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[personal profile] brainwane
Those of you who love Open Source Bridge: it's going to be June 20-23, in Portland, Oregon. The call for session proposals closes in a few days, on 31 March. Last month Denise mentioned she hasn't yet decided whether to treat OSB 2017 as a "take Dreamwidth people to this conference" conference. But regardless, figured you might want to know.

Changes this year: a Community Organizer track during the Friday unconference, more extracurricular activities, and "a new track to explore how activists are using technology, how open source communities are supporting activists, and how other open source and activist communities intersect."

Presentations, panels, sets of lightning talks, workshops, or other session types are welcome.

Presentations can fit either a short- or long-form slot. Short-form presentations will receive a 45 minute session, and long-form will have 1 hour and 45 minutes. Pick the format that best fits the scope and style of your presentation.


[Call for proposals]

Edited to add: They've extended the deadline, which is now 11:59 PM PDT (UTC-7:00) on April 9th.
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[staff profile] denise
I'm really sorry for the length of time it's taken me to make a final call on this -- I've been hoping that I would have the brainpower to deal with it, but my physical and mental health have both just been absolute shit lately, and I just have not had the cope. (And it's the kind of thing I can't delegate, not without also handing over the DW card, yadda.)

So, we will not be doing any kind of official DW trip to OSB this year -- I seriously considered a "yes, we will bring people, but you'll have to book your own travel and get reimbursed", but even that level of coordination is just beyond me at the moment. I'll be attending and speaking myself, and I need to reserve my (very few) spare cycles for talk prep and doing my own travel.

If you are attending on your own, I'm happy to meet up with people and hang out during, as long as I don't have to arrange anything! (Jen and I are staying at the Paramount.)

I'm sorry, folks; I'll do my best to make the call earlier next year!

OSB Badges

Jun. 17th, 2015 01:57 am
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[staff profile] denise
I've registered those of you who aren't speakers, under your wallet names. You should be getting emails shortly. If you want a different name on your badge, contact Kirsten Comandich (kirsten@stumptownsyndicate.org) and let her know your name + the name you want on your badge instead! Nevermind! Kirsten says you can update your badge name in the system from the links she sent out.
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[staff profile] denise
We are staying at the Westin Portland. We have five rooms, one for 21 Jun - 27 Jun and four for 22 Jun - 27 Jun. ([personal profile] kareila and [personal profile] momijizukamori had to come in a day early!)

Room assignments will be:

Room #1: [staff profile] mark, [personal profile] afuna
Room #2: [staff profile] denise/[personal profile] sarah, [personal profile] exor674
Room #3: [personal profile] misskat, [personal profile] momijizukamori
Room #4: [personal profile] woggy, [personal profile] kaberett/[personal profile] me_and
Room #5: [personal profile] kareila, [personal profile] azurelunatic

Cut because this is a tl;dr chunk of logistics )

OSB Travel

Jun. 3rd, 2015 02:40 pm
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[staff profile] denise
I have now emailed everyone who is going to OSB and for whom I am booking travel with suggested flights. Get back to me and I will book them!

The following people are attending:

[staff profile] mark
[personal profile] fu
[personal profile] misskat
[staff profile] denise
[personal profile] sarah
[personal profile] kareila
[personal profile] azurelunatic
[personal profile] woggy
[personal profile] exor674
[personal profile] momijizukamori
[personal profile] kaberett
[personal profile] me_and

It is now time to play the fun game of "how many hotel rooms do we need, and who's going to be sleeping in each of them". If you are on the above list, email me BY TOMORROW NIGHT with:

* If there's anyone on the list you'd prefer to room with
* If there's anyone on the list you'd prefer not to room with
* If you're an early riser or a night owl
* If you have noise sensitivity when sleeping vs if you are a noisy sleeper (heavy snorer, CPAP user, etc)

I may not 100% be able to match noise or chronotype preferences, because we have a few people coming in a day early and I'm going to try to minimize the number of hotel rooms we need that night, but I'll try.

Also, if any two of you on the list decide that you'd like to share a BED, not just a room, let me know. (Otherwise each of you will get your own bed.)

Once I know on Friday how many hotel rooms we need, I will find us a hotel that has that many rooms available. :)
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[staff profile] denise
A reminder, there's about a week left to get your pull requests in if you want to come to Open Source Bridge with us!

I will be out from tomorrow through to 29 May (going on a cruise with limited internet access), but I'll handle registration, hotel, and flights for everybody when we get back.
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[staff profile] denise
The Dreamwidth conference this year will be Open Source Bridge, June 23–26 in Portland, OR. See my previous post for all the reasons you -- yes, you! -- want to attend!

