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Meeting & conference announcements (updated with suggested guidelines)

by davies (Parson)
on Jul 26, 2014 at 17:14 UTC ( #1095169=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

I cannot find any guidelines for announcing Perl related events on this site. I have seen some events announced with requests for talks here, but not others. I am asking now because this year's London Perl Workshop has just been announced, but it is a question that has exercised my mind when other events have come up, such as the London PM tech meet two days ago (Thursday).

Do such guidelines exist? If not, what should the guidelines contain? The simplest guideline of all is "Don't", but as I said above, it's one I have frequently seen broken. Do people want to know about major conferences only, lesser ones like the tech meet, routine pub events, emergency pub events? Where notices include publicity blurb about sponsors, should this be repeated or edited out?

For any London mongers reading this, I happily volunteer to post notices about London events here, once I know I'm not doing the wrong thing. If guidelines exist or are created that permit such postings, I also volunteer to put a copy of the LPW 2014 notice in Perl news, unless someone else would prefer to do it.


John Davies

Update 2014-07-29

I have received fewer replies & suggestions than I hoped. I'm therefore putting up my own suggestions for guidelines. Please note that they are my suggestions. If the Gods see things differently, their word goes.

  • It's good to talk. News of any sort of meeting should be posted on this site in the Perl news section (
  • If this isn't the primary or first place a notice is posted, the notice should be of the form Title, Explanation (if the title isn't enough), Time, Place, Link to full details.
  • Repeated events should all be in the same thread. Each new case of an event should have a post of its own. I.e. there should be a thread for the London Perl Workshop, with each year's event having a new node in the thread.
  • Fewer threads are better than more, but materially different events should have their own thread. London would therefore have three threads, LPW, tech meets & social meets, with emergency socials being grouped with routine & heretic socials.
  • IMHO, any existing posts should be used as a starting point. If there are more than one that should be in a series, they should be considered and re-parented as necessary. But I'll wait for janitorial or Godly opinions before I start considering such nodes. If the amount of work is a problem, I hereby volunteer, if granted the power by the gods, to do it.

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    Re: Meeting & conference announcements
    by AppleFritter (Vicar) on Jul 26, 2014 at 17:18 UTC
      My personal gut feeling: announcements for major conferences could be filed under Perl News. Smaller/more local events I'm not sure about, though I'd personally be happy to see them announced here in the Monastery. Perhaps a new section would be in order.
        > under Perl News.

        Yes, that's the traditional way here.

        Cheers Rolf

        (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)

    Re: Meeting & conference announcements (updated with suggested guidelines)
    by moritz (Cardinal) on Aug 01, 2014 at 07:47 UTC

      Some events are announced here (in Perl News, as has been pointed out) because somebody felt strongly enough about the event to announce it, and remembered good ol' perlmonks.

      I cannot remember a single instance about somebody complaining about a perl event being announced on perlmonks, so my advice would be "do it".

      If, one day, we have the problem of having too many announcements on perlmonks, I suggest we start the discussion again. Until then, don't hold back.

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