soon in Roanoke, Local Colours 2009
Why not go along and meet up with some other people there.

And if you do want to hold a dinner once a month with lots of meat, go ahead and organise one and get the community really rocking.

Posted May 4th, 2009 - 6:29 am by from Roanoke, United States (Permalink)
Yeah, sadly I work all day on the 16th, which means I don't get to do that. Problem is, Roanoke has no after-hours things going on. I am a member of the Houston CS community, and on any night of the week you can always find something going on, karaoke, clubs, movies, get togethers, whatever. Roanoke has nothing for people who work, and less for those who work weekends.

I'm going to organize a dinner, but I think I'll wait until my brother moves into his new house, and try to have it over there. It will be much bigger than my apartment.

Posted May 4th, 2009 - 9:07 am by from Perth, Australia (Permalink)
Good idea, hope you have a great meeting and it is a start to more things happening in your neck of the woods

Posted May 4th, 2009 - 6:13 pm from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted May 5th, 2009 - 12:08 am by from Roanoke, United States (Permalink)
Well, it isn't really that we have an inactive AMB, we just don't have any. We are a moderately sized town, with about 120k people in the valley, and that silly B'burg group has an AMB :( This could be a jealousy issue, perhaps...But, they try to make us all into hippie clones with their vegan dinners! I can't stand for it!

As far as opinions, I generally don't have many about people that are pre-conceived. I have met thousands and thousands of people, and everyone is different. I've even met fun and decent vegans/vegetarians. And probably those B'burg folks are decent enough, even if they don't eat meat. But the only meal I don't eat meat with is Fast. I don't like Fast very often, if ever. I love food, and by food I mean meat.

As far as BBQ sauce recipes, I don't do a lot of cooking, because places burn down and it causes an undue burden on the local fire department. I failed at making instant mashed potatoes once. My brother, however, makes anything and everything, and makes it from scratch, so if you want recipes, he is definitely the man to talk to...

Maybe I'll try and get a dinner going at a park or something here soon, but I've got to work on getting the basic meats provided to make sure it is a success. I might even invite our vegan AMBs if they can handle to succulent and glorious scent of sizzling meat.

Posted May 5th, 2009 - 12:09 am by from Roanoke, United States (Permalink)
Btw, please, send some travelers to Roanoke, VA...We need something going on here...

Posted May 5th, 2009 - 11:31 am from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted May 5th, 2009 - 8:19 pm by from Stockholm, Sweden (Permalink)
Hi there, I would like to give my (personal) view on this =)

I also think that CS is a great tool for expand and share cultures and experiences, and that events etc should be aimed to include people. However I do not see any problem with having a vegetarian dinner/potluck etc rather the other way around.. isn't it a great opportunity for meat-eaters to try something different, to experience a new culture?

I think that having a dinner where everybody should eat vegetarian food is ok as long as meat eaters are welcome (but should still not eat meat during the event) I see it as trying new things.. u are not excluding anyone by this, only setting up a few rules around the event that participants should hold to. Just like having a alcohol free dinner, or smoke/drug free picnic, or visiting a nude beach, or going to a book reading club.. everyone are welcome, but are asked to adhere to the specific "rules"/guidelines and do/not do certain things during the event.. no one person is kept out, only certain acts/behavior..

As i said, I see no problem with this, rather the opposite, I think it is good and maybe can give others new experiences.. =)

It is important though that the "rules" of the event is clear.


Tomas

Posted May 5th, 2009 - 8:32 pm from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted May 5th, 2009 - 8:42 pm by from Utrecht, Netherlands (Permalink)
why does everybody get so negative in this thread?

If somebody invites you for a vegetarian dinner you should be happy that somebody organises something instead of complain you can't eat meat. Some people just seem addicted to meat.

To me the reaction of some people feels like being invited to a classical concerts and complaining that you can't play metal in there.

I'm a vegetarian but don't consider myself a hardliner. If I cook for others it is vegetarian, but if they want to eat meat with it (and prepare it themselves) that is no problem at all. I know quite a lot of people who make a fuzz if I don't want to eat their meat.

