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NewsForge: Sulzberger on success: how to start a killer user group

Oct 12, 2000, 16:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"Sulzberger was willing to share his advice with Linux user groups who want to be as successful as the LXNY group. He says there are nine steps you can follow to do it the right way."

"1. You need more than one or two people to run a group." It gets to be too much work, even with a small group, if there are just a couple of guys handling all the details. Enlist a lot of help right from the start. Form a committee and meet often, even if just online, to discuss details and plans and distribute the workload."

"2. You need to have a regular meeting place and a regular day." Sulzberger says that the New York LUG, a sister group to LXNY, has never missed a monthly meeting. It's important to establish regularity so that it becomes a habit. If people have to try to figure out when the meeting is going to be, it makes it less likely that they'll show up. It's too much trouble."

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