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Re: [Debconf-team] [Coordination] Timeline changes proposal for DC16

On 25/08/15 at 10:42 +0200, Gaudenz Steinlin wrote:
> Lucas Nussbaum <lucas@debian.org> writes:
> >> >
> >> > From past experience, the bursaries needs more than one months. The important part is travel sponsorship, especially for Cape Town, and this take much time.  But let’s see commentary of bursaries team. (OTOH on your timeline, we have 2 months before opening registration and an additional month before sponsored registration close, so enough time.
> >> >
> >> > On past we had A queue and B-C-… queues. Possibly only A queue is
> >> > processed in such timeline (and other people are notified about they
> >> > status), so that when sponsored people cancel, we can move fund to the
> >> > next one.
> >> 
> >> One month for bursaries is tight, but doable if we are well prepared. 1
> >> 1/2 months would be better. It mostly needs someone to drive the process
> >> as David did it this year.
> >> 
> >> At the bursaries Bof we thought that the idea of sponsoring more people
> >> as others cancel or don't need the sponsorship anymore worked quite well
> >> this year. So we will continue to do that.
> >
> > This sounds wrong to me. For me, the role of bursaries is to decide, for
> > a specific attendee, if s/he should be sponsored to attend or not.
> > That's a yes/no question (a hard one, but still). If you end up needing
> > more budget to cover the sponsorship for all those that should be
> > sponsored, just ask for more money from Debian.
> I disagree that it's just a yes/no question. It's a ranking on two
> dimensions (contributions to Debian and financial need of the
> sponsoree). And for both it's not always obvious where to make the cut.

Oh, sure, I'm not saying that it's easy. But David's cohorts-based
algorithm still turns it into a yes/no question in the end (not about
individual people, but about cohorts).


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