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November 24th, 2004
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Poll #391038 Organisation

I would expect a $home town based event (eg formal hall, meal out together, saturday party) to be arranged with

Less than one days notice
1(2.3%)
one days notice
0(0.0%)
less than a weeks notice
10(23.3%)
less than a months notice
10(23.3%)
a months notice
0(0.0%)
two months notice
0(0.0%)
more than two months notice
0(0.0%)

I would expect an event that involved people making significant journies to be arranged with

Less than one days notice
0(0.0%)
one days notice
0(0.0%)
less than a weeks notice
2(4.7%)
less than a months notice
9(20.9%)
a months notice
10(23.3%)
two months notice
3(7.0%)
more than two months notice
1(2.3%)

In general, you have a 50% or greater chance of finding me free if you give me

one days notice
2(4.7%)
one weeks notice
7(16.3%)
one months notice
10(23.3%)
two months notice
3(7.0%)
a years notice
0(0.0%)

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From:beckyc
Date:November 24th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
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Well, sometimes the "Hey, I'm coming home, anyone else want to meet up for dinner" things do happen at the last minute (within a week), but if I wanted to make sure that more than, say, 20% of my friends were available then I'd give much more notice than that.
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From:satanicsocks
Date:November 24th, 2004 09:38 am (UTC)
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With some people, I already know various commitments, so can make a fair guess that they're going to be free even if I only decide to do so a few hours before an event. With other groups there are enough of us that even by "organising" a couple of hours beforehand, enough of us will come to make it worthwhile.

If you tell me more than a couple of months in advance I will most probably forget, although I have a filofax for that sort of thing I haven't got next year's diary yet.. perhaps I'm quite a haphazard person when it comes to think of it.
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From:rmc28
Date:November 24th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)
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My votes for "significant journeys" are based upon my definition of "significant" as being > 2 hours travel time.
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From:chess
Date:November 24th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
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Things involving 'significant journeys' should give at least two weeks' notice so that people who have to book rail tickets can book them cheaply. Everything should be planned a week in advance, but if you know the schedules of the people involved a couple of days' notice is fine if you aren't going to be too bothered if they happen to have had something else on.
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From:ewx
Date:November 24th, 2004 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Local events (for some value of "event") are sometimes organized ad hoc and publicized to anyone who happens to be on IRC/have their phone turned on/etc at that moment, and this seems perfectly reasonable to me. Sure, people who might have been interested might not get to go, but would it really be better if it didn't happen at all? Obviously not.
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From:angoel
Date:November 24th, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC)
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With the '50% or greater chance' you don't specify if the gathering is a home town gathering or not
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From:atreic
Date:November 25th, 2004 12:09 am (UTC)
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Well, just "would you be free at that time", rather than "could you be bothered to go somewhere miles away at such short notice" I think.
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From:rochvelleth
Date:November 25th, 2004 02:32 am (UTC)
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Should mention that I'm a planning freak - I *have* to know what's happening before it happens. I can just about manage to plan a week at the end of the week before, but I don't like doing it that way... Much notice is good.
From:yrieithydd
Date:November 25th, 2004 03:45 am (UTC)
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For me the amount of notice required varies hugely according the priority that the thing has for me. Actually it's more complicated than that because amount of time before can affect the priority too. This made answering the poll difficult. An event that is sufficiently important to be arranged with lots of notice gets lots of priority.

For example, if I am planning an event and I really want a certain group of people all to be there, I will give a lot of notice of that event because I know that people are busy and so I want to get in that thing as a prior commitment for those people. However, I also work on a very short term basis and will slot things into points when I am free and they're free.

For example. last week, I arranged via LJ to meet someone for lunch on Wednesday. This started with a suggestion on the Monday night of either the Tuesday or the Wednesday (my two free lunch times). On the Tuesday this was resolved into lunch on the Wednesday. This week, I tried to arrange to meet another person for lunch on one of those two days. The pattern was similar (except conducted via email). It didn't work out. Lunch with people is a good thing but not hugely important when it happens. Whereas a birthday party, say, is something I want people to be able to attend.

Then there's the fact that my week is full of stuff I do and these things have varying degrees of priority and `how much I mind missing them'ness and these then interact with other things that I might want to do. For example, I went to see Ros and Guil with a friend the other week. Now, I really wanted to see Ros and Guil and it was on for 5 nights (Tues-Sat IIRC). However, there are things which I do on those nights so it was a matter of finding the one which I could miss most easily! This was complicated by the fact that the Friday of that week was bonfire night and so seeing the fireworks had priority over the usual Friday night activity of ringing (well actually ringing didn't happen in favour of going to the fireworks) but that then upped the priority of ringing on Thursday which meant that the play was seen on the Wednesday because CU was lower priority than ringing on Thursday (after all I get far more out of the Bible Study I lead on a Tuesday so didn't mind missing that aspect ...).

The other thing is that while a year's notice is enough that I am probably (or can be) free, one will probably find that I am unlikely to want to commit to it if I'm not sure where it is likely to come in the scale of priorities!

Yay for being complicated! (and avoiding working by commenting in people's LJs)
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From:vyvyan
Date:November 25th, 2004 05:48 am (UTC)
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It depends on the time of year for me too. I only tend to want to organise events in November or December. Unfortunately, nearly everyone else I know has birthdays etc. around the same time, so things need to be planned further in advance to avoid clashes. If I wanted to organise something in midsummer, I would have far more expectation of people being free.
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