@ Jedidiah: great that you want to be active. You don't have to be ambassador for that. I organised meetings way before I became ambassador. Organising meetings (what of course works best is the sort of meeting YOU like), will help to get Roanoke on the map and to get more travellers there, I'm afraid I can't ' send' them. A little bit of rivalry between cities can help in being motivated to get your city active, but don't get over the top. I'm sure Roanoke and Blacksburg are both fine places, just like the people in it.

Some inspiration for events can be found in here:
http://wiki.couchsurfing.com/en/Events

Posted May 5th, 2009 - 10:03 pm by from Roanoke, United States (Permalink)
Jasper, apparently you don't read, though. The event is the monthly ambassador-hosted event that is THE monthly event for the entire area (Since my area doesn't have anything that ever goes on...) it is the monthly event for B'burg, C'burg, Roanoke, Salem, Radford, about six different counties altogether. It is not just a random concert. As ambassadors they are supposed to be hosting events at least once a month, but they take a decidedly biased stance on the issue. Eating Vegan/Vegetarian is a lifestyle choice. If I want to eat meat, then that is my choice, why can't I not eat meat at their "everyone welcome" dinner? Would there be a different view if they said a gay couple couldn't hold hands at their "straight only" monthly meeting? I am pretty damn sure some people would be offended by that.

As far as having a chance to try food, I try a lot of food. I've had nasty rotten cabbage from Korea (Kimchi) I've had all kinds of food from all kinds of places, even if I know I won't like it, I try new things all the time. Forcing me to follow a lifestyle, even if for a few hours while I am trying to hang out and meet new people, is not fair for us. Should I force them to eat greasy burgers when they come over to my place? If they don't eat meat, good for them, but why should they host the monthly event and try to force their views on everyone else? That isn't tolerance, which is what I hear preached by CSers, that is hypocrisy. The funny thing is, its only the vegans that ever try and FORCE their food on other people. Us carnivores couldn't give a crap about you you eat, we just want to be able to eat what we enjoy.

As far as the music analogy goes, it would be more like inviting everyone to a "music session" but limiting the music to country music. The meeting is a group thing, we aren't going to their house to hear them talk, we are going there to meet everyone, not just the hosts. A concert is where everyone is there to see a certain individual or group. What a CS meeting is like would be if you went to a concert and ignored the band and just mingled with the crowd, because that is what you are there for, the crowd, and meeting new people. Not cheering for the host.

And I find it very offense (Tomas), that you are comparing a meat-free dinner to a drug-free picnic...Again, very typical vegan attitude of vilifying meat. That attitude is the reason I don't associate with most vegans/vegetarians, it isn't that I don't like their food (I eat vegetables and fruit and all. I just also happen to like meat. To me, meat is the main dish of a meal, and the veggies are side-dishes, or used to compliment the main dish.)

I don't understand why the people who eat meat as well as veggies are always told to "try something different" and eat vegan dishes, when hell, we are the tolerant ones, we're the ones who don't really care what you eat. We don't actively campaign to try and get you to eat a steak, you eat what you want, and I'll eat what I want. You don't want my food at your event, well, that is your loss, because I do not want to be associated with a narrow-minded person like that. People like Tomas come on here and preach about being open to new things and then in the same statement are being closed to other possibilities. Are we the only ones who need to be tolerant and receptive to new (READ: Your) ideas?




Finally, to Jim:

It isn't that I want them to MAKE me a steak, I want to be allowed to bring my amazingly good chili with lots of beef, or some great hot wings with our homemade sauce, or just some good old hand-breaded fried chicken. It is a potluck dinner, so everyone brings their own dish, but people are supposed to try everyone else's dish. I don't care who tries my dish, but I want it to be there for someone who may never have had the chance to taste the best chili in the world. I even tried to message Eric and Melissa to see if they would mind if I brought a pot of chili that wasn't a vegan dish. This was in February, their first holding of the monthly meeting. The only way they want me to bring my chili is if I leave the meat at home. What is chili without meat anyway, it just called beans...







Even more finally, yes, this may have seemed like a negative post, and it probably was, but I am not the one trying to infringe on people's lifestyles. I certainly see how if you are hosting an event in your home, you can set rules. All events at my place are smoke-free indoors. I'm not trying to infringe on your right to smoke, its just in my house, I am not going to let you give me cancer from your cigarettes. More people die from second-hand smoke, than smokers themselves. Meat, on the other hand, the smell of meat will not kill you. It will not give you cancer. At my place, smokers are welcome, but they have to smoke outside. What am I supposed to do at a vegan place that won't allow meat in the house, eat in the driveway? Yes, that is tolerance at it's finest. How would you like to go to a "bookreading club" held by a christian couple, and the only "book" you could read was the bible? I mean, according to Jasper, if you complained about that it would be the same thing as you going to see a classical concert and complaining you couldn't play heavy metal. Again, double standards by people who preach tolerance.

