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Re: [Debconf-team] presentation

On Wed, 2006-10-11 at 00:50 -0500, Nicolas Valcarcel wrote:
> Ok, that i undestand, but where must i see what can i do? just reading
> this list and the channel? or there in the wiki?


From my experience with DebConf5 and DebConf6, it's a bit hard to find
anything concrete to do unless you happen to have regular contact with
the active people. For me, getting involved in DebConf5 happened because
I happened to be a board member of the local organisation
(Linux-Aktivaattori) that represented DebConf5 legally and financially
(apart from being interested myself). This meant that some decisions
eventually ended up on my table, and I could involve myself in them or
let someone else do it.

During DebConf6, my involvement was confined more or less to the period
of the actual conference. I was not a member of the local team (since I
live eight timezones from Mexico) but since some people knew I had
experience from the previous DebConf (as well as other experience) it
was easy to agree on some tasks once I had arrived in Mexico.

Based on both these conferences, my experience is that the conference
coordinators are unfortunately also the people doing most of the work,
so they have a very hard time delegating tasks. The best thing you can
do is to follow the channels you listed above and try to spot a
neglected task that you could handle. Do some research and come up with
a simple plan on how you're going to do it, then communicate to others
that you are going to do it. It's likely that nobody will respond with a
"go ahead" message. In the best case, your work will be useful, and in
the worst case, it will be just a waste of time.

Fabian Fagerholm <fabbe@paniq.net>

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