As many of you may know we have Virtual Meetups every Thursday. Someone presents something they have been working on or learnt about or just brings a topic to the table and we watch the presentation or the demo or we have a discussion for the hour.
The number of attendees vary based on the period, the topic, or other mysterios factors. Normally we have between 15 and 20 persons attending out of the ~400 persons subscribed to the community.
Every week someone asks me if we are going to record the meeting and the answer has been always no.
The reasons for this are:
- Presenters could share semi-confidential material or material which is at an alpha-quality level and they may be not happy sharing it with a larger audience, while they may be ok sharing it with a limited group of people
- Participants could feel more relaxed and happy to participate in the discussion if what they say is not recorded
- This encourages people to participate. This leads to having more people in the discussion and possibly to more people watching the presentation, because we all have a ton of content that “we plan to watch later” and never actually watch
On the other hand I understand that it could be problematic for people to join at a specific time, because they are at work, or having dinner or asleep, depending on where they are based. We could provide that content to an higher percentage of participants.
So these are the reasons why the meetings are not recorded and some reflections on this.
What do you think?