Posted May 6th, 2009 - 10:38 am by from Stockholm, Sweden (Permalink)
Hi Jedidiah!

Im sorry that you found my post offensive, that was not my intention.

I did not mean that meat is the same as drugs (that would make me a drug addict I guess since I love meat myself ;) I was just trying to point to an example, sometimes it is ok to smoke pot, sometimes it is not, sometimes it is ok to smoke sometimes not, sometimes it is ok to eat meat sometimes not..

anyway
I was not preaching that some should force others to change their lifestyles just that it just that it can be ok to create events following certain pre set rules and that people attending those should please adhere to them..

I do not think it is right to exclude something because u eat something special or believe something special, but I do think it is ok to create events that have some specific limitations in what is happening during the event..

If I go to a book discussion meeting where romantic books is going to be discussed I do not read books that I personally prefer (like SF) and talk about that instead.

If someone have a party and want to keep it alcohol and drug-free I do not use any of that in the party (not that I would use drugs in any case, but I wouldn't react so much if someone else used a drug that is legal in that place)

If someone creates a country-music event I play/listen to country music there, not heavy metal like usual.

If someone wants a meat free dinner, I do not eat meat there, I do that all other days at home.

Since I do know of the rules in advance I can choose not to go or to go and experience something new..
But if someone creates a event for general books/music/stimulant use/food than that is what is ok, the organisers of the event should decide what goes and not goes during the event and visitors accept =)

Just like when going to a foreign country, then I experience and try to understand the culture there, I do not bring my own culture since Im the guest.. unless someone asks me of course..

Simple as that.. =)
What I find important though is that everybody should be welcome to the events, it should not matter if people attending normally do things differently as long as they stick to the specific culture/rules during the event.. nothing strange with that I think..?


Although as u pointed out, having the regular big meeting in such a way does not sound really good. My arguments support stand alone events that just happens occasionally.

When there are more regular meetings and especially the areas big meetings I also think they should be less limited and more accessible for everyone. I must have missed that detail earlier, I guess my Fallacious brain was too tired ;).


So in the end, I stand with my belief that events can be limited, but I agree that the areas regular big meetings should preferably not be limited..

Hope I do not offend u or anyone else with this now ;)

Tomas

Posted May 6th, 2009 - 11:09 am by from Stockholm, Sweden (Permalink)
And then I want to add a few other things, I think it is good taht u have talked a bit with the organisers, I wish u good luck with it and that u will succeed to have a constructive discussion that is good for everybody =)

And the next time in the states I would love to taste that chili u are speaking of, altough I am not such a big fan of beans, but I guess I could be a bit more open minded towards food.. ;)

Take care!

Tomas

Posted May 6th, 2009 - 2:16 pm from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted May 9th, 2009 - 9:45 pm by from Roanoke, United States (Permalink)
Okay, so forgive me when I thought that where it said you needed to spend 10 hours a months with activities, meetings, online, etc, that it meant you needed to have enough time to organize a monthly meeting and do other activities that were required. I'm not an AMB, so I don't know if any particular activities are required, so forgive my ignorance. Perhaps the wording could be changed a little so us "normal" folk can understand what an AMB has to do a little better?

Posted May 6th, 2009 - 10:47 am by from Utrecht, Netherlands (Permalink)
Ok, if it is a regular meeting meant to welcome all new couchsurfers then limiting of any kind would be wrong.

I'm still pretty surprised how much of a big deal it is to not eat meat for a few hours.

But on the other hand, I checked the meeting page and there is no meeting at all on it on the whole state of Virginia. I don't get the feeling Blacksburg is that active. Are you sure this wasn't a 'one time' thing?

Since there is nothing planned in Virginia, feel free to organise the next big thing for Virginia in Roanoke. I won't complain if there are no vegatebles ;)

Posted May 6th, 2009 - 10:55 am by from Utrecht, Netherlands (Permalink)
ah, found it:
http://www.couchsurfing.org/meetings.html?mid=31447

doesn't seem like some sort of 'official' monthly meeting, it is just a normal potluck and they even promote an event in Roanoke.

