The turn out for the meeting was very light. The people at the front desk knew we were there and they knew how to answer if asked where the AMG meeting was.
Scott had told me, when I talked to him on the phone, that there were two serious offers
for AMG. Nothing has come of the offers yet. He told me that the $150.00 cost per month is
because the server is a dedicated one, i.e. it handles only AMG, hence it costs more. It is
in Philadelphia. Because it is a dedicated server it is faster and less likely to have speed
problems and it has unlimited capacity. He told me that he has to divest himself from AMG
because of his job. I discussed this at the meeting.
Naran sent her best wishes for success with our meeting and said we should know she is doing
everything she can to ensure the forum stays on line.
It was generally agreed that Scott has to do something with AMG so that the person, or those
who take it over, can get to work to save it. We discussed ownership, and how to organize
it. It seems that ownership by investors would be a desirable method. There did not seem
to be people at the meeting ready to step forward to organize donors and make an offer to
take it over; however, we've seen plenty of offers of monetary help on the two threads
concerned with this issue. If several investors come forward they could form a board of
We discussed methods of fund raising: pledge drives, tie posting privileges to membership,
payments on a monthly, quarterly, of yearly basis, automatic monthly credit card payments,
Kick starter programs, "begathons", and linking up with some other site that is better
The alternatives to AMG's own system was discussed, viz. Twitter, and Facebook. Twitter
does not allow lengthy discussion, and Facebook, though closer to AMG's set up has no
archival set up, that is, when things are eliminated there is no getting them back. AMG has
great archival power. Many are not "into" Facebook. The AMG format is simpler and easier
to navigate through.
Some web site features were discussed. A links section could be included in the format of
site. Some of the other features are little used and should be dropped. The Public Square
is the centerpiece of AMG.
No conclusions could be reached with such a low turn-out but this report may the useful as a framework for wider discussion.