Meeting This Sunday
The long awaited first GCG Gathering will take place this Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 4:00pm GCG (7:00pm EDT) at the Great Canadian Grid Cabin Gathering Circle (located near the pool area). Everyone is welcome to attend this important town hall meeting to discuss grid issues. This is a public get together for GCG members and hypergrid visitors. The GCG Gatherings group is for meetings and formal get togethers. We get together for 1-2 hours and talk about any issues, though we avoid things like politics, religion and the usual touchy RL subjects. Voice is not required, text is encouraged so everyone is fairly included.
GCG Gatherings Meeting
Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018 ***** RESCHEDULED TO JUNE 3 *****
Time: 4:00pm GCG Time (7:00pm EDT)
Where: GCG Gathering Circle, GCG Welcome region (walk past the cabin and pub toward the pool area)
The Official GCG Gathering for all the news.
This is a public get together for GCG members and hypergrid visitors. The GCG Gatherings group is for meetings and formal get togethers. We get together for 1-2 hours and talk about any issues, though we avoid things like politics, religion and the usual touchy RL subjects. Voice is not required, text is encouraged so everyone is fairly included.
GCG Region Owners Meeting Incredible Success
“The meeting was an incredible success. Many people were in attendance and excellent comments and ideas were raised. There was a clear spirit of enthusiasm and we must work together to achieve some of these great ideas. I am already working on the plan, a way to bring it all together, that will give you the opportunity to help. Keep watching for future notices from me.” ~Steve Zodi, GCG Traffic Manager.
This article was a summary of the RO Meeting minutes by Winter Silversmith for the Corran Journal. Mr. Silversmith has re-joined the GCG Team as a Traffic Manager (GCG Grid) and Team Facilitator (GCG Gatherings). We are going to explore some of the topics brought up at the meeting in this article.
A skybox builders contest was discussed. It was suggested that the best three skyboxes made by the entrants will receive a prize. Other prizes may be made available to the other participants. The idea of a Building Fair Event was proposed. The contest idea was positively received.
There was a suggestion that GCG members could get together and brainstorm about traffic and updates. Since they were already at a meeting doing that very thing something new had to be proposed. That is where the co-operation between the GCG and the Gathering has come in. The Region Owners meetings and Corran Journal’s Gatherings will merge together under one banner – the GCG Gatherings. Region Owner meetings may continue in the future as needed but the new GCG Gatherings event opens the floor to ideas from the entire GCG populus.
Now, those reviewing the minutes of the RO Meeting will note that there was further suggestion that the GCG Sun could promote different regions and future parties could be planned in those regions if the region owners want more traffic. Imagine having a small-town set in medieval times. Your themed region is featured in the GCG Sun and then a short time later we could all work together to plan a themed party in your region. Members discussed how regions could be better promoted within the GCG as they related to different types of lands or regions, steampunk, gothic, futuristic, Sci-Fi, to name but a few.
There was significant discussion on how to better welcome new members to the Great Canadian Grid metaverse. One of the biggest challenges we face is the lack of advertising by members promoting their free services including parcels, homes, shops and products. All members need to focus on keeping their Profile Links and Classified Ads up to date and accurate and deleting them when they are no longer valid.
And lastly, on the agenda topics, it was mentioned by Tigerkitti Eberdene how she has created the Learning Tree on her land for those interested in building. Krull Kitty, Douglas and Tigerkitti are the Learning Tree’s instructors.
The Agenda of the RO meeting came to the part that allowed open discussion and a question period for any staff members present including Roddie Macchi, Grid owner.
Question: Is there are hashtag that can be used in social media to promote GCG?
Answer: Yes, the hashtag #myGCG was created in 2017 for this purpose. Everyone is welcome to use the hashtag when writing about their positive activities, roleplay and events in the Great Canadian Grid. The hashtag has already been used on Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter.
Question: Is there a group available for new members to join and find free land to live on when they first arrive in the grid?
Answer: Yes, the GCG Residents group is created for those new members who have occupied a free residential parcel on the GCG Free Housing region. The GCG Help Group is available for those members needing help and members who can find the time to help others.
Question: Do you think as a group we could come up with suggestions or guidelines for providing these things that would fit our ideas of providing enough to interest new members in GCG, but not overdo it by providing too much and making those renting and selling upset?
Answer: Yes, the GCG Region Owners group was created for that purpose. The group brings Region Owners together to discuss products and services specifically tailored to new members such as free housing, free products and educational or tutorial services like building and scripting.
Question: Is it possible to provide new members with information up front before they ask for it, for example a blue menu pop-up?
Answer: We don’t have the scripting for that currently. The best option is to work together to improve how information is collected and delivered in an easy to read format to new members.
Question: What about the Hypergrid and its role in GCG?
Answer: The GCG Welcome Area is now the default landing area through the Hypergrid gate. Alex Reese99 pointed out earlier that the Hypergrid is not available on SecondLife.
Question: Is there a single store with all the items in it for new members?
Answer: Yes, the GCG Freebie Mall offers many Linda Kellie freebie items including clothing, furniture and much more.
