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  • Commented on Try rakudobrew and play with concurrency
    That's funny, because, as it happens, Dancer was ported to Perl 6 a long while ago. :)...
  • Commented on Are conference speakers compensated
    Who expects YAPC to cover 50 speakers? Also, where's the math from? Speakers are from the US (some local to the city even), Canada, Europe, Asia, Brazil, etc. If you take a look at keynote speakers, some of them actually...
  • Commented on Are conference speakers compensated
    It's quite possible (hell, probable) that I misunderstood brian, but the point I'm making isn't about "dirty secrets" but rather about matching expectations, both as organizers as speakers. Your points, although not contradictory to what I'm saying, are noteworthy and...
  • Posted Are conference speakers compensated to Sawyer X

    Recently brian d foy wrote about compensation for conference speakers. The term "dirty secret" prompted me to write about it as well.

  • Commented on How should conference speakers be compensated?
    I hope I was less than my usual jerk self with it: http://blogs.perl.org/users/sawyer_x/2014/08/are-conference-speakers-compensated.html...
  • Commented on How should conference speakers be compensated?
    "Dirty secret"? Really? I was about to write a long comment but maybe I should write a blog post instead....
  • Posted Who's running @PerlUpdate account on Twitter? to Sawyer X

    Does anyone know the answer?

    It's currently just publishing anything that has the word "Perl" in it. You'd be surprised how many people have "Perl" as their last name.

    If you know who the person is behind the account, please contact me, or contact them telling them I would like to …

  • Posted Major Dancer 2 release: 0.140000 to Sawyer X

    (cross-posted from the Dancer users mailing list)

    Hey everyone!

    I just released a new version of Dancer 2. It's a major one. I'd like to share a bit about it.

  • Commented on Let's delete 10,000 files from CPAN
    470 files marked for deletion....
  • Posted AmsterdamX.pm hosting a Perl hackathon! to Sawyer X

    At AmsterdamX.pm we decided to cook up a special surprise this cold February: we're hosting our first hackathon!

    But since we like surprises, there is one more surprise. We will have a special guest: Stevan Little. Yes, that Stevan Little.

  • Commented on The 2013 White Camels
    Muhaha Wendy and Liz won!...
  • Commented on Moving PPI to GitHub encourages some new activity
    Thank you for doing this....
  • Posted New Dancer 2 release: 0.11 to Sawyer X

    Hi everyone!

    A new version of Dancer 2 has just been uploaded to CPAN: 0.11.

    Before we go over the changes we've had, I'd like to take a moment to welcome Russell Jenkins (veryrusty) as a member of the Dancer core dev team. Russell has done tremendous work on Dancer and provided pa…

  • Commented on What if Perl OO was a Core Feature?
    Toby Inkster gave an excellent answer. This "if OO will be easy and integral, people will force it upon me everywhere, all the time" claim is not just silly, but it's absurd and unfounded. It's actually just FUD. Toby pointed...
  • Posted New Dancer 2 release: 0.08 to Sawyer X

    (this is the email sent to the Dancer users mailing list, updating on recent releases)

    Hey,

    we have just released a new version of Dancer 2: 0.08. While it didn't carry everything we had wanted (one specific change was left for 0.09), we decided it is more important not to delay fe…

  • Posted New Dancer 2 release: 0.07 to Sawyer X

    (this is the email sent to the Dancer users mailing list, updating on recent releases)

    Hey everyone,

    I would like to get back into the habit of letting everyone know what's going on with Dancer. This means keeping you up to date on releases and our plans for the future.

