Fred, Great idea about the web cams! Will try for next year.
This year, the Sunday GotoMeeting was, admittedly, an afterthought (apologies for not having thought of it sooner!). Just programming the electronic-scoring system and getting the flat-screen display mounted and working (with contingencies for rain) had been our primary focus since January. The first real test of the system was Saturday men's qualifying, and (to our great sigh of relief!) everything worked and people watched with interest. I confess that I was as nervous as a competitor on Saturday morning ... running a new and uproven system in front of our friends and spey community.
It wasn't until Saturday night that we first realized that we could use the club's wi-fi to display Spey-O-Rama electronic scoring in real time to the internet via GotoMeeting -- and that anyone who logged in would be able to see the same real-time display that spectators and participants were seeing. Bob Pauli (thanks to Bob as always!) posted the GotoMeeting log-in information to Spey Pages early Sunday morning based on my request.
Given this very-late notification, I had thought (naively underestimating the enthusiasm of our spey community!) that 1-2 people might log in to watch the real-time scoring. But shortly after 8:30 am there were a dozen people logged in from Norway, Canada, Japan ... and we quickly exceeded the GotoMeeting limit of 16 participants (I didn't previously know of the 16-person limit -- shame on me!). Based on messages received during Sunday's competition, there were another couple of dozen people who wanted to join but who were turned away because of this limit of 16.
So what what about 2012? It does seem that we should try for a live Spey-O-Rama web cast for those who can't be here in person (though we do want everyone to come!). It does seem that we'd like to have a web facility that can accommodate more than 16 people. And also there are multiple requests for a web cam that shows the casting (GotoMeeting cannot accommodate web cams). So we will consider other options for 2012. Any further feedback or ideas to consider?
Thanks so much to everyone for supporting this year's event. I personally would like to thank Bob (who envisioned electronic scoring and asked us to work on it), head judges Tom and Glenn -- for their excellence in communication that ensured fairness and accuracy, and Donna for organizing and coordinating multiple volunteers. I share the enthusiam reflected by other posts concerning the quality of this event, and look forward to helping to make it better.