I really don't understand what the problem is with a meeting like this. If you don't like it, just feel free to organise something better.

ps. I don't see any ambassador signed in, the organiser is no ambassador, I couldn't even find a single ambassador in the state of Virginia.

Posted May 9th, 2009 - 11:03 pm by from Roanoke, United States (Permalink)
Well, a few things.

First off, I was wrong, they are not official ambassadors. My mom had referred to them as the "Ambassadors from Blacksburg" back when they started doing their monthly potluck dinners, in February.

Which leads me to the second point, the meeting is not a one-time thing, it is an every "Third Sunday" thing. I'm not sure if you can view past month's events, but I still have the invitation e-mails saved for February and March, as well as the April one that was posted.

My third thing is this. This isn't a big deal about me not eating meat for a few hours. I don't eat meat 24/7, I work, I sleep, I do other things. I just don't want to have the only event in the area make me feel uncomfortable being there. The way I see it, if you want to organize something that will attract as many members in the community as possible, don't impose limitations. If you don't like meat in your house, maybe you should think about organizing a get-together at a local park instead? Where people can feel comfortable being there?

The way I see it, the Vegan/Omnivore discussion is the same thing as a Gay/Straight discussion. If you don't feel comfortable with homosexual people in your home, you don't host an event in your home. You wouldn't tag your get-together as a "straight-only" event. Your dining preference is just as important a choice as your sexual preference. If I was homosexual, and I went to an event that prohibited homosexual behavior (Guys holding hands, whatever) I would feel uncomfortable. I would feel like people thought they were better than me. That is how I feel about the meat/vegan issue. The Vegan/Vegetarian community broadly appears to look down on the portion of us that eat meat. Limiting my choice of food, even if just for a few hours, doesn't make me feel comfortable. I mean, I'm sure a homosexual couple could refrain from holding hands for a few hours at a get together, by should they have to? Again, people who preach tolerance should also be tolerant of lifestyles other than their own. I'm a very opinionated person, I have very solid and unshakable beliefs, and yet I am very tolerant of other people and their differences. The line I draw, is when it infringes on me.

One of my last things, I am wondering why the only actual ambassadors listed for the state are either in Alexandria, or Richmond. I don't know, maybe I see things differently than some of you guys. I don't even really think I want to be an ambassador, I just want someone that is able to do so, to take on the responsibility of organizing the group. I see the yellow flag as an obligation, not just a reference source (We have a wiki for that.) I think that if someone knew they had responsibilities to the CS community, it would make them easier to decide to do them. I'm not sure I can explain what my belief is in a way that is easily understood, but people will slack off if they aren't EXPECTED to do something. It is like a productivity level or something. If you are not held accountable for a certain level of productivity at work, you get lazy, whatever, and your productivity will likely drop. People that have to meet certain levels of productivity are more likely to make those levels than people who aren't held accountable. That is the way I see it from personal experience. That is the way I see ambassadors also. People who say they are willing to take on the responsibility of being an ambassador would know they have to have meetings, etc. There would be less "Oh, I really don't feel like organizing something today, we'll do it next month." if they were held accountable. Myself, I could hold a potluck dinner, but I doubt I would even think about it once a month if I wasn't "supposed" to do it. I am a very busy person. I drove 1300 miles this week, walked probably 50+, and worked a total of 66.75 hours this week (I was away from internet from Tuesday evening till about two hours ago when I got home.), and we'll be doing it again next week. However, I still manage to find time to do something if I have it planned. However, my place is a bad place for any type of gathering, and I am wanting to hold off on any dinners being planned until my brother moves into his new place, for space and other considerations.

