We’ve been hosting farmOS monthly calls pretty much since the beginning (~4 or 5 years I think) - and they have been really great ways to engage with people who are interested in farmOS. Sometimes there are over a dozen people on the call (and sometimes there are 2).
On today’s call, we talked a little bit about the future of the monthly calls, and whether or not we could improve them, or if there are alternatives.
One idea that came up was the idea of having standard “office hours” in the farmOS chat instead (with the option of spinning up a video call if/when we felt it was necessary). We don’t record the video calls, so a lot of the great conversations we have aren’t saved anywhere. And they require a fast internet connection, which may be a blocker for some people (even I have trouble sometimes). The farmOS chat room, on the other hand, is logged (http://irc.farmos.org/), and works even with limited bandwidth.
What do others think? Would chat office hours (with occasional video calls) be a option for the community? Would more people be likely to join (and/or just lurk)? Or are the video calls really valuable for the face-to-face?