GNOME speaker policy
Posted Dec 2, 2010 5:27 UTC (Thu) by BrucePerens
In reply to: GNOME speaker policy
Parent article: The dark side of open source conferences
It doesn't really define what offends, it just says to avoid topics that are likely to offend people. Which means just about anything, as far as I can tell.
I keynoted the GNOME conference in Norway, around 2004, but that was back when it was OK to make a joke in my non-technical keynote. There was a basic assumption that the audience were grown ups. I had the confidence of the audience that anything I said was not meant to be a personal attack on them. Now, the social covenant with the audience is broken and my performance is taken to be a potential attack on them that has to be managed. No thanks.
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