I'll also add my quick response to Craig in here as well, rather than a separate post. I like the ideas you have, and will do what I can to follow them. Again though, I'm not sure I'm really interested in being the moderator, I just want someone to do the job ;) If I'm the only one who can do, so be it, but I work a lot of hours, and am not guaranteed net access every day (We were in Smyth County and Tazewell County this last week, without net access. Hell, I didn't even have cell service 95% of the time, except at the hotel.) The problem with posting my plans, is that I never have anything planned in advance. My brother calls and says "Hey, want to see ?" And I say, "Sure!" And we go. My best friend calls at 11am on a Saturday and says "Wanna Hike?" I say "Sure!" and he says "I'll pick you up in about 10-15 minutes." Not much planning goes into my plans. I could try out twitter, maybe make a Roanoke CS Twitter group...Would allow faster posting of spontaneous events, but even then, I still don't plan them far enough in advance to allow anyone to realistically join in, unless they were sitting on the computer or whatever at the right time, and happened to be free.

The other challenge is that I don't have a personal vehicle, which makes it hard for me to make plans to do anything, without know who is driving me first. So I can't just say "I'm going hiking, anyone want to come?" It would end up being "I want to go hiking, can anyone drive me?" This makes things difficult when I want to plan something, as I have to already know for sure someone else is planning on attending, before being able to say for certain I can do it.

Posted May 5th, 2009 - 10:29 pm by from Roanoke, United States (Permalink)
I also want to point out that until that very last message by me, I had not said anything that was negative, other than in a joking manner. I wasn't bitching about the vegan dinners, in my first post I made one comment about how I didn't want to drive almost an hour for a dinner that didn't have meat in it. Okay, that is a personal preference, not a negative comment. Second message, didn't even mention vegan or meat. I said I was going to try and get a dinner together once my brother got moved into the new house he just bought, because they are going to have a real dining room, an office, a library, a living room, and a huge kitchen (I.E more room for people to meet than at his apartment with a living room, an office, and a small kitchen; Or at my apartment, which has a smaller kitchen, a smaller living room, and is sans office.) Only thing that could be considered negative on there was my frustration that there are no events in the evenings for CSers. My third post, I made a joking comment about "those B'burg" folks might even be decent. It was a joke, like when someone says "I'm a Texas Longhorn/Georgia Bulldog/Virginia Tech Hokie fan" and I say "God might forgive you." It isn't like I actually think it is a sin to be a fan of one of those schools, its just that I'm not, I'm a fan of rivals (Or in VT's case, I just don't like them, so I become a fan of anyone they play.) I also made another joking comment about inviting them up to Roanoke, if they can stand the smell of meat. It wasn't a negative comment, it was just some kidding around. My fourth post was just simply a joke, a kinda P.S. to the third post. Obviously no one is going to force someone to fly to Roanoke at gunpoint, it was, again, just a joke. See, I joke around a lot, I am not generally a serious person. 50% of what I say is sarcasm. That's just me. If you don't understand sarcasm, then just quit reading my posts, because it will just piss us both off.

So, unless I missed something, where is all this negativity you are speaking of? A few random jokes a few personal opinions, and you make it sound as if I am this crazed lunatic screaming about the injustices of making me eat a damn carrot. No, I gave an opinion and made a few jokes, while furthering the discussion about "acting" as an AMB without being one. And all the crazed lunatics start coming out of the woodwork attacking me. And funny enough, all the ones attacking me seem to be the "tolerant" vegetarians (Jim is not included in this, because he is one of the "intolerant" ones, who doesn't mind killing a baby calf and feasting on it's flesh with some good friends.)


And to make sure I hit it one more time, lest someone doesn't even get what was said:

"no one person is kept out, only certain acts/behavior.."

The rules on those events are there for specific reasons, in almost all cases. They are there to keep things from being disruptive and/or dangerous. Again, comparing me eating a hamburger to you running a line of coke, or drinking a pack of Budweiser, or blowing cancer-smoke in my face is so completely out of line that I still don't even see how you get away with saying something like that. With posts like that, you should change your name to Tomas Fallacious.

Posted May 6th, 2009 - 4:02 am by from Perth, Australia (Permalink)
Hey Jedidiah,

I can hear what you are saying here, that you are unhappy that the only CS event that occurs near where you live is a vegan/vegetarian event.

It is a fine line here between being inclusive of everyone and making the event open for all and also having certain rights in your own home. I know a few vegans who absolutely refuse to allow meat (or as they like to put it, dead flesh) into their homes, while there are others who have no trouble with me cooking meat with their saucepans.

Personally I would like to see an open discussion between yourself and the organisers of this monthly meeting. I feel that it would be in the best interests of everyone if you were allowed to bring whichever food you wanted to the potluck, as you said, your not forcing people to eat it.
But again we have to respect the fact, that if the meeting is being held in their house, they can chose what is allowed inside.