This offer is open to anyone who's submitted 5 or more pull requests (big, small, or anything in between) since 1 January. (See me if you want to talk comparable volunteer work that doesn't go through Github, or if you want to make a case for "I only had one PR but it was a ton of effort".) We will pay for you up front, no "you front the money and we'll reimburse you". This offer includes:

* Your conference admission (which includes lunch)
* Your housing in Portland (either in a hotel room or a rental house, depending on how many people we have -- usually it's been hotel rooms with two double beds, each person getting their own bed but sharing the room with one other person). Housing will be provided for the nights of June 22 through June 26 (so, arrive Monday June 22, depart Saturday, June 27).
* Your airfare, round trip from your home airport to PDX (yes, this includes from outside the US!) If you'd like to extend your stay in Portland past when accomodations will be covered, we can do that: just tell me when you'd like to arrive/depart, and pay the difference in airfare costs if greater than $50.
* At least one group dinner during the trip. (And usually others, on the principle of "whoever's around when the person with the DW credit card is deciding on dinner usually gets invited along", but we usually do one planned "okay, everyone's going to eat here tonight" thing.)

(NB: Generally speaking, we find that on these trips people spend between $200-$300 on other travel costs (meals that aren't covered by DW, tickets for the light rail to/from the airport, etc). If you'd like to come but that cost would be a hardship for you, come talk to me privately.)

This offer will be limited to the first 15 people who sign up.

To sign up, comment here with:

* Links to your qualifying PRs (email me if you want to make a case for comparable volunteer effort/substituting a large PR for small ones)
* The airport you'd like to fly out of, and whether you have an airline preference (ie, I only fly Oneworld carriers because I've got status with them)
* Travel dates, if not "arrive 22 June, depart 27 June"
* Any access needs or accomodations I need to take into account for arranging housing (ie, mine would be "I'm fine in a hotel room but if we rent a house I'd need a ground floor bedroom" -- you don't need to tell me why, just what I need to take into consideration).

If you're uncomfortable with disclosing any of the above publicly, that's totally fine! Just comment here with something along the lines of "I'm taking you up on this and will email privately with my details". (The comment is important to have the list of people all in one place; I am a Bear of Very Little Brain sometimes.)

Using the info provided of your preferred airport to fly out of, I'll find you flights and email you for your approval and to get the TSA-required data for booking (that being the name, date of birth, and gender marker that appears on your approved ID, plus passport number for people coming from outside the US) plus any airline frequent flyer numbers, yadda. Once we've got flights that you're cool with, I'll do the actual booking on your behalf, so you don't have to front the money. (I will book on your preferred carrier whenever possible, and aim for the best combination of price/travel duration/travel times I can find. That sort of thing speaks to my min/max gamer heart.)

The deadline for taking us up on this is June 1. (After that point, we'll still register you for the conference, but you'll have to arrange your own travel and housing.)
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[staff profile] denise
This year, Dreamwidth will be attending Open Source Bridge as our major conference, and like in previous years, we want to bring YOU with us.

OSB runs June 23–26, 2015 in Portland, OR. It's an absolutely wonderful conference -- probably my favorite conference out there. There are all kinds of fabulous talks by all kinds of fabulous people, but even better (IMO) is the hacker lounge, which is huge and full of comfy chairs and fun stuff to play with and really fascinating people to talk to. We'd love for you to be one of those people, and we'll pay to make that happen.

It does not matter if you think you're a Real Developer(™) or not: OSB is my favorite conference for many reasons, and one of them is how there's something for people at every level of experience. Don't let your impostor syndrome keep you from coming, please! If you're reading this, we want you to consider joining us. Really. Not only will you get to attend a really great conference, but we always do a bunch of DW hacking in-person as well. (And there's usually a code push, which means you'll get to hear all the swearing in person, which I am reliably told is hilarious.)

This offer will be open to anyone who has submitted 5 or more pull requests (big, small, or anything in between) by June 1. (We'll be generous there -- if you want to do one big huge thing with massive amounts of effort instead, come see me and we'll talk.) (Also, I was asked if that was "5 PRs between now and 1 Jun" or "5 PRs ever" -- I'll say "5 PRs since 1 Jan", since the goal here is to bring together people who are actively working on DW.) If you do, we will pay for:

* Your conference admission (which includes lunch)
* Your housing in Portland (either in a hotel room or a rental house, depending on how many people we have -- usually it's been hotel rooms with two double beds, each person getting their own bed but sharing the room with one other person)
* Your airfare, round trip from your home airport to PDX (yes, this includes from outside the US!)
* At least one nice group dinner during the trip, and possibly others, depending.

