To promote our impending launch, I think it would be cool to have a launch party. Some elements that it could include:

  • Live text chat

  • Live audio

  • A call-in show format, using BlogTalkRadio.

  • People identifying favorite site content to date.

  • A ribbon-cutting in which we count down to a SE staff person throwing the switch to launch the new design, and we all reload and see the new site at once.

  • Divrei Torah

  • A panel discussion, featuring notable people from within and/or outside the site, on some relevant topic, such as "the role of online communities in discussion of Halachic topics."

  • A synchronized "Lechaim," with each participant using their own beverage of choice, perhaps with some dignitary delivering words of blessing. (Inspired by food-oriented comments from Double AA, Shmuel Brin, Dave, and Gershon Gold.)

What do you think of this idea? What aspects would you like to see or not see? Any other ideas?

  • How would the live audio be implemented? – Hod - Monica's Army Apr 22 '12 at 7:06
  • @HodofHod I'm not sure. Stack Exchange did a live feed for their podcasts, so maybe we could use whatever they did. Another possibility could be BlogTalkRadio. – Isaac Moses Apr 22 '12 at 7:08
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    Maybe we can serve some food and make it a Lunch party. – Double AA Apr 22 '12 at 7:31
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    @DoubleAA How would it work? A video of Isaac Moses eating a pizza? :) – ertert3terte Apr 22 '12 at 16:39
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    @ShmuelBrin - More likely pureed berries. :) – Dave Apr 22 '12 at 21:31
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    @Dave I don't care if they're pureed, as long as they're berya-less berries. Speaking of which, anyone want to create a viral video to promote our launch? (... or somehow get that one to go viral? It's just as relevant now as it was then.) – Isaac Moses Apr 23 '12 at 14:02
  • Ever hear of a Jewish party without food? Got to figure in the food somehow. – Gershon Gold Apr 23 '12 at 19:55
  • @GershonGold, we could invite everyone to BYOB, and we could all drink a "Lechaim" together. – Isaac Moses Apr 23 '12 at 20:08
  • What is BYOB??????????? – Gershon Gold Apr 23 '12 at 20:09
  • @GershonGold, Sorry; it means "bring your own bottle." – Isaac Moses Apr 23 '12 at 20:18
  • My bottle is finished already. Plus I am also looking for some Fleish. – Gershon Gold Apr 23 '12 at 20:19
  • My comment wasn't food related? – Double AA Apr 23 '12 at 20:51
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    @DoubleAA I apologize for the oversight. Let Geula come now, hopefully with plenty of refreshments. – Isaac Moses Apr 23 '12 at 21:00
  • @IsaacMoses Amen! – Double AA Apr 23 '12 at 21:19
  • FYI, we typically launch sites on Tue or Wed, around 3-4pm EST. For voice/video chat, you can try Google Plus hangout(requires an Gmail account). It hosts max of 10 concurrent users though. – Jin Apr 24 '12 at 2:21

Launch will most likely be on the afternoon (EDT) of Tuesday, May 8. I propose that we have a launch party, but on a later date, for the following reasons:

  • That date falls during the part of Sefirat Ha'omer which is slated for mourning according to all options. Though the party may not technically violate the Sefira mourning rules, it still may not be 100% appropriate at that time.

  • Because the actual launch will be during business hours (US), we won't be timing the launch party to coincide with it anyway.

  • If we delay a bit, we'll have more time to plan cool stuff.

Stay tuned for an announcement of an in-chat planning meeting.

  • If we push it off two days we won't have the sefirah issue. – Double AA May 3 '12 at 4:14
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    @DoubleAA: I suspect people are going to be a little busy that day with other things. (I know I am - two upsherenishes, one of which is my son's, bez"h.) – Alex May 4 '12 at 18:42
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    @Alex, Mazal Tov! Which reminds me - with MY being reborn as a tree, will we need to wait three years before we can start benefiting from it? – Isaac Moses May 4 '12 at 18:45
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    @IsaacMoses: thanks! Fortunately, Rambam (Hil. Maaser Sheni 10:4) says that if you plant a tree in your property for the use of the public, and it's outside of Eretz Yisrael, then the rules of orlah don't apply. So here, since you own the domain, make it available to the community, and you live in St. Louis, then we're good on all three counts. :) – Alex May 4 '12 at 19:07
  • @Alex I own the domain, but SEI owns the site as well as the design, and (I hope) will eventually own the domain as well. SEI makes all of the above open to the public and is based in Manhattan, so your logic still applies. – Isaac Moses May 4 '12 at 19:13

Here are a transcript and a summary of key decisions from a planning meeting the community held for this party.

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