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''2010-07-28 09:47:41'' [[nbsp]] I will be out of town this Saturday. If anyone is going to table, comment here and I'll get you the canopy and table. --["Users/WilliamLewis"]

market.jpgCome join us!

We're planning to table at the Farmers Market. The goal is to make people aware of [WWW]Local Wiki. We will have fliers, stickers, and buttons. We also hope to have some laptops available to play the Local Wiki video that's on the Front Page and to have people make donations on [WWW]Kickstarter.

We have a spiffy canopy so we don't all roast out there!

What do we need?

Can you help? Leave a comment! Or send an email to double you lewis at you see davis dot eee dee you.

Help work on fliers over at /flyer.
Also add to Wiki Community/Outreach and Wikivangelists.
Plan more specifically to the campaign at Pledge drive planning.

kickstarter flier.pdf

Money

While we'd prefer people to use Kickstarter to make their donations, some people insist on giving us cash. Do we want to put these donations into Kickstarter somehow (create a Davis Farmers Market donations account) or simply deposit them in the Wiki Spot bank account?

Also, there is the problem of not appearing to be shady. We must have a proper container to store the money rather than just pocketing it. We used a glass jar, but as soon as we put that out, it seemed to scare people off. Two people should count the money at the end and post the total to the wiki to be sure none of it disappears. It has been suggested that we give receipts for cash donations, but is it really worth it when the average donation is $1-2?

For minimal shadiness, how about keeping a cash donation log on a clipboard? Sounds good!

Staffing

July 24th, 2010: Saturday

July 28th, 2010: Wednesday

July 31st, 2010: Saturday

August 4th, 2010: Wednesday

August 7th, 2010: Saturday

August 11th, 2010: Wednesday

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2010-06-25 16:09:52   I'm in. I've got a very small (3x3 I think) table and two chairs that I can bring. The hinge on my laptop is in the process of dying a quick but painful death, though, so I don't think it'll make it out there. —TomGarberson


2010-06-25 16:25:22   If at all possible, please collect donations via [WWW]Kickstarter instead of cash/check. It's more accountable, involves less administrative overhead, and has a much greater impact than cash/check donations. —Graham.Freeman


2010-06-25 16:37:52   How is your laptop battery? There are some plugs there but you may need extension cord —PhilipNeustrom


2010-06-25 16:53:17   WL: for the flyer, I would suggest highlighting daviswiki a bit more. Throw the logo on there or something, since that's what davisites tend to relate to. —TomGarberson


2010-06-25 16:57:37   Also, as a general rule, people are going to be leery of things involving money and a totally random URL. IMO send them to LocalWiki first (or, better yet, daviswiki.org/donate or something like that), and use a link there to the kick.st page. —TomGarberson


2010-06-26 12:58:26   $25.88 in cash collected. Counted by me and Tom garberson. —WilliamLewis


2010-06-26 13:29:40   Tabling went well today! Things we need for next time:


2010-06-26 19:43:23   There's no wifi reception at the park, apparently. Does anyone out there have a cellphone-tethering setup (or a 'mifi')? —PhilipNeustrom


2010-06-27 16:59:36   I might be down to help. If I come, should I try to bring Bike Forth's popup canopy? —Angel.York


2010-06-28 18:36:25   Word has it that the wiki shark sign thing is at J Street Co-op. Anyone able to swing by and see if it's around? —PhilipNeustrom


2010-06-28 19:20:05   Anybody interested in approaching Screaming Squeegie, Ink Monkey or somebody to do a nice vinyl sign for Davis Wiki with their logo in the corner saying "Sign donated by..."? If we are tabling regularly, it's win-win. (Verify it's okay with the Market, but it's very common) —JabberWokky


2010-06-28 19:47:29   As a potential alternative to a laptop battery (or, more likely, to supplement it), if anybody has a jump starter or is interested in getting one, a decent Black and Decker jump starter has standard outlets and laptops can plug into it. The capacity varies wildly depending on the brand and model, but it's basically a "bucket of electricity" you can put under the table. —JabberWokky


