Flock is a conference that brings together members of the Fedora
community, new and old, professional and volunteer, from all over the
world. Diversity is one of our huge strengths, but it can also lead to
communication issues and unhappiness. Attendees are required to be
considerate and respectful of each other. This includes, but is not
* Refraining from rude behavior
* Refraining from any sort of harassment or discrimination (based on
ethnic background, religion, gender, sexuality, body shape, disability,
geographic location, sports team, preferred operating system, or
anything else for that matter)
* Breaking local laws
Attendees who are in violation of this policy may be subject to removal
and banning from Flock, and may not be reimbursed for any outstanding
Please. Remember that we are all friends and be excellent to each other.
Thanks to the Fedora Community for submitting 125 awesome talks,
hackfests, sprints and workshops for Flock, our new contributor conference!
We've taken those submissions and put them in the Fedora Elections web
application, and now, it is time for you to give us your feedback. These
proposals have been submitted by the Fedora community and we want the
Fedora community to tell us what _you_ want to see! Even if you cannot
attend Flock in person, these sessions will be streamed and recorded, so
your vote is appreciated!
If you have a Fedora Account (they are free to create), and have agreed
to the Fedora Project Contributor Agreement (FPCA), you can vote for the
125 submissions here:
Need a Fedora Account? Go to:
Want to know more about Flock? Go to:
The way that the voting works is this:
For each submission, you can give it any score between 0 ("do not want")
and 125 ("WANT WANT WANT WANT WANT!!!!"). Next to every submission title
is a link to the abstract for the submission, which usually (though not
always) contains a longer explanation. These submissions are mostly
anonymized (some people put their names or enough details in the
abstracts to make it obvious who the proposed speakers were). This is
intentional, as we are trying to eliminate an area of potential bias. We
want the ideas behind these submissions to be the area of focus, and not
be overly biased by the speaker.
Voting is now open, and will remain open until 2013-06-10 04:00:00 UTC
(12:00 AM Eastern Time).
Please note: While the voting results will weigh heavily upon the final
Flock schedule, they will not be used as the sole determination for
On behalf of everyone working on Flock, thanks,
Of course Flock will have the usual State of Fedora FPL keynote, but I
think it would be great to have other keynotes each day of Flock as well.
Any suggestions on whom we should approach (even better if you know them!)?
The call for submissions for Flock talks/workshops/hackfests/sprints is
ending tonight at midnight Eastern time. I figured I'd highlight the
* The web app will stop taking new submissions at the deadline.
* We will export the anonymized submissions out of the web app and
import them into the Elections (Voting) app.
* We will open the election for a week (7 days), announce it widely, let
everyone who has a FAS account with FPCA (CLA) signed to vote on each
proposal. Range voting of 0-10 for each talk.
* People who have pre-registered for Flock will get a direct email
asking them to vote. (Registration will remain open).
* When voting closes, the scheduling committee will meet to make the
final schedule (and do it as fast as we can).
* We will then publish the schedule and notify the speakers of their
acceptance. Any speakers who need financial subsidy will have it handled
at this point.
* All other subsidies will be handled after the speakers are taken care
of, money permitting.
* We will continue to attempt to lock in Sponsors.
* We will start having weekly public IRC planning meetings at 14:00 UTC
(10 AM Eastern Time) on Wednesday to cover these (and the other details).