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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 had she walked back to her seat? To be honest if I had one module on CPAN, I wouldn't have got involved either, and I thought it was totally inappropriate to boo anyone who declined to be involved. In fact I admire the guys for walking away from it.

    Is this really the kind of thing we want to be associated with? We are already aware that there are women who feel uncomfortable coming to technical conferences (this applies to all IT conferences not just YAPCs), and having incidents like this are a step backwards. While many of the guys in the Perl community are very protective, it isn't necessarily obvious, and these kinds of incidents only lead to everyone feeling uncomfortable.

    Unfortunately there were also a few incidents that were actual more sexist at YAPC::NA this year, and it was rather disappointing that it seemed perfectly acceptable to a large majority of the audience. (Although I should note I DON'T include the Ingy performance among those incidents).

    A number of us want the YAPCs to appear more professional to the corporate world, in order to encourage more sponsorship and increase attendance. What are they going to make of the reports they read? How are potential female attendees likely to feel when they read reports that make it all sound like an old boys club. There are already very high profile areas of the Perl community that have been promoting an old boys club for years, adding to that list is more likely to reduce the number of attendees, not increase them.

    I'm glad someone has picked up on this, as I was struggling to know what to say about the incident. Hopefully we learn the lessons and don't see a repeat next year.