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Re: On future conferences

From: Christopher Browne <cbbrowne(at)acm(dot)org>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: On future conferences
Date: 2006-09-20 03:05:40
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After a long battle with technology, mdean(at)xn1(dot)com (mdean), an earthling, wrote:
> Joshua D. Drake wrote:
>>> and another person who can devote 150+ hours to fundraising for it,
>>> *assuming* we can afford a professional event team (otherwise, it's
>>> more hours).  Andrew and I did the bulk this last year (with
>>> considerable time investment from Peter, Gavin, Neil and Gavin) and
>>> we can't afford it this year.
>>> If we had some community people who could devote the time, then I
>>> think we could get the money.
>> However, make no mistake this is a big project and not something
>> that can just be done on a whim. It takes an unusual amount of
>> dedication and organization.
> There is another way to look at this! Consider, what business is the
> postgresql community in?  Is it producing the absolute best sql
> standard database, and slowly getting it accepted in the open source
> world and beyond, or is the community in the business of producing
> viable and ever increasing in scope shows at that!
> If it is the former, then why not think of hooking up with someone who
> is in the latter biz!  PostgresWorld, etc.  Why must all these things
> be conceived, written and produced by the community??!!  Wouldn't it
> be better for the database and the community if the community stuck to
> its knitting, and started moving in the direction of more
> partnerships??  Just a thought from the sidelines.
> Michael

The trouble with this is that they have to come up with a way of
making the conference profitable, and their ideas/needs may not
entirely fit with community needs.

The needs of a technical conference are quite a bit different from
those of a sales-oriented conference; getting that mix right is

That being said, there could be merit to joining with some other
technical conference of a reasonably congrent nature.  Getting people
in the PostgreSQL community behind it is probably touchy at the moment
simply because the folks that organized the 2006 conference just went
thru the process of determining that they don't feel they can do
another so soon.  That's a bit of a barrier...
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All generalizations are false, including this one. 

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