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    At RubyConf last year and RailsConf this year, they had a "RejectConf" event. All the rejected speakers who were interested gave 5-10 minute lightning talks. At RubyConf (I didn't go to RailsConf) they ranged from horrible to incredibly creative. And with each reject only able to steal 10 minutes of your valuable time, how bad could it be?

    So, yeah, how about a RejectCon for rejected DEFCON speakers?
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    Re: RejectCon

    Originally posted by bascule View Post
    At RubyConf last year and RailsConf this year, they had a "RejectConf" event. All the rejected speakers who were interested gave 5-10 minute lightning talks. At RubyConf (I didn't go to RailsConf) they ranged from horrible to incredibly creative. And with each reject only able to steal 10 minutes of your valuable time, how bad could it be?

    So, yeah, how about a RejectCon for rejected DEFCON speakers?
    Detail how you propose to organise such a mini event. I may be able to tactfully direct the rejected speakers to RejectCon, but I'm not sure if I want to. It feels mean to say I'm sorry I couldnt fit you in or your work is not good enough but you can speak here for 5-10 minutes in a kareoke based format. Also, The volume of rejected speakers is so huge would you really want to reject someone twice? or would you just say "show up and wait in line" I understand the good intentions dont get me wrong. Also, how would you know if they actually were rejected?
    "Haters, gonna hate"

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    • #3
      Re: RejectCon

      Emails of rejection from talks@defcon.org would not suffice? Regardless, I would still like to hear a talk even if it is only 5/10 minutes, an introduction of something, whatever is actually good. Obviously you can't accept every single rejected speaker because maybe their talk is not up to par.
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      • #4
        Re: RejectCon

        Originally posted by klepto View Post
        Emails of rejection from tzazlzkzsz hereisanatsymbol dzezfzczoznz hereisadot ozrzgz would not suffice? Regardless, I would still like to hear a talk even if it is only 5/10 minutes, an introduction of something, whatever is actually good. Obviously you can't accept every single rejected speaker because maybe their talk is not up to par.
        Why not? If it were an event, the organizer could beg Russ for last-minute space in the contest area with 20-40 chairs. 5-10 minute presentations yields:
        10:00->22:00 Friday (12 hours)
        10:00->22:00 Saturday (12 hours)
        10:00->14:00 Sunday (6 hours)
        30 Hours

        5 or 10 minute presentations:
        (10+5)/2 =7.5
        7.5 minutes on average

        (30*60)/7.5=240 presentations.
        Last edited by TheCotMan; June 22, 2007, 19:02. Reason: Item qoted, but in italics is obfuscated email address.

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        • #5
          Re: RejectCon

          Originally posted by klepto View Post
          Emails of rejection from [email]talks [at]defcon [dot ]org/email] would not suffice? Regardless, I would still like to hear a talk even if it is only 5/10 minutes, an introduction of something, whatever is actually good. Obviously you can't accept every single rejected speaker because maybe their talk is not up to par.
          Please consider munging on teh intah-webs. Please write [at] instead of @ and [dot] com instead of . I'm not sure if this is a rule, but if it is not it should be.

          No, a letter will not suffice as you have no idea if that is really from us, I will not verify 240 rejection letters for you. Also, you do not know why we rejected a presentation, sometimes we have very good reason to attempt to negate a persons need for a microphone and an audience. Letting them jump on stage all Willy Nilly style is a breeding ground for law suits and offended souls.

          As an unofficial event you may be able to get this off the ground on your own with russ's help perhaps, but do be aware you are taking on a great responsibility of hosting a mini-con within a con. The idea has potential, but I am sure there is a vast amount of logistics being cast to the side here. There are liabilities and responsibleness yet to be thought of. and as someone important said recently we are getting close to 30 days out till the show...
          "Haters, gonna hate"

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          • #6
            Re: RejectCon

            (I've edited the quoted section above in *my* post to obfuscate the email address. I have not edited klepto's post, since that is up to klepto.)

            Originally posted by Nikita View Post
            Please consider munging on teh intah-webs. Please write [at] instead of @ and [dot] com instead of . I'm not sure if this is a rule, but if it is not it should be.
            No forum rule on this yet. People can submit email addresses in posts if they want. We purposefully include people's IP address and email address when they make it to Fucktard Hall, however.

            This does bring a point for considering use of audit's forum code to make email addresses into images in posts. Converge is the #1 forum admin, so he can weight this new use if he reviews its poential inclusion again.

