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  • Nat, I'm curious. Does this replace the Town Hall traditionally held at end-of-con? I'm curious what the reaction to those has been, traditionally. I always appreciate it, as it provides a nice roundup of reactions and suggestions from the intriguing to the antagonistic...
    • by ziggy (25) on 2003.04.03 15:02 (#18757) Journal
      Town halls usually start with a few comments from the organizers on how this is an auspicious time and place, and focus on interesting recent events (especially those that happened at the conference).

      Then the microphone is opened up to the peanut gallery.

      Then someone asks "Why can't we have an east-coast venue?" A show of hands late friday afternoon somewhere on the west coast shows that the vast majority of attendees prefer a west coast venue, followed quickly with a random quote about how east coast events are much more poorly attended/less profitable/less fun. Questions about a European venue come up within about 15 minutes

      Then someone asks "Why isn't Richard Stallman here this week?" or comments "It's great that Richard Stallman was here this week!" Some FSF issue is discussed. This may lead into a discussion about working to include more policy awareness in the community, or not.

      Then someone complains about the food, the catering, the annoying guy who was behind the microphone at lunch, or something.

      Then someone makes a comment that O'Reilly has done a bang-up job with this year's event, and we all should thank Gnat/Vee/the program committee/the conferences group for all their hard work.

      At this point, the town hall is pretty much over. Everyone in attendance is sorry that another conference is over, but they had a jolly old time making sarcastic remarks about the questioners on IRC.