While reading the “Breaking Cliques at Events” thread I tought that it could be nice to devote an hour slot to keysigning in the following way. Of course it should start with the usual Reading of the Hash etc., then people would split in small groups¹ (6 people?) and have 20 minutes to do the ID Dance, but most importantly introduce themselves and talk to each other a bit. After 20 minutes new groups should be formed, and the same repeated. At the end, the keysigning can go on as (afaik) usual, with people meeting each other and crosschecking during the conference. Having small groups instead of pairings would help people with the same variety of social anxiety that I have :) and give everybody a decent chance to get at least some signatures in the process. Participation shouldn't be mandatory (and this should be said explicitely) and there should be other chances to check the hash during debconf for people who can't or don't want to attend this session. ¹ for group splitting, I wouldn't use "by seat row", as people are quite likely to be sitting near other people they already know. self-sorting is probably also going to be quite caotic. one method that IMHO would work is to pre-generate groups in a way that minimizes the number of cross-signatures among members of a group. Since some people will not be available for the keysigning, groups with less than ( <= ) group_size/2 people can be then merged at the moment, even if the resulting groups are a bit suboptimal. I would also make sure that people that are well connected are spread out in different groups (this may come automatically from the cross-signature minimisation, depending on the algorithm used). -- Elena ``of Valhalla''
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