Thanks everyone who showed up for the fist meeting of the year! Was great to hear what you all had to say. I thought the experiment with Shindig was quite interesting, had its pros and cons but especially after we got the hang of it things went a lot more smoothly (as would be expected when trying out a new platform). But I’d like to hear from you guys before we decide what to do. I’m leaving a poll at the end of this post, but please also use the comments section in this post to share your thoughts!
Personally I think it’s a promising platform, but the bandwidth issue seems to be a bit limiting. I thought the “only 2 at once” was going to be a big problem, and it may have made the discussion a bit centered in the people that were up there, but still a lot of people did come up and speak, which is pretty awesome. Google Hangouts may be a bit more dynamic, but there’s the “10 people limit” (which we can partially get around using text chat, which is not the same I guess….).
Another problem is that I tried to record a screencast of the discussion to post, but I failed. Even though I set the program the right way (and tested earlier), it only recorded my audio, and nothing that everybody else said. As I assume you’ve all have heard enough of my voice, I won’t post it online. Google Hangouts does streamline this, recording and posting to youtube automatically.
What do you think?
For the next meeting. We need a volunteer to choose a paper! What would you guys want to talk about? I thought about a couple topics – The genetics of speciation, Ecology of speciation, linking population dynamics to diversification, micro + macroevolution, hybridization – but I’d really like to hear from you. So please someone volunteer in the comments to choose a paper 🙂 and share what topics you’d be interested in discussing!
Thanks again! Looking forward to the next meeting!