PSA: I'm trying to build a community of online EA coworkers with longer-lasting connections than Focusmate and more flexibility than Discord. To this end I've created a general EA gather.town space.
My hope is that it can eventually become an always-active meeting grounds for anyone who wants to both cowork with and actually get to know other EAs to join at any time of day - perhaps like a neverending EAGx.
To help build up the community vibe, some of the hardcore users are keeping it open in the background whenever we're working to increase the probability of you finding at least one person in there. So if you see anyone with a 'happy to chat' status or similar, feel free to come over (username and indeed real name = Sasha) - and if you want to support it, it would be great if you could just hang out on there yourselves! Hope to meet you there soon ❤
We've had very positive feedback so far, and seen surprising growth over the past week, so here's a more in-depth look, to encourage more people to join and keep the snowball rolling!
Features & Norms
The setup and norms are constantly evolving, but at the time of writing, here's a taster (though there's plenty more easter eggs to explore):
Plans & Support
We have started expanding the space to make sure we have plenty of room to grow without feeling crowded, and we should be able to source funding for more users so please spread the word!
We have two loci for talking about the project: a Facebook group and a subchannel of the EA Co-Working Discord. Feel free to use these places if you want to schedule coworking with people ahead of time. We also have some terminals set up in the actual town that links to google docs with information, and where you can add suggestions and introductions.
We also want to encourage people to host talks or other virtual events in the space, both to help spread awareness of it and as a convenient forum for discussion afterwards:
Please get in touch if you wish to help out or have questions, comments or suggestions! :)