            No, a letter will not suffice as you have no idea if that is really from us, I will not verify 240 rejection letters for you. Also, you do not know why we rejected a presentation, sometimes we have very good reason to attempt to negate a persons need for a microphone and an audience. Letting them jump on stage all Willy Nilly style is a breeding ground for law suits and offended souls.
            Good points. It would probably be best to make the event unofficial, if it took place as described.

            As an unofficial event you may be able to get this off the ground on your own with russ's help perhaps, but do be aware you are taking on a great responsibility of hosting a mini-con within a con. The idea has potential, but I am sure there is a vast amount of logistics being cast to the side here. There are liabilities and responsibleness yet to be thought of. and as someone important said recently we are getting close to 30 days out till the show...
            Another option is to bring out the idea from last year.... A "Confession Booth" but instead have a, "mini presentation booth," so people could make their presentation in front of just a camera, and then the person running the event could review each mini presentation and choose what is published online.
            Then the only worries during con revolve around risk of theft or vandalism to equipment, and then the time to go through all of the footage after con.

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            • #7
              Re: RejectCon

              Originally posted by TheCotMan View Post
              Another option is to bring out the idea from last year.... A "Confession Booth" but instead have a, "mini presentation booth," so people could make their presentation in front of just a camera, and then the person running the event could review each mini presentation and choose what is published online.
              Then the only worries during con revolve around risk of theft or vandalism to equipment, and then the time to go through all of the footage after con.
              Holy crap that would be a good idea if it could be done right. I wouldn't be opposed to the confessions themselves either. I can imagine a few "I am sorry I put your doj credentials on the wall of sheep...really I am...." confessions. ;-) It would be cool TV stuff which if someone is all over it and keeping up with the people "confessing" maybe a sign up by appointment sheet. Then maybe it could be shown on the projector in the contest area. Again, these things couldn't be done in real time and would need someone to review the confessions/presentations first and then use best judgment. Perhaps set this up this year, take it slow, see how it works and see if we can get info booth to show the quick 5 minute videos periodically on the screen. If it works you can at least have a little experience with it and can plan bigger for next year.
              "Haters, gonna hate"

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              • #8
                Re: RejectCon

                Originally posted by Nikita View Post
                Please consider munging on teh intah-webs. Please write [at] instead of @ and [dot] com instead of . I'm not sure if this is a rule, but if it is not it should be.
                Actually, it would be terrible if "who at where dot com" were a rule. Google already returns 8 million results for "* at * dot com". "who at where dot com" is just security by obscurity, and clearly it's not really obscurity at this point :)

                As an unofficial event you may be able to get this off the ground on your own with russ's help perhaps, but do be aware you are taking on a great responsibility of hosting a mini-con within a con. The idea has potential, but I am sure there is a vast amount of logistics being cast to the side here. There are liabilities and responsibleness yet to be thought of. and as someone important said recently we are getting close to 30 days out till the show...
                I realize bringing this sort of event to DEFCON is markedly more difficult. Cot Man's approach sounds awesome, if someone were willing to take on the task of editorial review.

                Also note: I suck at organizing anything, unless it's networks of interconnected computers, but even in that case I write a program to do it for me.
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                • #9
                  Re: RejectCon

                  Originally posted by Nikita View Post

                  No, a letter will not suffice as you have no idea if that is really from us, I will not verify 240 rejection letters for you. Also, you do not know why we rejected a presentation, sometimes we have very good reason to attempt to negate a persons need for a microphone and an audience. Letting them jump on stage all Willy Nilly style is a breeding ground for law suits and offended souls.

                  I don't recall anyone asking you or whoever else to "verify" rejection letters. Which is why I suggested that "rejected talks" be judged based on whether or not it's good enough to be presented, even if only for 5 minutes. Hell I think this is a good idea even if there is no rejection letter in the picture. Bascule or whoever wants to set this shit up, would obviously be the person to go to, if you wanted to make a talk at rejectcon. Whoever is the go-to person, would obviously weed out the lame proposals for talks.

                  Nowhere near the majority of the people find/hack things or does research based on defcon's call for papers timetable. Which is why I believe RejectCon to be a good idea.

