What's the point anyway?
Posted Dec 2, 2010 2:28 UTC (Thu) by corbet
In reply to: What's the point anyway?
Parent article: The dark side of open source conferences
In my experience, drinking games at conferences are rare. I've had a great time at conferences with people who don't drink at all. There is certainly drinking going on after hours - and not always moderately - but they'll let you in the door even if you don't drink.
That said, alcohol is clearly part of the problem sometimes.
What's the point of conference? I make my living through electronic communications. But, having been to more conferences than I could possibly count, I've come to the conclusion that in-person gatherings are a vital part of making a community work. You react to somebody's email very differently if you hear their voice in your head while you read it. Humans simply have to get together in person every now and then to function well together.
So, if you want to function well in a community like ours, you really need to attend our gatherings every now and then. It's not "awful," it's how we work; it can even be energizing, stimulating, and fun.
OTOH, behavior which makes conferences awful for some people is not acceptable; thus this article.
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