Dear members of the Haiku forum,
In a recent thread within the Italian Haiku Group, we initiated a very interesting discussion about the possibility of reopening and standardizing Haiku User Groups worldwide. This is a matter I believe deserves broader attention, so I’d like to share some reflections and gather opinions from all of you.
First and foremost, I’d like to emphasize that User Groups have been a crucial element in the BeOS community in the past, providing an opportunity for enthusiasts and developers to meet, share ideas, and work together to improve the operating system. However, in recent years, many of these groups have slowly faded or closed. The question we must now ask is whether it’s the right time to reopen them and if we can find an effective way to do so.
One of the initial issues we need to address is the standardization of User Group names. This was raised in the Italian Group, and I believe it’s an important point. We should aim to have a uniform name for all groups so that they are easily recognizable and connected to the Haiku project. However, we should also consider flexibility to adapt the name based on the culture and language of each local group.
Furthermore, we should discuss how to make User Groups more appealing and participatory for the community. There are many possible ideas, such as online or physical events, training sessions, hackathons, and more. What do you think would make a Haiku User Group an engaging place for enthusiasts?
Finally, we should assess how to manage communication and coordination among the various groups. An essential tool for this could be the creation of a centralized online platform that allows all groups to share resources and information.
I would love to hear your opinions on these matters and any other ideas or suggestions you may have regarding the reopening of Haiku User Groups. The goal is to strengthen our community and collaboration, so every contribution is valuable.
Thank you all for your attention, and I hope this discussion can lead to a brighter future for Haiku User Groups worldwide.