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Re: [Debconf-discuss] "Do not photograph" checkbox in registration

On Wed, Sep 03, 2014 at 11:49:30PM -0700, Aigars Mahinovs wrote:
> I would like to ask to remove the "Do not photograph me" checkbox in
> Debconf registration form as we do not really have a technology to
> implement that.
> While I understand and sympathize with privacy concerns that people
> have in regards to their photos showing up online, there is currently
> no way to both provide meaningful photo coverage of the event *and* to
> honor such promise to attendees. So we should stop making such
> promises.
> As an alternative I propose setting up guidelines on which zones in
> the conference will be "photo-free" so that people that do not want to
> be in pictures can avoid them. For example, hacklabs can be photo free
> (we just need a few shots of people working in them for the whole
> conference) and there is no reason to explicitly photograph back rows
> of auditoriums, also for cafeteria we only need a couple photos and
> the rest of the time that can be photo free as well.

While I agree with your comments that the current approach seems
challenging to handle, I think this discussion would be rather
incomplete and one-sided without hearing from people who wish to not
appear in photos.

Ideally, I'd hope that people who checked that box during registration
or who otherwise have reasons to avoid appearing in the conference
photos could chime in on the discussion and the proposed alternative
solutions.  If there are people who have feedback on this topic but do
not feel comfortable discussing it here, perhaps they could mail
feedback@debconf.org or otherwise contact the conference organizers, and
request that someone convey their input anonymously here.

For that matter, perhaps the conference organizers could send a single
mail to the set of people who checked that box during registration,
requesting input on this topic?

- Josh Triplett

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