That's a possibility, but I think having it as an optional social time is still a good idea. People who only have time to make the meeting can leave at the conclusion of the meeting, but those with a few more minutes can stick around for a more informal chat. It may even work the other way (not sure that's a good thing?) where people may only go to the meeting if there's a topic they're interested in, but will pop in for the chat after.

Either way, the after-meeting part is nice for socialization and undirected spitballing. +fun!

On Thu, 2010-07-22 at 09:23 +0300, Nicu Buculei wrote:
On 07/22/2010 12:52 AM, Jef van Schendel wrote:
> I think the idea of having extended discussions after the meetings
> would be great, although usually I have to go to work 15 min after the
> meetings end so in the future I probably can't stick around very long.
> So that's the only thing about the timing that sucks for me. If we
> could push it to one hour earlier that'd be awesome, but I understand
> that that's isn't easily done just for me. :) We could of course also
> schedule those discussions for whenever the persons involved with that
> particular task are available.

If we make the discussion after more certain then we practically extend 
the length of the meeting, making the busy people even less likely to 
commit - if you are busy at work or tired around midnight, you can sneak 
in the schedule an hour but two hours may be too much.