Hey all! I've been posting a lot of questions here ever since I started working on my TelescopeJS clone on Christmas (a couple weeks ago), and though there are still a few pending bugs/features* I would love to take care of, the platform pretty much takes care of the basic features we need, so I thought I might as well announce it:
http://hangouts.codebuddies.org is up and live! Yay!
Before this platform, we were organizing our virtual meetups (we've had over 50 study sessions already) through mailing lists and google calendar invites, so having a platform this week has been a vast improvement over the status quo so far. FAQ about the history of the community here: http://hangouts.codebuddies.org/about
I kind of dove head first into playing with TelescopeJS over the holidays, and though I think I've got some basics down, I'm definitely still not expert-level at Meteor, so I proposed a study session for those who want to work through Sacha's Discover Meteor book together starting next week: http://hangouts.codebuddies.org/posts/aWejhDPktpE36jj7J
Anyway, as I said before, still a lot of bugs (https://github.com/lpatmo/cb/issues) I'm interested in working out -- most notably a better e-mail notification and RSVP system that lets study session proposers send reminder e-mails to attendees -- but in general, I'm SUPER happy with how relatively easy it was to set up and figure out, with some really helpful support in these forums when I asked specific questions.
Also planning to publish a blog post about the roadblocks and 'aha' moments I encountered deploying this Telescope clone. :)