Posted Feb 22, 2007 4:25 UTC (Thu) by tseaver
In reply to: Unprofessional and Childish
Parent article: ESR's goodbye note
Actually, I don't think his travel rules are obnoxious: he makes very
explicit what folks need to do who want him to come speak, and even says
why. Anybody who doesn't want to meet his conditions should be grateful
for the advance notice, and move on.
FWIW, his rules seem to boil down to:
- "I'm doing this for free, so *you* make it easy for me". As somebody
who has learned *never* to let anyone else make travel arrangements
for me, I can sympathise (from the opposite end of the spectrum).
- "I don't have, nor want to be asked for, a credit card". He claims
this as a matter of principle, up front. While I don't share the
principle, I can understand the frustration. I *have* been in the
position of waiting for months to get reimbursed for expenses from
conference organizers, while having already had to pay the credit
card bills: even one conference like that is enough to make me
If the demand for his appearances is high enough, those requirements should
ensure that the folks who *do* book his time are going to value it (people
tend not to do that for things which are "free").
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