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04 August 2007 @ 09:14 am
linux.conf.au... deep breaths for mini-confs  
Well, that was kinda heart wrenching.

We made the announcements yesterday regarding mini-confs - and notified those whose proposals did not make the program.

To say they were rejected isn't accurate, although it might feel that way. The reality is, we could not run 26 mini-confs. We are running 15, and have asked stalwarts that are traditionally 2 days, to cut down to 1, and even scheduled a couple to run as half days in order to squeeze in one more.

We toyed with the idea of favouring new proposals, over long established mini-confs, but felt we'd be lynched. We feel like we're being lynched anyway. And so I repeat my mantra, we can't please all of the people all of the time, but we're trying to do our best at pleasing most of the people, most of the time.

We ARE scheduling BOF time in the main program, and allocating rooms - so we are quite serious that those who missed out on mini-conf slots should arrange BOF sessions. Perhaps an overwhelming response to a BOF session would help the 2009 team decide to run some of the great proposed suggestions we could not include this year.

Paper review begins today.  The review team will bunker down for the next 2 weeks to review 222 presentations, and 34 tutorials. There are somewhere between 50 and 60 presentation slots, and less than 10 tutorial slots.
This bit is hard.  But worth it.
Josie Lipstick: mirwordlipstick7388 on August 4th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)
See you Tuesday night. 5.30 Tatts lane. Looking forward to hearing all about this conference.