I've been wondering how to get more people to show up for the Perl Mongers Meetings? Last time we had a meeting (our second) there were 3 of us. Considering the size of Houston, I know there are more out there.

And Yes, this is a shameless plug for our meeting on the 23rd of May at HAL-PC.


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Re: Houston Perl Mongers
by Abigail-II (Bishop) on May 19, 2003 at 16:19 UTC
    I've been wondering how to get more people to show up for the Perl Mongers Meetings?

    Free beer.


      Hmm, perhaps the power of beer could solve my problems. As it is there are currently 2 groups in houston. But neither had any meetings during the last year or so. Methinks it's a communcation problem that beer could solve.

      If it can unite couples, why not perl mongers :)


      PS very shameless....we posted to news last time and no one showed up. In fact the people from houston on this board didn't notice the news posting.

Re: Houston Perl Mongers
by jacques (Priest) on May 19, 2003 at 16:20 UTC
    I've been wondering how to get more people to show up for the Perl Mongers Meetings?

    What about the University of Houston or other colleges? I bet they have large computer-related mailing lists, which you could post meeting information to.

    Update: On second thought, combine Abigail's brilliant suggestion with mine and I am sure you will have more attendees than you can handle (along with some very amusing photos to put on your website) . . .

Re: Houston Perl Mongers
by mojotoad (Monsignor) on May 19, 2003 at 17:12 UTC
    I think there are indeed two groups/mailing lists. The one I'm subscribed to ( has made no mention of these meetings, so I never heard about them. :(

    Unfortunately I'm going to be out of town for this upcoming meeting, otherwise I'd be there (finally).

    Having said that...Abigail-II's suggestion is a good one.


      Hmm, I will try and set up some kind of get together a couple of weeks after this meeting, preferably in the middle of the week.

      The mailing list we've been corresponding on is It's not very noisy, but silent11 and I try to keep it somewhat humorous ;)


Re: Houston Perl Mongers
by blaze (Friar) on May 19, 2003 at 19:32 UTC
    I think there are a good deal of us who are subscribed to, maybe if you and silent11 got together with krisahoch, the two groups could be combined. As you can see, we still have no place to have meetings, I recently mentioned that HAL-PC seemed like a good place after a thread about the fact that houston has two groups; and if ya'll already have it....seems like a pretty good reason to make friends :)

    I know for me, it would be very difficult to go to any meeting during the week (even on friday night), because I work evenings; if the meetings (dont care which group) were on the weekend i'd definitely sure i can stay sober one weekend a month to go to a perl meeting...then again, if you listen to abigail, maybe i wont have to :)

      I really can't see why you would have to stay sober at a Perl meeting... I'm never. ;-).
        Well, unfortunately, the place we have meetings right now, I believe, does not allow alcohol.....maybe we can remedy that soon. :)


Re: Houston Perl Mongers
by krisahoch (Deacon) on May 19, 2003 at 19:53 UTC

    Houston PerlMongers

    Chuck Bentley and I have finally made first contact. We are working to combine the two groups together. I will post onto the meeting details.

    Kristofer Hoch

    Si vos can lego is, vos es super erudio

Re: Houston Perl Mongers
by tjh (Curate) on May 20, 2003 at 04:14 UTC
    Go trolling (aw hell, make it full blown Campaign) on any/all newsgroups, lists, bbses, even distantly related to all the close subjects. IT, sysadmin, perl, cgi, mysql, Linux, XML, and any all LAMP repositories. Include the JC's, colleges, and universities. Announce a contest for the best ascii-art bull-dogging boot image generated from the best obfuscation.

    That's a big place, and it's a good bet there are literally hundreds of Perl users there somewhere.

    Post a notice to a web form where they can subscribe to a free announcement list concerning Perl In Houston. (Avoid the invitation for them to commit or 'join' anything at this point.)

    Also post the announcement in any print publications with calendar sections.

    Gather the names... mine the list.

    Free beer is good too...

      Good recommendations. As jacques pointed out I will move on to the UH next and see what I can find.


Re: Houston Perl Mongers
by Theo (Priest) on May 21, 2003 at 23:21 UTC
    Hi, petesmiley. It seems to be offline today, but I have found local perlmonks using one of the MonkMaps located at tinymicros.