On Nov 18, 2015 9:51 PM, "Paul W. Frields" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 10:29:41AM -0500, Josh Boyer wrote:
> > On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 10:23 AM, Matthew Miller
> > <email@example.com> wrote:
> > > On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 03:39:50PM -0500, Josh Boyer wrote:
> > >> Similarly, the conference is created around what the attendees find
> > >> interesting. Even if the synopsis is very accurate and detailed, if
> > >
> > > I was talking to Dmitri Pal (from FreeIPA) at LISA, and he suggested
> > > that rather than having people vote on individual talks, we could have
> > > people propose _topics_, and then we'd have a community-wide vote on
> > > those - separate from specific speakers or talks. From that, we could
> > > have a "skeletal" schedule of tracks and talks in certain areas. Then,
> > > we could have interested/knowledgeable people in each selected topic
> > > fill that out... maybe provide an ordered list of recommended
> > > talks/sessions, which would go to the Flock committee for final
> > > selection.
> > I'm not understanding how this works. The community would propose
> > things they are interested in hearing about, a vote would be held, and
> > the results would show topic areas of interest. But then what happens
> > if we don't have any speakers to provide talks for those? Or even if
> > we do have speakers, the workload on the staff isn't reduced at all.
> > The have to vet the topics and results and then vet the talks and
> > speakers anyway.
> > It sounds confusing.
> > >> I'm opposed to setting aside space for newcomers. I'm skeptical about
> > >> allowing speaker identity in the votes, but not strictly opposed.
> > >> Frankly, I'd like to see a major reduction in _talks_ overall.
> > >> Perhaps one day of them, with the remainder of Flock being focused on
> > >> _doing_ things. If that happens, then competition for talk slots is
> > >> going to be higher.
> > >
> > > I'm in support of few talks with higher attendance. The one complaint I
> > > got from a couple of people about the last Flock is that they didn't
> > > get the audience they expected. I also like "more doing things", but I
> > > don't want the proven success of pre-planned sessions from Flock the
> > > last couple of years to fall back into the less-productive chaos we
> > > were seeing at FUDCon.
> > Right, I don't want barcamp. I want less talks, but still pre-planned
> > talks and schedule.
> Why not have Remy + Matthew work with the Flock planners and any
> additional people from Council, FESCo, and Ambassadors/Marketing to
> plan a set of specific talk topics needed for Flock? In other words,
> start with what we're trying to achieve in the next 18+ months, and
> let that drive the agenda for Flock. This seems like a better way to
> achieve the following goals:
> * Connects Flock content with future development
Well said !!
CFP should have list of these selected topics for flock.
> * Thus increasing the value of the conference, and the justification
> for people to attend (no matter whether it's on their dime or an
> * Also sets up for useful workshops/hackfests around that future
> development work
> * Helps establish a set of speakers/attendees needed to fund for
> attendance, making budget at least somewhat easier to estimate
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