  • Commented on Modules ported to p5-mop
    I wanted to start converting my modules too but got a few issues (including a segfault) in the process of running perl 5.16 using Perlbew. :(...
  • Commented on TPF Grant Progress Report: July 2013
    I love reading grant progress reports. It gives a sense of being there with you, and being included in the thoughts and ideas, and the effort into putting those into action. Thank you for writing them even though it's not...
  • Commented on TPF Grant Progress Report: July 2013
    I love reading grant progress report. It gives a sense of being there with you, included in the thoughts and ideas, and the effort into putting those into action. Thank you for doing it even though it's not required....
  • Commented on Kegler spam
    In most programs it's the keyboard button "J", or just click "Next"....
  • Commented on Crowdsourcing self-confidence
    This is gonna take a bit, and I apologize for that, but there's a lot to say. First of all, you're quite technically gifted. Beyond the ability to bring ideas into term, you also have a plan of where to...
  • Commented on p5-MOP syntax improvements
    Thank you for continuously updating about this. :)...
  • Commented on Kegler spam
    I'm disturbed by people disturbed by long posts they can just skip with a single button. How can I flag this post as "abuse [of my time]"?...
  • Commented on Recruiters suck, and why I became one.
    As I've said in person, I'm sure Leïla and you will do a wonderful job. You have the knowledge (social, administrative, technical), experience and passion for it....
  • Commented on Once More Unto The Breach
    I think in retrospect this will turn out to be one of the more important steps done for Perl. Unsurprisingly, it will probably be up there along with Moose - both done by the same imaginative person. Thanks for that....
  • Commented on Pre-Modern Perl VS Post-Modern Perl: FIGHT!
    Excellent post, Buddy! I just want to note that evolution is basically adaptation for survival's sake. If we're talking about surviving the future, Perl (as with any animal) must adapt (or "evolve") to fit the environment. To write *new* things...
  • Commented on Post Every Day
    I think the post-a-day approach was a major part of why YAPC::NA last year was sold out so soon and got people so excited about it even before it started....
  • Commented on Using Stratopan To Build ... Stratopan
    Aaand... you ruined it, Getty. :)...
  • Commented on Using Stratopan To Build ... Stratopan
    Take a look at Getty's reply, please. You'll notice that although he is well known for being... let's say "abrasive", he still nailed it. He basically said "you could have phrased it differently" and added "and I hope that eventually...
  • Commented on Using Stratopan To Build ... Stratopan
    Peter, you seem to be overreacting. He noted that in this specific incident he did not want to start debugging the situation. That's fair. He doesn't owe the community to sit and sift through an unknown number of modules to...
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  • brian d foy commented on How should conference speakers be compensated?

    I don't think that you were a jerk at all, but I don't think you addressed the dirty secret that all the grass-roots volunteerism and open source-ism is paid for corporate money coming from closed sourced software (mostly).

    I don't think it should be different, but it's apparent to many people that many events are more about lifestyle choices than technology. It's not a Perl problem; it's happening at many conferences. The lifestyle at open source events tend toward open source, although it's not a necessary part of using Perl.

  • Dan Wright commented on How should conference speakers be compensated?

    Master classes are a great way to get a big name to your event. If you've got a speaker that can fill a room, then having that speaker at your event means a room full of people will also be going to your event as well.

    Crowd funding is an interesting approach to decentralizing the event organizers job: rather than pay a certain ticket price (or sponsorship amount) and leave it to the organizers to figure out how to get speakers to their event, the community votes with their own money to decide who they want. The model seems to work well so far. But while decentralizing can be…

  • Timm Murray commented on Are conference speakers compensated

    Sponsors account for more than that, actually. Conference tickets make up maybe 10-15% of the YAPC budget.

    I'm not sure the numbers would work out for compensating all speakers, though. For YAPC::NA, domestic round trip flights can be $250-750 (and a lot more for international speakers), and a 3-day hotel stay about the same, depending on the city. If you have 50 speakers (don't remember how many YAPC::NA tends to get), that's easily an extra $50,000 expense, perhaps more.

    So you're looking at adding an extra 5-10 "Silver Level" sponsors (in the language of the TPF Don…

  • brian d foy commented on Are conference speakers compensated

    I'd rather hear a really good speaker than have a conference t-shirt.

    As I noted in my post, YAPC has gone far beyond it's grassroots beginnings (which was more like today's Foo-camps). That's one of the problems I alluded to in my original post. At the same revenue levels, organizers have tried to offer more and more stuff, losing sight of the actual purpose of event. It's the same thing that people complain about in the big events. It's the natural evolution of these sorts of things.

  • Wendy commented on Try rakudobrew and play with concurrency

    Thanks for the encouraging blog! Lifted my spirits.

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