(NB: Generally speaking, we find that on these trips people spend between $200-$300 on other travel costs (meals that aren't covered by DW, tickets for the light rail to/from the airport, etc). If you'd like to come but that cost would be a hardship for you, come talk to me privately.)

This offer will be limited to the first 15 people who sign up when we open actual signups, but we've never hit that number before. (I really just mention it to guard against the budget running over.) I'll be posting a signup post as we get closer to the actual conference, but I wanted to let people know the plan early so you can all get started working on things!

I know that the open issues are a bit thin right now, since we're still rebuilding the list. If you don't see anything you want to work on there, browse through the bugzilla: migrated (misnomer of a) tag in [site community profile] dw_suggestions: all of those are suggestions that have been approved, but not yet implemented. (I'll do another pass through them next week just to make sure they're up to date.) They haven't been migrated into GitHub Issues yet, but if you see something that you want to work on, open a new issue and copy/paste the text of the suggestion into it, then start work on it.

Also, you can still submit a talk for consideration! (Talk proposals close 7 Mar.) I will repeat my standing offer, which is that if you have a talk accepted, I'll work with you on creating, rehearsing, and delivering the talk beforehand as much as you'd like.
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[staff profile] denise
a reminder to everyone: if you'd like to attend YAPC::NA with us in june, you must tell us about it!

if you've already commented to mark's post expressing interest (or emailed mark separately), we've already got you down. if you haven't, you must do so by 31 march.

the conference is june 3-5. the dw employee team will be sticking around a few extra days (probably until friday 7 jun or saturday 8 jun) for in-person hacking, product development and planning, and building trebuchets out of office supplies; you're welcome to stick around for some or all of it. there's also a "zero to perl" two-day workshop before the conference, which at least one of us will probably be going to, so if you want to come in early and attend that, we can probably work something out.

information on what the offer covers can be found in mark's initial announcement post. and tell your impostor syndrome to go take a hike: if you've submitted patches, we want you to come even if you think they weren't "big enough" contributions!

again, you must tell us that you're coming by 31 march! and i can't wait to see you all there.
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[staff profile] mark

Hi all!

As per my last post we are going to be flying out some contributors to YAPC::NA 2013 in Austin, TX.

For this post, I'm trying to get a headcount. If you:

  • Can commit to being able to travel to Austin, TX from June 3-5, 2013 (time available!)
  • Are a recently active contributor for Dreamwidth (have submitted patches in the last year or so, but this is fuzzy)
  • Are interested in joining us for the conference (lots of face-time and hack-time!)

If those describe you, then please comment here or send me an email (mark@ this domain). Our travel budget is decently sized and we will be working to make it possible for the maximum number of attendees to get out to Austin!

So! Let me summarize:

If you are a Dreamwidth contributor and you think it'd be fun and interesting to spend a few days to a week hanging out with Dreamwidth staff and going to YAPC::NA in Austin, TX to network and learn a bunch, then you are invited. Please speak up and talk to me. :)

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[staff profile] mark

Hi folks!

This year, Dreamwidth has chosen to go to YAPC::NA 2013 as the conference of choice for the year. Like last year with OSCON, we will have a sponsorship program to help active contributors make it down to Austin, TX for the conference.

YAPC::NA 2013 is being held from Monday, June 3rd, 2013 to Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 in Austin, TX, USA. [staff profile] denise, [personal profile] fu, [personal profile] misskat (I think!), and myself all plan on being present for the entire week, however, from the weekend before through the weekend after. We invite anybody eligible to stay for as much or as little as they wish!

We will be paying for the conference admission ($80), accommodations (a group house/apartments), and we will help with your travel expenses (how much depends on how active a contributor you are, with a max of about $500 USD for a single contributor).

What does this mean for you?

If you are interested in attending YAPC::NA 2013 and hanging out with the Dreamwidth staff and other volunteers, start working on those patches! We will be awarding travel stipends based on contributions in 2013, so now's a great time to pick up those patches you've been sitting on and get them finished up. :)

I will post more details soon when we hammer out the contribution levels. I will say that we are intending on maxing out our travel stipend at $500 USD, though. If it will cost you more than that to get to Austin, TX, you will need to find a way to cover the difference.

Fine print: patches don't have to be committed to count; pull requests are fine! Also, we don't presently have a cap on how many people we will try to fly out or accommodate, but we reserve the right to set one if needed. (We have a budget, of course, and it'd be nice to stay within it.)

Comments and questions welcome!

