the first forum was a success. Not an overwhelming success, but a success nonetheless.
We pulled it off. We didn't sink, bog down and no one got hurt.
A few people other than the organizers showed up, the majority of which were members of wrench. I counted at least 12-15 total. Anyways, the group is psyched and ready to invite more members of the community for next week.
There was one fellow who introduced himself as a conservative republican. It seemed to me that the others lobbed a few too many questions at this brave fellow, but everyone was respectful and it seemed like everyone who wanted to speak was able to speak.