[openstack-community] Proposal: remove voting on speaking proposals for Barcelona Summit

Florian Haas florian at hastexo.com
Wed May 18 10:10:19 UTC 2016

On 05/18/2016 12:07 PM, Maish Saidel-Keesing wrote:
> On 18/05/16 09:14, Florian Haas wrote:
>> On 05/18/2016 12:24 AM, Stefano Maffulli wrote:
>>> On 05/17/2016 12:40 PM, Claire Massey wrote:
>>>> With the growing number of speaking submissions (we had 1,300 for
>>>> Austin), some community members have expressed concerns about social
>>>> media channels and email getting spammed during the week of voting. We
>>>> also think many community members are unclear as to how much the votes
>>>> weigh on the final decision. For example, some think that if someone
>>>> campaigns for votes or asks their colleagues to vote, the session will
>>>> likely be accepted (which may not be the case).
>>> I have always considered the public voting a celebration of the success
>>> of the summit and nothing else. It's a ritual for the OpenStack
>>> community: twice a year we ask speakers to propose their talks and we
>>> celebrate all of the submissions. In this celebration, people from
>>> anywhere (the crowd) give their opinions...
>>> The rituals and the celebrations contribute to define communities,
>>> online and not.
>>> I've argued at length that the crowd's votes are a by-product of the
>>> celebration and are to be discarded by the track chairs.
> If this is only for publicity - then it could be considered a complete
> and total
> waste of time to even start the voting process.
> Promote the sessions. Asking people to vote and then throw their efforts
> and opinion
> away could actually be considered an insult.
> For what it is worth - I personally think we should do away with it all
> together

I agree that having a voting system and then ignoring the votes may be
insulting. You say you're in favor of nixing voting altogether -- would
you mind explaining your rationale?


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