[Linux-aus] LCA HOWTO Grant
secretary at linux.org.au
Wed Jun 15 01:01:02 UTC 2005
Well, no one else seems game to put this up for comment, so I will :)
For the past few years, there's been talk of putting together a HOWTO
document on running linux.conf.au, to make it easier for new groups to
get up to speed, to help avoid forgetting to cover important things
during ghosts, and to help people thinking about putting in a bid to
host linux.conf.au know what's expected and what they're getting
themselves into. It also seems like it might be a useful document for
people trying to run other lca-like conferences. Unfortunately, post-lca
burnout and other commitments tend to mean this keeps not happening.
This year we've got an offer from Alison Russell, one of this year's
organisers, to schedule some real time to putting the document together.
The caveats are that she wouldn't be writing it alone, but rather
collecting and coordinating entries and information from past organisers
and editting it together, and that she'd expect some remuneration for
the work, since she'll be treating it as work.
For Alison Russell to coordinate and assist with authorship of entries
for the LCA HOWTO from previous organising teams, and to compile, edit,
and complete the document for use by the current and future LCA
organising teams and others.
Alison anticipates it will take me about a week of full-time work to get
a decent draft ready. I imagine after that it will take another week or
two to get feedback and incorporate it. This assumes I get a moderate
amount of feedback in a timely manner. Probably 10 - 15 days full time
Dedicating up to two days a week to the project, with 15 days work is
about eight weeks to finish.
Fixed payment of $2000 to Alison Russell for the work. (An estimated
rate of $130/day)
I think this project is a good use of LA's funds: it helps ensure that
future LCA's continue to be a success; it encourages more cool open
source conferences in Australia; and it enhances Australia's reputation
for open source know-how. I think the expense is justifiable, both
because we've already failed a couple of times at finding anyone willing
and able to do the project on a purely volunteer basis, and compared to
the expense that the Ghosts weekends we already incur each year.
I suspect it would be trivial to have this approved either as one of
LCA's many internal expenses, or as a special motion within the ctte;
but I think doing it as a grant would be superior since that gives a
public example of the sorts of considerations that should be taken into
account in asking for "payment for work done" from LA, rather than the
usual "please reimburse me for expenses incurred" requests. Whether that
ends up being a high or a low burden, having it publicly hashed out and
a precedent in place seems useful to me.
My understanding is the LCA2005 organising ctte are happy with this
proposal -- are there any concerns I don't know about? Part of the
spirit of LCA is being willing to chip in without asking for something
in return; Alison's already done a lot of that, but obviously others
have done more, is there any concern that this is unreasonable, or
Are there any comments on the payment? Is the community happy for the
committee to just decide on the level of review, and whether payment
should be in advance or arrears; or do people think that some or all of
the payment should be withheld until completion as a matter of course? I
would expect that our informal "ghosts of conference past" will advise
the committee whether they're satisfied with the document or it needs
more work -- that's people like Steven Hanley (Canberra lca lead),
Michael Davies (Adelaide lca lead, ex LA-ctte member), Mark Tearle
(Perth lca organiser, current LA treasurer), Tony Breeds (Canberra and
Perth lca organiser), Anthony Towns (me, Brisbane lca organiser, current
LA secretary). Are there any concerns that ought to be considered by the
committee in relation to that? Is there any reason to worry that the
people who will probably be contributing to the document will be judging
when it's finished?
Are there other comments or concerns that I haven't thought of?
Please feel free and encouraged to reply either to this list
(linux-aus), or to send private comments to either the LA committee
(committee at linux.org.au), or to Jon Oxer as LA president
(president at linux.org.au), or myself (secretary at linux.org.au), even if
you've got nothing more to say than "rock on!!" or "i dunno about this..."
We'll be reviewing comments received and discussing the proposal at our
face to face meeting in Adelaide this weekend.
Thanks for your time :)
Anthony Towns <secretary at linux.org.au>
Secretary, Linux Australia Inc
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