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[Debconf-discuss] Requiring work in exchange of sponsoring? (was: remote participation in DebConf)

On 19 septembre 2014 17:17:45 UTC+02:00, martin f krafft <madduck@debconf.org> wrote:
> we could expect our sponsored attendees
> to do one or two of these, right?

I'm increasingly worried by suggestions that sponsoring grants should be somehow "paid back" by those getting them, and I think we thould discuss this.

I think it's Okay to _suggest_ available tasks to sponsored attendees (as well as to all attendees IMHO), but I don't think it is Okay to _require_ their accomplishment.

As I continue to understand it, travel sponsoring exists to enable Debian contributors' participation to DebConf's because it enhances Debian through their DebConf experience (sense of community, team meetings, etc, etc). Sponsoring is not a salary for a work and shouldn't be: it is supposed to enable attendance of contributors otherwise unable to attend.
I think sponsoring should bring more "DebConf _attendees_" because of what their participation brings to the project, not in return to some mandatory task.

My first DebConf was a tsunami of discoveries and I couldn't have talkmastered, helped with video or served at FrontDesk: the conference itself brought more than enough to cope with: imposing specific conference tasks would have hurt my DebConf experience.

Cheers, OdyX

(Disclaimer: my travels have been partially sponsored in past DebConfs, but this fact is unrelated to my point.)
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