Saying all this, why not organise your own potluck, or chilli cook off, picnic or other event and show the organisers of the vegan potluck that you can be more accepting.
Lead by example, rather then put yourself in the underdog position. Show them what they are missing out on.

Posted May 6th, 2009 - 3:52 am by from Perth, Australia (Permalink)
Hi Jim,

To quickly address your query there has been a discussion going on about inclusive/exclusive meetings in the Ambassador private group. Unfortunately as it is in the private group it is only open for ambassadors to read.

But basically the idea is that when people organise meetings and events through CS they should endeavor to be open for everyone, big/small, old/young, christian/muslim, vegan/carnivore, straight-edge/alcoholics, male/female/other...
This means that you should not exclude anyone from an event based on any differences they might have for you.

There is a small exception made for the one or two events that can not exist without making such an exclusion. This is almost always for women-only events. So that the participants can feel more comfortable talking about things without men there. These meetings are not meant to be social gatherings, they should be open to everyone, but rather are educational/motivational events.

So if a vegan wishes to hold a pot-luck or a cooking night in their home, they can say "No meat", but they should not say "Vegans only". It is their house, they are allowed to set the rules. But excluding everyone who is not a vegan is just not on.
Similarly, another person could hold a BBQ and cook up all the meat they wish. Vegans could still come along to the meeting (they might want to bring their own salad or vegetarian food) but they should still be welcome.

I hope you can see where I am driving at here

Posted May 6th, 2009 - 4:10 pm by from Utrecht, Netherlands (Permalink)
Whoops,
I posted to fast, there are ambassadors in Virginia,
here is a list:
http://wiki.couchsurfing.com/en/United_States_Ambassadors#Virginia

@ Jedidiah: if you need help organising things, don't hesitate to contact them.

@ Jim, I don't get it, you mean CS-politics ruined this thread? Where did that come in?

ps. CS also changed my life. The way I try to keep all the time I spend with it fun is to mainly organise what I like to organise and to let others organise what they want to organise. No more then that.

peace,
Jasper

Posted May 7th, 2009 - 11:54 pm by from Queenstown, New Zealand (Permalink)
for what it's worth, this is what I did to get my local community more active. Same boat, our community is WAY more fun and active now.

1. don't wait for someone else to organise something. Take the bull by the horns and do it yourself.

2. It seems there is no moderator of your group. Send a message to admin asking them to make you the moderator. it's fairly simple thing.

3.ask for help. post a thread explaining your endevour to get the Roanoke group more active. You may be surprised.

4. Post every activity that you're doing that you don't mind other csers tagging along to. Movies?... post it. BBQ ?.....post it. play station afternoon ?..... post it. Scratching your arse ??.... post it.

5. This is a little time consuming but it's worth it. Do a couch search of your area. Keep it general. Click onto every profile that is there and see if they are a member of the group. If not, send them an e mail with the link to your group. Ask them to join. ADD THIS.

if you're new to the group doesn't mean you can't organise something. There is no hierarchy in this group. If you have an idea for a gathering post it, and see what happens.

this is the very template I use and it's amazing how many people out there don't know that groups even exist !!

6. post another thread along this line to the group in general... There is no hierarchy in this group. If you have an idea for a gathering post it, and see what happens. when I posted this I got alot of newbies and even old hands who thought there was a hierarchy. they just needed that myth busted and they started organising events themselves.{ In my opinon a yellow flag is only an indication for others that you can ask this person a question about CS and you're probably going to get a fairly good answer, nothing more, nothing less. The activity level of an idividual is NOT represented by a flag} you have as much say as anyone else, flag or no flag.

7. Make others who are active moderators too. Split the job of welcoming every new member to the group with the same message that they can contribute. We have people here now who join CS and within a week are holding some sort of gathering.

8. Learn to use the events option and event any gathering you think .

Hope this helps.

Posted May 8th, 2009 - 7:12 am by from Stockholm, Sweden (Permalink)
Craig, that was an excellent advice! And very well put, I think I will copy this advice and give it to others as well! And lso do it myself, I know one group that could use some more action here at home =)

Tomas


Posted May 8th, 2009 - 11:06 am by from Queenstown, New Zealand (Permalink)
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