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Re: [Debconf-team] A/V opt-out for speakers (Re: Thinking of organising a special mini-debconf

On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 07:20:58AM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> The main reason to attend a talk in person, rather than just watching it on
> the video stream, is to be able to participate.  If the talk is being video
> taped, and you don't want to be on video, you obviously aren't going to be
> reaching for the microphone, so there's no reason you need to be in the
> room.

If someone is mute, has anxiety issues, privacy issue  or medical issue, this
can affect their willingness and ability to 'reach for the microphone'. Using
IRC or providing a surrogate person to convey their questions would help this
situation. That surrogate can be handed a written question or vocally convey a
question into the ear.

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