I totally understand, especially if the amount of people who'd show up and contribute would be low.
With the few we do have, and the busy schedules / level of commitment they have, unfortunately I don't think any sort of organized get together is practical.
How active is the user-base? Does anyone have an idea roughly of the 'active-members'?
That said, if anyone else reading the forums and wanting to contribute thinks that having a scheduled period of several hours in which to work together would motivate you to contribute, then please indicate this.
Maybe we can tailor the FreeOrion Jam Day to :
- 2x12-hour periods, that's open for people to come in and out, but also "timeboxed" to stay within people's schedules - say a weekend from 9 to 9 (EST? or other).
- completely virtual access, with chat and skype/phone - i.e. we're coordinated to meet on designated #freeorion IRC channels, grouped by discussion - design, programming, core, etc.
- a loose schedule with "topic-based" discussions - i.e. a large skype call with a moderator to discuss specific issues, or a large screenshare using mikago or some such screenshare app to review programming or topics
That way it's as accessible as possible to everyone interested.
I'd definitely be more productive if I knew I could pair-program with someone. But what does the community think? If no one is interested, I understand.