Most recent change of MathsJamifesto

Edit made on April 13, 2013 by ColinWright at 09:17:23

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This is a suggestion for what to point people at if they use the #MathsJam tag for something that's not a MathsJam ...
!! Way to go, maths lover!

But you tweeted something about education with the #MathsJam tag.

MathsJam is a monthly meeting of grown-up maths enthusiasts. It's not about education or helping kids,
because there are already plenty of venues for that; it's about adults having fun with maths for its
own sake. While it's true that it's brilliant CPD for teachers, and excellent at finding and exploring
enrichment activities, those are side-effects, not the main purpose.

So, we'd rather you didn't use #MathsJam when sharing something for education or kids. It means adults
have a place to talk about maths at their own level. Besides, the vast majority of our attendees are not
educators, so it's not fair to make them wade through non-#MathsJam related tweets.

Hashtags are a great way of reaching people on Twitter, and we'd encourage you to find one that best
suits your target audience. There are plenty to choose from: #mathchat, #mathed, #mathsed, #mathschat,
#mathematics, or even #scichat.

This is a firmly tongue-in-cheek attempt to capture _
what it is about the MathsJam that makes it different, _
and the ideas we have to try to keep it that way, and _
give it its own, distinctive identity.
! Maths Jamifesto

[[[> People ask:

!! Why just adults?

Well, most of the people who get involved with the _
MathsJam are enthusiasts, and when there are kids _
around they start to tailor their explanations to _
them, to help encourage and enthuse them. But we _
figure there are already lots of initiatives to get _
kids into maths, and we wanted one just for us.

That's why the meetings are generally in pubs, places _
for adults to relax with each other. ]]]
!! Maths Jamifesto

0. Maths Jam is an informal opportunity for people interested in
Mathematics to socialise and share any things of mathematical
interest. It is a non-commercial and un-affiliated organisation
catering to adults.

[Monthly Maths Jams take place once a month in cities around the
world. There are also annual Maths Jam conferences covered by their
own Maths Jamifesto. The name "Maths Jam" cannot be used for any other

!! Monthly Maths Jamifesto

1. Maths Jams meet on the second last Tuesday of every month, during
the evening hours of the local time-zone.

2. Maths Jams meet in pubs, or a similar venue where adults would
normally go to socialise and is not associated with anything
educational or academic.

3. Maths Jams are inclusive gatherings, open to any adults with an
interest in mathematics, regardless of ability. Even chemists.

4. A Maths Jam cannot charge a fee to be involved, or any other
barrier for entry other than a willingness/ability to go to the pub.

5. Maths Jams cannot be affiliated to any institutions or
organisations and are run as the personal project of a volunteer (or
group of volunteers).

!! Practical Running

0. If any organisers have any problems, issues or simply cannot
continue running a MathsJam please let us know so we can help-out.

1. Organisers should inform us if they change venue, hand-over to a
different organiser or any other details so the main website can be

2. If the organiser cannot make the Maths Jam, it can still go ahead.
Ask a different regular attendee to make sure they're there instead.
If you take a month off, we need to put it on the website it big
If you take a month off, we need to put it on the website in big

3. If a MathsJam has its own websites, facebook pages or twitter
accounts, please let us know so they can be linked to from the main
MathsJam site.

4. The list of contacts for a local MathsJam must be maintained using
the official MathsJam email account. Please check the account at least
monthly for any new enquiries (and out-of-office message, to say their
email has been received, is optional but recommended).

5. When emailing, put all email addresses in the Bcc field so the
5. When emailing, put all email addresses in the BCC field so the
contacts are not disclosed to everyone else.

6. Please send out at least one email a month with the details of the
next MathsJam (but no more than two) to all members of the mailing
list. At least one reminder email should be within the Monday-Friday
of the week before the MathsJam Tuesday.

7. The monthly reminder email can contain extra details such as what
happened at the previous MathsJam or bonus information about the next,
but make sure the main details are prominent and near the top. You can
mention other local events which may be of interest in the email, but
keep them down "below the fold".

6. The MathsJam contacts list cannot be used for any other purposes or
passed on to any other people/organisations. If anyone asks you to
send something out to the MathsJam attendees, put it on the bottom of
the monthly email iff you think it's appropriate.

7. If you can, please have someone at the MathsJam on twitter to send
out any interesting bits of maths or at least let us know that all is
well at your MathsJam. One tweet at the beginning and end is much

!!! Additional

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The North/South divide of the UK is exactly Latitude: 52.477507