2010-06-28 20:34:48   I wish Davis Wiki had a designated go-go dancer for the tabling. We'd make so much more money that way. —ScottMeehleib


2010-06-29 20:19:05   Can anyone table on wednesday? —PhilipNeustrom


2010-07-01 06:57:25   How'd it go last night? Did people actually make it out to table? —TomGarberson


2010-07-02 08:57:00   I am free on Saturday morning. I probably cant be there until 10:30 (because I sleep in on weekends) but if that is not too late I can commit to coming. I will need to be given a run down of what kickstarter is and why we need $20,000 and all that. —DagonJones


2010-07-02 10:22:48   I have no table or canopy, sorry. I forgot about this, If someone has an umbrella that might help, otherwise I cant sit in the sun it just kills me. —DagonJones


2010-07-14 15:33:52   Awesome sign!

We really need to get out there on Saturday!

How much are simple tables? Can someone research how much a canopy is, too? —PhilipNeustrom


2010-07-16 18:25:49   I had hoped to show up tomorrow, but I'm not going to make it :( Someone keep William company! —TomGarberson


2010-07-17 14:32:55   So our second farmers market tabling went awesomely! In addition to myself, KBathory and NickSchmalenberger came out and promoted Davis Wiki and Local Wiki. We got $5 in donations this time, but I convinced a lot of people to hang on to their cash and donate online. We had the local wiki video running on KBathory's laptop, running off of an extension cord. We had a canopy this time around, which made things much more bearable than before. We finally got to unfurl our awesome new sign, courtesy of Ink Monkey Graphics.

We had several people from out of town tell us about how they wish they had decent wikis. I directed them to localwiki.org and told them to submit their communities for consideration. We also had people who run events/organizations like the Davis Film Festival ask about how they could improve the pages for their events/organizations. I told them about how our new software is going to make things easier. —WilliamLewis


2010-07-18 07:50:13   Good times. I'll see about my work schedule for this coming week. I should know by tonight (and each sunday night following) if I'm able to table. I have a car, laptop, and cord. I can also see about making some sort of shnazzy sign with my poster board and sharpie skills, but that's about the extent of my ability. —KBathory


2010-07-19 16:40:00   It might make sense to ask the Enterprise to put an announcement about the tabling under their "Briefly" columns. I don't know if they charge for those announcements, but I've seen similar announcements about other groups with tables at the Farmers' Market. It might help to draw attention to the table and to the cause in general. —CovertProfessor


2010-07-24 18:05:23   Another wonderful day at the farmers market! We had plenty of out-of-towners interested in the LocalWiki project... and by out-of-towners, I mean like people from Boulder and Boston. We also had quite a few business owners stop by and thank us for all the referrals. One business owner said 50% of her new customers found her through the wiki! We were also approached by many people wondering how they could put stuff about their activities on the wiki.

On the donations front, we got $20 in cash (some guy just gave us a 20). Lots of people said they'd donate... we even gave away a button on the condition that the recipient donate. We really need to have a laptop there with internet so people can donate online there, which might happen next week (I potentially have a cellular modem).

Total cash donations from all three tabling sessions total $50.88. —WilliamLewis


2010-07-25 12:47:29   This maybe offtopic but I don't know where else to put it. Is there a centralized page for discussion of the LocalWiki fundraising?

Kurt Vaughn and I are interested in organizing a pair of fundraiser dance parties for LocalWiki, one at the Domes and one potentially at DoV. Is anyone interested in this? Email me at dch miller at uc davis dot edu, we can plot further with a reply-all email thread. —Darach


2010-07-26 04:42:19   I'll have to remember to bring my laptop from now on. It's a bit troublesome that my screen doesn't go brighter than it does but it's passable. I'll check out my work schedule as usual. —KBathory


2010-07-28 09:47:41   I will be out of town this Saturday. If anyone is going to table, comment here and I'll get you the canopy and table. —WilliamLewis

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