I was happily surprised there’s 20 TOPLAP nodes now, and it feels really great to have so many amazing live coding event + community organisers together here. I guess we’re all naturally interested in getting more organised in connecting between geographic communities, confronting challenging issues together that some of us might face like lack of diversity, growing audiences while staying sustainable, and so on.
This is a brand new forum, that came to exist via a strange path… Problems with the recent ‘resident advisor’ film on algorave brought up some discussion on diversity on the talk.lurk.org chat channels, that quickly went introspective - that the rocketchat (and its former instatiation as the toplap slack) is friendly and vibrant on the face of it, but somehow many have found it a difficult place to be. I’d find it difficult to summarise the points of view expressed there (it was a very interesting thread) but its tech-focussed ‘channels’, fast pace, high noise, lack of signposting and issues around gender diversity make it difficult to engage in. Probably the people who have felt excluded could talk better about this.
The result of that discussion was the ‘#feelings’ channel on talk.lurk.org, with some nice exchanges there, and a few of us (including @midigirl, @rumblesan and @deerful) knocking our heads together to work out a better way of communicating. We figured getting organisers together on a new forum would be the best way forward and here we are. Great!
So as you’re all interested in organising events+communities I thought I’d start this topic to start the discussion about how this forum could/should work and grow. How can we bridge communities around tech to refocus discussion around the e.g. feelings, philosophies, politics, and practice of live coding? How can we keep discussion inclusive, approachable and sustainable, and stopping diverse voices from being drowned out. What should our aims be? How can we keep live coding strange?