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Re: When to hold Pg East

From: "Selena Deckelmann" <selenamarie(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com
Cc: "Josh Berkus" <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, "Bruce Momjian" <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>, melanie(at)dunslane(dot)net, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: When to hold Pg East
Date: 2008-12-11 19:01:45
Message-ID: 2b5e566d0812111101p49024bb4mebd57f5f275068f1@mail.gmail.com (view raw or flat)
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On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 10:38 AM, Joshua D. Drake <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com> wrote:

> Ottawa has a very cool niche. It generally applies to -hacker type
> material. East/West generally applies to -general type material. That is
> why the crossover is so slim. There are of course exceptions which is
> why I say, "generally".

Having both curated and run two of the PG West/East conferences, two
PDXPUG days at OSCON, and also having participated in PgCon (and many
other conferences besides) --

PgCon is not exclusively -hacker content, and there is significant
overlap in the topics that are discussed there and at all of the
conferences, and even the *way* that the topics are discussed.

PgCon is the conference that drew in the hacker community first, and
remains the primary international conference (with the PgEU conference
on its heels). But there is plenty of content for DBAs there, and I
would hope that MORE DBAs start attending PgCon.  In fact, I encourage
people to!

Apart from topics - there is substantial overlap in the speakers at
all the Postgres conferences, at least in terms of the speakers who
are well-known, experienced and that attendees will be relatively
guaranteed of a good performance :)

Magnus' idea of color coding the events is a good one. An outsider
looking at that page currently would be totally overwhelmed.

I added 'Khaki' rows for conferences which I knew contained 1 day or
more of exclusively Postgres content.

Two months is barely enough separation between major conferences,
regardless of where they are held.

The only other community I know of that has this many conferences,
that are larger then ours, is the Perl community.  And they have quite
a few years on us in terms of conference organization and
non-profit/foundation experience. So, I'm glad we're all talking about
this, and I'm sure the conversation is not yet over :)

-selena

-- 
Selena Deckelmann
Open Source Bridge - http://www.opensourcebridge.org
PDXPUG - http://pugs.postgresql.org/pdx
Me - http://www.chesnok.com/daily

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