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[staff profile] denise
We still want to buy you books, and since this week O'Reilly is having a sale on resources about Git (our new version control system), we'll even buy you more than one of them if you spot stuff that you think will help :)

Browse the list of eligible titles (or the wider O'Reilly catalog) and if you'd like a copy of the book or the videos, let me know: we'll buy you that plus another title. (Maybe a book on Perl, or Javascript, or jQuery, or UI design, or or or...) I'm trying to figure out a way with O'Reilly that will make it easier for us to pay for ebooks that are then delivered to your O'Reilly account, but in the meantime, we can either do it where you buy it through your O'Reilly account so you can have future access to it and we'll write you a reimbursement check, or I buy it through my O'Reilly account with the DW card and send the file to you. Or you can get the hard copy, of course, if you don't want an ebook version; it's up to you.

Either way: let us buy you stuff! People have been really hesitant to take us up on this, but I promise you, we really want to, and if you meet the criteria (5 patches in last 12 months, at least one in the past two months), we mean you even if you think you haven't done 'enough'.

YAPC::EU

Jul. 27th, 2012 04:31 am
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[staff profile] denise
A reminder: if you are planning on attending YAPC::EU please register for the conference (not just create an account on the site) by August 3 and email me the name you registered for the conference under, so we can handle submitting payment.
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[staff profile] denise
Due to how we're handling third-party payment for YAPC::EU, I asked the coordinators what to use as the deadline for people registering, and they requested that anyone who would like to attend should register before August 3. So, please keep that in mind as you make your plans!

YAPC::EU

Jul. 2nd, 2012 03:46 pm
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[staff profile] denise
We had a great time at YAPC::NA -- it really was an incredibly useful conference -- and we'd like to extend the offer for conference registration to anybody for whom it's more convenient to attend YAPC::EU, which is being held in Frankfurt, August 20-22.

If you have submitted at least five patches to us (since the DW project began) and at least one patch in the last year, you qualify. (YES. YOU. I DON'T CARE IF YOU THINK YOU HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH. IF YOU MEET THOSE CRITERIA, YOU HAVE DONE ENOUGH. HIT THAT IMPOSTOR SYNDROME OVER THE HEAD, RIGHT NOW, AND GO SIGN UP. Ahem.)

[personal profile] pauamma did me the favor of contacting the conference organizers to see how they wanted to handle third party registration, and the answer is: create an account and register for the conference, indicating that your registration will be paid by the small business that is sending you, then send me an email with the name under which you registered and we'll handle payment with the conference organizers.

The small print: We reserve the right to put a cap on the number of attendees we send. (We're thinking a limit of 20 people total; this may be adjusted based on interest.) We cannot, unfortunately, pay any of your travel costs or hotel costs, but the conference wiki contains information about lower-cost lodging options and has room-sharing options. If you almost qualify but not quite, you can have until the end of July to get your patches in. Patches in the review queue that have not yet been committed do qualify.

To repeat, I REALLY MEAN IT ON THE IMPOSTOR SYNDROME THING. (I'd put that in blinking text if people wouldn't kill me for it!) YAPC::NA was full of talks that were useful for people at all skill levels -- I'm certainly no Perl guru and I got tons of useful stuff out of attending, and it actually benefits us considerably to have people from Dreamwidth participating in conferences: the more presence we have in the open source world, the more we're likely to attract people from other projects with skills we need.

Even if you're just starting out, check out the in-progress list of talks, and if you see anything at all you think you might benefit from, please do consider attending. (For instance, Refactoring Perl Code by [personal profile] szabgab, who has contributed awesomeness to us before, looks highly applicable to anybody working on DW! And there are always a ton of talks on things that don't look applicable on the surface, but contain really interesting things -- if I were going, I'd be super interested in stuff like State of the Velociraptor, because it looks like it will cover a ton of stuff I don't already know that might be useful. I also always make it a point to attend at least one "this is completely over my head, oh my god!" talk whenever I'm at a conference: I learn well by having interesting people who really care about what they're talking about tell me useful things, so even if I'm lost 80% of the time, the other 20% might contain something really awesome.)

And, of course, thank you to everyone who has paid for their accounts lately, which is what makes it possible for us to have the budget to be able to do this. :)

YAPC::NA

Apr. 25th, 2012 01:11 am
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[staff profile] denise
YAPC::NA is 30 registrations away from selling out (according to a blog post earlier today), eep! If you're planning to come and haven't contacted me about it yet, please register yourself ASAP and we'll reimburse you.

