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Re: PGCon 2008 RFP

From: "Jonah H(dot) Harris" <jonah(dot)harris(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: "Gavin M(dot) Roy" <gmr(at)myyearbook(dot)com>
Cc: jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com, "Josh Berkus" <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, "Dan Langille" <dan(at)langille(dot)org>, "Bruce Momjian" <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>, "PostgreSQL Advocacy" <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: PGCon 2008 RFP
Date: 2009-01-05 19:25:12
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On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 2:07 PM, Gavin M. Roy <gmr(at)myyearbook(dot)com> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 1:52 PM, Joshua D. Drake <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>wrote:
>> On Mon, 2009-01-05 at 13:47 -0500, Jonah H. Harris wrote:If you need a
>> standardized template to get your message across in a
>> useful way then you are likely not someone who should be doing public
>> speaking in the first place.
> Personally, the only argument I see for standardization is it makes the
> conference feel more professional.  Having been to a fair amount of
> conferences, I'm more impressed by the ones that put an emphasis on the
> polish of the event, matching collateral materials (logos, signage, etc).
>  Obviously content is king, but second to content is how the content is
> conveyed, the design image of a conference.

Agreed.  The goals of conference organizers, among other things, are to put
on a good conference and to hopefully grow the conference for the next
year.  The "polish" makes the conference feel more professional and also
helps get buy-in from mangement that it's a serious event rather than a
little user-group conference.  That buy-in does matter when you're trying to
get mangement to pay for conference registration and the travel expense.

> I'm not sure why the argument is not about image.


> It rather seems to be about the quality of a presenter and if a present
> needs/doesn't need standardization.

It seems to be mostly the presenters who are complaining :)

> There is no reason why a standard slide deck template can't encompass all
> different slide layouts.  Think of it like letterhead for the conference.

Agreed.  This is generally standard fare.

> The most compelling reason I've heard for non-standard templates is the
> wide variety of presentation tools (or lack of presentation tools)that
> people use.

Yeah... not to sure how we'd help Bruce with his LaTeX slides :)

Jonah H. Harris, Senior DBA

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