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Re: [Debconf-team] Hacking vs. free time (was: General schedule proposal for dc15)

On Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 08:52:24PM +0200, Margarita Manterola wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 8:46 PM, martin f krafft <madduck@debconf.org> wrote:

> > Seriously, I wonder why we are discussing this, as we are speaking
> > about exactly the same concept: larger periods of continuous (free)
> > time in the schedule which people can use for hacking. But since
> > they are not required to hack, why call it hacking time, rather than
> > just leaving it free?

> Because the name does change the way it is perceived.  If you call it
> "free time", then most people will just consider it "beer time". If
> instead you call it "hacking time", there's still people who will go
> out or do whatever, but for many it will be an opportunity to make
> something useful.

> Of course, nobody is going to go policing what you can and can't do,
> but the name changes the expectation and the attitude for the general
> attendees.

I agree entirely.  "Free time" means something quite different than what I
believe we want to encourage at the conference.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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