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Re: [Debconf-team] Registration proposal

On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 01:59:47PM -0500, Jimmy Kaplowitz wrote:
> I'm getting Pentabarf in shape for DebConf10,...

Thanks and good luck with this! =)

> Proposed Debian status types (simply renaming the existing ones):
> Proposed categories:
> Proposed food preferences:
> Proposed accommodation options:

Whatever penta says people always seems to be confused, if it were possible
to have a wiki page linked in the top with every field explained a bit more
verbosely I think this problem could be minimized this, and hopefully, answer
the possible questions that are asked every year. In most of the fields, there
is not much to explain, but in others it is, e.g.:

> Proposed Debian status types:
> Debian Developer
Select this if you are a Debian Developer.
Please, also detail in the textfield below what you do in Debian if you are
asking for sponsorship.

> Otherwise involved in Debian
Select this if you are a Debian Maintainer, translator, you maintain packages,
Please, also detail in the textfield below how you contribute in Debian if you are
asking for sponsorship.

> Not yet involved, but interested
Select this if you work in another free software project, you are an user
interested in ti know more about Debian, or you interested in free software, etc.

> Accompanying a Debian participant
Select this if you are not involved in Debian and you are attending to the
conference to acccompan an attendant. 

> Organizer
> Volunteer
Select this only if you know what you are doing ;)

> Press
Select this if....
(did we actually anybody selecting this?)

> Sponsor
Select this if ...
(did we actually anybody selecting this?)

As you can see in some fields, it is a bit redudant, but in others it is
helping a bit. I am not even sure when the last 2 fields are supposed to be
selected :)

> Proposed changes to the registration-related part of penta:

> * Add a check box labeled "Contact me regarding disability accommodation"

Just wondering here, it is not better direclty ask them to file a field with their
needs and if the info is not clear then mail this people asking for more

> * Clarify that the arrival/departure dates and times are meant to be when you
> get to or leave NYC on your way to/from the venue, or else when you get
> to/from the venue if you're local or sticking around for tourist stuff.
> Arrival/departure number and Transport are referring to entering/leaving
> NYC, not municipal subway/bus.

Maybe it would help here remove the info about the flights/trains/etc that
is misleading and directly ask "Mark the days you will sleep/eat at the Venue?".
About the part of "find people on my flight" that we lose, it can be moved to
the wiki. In the last years, we have this info available in penta very late,
so moving to the wiki would allow to have it earlier and simplify the
question in penta.

> Thoughts?

Now some ideas i think could be interesting, nothing highly important:

* add multiple contanct emergency fields. I have seen some people to add 2-3 people, 
other people put somebody who will be at debconf and somebody else who will be at home.
* In "general", hide the "title" field? it only has lead to some funny nametags in
the past
* Separate the field "What are you doing for Debian? Why do you request
sponsorship?" in:
"How do you cotribute to Debian?"
"Why do you request sponsorship"
and make the second one mandatory if you ask for travel sponsorship.


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