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  • HighWiz
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    Re: Defcon Forum Meet needs leadership, or the forum meet won't happen...

    Holy shit.. When did we go from "Let's have a forum meet" to "Let's all sit around and sing kumbaya" ? What the fuck?

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  • Bbox
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    Originally posted by abyssknight View Post
    Damn, I guess I'm not as funny as the voices inside my head tell me I am.
    Abyssknight,

    Don't feel bad, I read your post and sort of saw it with the tongue and cheek humor I believe was intended. Now as far as invites go eris is correct about not needing one to any formal event and with a bit of effort you can go anywhere, however I want to formally invite those voices in your head to the forum meet.

    I know sometimes on forums since people cannot see body language and often do not know the writers personality, - humor and pithy comments are often taken as not intended. I also believe that the tone of a forum itself is sometimes misinterpreted by new users or "lurkers" as un-inviting for the same reason when they read the responses that are targeted back at a poster.

    Luckily for all of us interested and involved in the hacker community we are probably the most open minded, non judgmental and welcoming type of people on this planet. So whether it be the voices in your head, a first time attendee to Defcon or an old telephone phreaker, EVERYONE should feel they have a formal Invitation to the Forum Meet.

    Not only do you get to meet others and form friendships in an inviting atmosphere, the forum allows you to keep in contact all year long no matter how far geographically challenged people are.

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  • sintax_error
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    Originally posted by abyssknight View Post
    I'll be wearing an avatar badge, but the form that will take has yet to be decided. Though, I can say, it most definitely will not be a cod piece.
    What can I say? Some garments just never go out of style. Speaking of which, Cuddles, you in this time?

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  • abyssknight
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    Damn, I guess I'm not as funny as the voices inside my head tell me I am.

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  • eris
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    Originally posted by abyssknight View Post
    Of course, I don't get invited to anything except this meet, and parties that don't actually exist, so that's not a strong endorsement.
    Nobody gets "invited" to anything at DefCon (unless it is literally someone's private party in their personal room(this includes huge but PRIVATELY funded events in case you were whining about that instead)), "you" just show up to stuff and see how it goes. If you can't do that then you will just sit around waiting for non-existent "invites" all the time. Everything that is on the schedule is open invite to everyone. If it isn't on the schedule but "every one knows about it" it's open invite. Beyond that what more do you want to do? Wander the hotel hallways if you are that bored, someone will invite you in for a drink.


    Not trying to be real mean here but this little piece of "wambulance" ticks me off every time I hear it. Defcon is what YOU make of it, not what others make of it FOR you. Dont sit around waiting for "invites" to anything. Just go. If "they" don't want you there, go somewhere else.

    edit: even for those privately funded, "invite only" parties, people have gotten in to them quite easily if they tried even a little bit instead of sitting around waiting for it to happen. It's a hacker con, hack your environment a little, what's gonna happen if you fail? Nothing, except you won't be in the party and that was the reality before you tried so what have you lost?

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  • abyssknight
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    I plan on being there. I haven't committed to anything else at con this year, so this will be the first. Of course, I don't get invited to anything except this meet, and parties that don't actually exist, so that's not a strong endorsement. I'll be wearing an avatar badge, but the form that will take has yet to be decided. Though, I can say, it most definitely will not be a cod piece.

    Last year was my first forum meet, and it was awesome to put faces to the names on the posts around here. I suck at trivia, but I have an excuse. ;)

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  • eris
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    For the first time ever on DC Forums I have an avatar. Will I wear it at the meet? Eh, depends on how drunk I am.

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  • TheCotMan
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    Originally posted by Bbox View Post
    So, we now can say for certain we will have a Forum Meet at Defcon19!
    I have pushed the issue up for the mods and gave a week for comment. If none of the mods complain, and nobody else is interested, then you'll be the new leader of this event.

    One week also matches the one week for anyone else to respond to this thread, too.

    I'll use Nikita's comment above as implicit confirmation that this event is authorized conditional on leadership.

    Originally posted by HighWiz View Post
    If we want them to continue using the forums, I don't know if meeting YOU is the best thing
    Originally posted by Chris View Post
    Good point.
    I think he is trying to convince you to not attend, or if he wants you to attend, then discourage other people from showing up. Isn't logic *awesome*? :-)

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  • Chris
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    Originally posted by HighWiz View Post
    If we want them to continue using the forums, I don't know if meeting YOU is the best thing
    Good point.

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  • HighWiz
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    Originally posted by Chris View Post
    I will try to get as many of the Admins and Mods as possible to at least make an appearance so anyone that doesn't now us has an opportunity to meet us IRL.

    If we want them to continue using the forums, I don't know if meeting YOU is the best thing

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  • Chris
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    Originally posted by Bbox View Post
    So, we now can say for certain we will have a Forum Meet at Defcon19!

    There are many things that need to be determined but here are some things I believe we know:

    It will be onsite in the convention space.

    We will gladly except help from anyone not acting like a Douche.

    We want the "feel" of the Forum Meet to be inviting and welcoming to all.

    We want all attendees to have a chance to become active on the forums and to meet people that are active on the forums.

    We want to have existing members wear Avatar badges at the meet and throughout the entire Con.

    I know many of you have been attending the Forum Meet for years and have ideas of what works and what does not, so please post thoughts and ideas or PM me with any info you feel will help make this a great event. All input will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    I liked the trivia contests that Nikita did at the meet last year.
    I wouldn't over plan it. An hour, 2 max, quiet place where people can talk. I will try to get as many of the Admins and Mods as possible to at least make an appearance so anyone that doesn't now us has an opportunity to meet us IRL.

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  • HighWiz
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    Originally posted by Bbox View Post
    We will gladly except help from anyone not acting like a Douche.

    Ah well, that rules me out...

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  • Bbox
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    So, we now can say for certain we will have a Forum Meet at Defcon19!

    There are many things that need to be determined but here are some things I believe we know:

    It will be onsite in the convention space.

    We will gladly except help from anyone not acting like a Douche.

    We want the "feel" of the Forum Meet to be inviting and welcoming to all.

    We want all attendees to have a chance to become active on the forums and to meet people that are active on the forums.

    We want to have existing members wear Avatar badges at the meet and throughout the entire Con.

    I know many of you have been attending the Forum Meet for years and have ideas of what works and what does not, so please post thoughts and ideas or PM me with any info you feel will help make this a great event. All input will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

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  • Nikita
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    I gave Bee Box the go ahead to be the leader this year. I'll help him get what he needs. If Highwiz would like to donate some time to helping I'm sure it wouldn't be rejected by him either.

    I do want to make one thing clear, It's been suggested many many time to hold this offsite. The forum meet has merged into "official" DEF CON event, the forums are a part of DEF CON, and the event needs to be held in the convention space. For example last year we had a raffle and gave away prizes and we are aggressively advertising this because we want all attendees to have a chance to become active on the forums and to meet the people that are active. Last year was successful but it doesn't have to be done the same way every year either. Interest in the meet up is waning and participation is off and on with the regulars, Time is always an issue and it seems this is low priority, so it does need to get a little UMPH in it's butt, this event right now is Sink or Swim. I know it's come a long way from how it first started tho..

    Hope that Helps.

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  • converge
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    Cot probably has quicklinks to them all, but HighWiz is correct .. everyone always found Friday night inconvenient since inception of the event and suggested moving it to ) the toxicbbq ) quarks ) thursday ) etc

    Friday evening is solid, allows for people to stop by in between other ongoings, etc. Not saying it can't move per whoever takes it on .. but that the decision has systematically been to keep it where it was. (successfully so)

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