Mark Shuttleworth was a keynote speaker at the Ubuntu Live Conference held worldwide through a special IRC channel. I enjoyed attending this moderated Q&A session by simply logging in as a guest to the IRC channel. Shuttleworth answered a selection of questions and I read the proceedings as if in a chatroom.
Suppose VL community was to hold such an IRC conference on its birthday, an upbeat, totally positive, friendly meeting for 4 hours or so, to allow for all the time zones. Maybe Robert Lange (Vector) could come online for an hour to reminisce and answer questions about history and future of VectorLinux. (He might have a technical and a managerial advisor to help out with questions from the VL community and public at large.) Perhaps in the second hour we could hear from John B16, Joe1962, uelsk8s, MOE-lnx, lagagnon, hanumizzle, Masta, the unsung devs who make VL work. Let's name names and give credit due. Tentative: publish abridged transcript of conference, submit transcript to Linux news outlets as news item.
I say upbeat, friendly and totally positive for a reason, to cordially invite any disaffected Vectorites to come by, even if anonymously, to enjoy our company, and celebrate this wonderful distribution. Publicity could be through DistroWatch, LXer, and tuxmachines, much like Shuttleworth did for the Ubuntu conference. This might be an opportunity to reach out to the people who expressed discontent with VL recently at DistroWatch. Maybe LLL could compose a suitable message of reconciliation. Good time and place to publicly commit to the Newbie Friendly pledge/policy.
Event: The VectorLinux 10th Anniversary Open Conference