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I just wanted to reopen this topic from ages past.
Since Flock began, talks have been voted on anonymously, with only the
conference organizers knowing who has proposed this talk. The
intention of course was to ensure that we don't end up only with talks
from long-time contributors getting voted in. Unfortunately, this has
occasionally resulted in situations where someone who does not have
sufficient expertise talking about things (and those who do have had
their talk excluded because they didn't write as interesting a synopsis).
So this year, I'd like to suggest that we consider including the
speaker's identity in the voting. If we're still concerned about it
becoming a "good-old-boys' club", then perhaps we could provide a
specific track or other reserved space specifically for relative
newcomers (scheduled carefully so that these are not ignored).
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