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Wednesday March 20, 2002
06:01 AM

Pitter patter goes my heart

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It's bloody nervewracking, hitting Enter on a commandline that sends 400+ messages. I sent out the "sorry, your talk wasn't selected" messages (our motto--"Perl: Proudly Spamming For Over 10 Years"), and just as it has been the last few years (when I did just the Perl conference notifications) it was scary to run the program on real data with mailing enabled.

--Nat

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    • I did, too. I though for sure that the talk about Bricolage would be accepted. :-(

      • Ooh, ooh, I got mine too! I've gotten used to having talks turned down, I'd probably have been more surprised to get accepted :)
        • I had three proposals rejected too. The OSCon team had a serious overabundance of riches this year and had to turn down a very large number of excellent proposals. No-one should feel the least bit slighted if their talk wasn't accepted.
          • I had three proposals rejected too.

            Why, however, do I get the feeling that this was slightly less than the 100% suffered by a lot of folk I know?
            I know, I know - with 500-odd suggestions and only 100 places, it's a tough choice, and whatever you do, you're going to piss someone off. I kinda feel sorry for the team for having to make such a choice, but that's they're job - instead, I'll be sorry for the friends I know who can't go to TPC any more.

            • I had three proposals rejected too.

              Why, however, do I get the feeling that this was slightly less than the 100% suffered by a lot of folk I know?

              I was just making the point that they cut everybody back hard this year. And that there were no favours done: it was strictly on merit and perceived marketability.

              No, I didn't suffer the 100% rejection rate that others did. But I did suffer more than an 80% rejection rate. Which is still pretty tough, given my track record.

              instead, I'll be sorry for t

              • But I did suffer more than an 80% rejection rate.


                What's that in real numbers? If I'd had the
                energy to submit as many proposals as I'd liked,
                an 80% rejection rate would still have kept me
                busy for a goodly number of hours. :)

  • And I'm hugely relieved. One fewer thing to talk about at TPC...
  • I got all three of mine.

    Look at it this way... was your talk good? (Your talk, not your proposal. My proposals sucked.) If so, chances are the talks that were accepted are kick-ass. It's going to be a good OSCON.