The alternative to G+ hangouts that I had in mind ended up not working so well – it’s based on p2p technology, which is blocked at several universities (including my own). This would mean that some people wouldn’t be able to join because of technical limitations, which seemed to us worse than not being able to join because it’s too full.
So here’s what we’re going to try today: since it’s too late to try yet another alternative, we’ll stick to the google+ hangout. This means that there can only be 10 people active in the discussion at a given time, but we’ll try to rotate in order to let everyone join chip in their 2 cents. I’m really excited to hear what you all have to say about this paper, so don’t shy out if you see the room too full! We’ll do the best we can to let everyone chime in during the hour.
Google+ hangouts work like this: if it’s too full, it will start a queue of participants waiting to join. As soon as someone leaves, you are invited in. So if you want to join, make sure you enter the queue! Also, the discussion will be live streamed, so even if you aren’t in the hangout room, you can still follow what’s going on. We will have a comment thread that I will be constantly checking on, so if you are following the live stream and have a comment to make right away, I will read it in the discussion.
I apologize for the limitations we’re dealing with, but it’s pretty awesome that they are arising from having too many people interested in the journal club! 🙂 Please don’t be demotivated to show up because of this. If you all show up with your ideas and comments, it will be a great discussion!
I’ll try to login and start the hangout about half an hour before the meeting time. See you soon!