[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G Discount for Charter Members proposal

David William Bitner bitner at dbspatial.com
Tue Aug 26 06:52:01 PDT 2014

+1 to everything Darrell just said!

On Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:50 AM, Darrell Fuhriman <darrell at garnix.org>

> > One of the things I’ve heard in the past is that some people are afraid
> that running a more professional conference will take away the grass roots
> / community feeling of FOSS4G. As I said, I myself have no issues with
> this, but it’s a common theme that comes up.
> Actually, I think it could be *more* grass roots if there were a dedicated
> staff to handle the day-to-day stuff. The LOC could focus on conference
> issues, without having to learn the ins-and-outs of running a conference.
> There’s an enormous number of things that need to be done that have
> nothing at all to do with a grass roots/community feel, but that burn a
> huge amount of time, especially if you’ve never done it before.
> There’s a big difference in time spent between:
> A) Hi, LOC, here’s the signage you need. Make it fit your theme, it’s due
> on….
> and
> B) Hey, what signage do we need? Where does it go? What size should it be?
> Who’s printing it?  Oh crap, we forgot about signs for X, shit someone
> throw something together…
> Substitute a million little things for “signage” and repeat.
> Darrell
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David William Bitner
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