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

Lana Brindley openstack at lanabrindley.com
Thu May 19 01:31:18 UTC 2016

On 19/05/16 04:24, Florian Haas wrote:
> On Wed, May 18, 2016 at 6:52 PM, Nick Chase <nchase at mirantis.com> wrote:
>>> I, for one, am not fond of letting go of community involvement, for
>>> concern of never getting it back.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Florian
>> I think that's a fair point, and another reason to enable comments instead
>> of votes.  People can not only feel involved but they will be making a more
>> substantial contribution to the process.
>> Granted, this may not solve the "spam" issue, though, as people will still
>> be soliciting comments.  However it will be more clear that getting comments
>> doesn't mean getting in, so there's less incentive.
>> ---- Nick
> So we currently have a fairly massive volume of submissions every
> Summit. I'm trying to put myself in the shoes of J. Random Summit
> Attendee here, right after the CfP closes. What would be my motivation
> for commenting on a talk that I don't even know for sure will make it
> into the schedule? Content suggestions like "could you please talk
> about X as well" or "could you spend some time on Y" are great *after*
> the talk is confirmed. But while it's still being considered, the
> logical thing is to say something like "I'd love to see this" or "I'd
> not attend this" — which is exactly what we have with voting, now.
> Thoughts?

Regarding the massive quantity of submissions: I rely on people sending out lists of talk to vote on, because the sheer volume of talks to go through and vote on is so huge, and the signal:noise (talks I care about vs talks I have no interest in) is so vanishingly small as to make it not worth my time. I have too many code reviews waiting to go wading through talk voting for a whole afternoon. This is why the 'vote on a subset' idea really strikes me as valuable. If I could do it in fifteen minutes, then I totally would.


Lana Brindley
Technical Writer
Rackspace Cloud Builders Australia

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