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Re: PGCon 2008 RFP

From: Greg Smith <gsmith(at)gregsmith(dot)com>
To: Dan Langille <dan(at)langille(dot)org>
Cc: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>, PostgreSQL Advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: PGCon 2008 RFP
Date: 2008-12-30 01:40:52
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On Mon, 29 Dec 2008, Dan Langille wrote:

> If we have enough volunteers:  speakers will be accosted in the lecture 
> hall just before their talk.  The attacker will have a USB drive and 
> will not let the presenter speak until they supply a copy of the slides.

I think some speakers might be uncomfortable with their slides going out 
to the world at large before they've even presented them.  People pay more 
attention to the talk if they haven't seen the slides beforehand, and 
there's plenty of amusing speakers you wouldn't want to ruin the live 
presentation of that way.  Being accosted by random people can be 
disconcerting as well.

What might make sense is to have an official list of organizer deputies 
authorized to collect a copy of the slides as part of the setup/teardown 
of each talk.  If the presenter knew that giving a copy to someone on that 
list relieved them of needing to submit them later (and made for easy 
deflection of individual requests), and that the slides would be posted 
promptly just after the presentation itself (but not before), I think that 
could play out well on both sides.

I would volunteer to fill that role for any talk I attend.  Unless you do 
something crazy that would ruin my chances of coming at all, like 
requiring standardized slides without providing a LaTeX template. 
(Robert mentioned OSCON:  they provide templates in 
PowerPoint/Keynote/HTML format to aid presenters, but they do not require 
their use)

* Greg Smith gsmith(at)gregsmith(dot)com Baltimore, MD

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