[LGM] Is LGM still on track?
houz at gmx.de
Fri Jan 3 16:40:03 PST 2014
Dear LGM organizing teams,
I have been watching the progress of LGM for a while now, telling my opinion
every now and then and helping Sirko with some local organizational work for
Leipzig. But since the event is approaching rapidly (only three months left) I
feel that I have to step up and ask some questions about the current state.
Base for my questions are mostly this mailing list, IRC discussions and the
minutes from the Madrid meeting found in . I copied the relevant parts to a
Wiki  for easier reference, but the content is the same as in the original
My general observation is that none of the teams mentioned in  (besides
"infrastructure") seem to have done any work so far.
Press coverage is hardly there, according to Sirko sponsorship is lacking, no
idea if any travel assistance has been requested yet, the participants list
 looks quite empty with most of the people coming from countries that don't
require a visa anyway. And according to the Madrid decision the task of the
content team is to "make sure we have the right presentations, workshops,
people". There is a list of projects in the wiki  which was taken from
minutes of an IRC meeting. As of now only Sirko and me took the time to ask
projects if they would like to come and maybe even give a talk.
Maybe I am wrong, maybe all you people have been busy doing what you agreed to
do 7 months ago, maybe you just didn't manage to document that or I was just
not able to find it. But maybe that isn't the case? Maybe some of you are just
watching LGM coming closer and closer with no preparations happening, hoping
that no one would remember who is responsible for making it a success? Guess
what, I do remember. And I am really sad that apparently many nice projects
haven't been asked if they would like to join us in Leipzig. And since the CFP
will end in a little over one week I doubt that there is time to reach out
I am also not happy about the fiscal situation of LGM. I don't want to talk
about the time it took to reimburse for Madrid or that some are still waiting
for their money from Vienna, but having a transparent accounting of how much
travel money LGM owns and about sponsorship money that can be used to organize
Leipzig would be much appreciated. Oh, and speaking of remembering, does
anyone else remember "Have all travel money secured 3 months before the
event." ? That is exactly now. And the official LGM-Travel-Money Pledgie 
is at $775.00 while I write these lines. That are the flight costs of a single
person, not of a whole LGM.
So instead of discussing if NSA may fund LGM you should really think about the
job you agreed to do. Organizing LGM isn't just a matter of ranking proposals
in the end to decide what to accept and be done with it. It's about wanting to
bring the community forward and make this event happen. Just doing nothing
will result in a train wreck that will hurt future LGMs for sure.
Thanks for your attention
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