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Re: [Debconf-team] RFC: (Hopefully) Last draft of the dc15 sponsorship brochure


On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:41:20PM -0400, Brian Gupta wrote:
> My feeling here is if folks want to run a raffle, and sponsors are
> willing to give
> raffleable swag, I don't think it hurts. I know in the not so recent
> past companies
> have donated laptops/netbooks to DebConf and those were somehow given
> to attendees.
> If people want to sleep-in they always can. (Realistically I am not so sure I
> buy that this will work as an incentive to get people to come to early slot if
> they are night owls anyway , but I think a raffle that doesn't conflict with
> talks, can't hurt.)

I agree with you here, I may have expressed myself badly. I'm fine with
it if the raffle doesn't disturb any official event/space (including
hacklabs) and if it doesn't take much energy from the localteam to
negociate it with sponsors.

Also, I don't like the idea of publicizing the raffle as a motivating
factor to attend DC events. I can't find words now to express this, but
it sounds to me a kind of legitimation of laziness, DebConf officially
tolerating the fact that a small chance to win a random gadget is more
motivating to attendees (who're mostly sponsored) than the opportunity
to join a presencial discussion relevant for the project.



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