EDIT: Going by my registration #, there's only 6 slots left, and the pre-conference workshop has sold out. I'm so sorry, I didn't realize the conf was so limited-registration -- I'll see if I can find something comparable later in the year!
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[staff profile] denise
This is your naggy reminder that we still want to register you for YAPC::NA and the Zero to Perl workshop in Madison in June! If you are interested, email me (denise@dreamwidth.org) to let me know. I will probably be making the first round of registrations later on in the week, and I'd like to get a feel for how many people other than me and Mark will definitely be attending.
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[staff profile] denise
I am pleased to announce that this trend of "people giving us money" seems to be continuing, which means that we want to spend more money on y'all. (LET US SPEND MONEY ON YOU. REALLY. STOP THAT IMPOSTOR SYNDROME THINKING RIGHT NOW YES YOU I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING SO JUST STOP IT I MEAN IT IF YOU ARE READING THIS I MEAN YOU. YES YOU.)

If you have submitted at least five patches to us (since the DW project began) and at least one patch in the last year, we want to register you for YAPC::NA, the Yet Another Perl Conference in Madison, Wisconsin on June 13th - 15th. (Or, if you're not in North America, we'd be happy to send you to a local Perl conference of similar cost, if you know of one.)

There's also a two-day "Zero to Perl" workshop that I will be attending, and if you're newer to working in Perl (or to programming in general!) and think that you'd get some use out of it, I'd love for you to come keep me company. We'll also pay the registration fee for that workshop.

The small print: We reserve the right to put a cap on the number of attendees we send. (We're thinking a limit of 20 people total, and 4 people for the workshop; this may be adjusted based on interest.) I'm not sure yet if we'll register you and pay the conference directly, or if we'll ask you to register and pay and reimburse you; it depends on interest level and on how easy the conference makes it to do third-party invoices. We cannot, unfortunately, pay your travel costs (hotel or airfare) -- this year, at least! who knows about the future? If you almost qualify but not quite, you can have until the end of May to get your five patches in. If travel cost is prohibitive but there's more-local conferences or training you'd like to attend, let me know and we'll see what we can do. To take advantage of this, contact me at denise at dreamwidth.org and let me know you're interested, and we'll go from there.

And, a reminder, if travel isn't possible for you for whatever reason, we still want to buy you books or other resources!

(I really, really mean it on the impostor-syndrome thing. I have heard at least three of you who would qualify under the buy-you-stuff guidelines say that you don't think you do enough for DW to 'deserve' it. TOTALLY NOT TRUE. If you're coding for DW, we want to give you the tools to do it more efficiently and with greater skill. Period, end of sentence, full stop.)


EDIT: [personal profile] pauamma has also linked me to YAPC::EU, which will be in Frankfurt, August 20-22. Mark and I will not be able to go to that one, but if you're in the EU and that would be cheaper/easier/more convenient for you to go to, we can totally talk about sending you to that one! I can't say for sure that we'd be able to -- I need to research costs a bit more, etc -- but do check it out.
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[staff profile] denise
The past three months have seen a drastic increase in the number of paid accounts, which is awesome, and even with the increase in hosting costs associated with the increased traffic, we're still coming out ahead of the game. This means it's time for us to start investing in our developers, and that means you!

We'd like to buy you some reference materials. Books, lectures, professional society membership -- anything you've been eyeing and thinking "that would really help me learn something I can use to contribute to DW".

The fine print:

* You must have submitted at least 5 patches to DW in the past 12 months, and at least one of them must have been in the last 2 months. (Dev work is our pilot version of this program -- we'll work out equivalences for other forms of contribution if this goes well.)

* The reference materials must be related to DW in some way (so, like, nothing on Python or Ruby on Rails, for instance). They don't need to be related to something you've already done for DW, though (so, if you've been wanting to get more into UI design, but you haven't done any UI design work, you can order a book on UI.) They can be general or specific reference material (systems design, Template Toolkit books, accessibility reference material, Programming Perl, you name it). We reserve the right to ask you to order a different item.

* Offer is good for one book/reference/etc per year, up to a $100 value. (We're willing to make exceptions if you can make a good case for it, but that will have to be on a case-by-case basis.) We reserve the right to suspend or cancel this program at any point.

If you'd like to take us up on the offer:

* Email denise at dwscoalition.org from your Bugzilla email account (or, if from another email address, be sure to include your Bugzilla login) with the item you want. If it's a book, include the ISBN. If it's something else, include enough information for me to locate it.

* (If it's a physical item) Include the name it should be addressed to, and the address it should be sent to, along with any special ordering information or options.

* (Optional) Comment here with what you're ordering, or review it in your journal once it gets to you and drop a link in the comments, so others can have a sense of what people are getting and get ideas!

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