Question: Is there any way that old Classified ads can be deleted so they don’t keep showing up in Search?
Answer: No, there is no legal way for the grid to delete them. It is the responsibility of the avatar who posted the classified to keep the information current and to delete it when it is not, or they have chosen to leave the grid. Classifieds are Free. You will not be charged any $Maples for your classified ad or its renewal.
Question: Can I get the ability to send notices in the GCG group?
Answer: Members of the grid public may join and post notices in GCG Events, GCG Marketplace, The Great Canadian Flyer and the GCG Help Group.
Answer (continued): The groups The Great Canadian Grid, GCG Region Owners, GCG Sun and GCG Gatherings have the ability of notice posting restricted to those members of staff and others designated by Roddie only. They follow strict rules about what can be posted in the Notices for these groups.
The GCG Gatherings group is intended to bring region owners and the general population of members together to talk about important grid issues, express positive team and community building ideas and socialize.
Winter Silversmith: "After reading the minutes I concluded that the greatest challenge facing our community today seems to be the way information is shared between members. We have a lot of great members in GCG donating parcels, homes, stores and services to new and old members. We just need to talk to our neighbours and spread the word about all the great things that are already here in the Great Canadian Grid. Please use the Classified ads and your Profile Picks and keep the information up to date and accurate".
Interested in bringing more traffic to your region in GCG. Read about an interview Winter Silversmith participated in while working with the Tangle grid Expos back in 2015.
New GCG Gathering Circle
"I am pleased that Roddie has preserved the campfire circle layout that is a Canadian tradition. Here in Ontario we are entering the spring season and May 2-4 weekend is just a week away. It is a great Canadian custom to gather around the campfire or fire pit and share drink and discussion on life. I think this will be a great location for our GCG Gatherings" Winter Silversmith told the Corran Journal this afternoon while he took a few minutes to explore the new GCG Gathering circle located at the GCG Welcome cabin region.
GCG and the Gatherings Unite
CJ: Today we are talking with our editor Winter Silversmith about his creation the 'Gatherings', a meet and greet held regularly in the grid and some of the changes taking place this month. Mr. Silversmith, welcome.
Winter Silversmith: Thank you, it is a pleasure to be here to talk with you today.
CJ: First let us explain to our readers what the Gathering is stated to be in your group and then a few questions. The Gatherings, according to your group description, are a public get together for GCG members and hypergrid visitors. It is neither a formal meeting nor a party. We get together for 1-2 hours and talk about any issues, though we avoid things like politics, religion and the usual touchy RL subjects. Voice is not required, text is encouraged so everyone is fairly included.
Winter: Yes, that is correct.
CJ: Okay, so first, the name, where did the 'gatherings' come from?
Winter: Well, no one in GCG will not know this but the 'gatherings' is a concept based on something in my real life. Back in the 1990s when the internet was still just a theory we had these things called BBSs (or EBBS, Electronic Bulletin Board Systems). One of the websites or BBSs I was a member of was called 'The Hot Spot BBS' based out of Toronto, Canada. A group of about fifty of us would 'get-together' in real life at GT's (get-together) or 'gatherings' as we called them at a pub in the north end of Metro. I really liked the name so I used it for my own social get-togethers or 'gatherings' as they would become known.
CJ: Did you come up with the idea for these get togethers alone or did you have help?
Winter: I came up with it alone but the concept of meet and greets and get togethers has always been out there. When I lived in Tangle grid, before moving full time to GCG, I held my own public 'meet and greets' on my private region. I wanted to provide a forum in my new neighbourhood where people could come and meet new friends and talk about whatever they wanted to. You could talk about issues, read poetry, sing, whatever you wanted to say.
CJ: The idea was a speakeasy then?
Winter: Yes and no. The first gathering was supposed to be a place to meet friends and if anyone wanted to to read poetry aloud. The avatar who wanted to participate in the latter was unable to attend that night so the three or four who showed up and me just talked about real life things like the weather and what we were doing on our regions.
CJ: When was the first gathering in GCG?
Winter: I held the first one on January 9, 2016, as I mentioned I think about three people showed up. It was a last minute planning and without a reliable events calendar at the time I did not have time to really get the word out.
CJ: Where was the first gathering held?
Winter: I decided to hold it at the GCG Welcome Cabin. I had looked at a number of possible locations but I thought to myself 'this is as Canadian as it gets', the cabin, the meet your neighbours get together, it was a great venue to start in. The cabin is never really used otherwise and it was the best choice then.
CJ: How many people showed up over the history of the gatherings?
Winter: I think the highest attendance for the event totaled around twenty-five avatars coming and going during one single get together.
CJ: How long were the gatherings?
Winter: We had two gatherings that were several hours long, I think the longest hit something like four hours or so. It was later decided that we should limit them to ninety minutes in length just so avatars could get back to their lives.
CJ: We understand it moved over to the Tim Hortons building next, why the change?
Winter: Well at the time we had grown and it was taking on too formal of a feeling. Too many in attendance kept confusing it as a 'grid meeting' because of the layout of the room and the location on the GCG owned region and that was not the intention behind it. Timmies is an institution to Canadians, much like Starbucks is the Americans, and it provided more seating in a less formal layout.