                  As an unofficial event you may be able to get this off the ground on your own with russ's help perhaps, but do be aware you are taking on a great responsibility of hosting a mini-con within a con. The idea has potential, but I am sure there is a vast amount of logistics being cast to the side here. There are liabilities and responsibleness yet to be thought of. and as someone important said recently we are getting close to 30 days out till the show...
                  Setting up 5 minute talks is not rocket science, put that military tactics book away.
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                  • #10
                    Re: RejectCon

                    Originally posted by klepto View Post
                    I don't recall anyone asking you or whoever else to "verify" rejection letters. Which is why I suggested that "rejected talks" be judged based on whether or not it's good enough to be presented, even if only for 5 minutes.
                    I didn't say anyone did, I only pointed out a flaw in thinking a reject is a reject. I also felt it important to mention sometimes we reject people for good reason. Defcon may have different views than you on what is good enough to be presented or allowed to be presented and we are not going to share those views, nor rejection letters, or info from those who submit. Had this been given enough thought and it wasnt so last minute we may have been able to direct people to this type of avenue as an alternative means of getting their 2 cents heard.

                    Originally posted by klepto View Post
                    Hell I think this is a good idea even if there is no rejection letter in the picture.
                    Agreed, especially regarding the rejection letter.

                    Originally posted by klepto View Post
                    Bascule or whoever wants to set this shit up, would obviously be the person to go to, if you wanted to make a talk at rejectcon. Whoever is the go-to person, would obviously weed out the lame proposals for talks.
                    What Cot suggested seemed like a really great idea, the confessions booth. It may be a good compromise. I also said I can see this get off the ground quicker and with more DC cooperation if it was not such a big production and someone was specifically tasked to review the 5-10 minutes presentations and show them after the fact. There would be lag, but at least they could get seen at the show. It would also soften the blow of those that are rejected because their content was not good enough, twice. Imagine how you may feel being rejected at rejectcon.... I wouldn't mind seeing a blend of 5 minute "You need to hear this" talks mixed in with a few "I confess I want to run away with DJ jackalope/ I'm in love with priest confessions" All of which is a moot point because it's probably too close to the con at this point.

                    Originally posted by klepto View Post
                    Setting up 5 minute talks is not rocket science, put that military tactics book away.
                    There is also no harm done in mentioning that there are a lot of things to be considered beforehand, let alone if Defcon would even allow it on the convention floor space. Technically it would be a speaking track, which could be in direct conflict for Defcon. Also, We are very close to the show. A lot of people who would be involved in helping you set something up like this may not have the time or space to deal with this so late in the game and that's all i have to say on it.

                    Actually, it would be terrible if "who at where dot com" were a rule. Google already returns 8 million results for "* at * dot com". "who at where dot com" is just security by obscurity, and clearly it's not really obscurity at this point :)
                    Yes i agree that is it security by obscurity, now. However, The littlest and stupidest of the bunch are weeded out, if it was your email spammed as much, ( not to say it isn't) you would appreciate that every little bit helps. I know myself personally i try to remember as often as i can not to post other peoples email addresses as "@.com"
                    "Haters, gonna hate"

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                    • #11
                      Re: RejectCon

                      I like this idea as well, but just like a new unofficial event I'll see what happens. We are at max space for this year, so even if we wanted to totally embrace it we are booked full.
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                      • #12
                        Re: RejectCon

                        Originally posted by Dark Tangent View Post
                        I like this idea as well, but just like a new unofficial event I'll see what happens. We are at max space for this year, so even if we wanted to totally embrace it we are booked full.
                        Well, if there isn't space there isn't space. If there's somewhere it could happen, quasi-formally, I'd be willing to help organize it (but do you really want a hippie organizing anything?). Otherwise, might be something to put together for DC16.
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                        • #13
                          Re: RejectCon

                          Originally posted by bascule View Post
                          Well, if there isn't space there isn't space. If there's somewhere it could happen, quasi-formally, I'd be willing to help organize it (but do you really want a hippie organizing anything?). Otherwise, might be something to put together for DC16.
                          Yeah, I think next year is a good idea. Just to propose extending it a bit, how about RejectGong? Rejected talks and other random ideas come up on stage, and a panel gongs them after (x) minutes and crowd response, and selects a winner at the end.

                          Sounds fun to me. Maybe submit as a talk in a two hour slot during the normal con hours?

                          Just a thought.
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                          • #14
                            Re: RejectCon

                            Yeah this a great idea, however instead of giving everyone 7.5 mins, we should give them 3 mins and if in the first 3 mins the lecture is crap we all boo and that means they need to get the fuck off the stage haha! If the lecture is good, we all clap for 10 secs and then the lecturer knows to continue. You know this would be interesting as hell
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                              Re: RejectCon

                              Please, oh please, let there be a gong. If someone provides a gong I'll provide a solenoid clacker.

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