Comments on the manifesto from FSCONS 2011

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Here are the comments collected from the sticky notes during FSCONS 2011, where we asked the participants to comment on the manifesto interactively using pen and paper and huge print-outs of the manifesto on the walls.

  1. Awesome to see a manifesto for FSCONS this year! Thanks
  2. Cross-pollination" Fancy expression.
  3. I don't mind the "fancy" but "pollination" is sufficient.
  4. It exists to provide ... from the P.O.U of freedom.
  5. "Virtual space" (for meeting each other and discussions): I don't think there is much of that provided by FSCONS now, but actually I like the idea.
  6. When "FSCONS is founded as a Free Software conference "Scandinavia"?
  7. Crowd sourcing the manifesto is a brilliant idea!
  8. "participants at each activity": visitors to FSCONS every year? visitors at lectures? what?
  9. "Low barriers": the cost of entrance! which barriers is it?
  10. "Financially self-supporting": Consistent web usage.
  11. You may want to clarify how these goals relate to the overall purpose of the conference. The goals are ok but it would be good to put them in an explicit context.
  12. "Goal,Being accessible...": make sure not to alienate advanced participants by keeping it too basic.
  13. "Goal,Being accessible...": is it about knowledge?
  14. "Goal,Being accessible...": accessible for who? what are the criterion?
  15. "FSCONS should spark interesting discussions and co-operations ": sloppy definitions aren't what make things interesting, they are just sloppy.
  16. "FSCONS should spark interesting discussions and co-operations ": we don't know that is what make it interesting.
  17. "We strive to lower the barriers for...": good! indeed!
  18. "Approaches to accomplish the goals": since it's a continuous process and not a single one-off activity, "accomplishing" would probably sound better.
  19. "Receiving help and funding through an active sponsorship of FSCONS ...": Some native English speaker could review this paragraph for grammar consistency and improve the flow and cohesion.
  20. Rephrase.. FSCONS sponsoring... or sponsoring FSCONS. who is sponsoring who?
  21. "Investigating what good quantitative approaches could be established in order to meet the goal of having a reasonable and fair gender distribution among the participants": what exactly is "quantitative approach" ?
  22. "Establishing a system of local ambassadors of FSCONS in order to attract new participants (including speakers, staff and volunteers) " how do we do this?
  23. "We are non-discriminatory in terms of gender, age, sexual orientation...": Incompatible with workshop for one gender only.
  24. "We respect each other...": It also help being including by showing people that have been discriminated earlier, and might be so at FSCONS also, that it is not tolerated.
  25. "We respect each other...": YES! Although discrimination might be illegal it is really great to be explicit about it! It will help educate people.
  26. "We respect each other...": I vote against including this discrimination if any kind is inherently bad, and already prohibited by the law everywhere appropriate (to say the least). Let's not be pointlessly politically correct.
  27. "The content should be a challenge for the participants, and encourage new thinking": Did you mean something along the lines of "challenging the participants" or "challenging participant's views"?
  28. "We strive to be open and transparent in how we work, and what we do": 'Strive to' is vague.. what are the possible limits to transparency?
  29. "We respect each other, and we are non-discriminatory and accessible": Why limit the non-discriminatory policy to only these foci? What about political opinions?
    1. "We respect each other, and we are non-discriminatory and accessible": My political opinions are to discriminate people based on gender,age,sexual orientation,ethnic background,..... Now what?
  30. "Metrics for the goals": Arranging tracks on specific themes is not a way to measure, it's an approach. This paragraph is quite confusing.
  31. "A feedback mechanism for keeping track of that projects, and what discussions continue after FSCONS.": Isn't it already implemented by mailing people after the conference?
  32. " Metrics for the goals": Measurable goals can lead to optimization towards compliance of measurement rather than solution of problem- rather promote deliberative culture.
  33. "A constant review of what percentage are returning visitors.": In the long run, am I welcome back if 20% of all attendees each year should be first-time? Implies infinite growth?
  34. "A constant review of what percentage are returning visitors.": Anyone has anything here?
  35. "A constant review of what percentage are returning visitors.": You are welcome as long as you are with the 80%.
  36. "A constant review of what percentage are returning visitors.": So registration of visitors, some people with paranoia won't like that.
  37. "Goal,financial follow-up..": donate all the money!

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