I'm writing for a number of reasons. First, I'm announcing that I've removed myself as an admin of the NYC group. I've been less and less involved for some time now and I've reached the conclusion that my presence on the admin list without being more highly active isn't beneficial to the group, and, through causing confusion, is at times detrimental.
Second, while I will remain part of the group, I'd like to take this parting opportunity to strongly urge the group, and existing admins, to consider making a formal organization around the NYC group.
We've had a lot of drama in the past years, the most recent being the NYCCamp and DrupalCamp issues currently happening - but that wasn't the first or even the most contentious. I've come to believe that we are now large enough to warrant an elected body to handle the day to day tasks that are currently happening through a group of fine volunteers.
As a group we've expressed, time and time again, the value we put on transparency, respect, dialogue, and community support. However, 2070 people can't fit into our monthly meetup or even our Camp's. We don't currently have a viable way of gauging group will. And worse, we don't have a representative body to take that task on.
An elected body would set up roles and responsibilities that need to be handled in order for other group activities to progress smoothly. For example, currently our relationship with the Drupal Association must be through one person. Right now that person is a very helpful volunteer (non-admin), but is not an elected treasurer with defined responsibilities or accountability to a higher body regarding how funds are taken in and distributed. That is one example, but there are many more I'm sure we could gather.
So, in brief, if this seems like a good idea to anyone else, let's use this thread to start brainstorming regarding what such an organization would look like or be based from, and to garner group consent. Or, you know, tell me how wrong I am.
I'm available here or through my contact form for any correspondence.