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Saturday August 16, 2008
04:36 PM

Things at YAPC::Europe 2008 that suck (1)

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YAPC::Europe in Copenhagen was great, no doubt. But. But there were a couple of things that sucked.

One of them was auction. Not only it was boring, not only it lasted more than two hours, but it did contain elements of strip-tease.

Not that I am a purist (in fact, I am opposite to it), but developers with only one module on CPAN taking their clothes off in front of other developers were not a good idea.

Yes, I know that at the dates of current YAPC there was a Copenhagen Pride (a gay parade) here, but that should not influence YAPC auction. You know, half naked people at KBH pride look natural, and those at YAPC do not!

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  • Note that that unfortunate incident was NOT part of the auction. It was a separate prize give away that was meant to have had more sensible games, that all could have taken part in. Instead they only succeeded in degrading themselves with humiliating "games" that should not be part of a YAPC.

    In regard to the "contest" that you pin-pointed, aside from the fact it was inappropriate, there were also at least one woman who has 1 module on CPAN. Had she have walked down to the front would she have been booed ha

  • I personally also felt uncomfortable with the whole strip part. Both because of the strip itself and because of the wrongly applied peer pressure. I was glad that many clapped hands when one of the guys went back to his seat. I just hope he also felt that we applaud his move.

    I believe that if there was a woman in the group of people who were supposed to compete the whole stripping idea would have not come up but still it was not a good idea.

    I am embarrassed that I did not stand up and protest the compet

    • I'm embarrassed that I caused the "is my bitch" thing. Some things (like buying the domain) seem like a good idea on IRC...

      Maybe I should just have stopped at telling the history of that running joke in my lightning talk, and not add the domain name to the auction. Especially since there was a domain that was also sold. Many thanks to brian to have come up with great ideas to kill my stupid one.

      Regarding the T-shirt design, I misunderstood what was supposed to happen. I thought we were

    • I was glad that many clapped hands when one of the guys went back to his seat. I just hope he also felt that we applaud his move.

      I was on stage in this situation. In fact, I was the first one to step out of it. Did people applaud? I honestly don't remember. There can't have been too many. All I remember is that a lady friend, who was in my group there, told me I did the right thing, for which I'm thankful.

      The reason I stepped out, is simply that I will not be bullied into humiliating behavior.

      It is a joke gone out of control.

      I am really glad that in the end the "is my bitch" T-shirt was outbid for next years conference. I personally would not like to wear such shirt any time.

      Agreed. In fact, I did a bid on brian d foy's idea, simply to block the "is my bitch", er, design.

      I can't

  • Yes, I was a bit uncomfortable watching that part too (not because it personally offended me in any way, just more of a conference professional image thing). And being one of the less good-looking members of the Perl community I sure as heck know I'd have felt really uncomfortable if I'd been one of the people taking part in the competition, and I'm used to being in front of lots of people (clothed). So I agree it wasn't the best of ideas.

    I found the competitions both before the auction and at the confere
  • I agree; at that moment I was really glad to have more than one module on CPAN.
    The auction was a bit boring, but I believe it's hard to be as entertaining as Greg as an auction moderator.