In an ideal world we should have done something like your suggestion or at least consult people before planning this. Now there are constraints that go beyond our reach here. The first one being that these dates were more or less decided before the EG formation (even before the CDI 2.0 proposal was accepted by the JCP).
I know it’s not perfect, but we have this opportunity to meet at this time and place. Should we organise other meeting later (in 2015), we’ll try to take your in put into consideration.
Face to faces meetings are a really great idea. But let me give you my 2 cents about this :
Most self-employed contractors, like me, need to pay for the travel and expenses. Which it's fine, I do not expect RedHat to pay for this ;o) But on top of that, we need to take a few days off work, which increases the amount of the bill. In this case, Wednesday/Thursday which are in the middle of the week (and leaves Friday off (another day without billing), or returning to work (which is a bit rough).
Why not having those meetings on Friday/Saturday ? Contractors would only loose a day of work, and can enjoy the week-end by relaxing on Sunday.
What do you all think ?