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Bug#646150: www.debian.org: please define a policy for event locations

Package: www.debian.org
Severity: normal
User: events@debian.org
Usertags: events-list

Hi there!

Please keep the events@d.o address in the loop.

On Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:47:29 +0200, David Prévot wrote:
> If I understood correctly, Mangalore is a town, not a state.
> If that's true, the Mangalore edition [1] seems a bit inconsistant with
> the Kerala edition [2], since they both take place in another town
> (respectively Nitte and Malappuram): while Malappuram is a town of the
> Kerala state, Nitte of course can't be a town of Mangalore.
>     1: http://www.debian.org/events/2011/1028-minidebconf-india-mangalore
>     2: http://www.debian.org/events/2011/0422-minidebconf-india-kerala

Thank you for having brought up this issue, which has actually two
sides: first, the name for a specific event and, second, which kind of
policy we have for the location (the WML "where" tag).

In the first case, I do not think that we should enforce any policy
about how to define the name for a specific event.  This because it is
up to the organizers of the event to decide its name.

In the second case, AFAIK the current policy is "CITY, COUNTRY" and it
has been like this for the events since 1999, with some exceptions like
building or the institution) or "CITY, STATE, COUNTRY" (especially true
for some USA locations).

I would enforce the policy defining the location as "CITY [(STATE)],
COUNTRY", for the very simple reason that the PHYSICAL_LOCATION is not
always well defined (e.g. a university is not a building).  STATE is not
mandatory, but if present it should be in parenthesis.  If it should be
abbreviated (my preference) or not is another point that should be

Please note that in a recent case, however, the Events team was asked to
change the location with a more-known one [3].  Nevertheless, I still
think that we should be strict on this policy (which means the above
commit should be reverted), especially because strangers could not be
aware of local practices for city names/locations.

[3] <http://anonscm.debian.org/viewvc/webwml/webwml/english/events/2011/0422-minidebconf-india-kerala.wml?r1=1.1&r2=1.2>

Going back to your specific case, please note that I decided to use the
names present on the on the general India Mini-DebConf 2011 website [4].
However, I would like a bit more consistency when organizing different
sub-events, given your remark.  And moreover the Pune edition [5] is
also called "Mini-DebConf Maharashtra" in the Kerala edition wiki page
[6] (which name BTW is misleading).

[4] <http://in2011.mini.debconf.org/>
[5] <http://www.debian.org/events/2011/0813-minidebconf-india>
[6] <http://wiki.debian.org/DebianIndia/MiniDebConf2011/Participants>

Thx, bye,
Gismo / Luca

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