CJ: Why did the gatherings move to Corran?
Winter: We had an incident at one of the gatherings, while at Timmies, in which someone showed up with the intent to disrupt the event. The individual then started randomly attempting to TP people from the gathering to their little party they had started in the nearby pub. I did not have land rights so I could not eject the griefer and those in attendance were quite upset by the situation. I received a number of complaints and one person felt like they were forced to leave by the verbally aggressive individual. I had had enough and felt the event needed to be moved to my private region where I could better control access if another incident occurred. This was the only negative incident that has ever occured at one of my gatherings in two years.
CJ: Are the gatherings a GCG sanctioned event?
Winter: Well, I will be talking about that more in a few minutes, but as they were founded, no. The gatherings were sponsored by the Corran Journal and remained an independent event for over two years.
CJ: Did Roddie ever attend the gatherings?
Winter: Yes, Roddie and other staff for GCG have attended the event several times over the past two years. I would accommodate him personally by turning Voice on so he could talk during the event to answer questions about the grid. Roddie has always supported the event to my knowledge.
CJ: Did Roddie accommodate the meetings at all?
Winter: Gatherings or get togethers not meetings. And yes, he did. When he attended his first time we already had a full seating plan so he extended the bar and added more stools, this was when it was back in the Cabin. He attended a few more times after that and we always maintained over a dozen people at each event.
CJ: Talk? So the gatherings were normally no-voice?
Winter: Yes, they changed to text only after the incident, and because a number of attendees expressed to me that they felt left out because they did not have ears on and could not speak at the event. It is supposed to be an equal unbiased get together and allowing voice discriminated against those who could not use it. I did not want people to feel left out so we chose a common ground - text.
CJ: Let us talk about what is discussed at the gatherings for a few minutes.
CJ: The description states "We get together for 1-2 hours and talk about any issues, though we avoid things like politics, religion and the usual touchy RL subjects." What issues do you talk about? We ask because there are rumours going around that all these gatherings are are just a bitching session where people get to attack Roddie and the grid. Is that true?
Winter: First, let me answer the last part there with an absolute NO that is FALSE this is not a bitching session in any way shape or form. In fact, the only time people have 'bitched' is that one griefing individual I mentioned. They complained about a copying incident and started openly accusing other members in attendance of copy-botting their stuff. Those accusations were later proven to be unfounded. It was unprofessional and rude. I do not like rude or intoxicated people, they are a negative energy that I do not want to be around. In real life, years ago, I dealt with an alcoholic as a neighbour. He would get rude and then violent and I will not stand for such behaviour in real life or virtual.
Our gatherings have always been positive and upbeat and we do not discriminate on the topics discussed. Everyone is welcome to attend and talk about whatever they want. It is an event where neighbour helps neighbour and possibly makes new friends. Those who say otherwise probably have never attended a gathering or maybe did one and based their entire tainted opinion on that one time. Anyone who is spreading the lies that my gatherings have been a bitch-about-the-grid session will need to answer to me personally.
What issues do we talk about, you asked. Well, most of the time we talk about the weather or sometimes things happening in real life like news events, but rarely anything controversial like politics. The subject of politics has come up though and we all bite our tongues a bit just as we would in a civilized real life conversation in a cafe. We have talked about changes with the grid like region rate increases or new options available, what avatars are doing on their own regions, new scripts not the specifics so much as what we are using them in like vehicles. We have talked about incidents on other grids but more in an informative way, like 'oh this grid is down, or this grid had this event we should do something like it' but bashing other grids is not allowed.
CJ: It sounds like the gatherings have been successful in their original mission?
Winter: Yes. We have always had an average attendance around a dozen avatars up to as many as two dozen, regardless of the venue. But, that being said, I have always felt that the get togethers needed to expand their coverage of grid issues. I have invited Roddie to attend each and every get together but as you know with having fun real life always gets in the way.
CJ: You spoke of changes earlier, what changes would you like to tell readers about?
Winter: Well first let me say that I think that the gatherings are good just the way they are. They have a beautiful venue that I pay for and the attendance is good at every event. But, like everything good is not good enough, things can always grow and improve and get even better than good. And that is where a recent negotiation with Roddie comes in. As you know the grid has recently held an official meeting to discuss grid issues, Steve Zodi conducted the meeting. I unfortunately could not attend because I have a real life job that does not allow me to choose my own schedule. I have had the opportunity to read over the meeting minutes and will talk about that at another time.
CJ: What is the path moving forward then?
Winter: Roddie and me talked about the grid meetings and my gatherings and about how we could better unite the grid. It was a mutual decision to merge the two events together under one official banner. Roddie has created a group called the GCG Gatherings. Roddie, Steve and me will be in control of that group and I will be inviting all current members of the Gathering to the new group. Steve will be conducting the meetings and whenever possible I will be in attendance. The meetings will address grid issues and work with our neighbours to help the roots of positivity to thrive through our diverse ideas and opinions.