While the Tuesday chats that happen in the Slack group seem to be well-attended, there’s been a steady decline in attendance in the Shoutbox chat on Thursdays (and the Shoutbox in general, although that may be a different topic).
If we drop down to having just one Coffeehouse chat, what would be a good day and time?
I’m not making this a poll yet, because I’d like to get some more informal feedback. Leaving it at Tuesdays, 9 AM Pacific/12 noon Eastern, is of course an option, but I know that may not be optimal for everyone (for instance, if you’re at work during those hours and can’t open a Slack channel).
And, yes, “keep two chats” is also an option. But:
[ul]We’re just not seeing much use in the Shoutbox. I know some people can’t or won’t move to Slack, but at this point those people seem to be in a very distinct minority (and they also don’t seem to be regular Coffeehouse attendees).
The original notion of multiple chats was to cater to people who could only attend one or the other. In practice, even when both chats were active there was a lot of overlap between attendees.
[*]It’s getting tough to keep coming up with topics for the Thursday chat. The open format of the Tuesday chat seems to work surprisingly well, with people always welcome to bring up topics if they have them.[/ul]
Last but not least: right now I’m the host of the Tuesday Slack chat, but that may not be something I’ll be able to continue, so I would very much like to get a “second” in place who can host it when I’m not available. Hosting duties mostly just involve announcing the chat’s start and asking people to go over last week’s progress, and a few minutes before the end of the hour, asking people what they plan to commit for next week. Depending on what happens with my schedule, I may end up needing a new “lead” host and will drop back to second myself, or even will need both a new lead and second. (We haven’t had official seconds before, but I think it would be an excellent idea.)