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Andy (ZMan) Dunn tried leaving this comment in my blog, but the links caused CAPTCHA to reject it.  No biggie... here it is, along with my reply.

Andy Dunn wrote...
This is a DAMN good idea. One other thing - your user group only gets
listed if it has speakers scheduled. This stops the groups that claim
to exist but do nothing and encourages people to book out a regular
speaking schedule.

Here's the numbers - code magazine charges $2445 per month if you
commit to 24 months for a half page B&W. That's $10 per month per .Net
user group in the USA. (though is all 226 groups have monthly meetings
maybe 1/2 page is not enough).

Looks like Ineta lives on sponsorship from various people
http://www.ineta.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=4&tabid=16 - I would
think that maybe MSDN Magazine at least could do the ads in lieu of
actual sponsorship money since MSDN is already a sponsor.

Here's another problem though - I can't even see a list of Ineta group
events on the Ineta web site! (there is a list
http://www.ineta.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabindex=3&tabid=18 of when
the 'special' speakers are speaking, but its not really very obvious).

You've made me remember why I never bother with user groups.....

Posted on Saturday, October 15, 2005 6:27 PM General Interest | Back to top


Comments on this post: What INETA can do for me... (revisited)

# re: INETA revisited...
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If INETA only lists the user groups each month that actually had INETA speakers that month (as opposed to non-INETA), they wouldn't have to list all the groups every month. If CoDe Magazine cut INETA a break on the ad (and why wouldn't they, since they are a sponsor) it could be totally do-able. Same with MSDN Mag or ASP.NET Pro mag.

As for the website, they ARE redoing it with DotNetNuke, so hopefully it will be better (I know it will, actually) but that still doesn't change the fact that 90% of their traffic is people who already know about User Groups.
Left by Chris Williams on Oct 15, 2005 6:32 PM

# re: What INETA can do for me... (revisited)
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FWIW, I suggested this very same idea to the INETA Community committee back when I was still a member. Nobody seemed very interested in pursuing (or even discussing) it. Maybe if they realize others think it's a worthwhile endeavor, they'll consider it.
Left by Chris Williams on Oct 15, 2005 8:39 PM

# re: What INETA can do for me... (revisited)
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Is CAPTCHA the reason why your server rejects 99% of my feedback attempts?
Left by Owen G on Oct 17, 2005 2:15 PM

# re: What INETA can do for me... (revisited)
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I guess it depends on what you're leaving as feedback. I think CAPTCHA is the name of the automated spam prevention tool thingy they use here. I know Jeff had lots of complaints from us about Comment Spam, so he's banning anything like HTML or URLS in comments. I'm sorry if it's an inconvenience.
Left by Chris Williams on Oct 17, 2005 3:48 PM

# re: What INETA can do for me... (revisited)
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CAPTCHA is the "Enter the code you see:" part.

The rest is just comment spam prevention.
Left by Rick on Oct 19, 2005 12:29 PM

# re: What INETA can do for me... (revisited)
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You are correct sir. My Mistake!!
Left by Chris Williams on Oct 19, 2005 4:45 PM

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