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  • 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 conference dinner kinda boring and annoying...maybe others enjoyed them, but I just sat there thinking, "please be quiet soon so I can enjoy talking to the people around me". Maybe the pressure to try and make them funny/interesting was what led to the strip, as an attempt to achieve that. The line between funny and bad idea can be very thin sometimes, and can be hard to judge, especially when everyone's attention is on you. So I don't really want to slam anyone for this incident (as I posted elsewhere, overall I really enjoyed this YAPC), but I think it's something to learn from and try and avoid a repeat of in the future, since clearly from the posts here at least some of the community felt it wasn't a Good Thing, and there will doubtless be other people who felt that way who don't post and say so.

    Anyways, thanks to everyone (organizers included) for all of the good times in Copenhagen this year! And bring on Lisbon (and damm, I guess now that Moscow didn't get it I have to go to YAPC::Russia to give a Perl 6 talk full of In Soviet Russia jokes...)

    Jonathan