[Linux-aus] grr

Robyn Willison robyn at robynspcs.com
Thu Nov 7 21:08:43 EST 2013

Hi Euan

This is not an attack against you personally.

A pensioner earns approximately $600 a fortnight before any living expenses.

Gina Reinhardt earns $**** I don't know how much a fortnight.

But we both pay the same?

Previous conferences have had concession card holders pay the same as 



On 7/11/2013 1:07 AM, Euan de Kock wrote:
> Hi Robyn,
> We've discussed this as at our regular catch up session and have had
> some discussions with Linux Australia.
> At present the Hobbyist and Student tickets are both priced below cost
> to encourage participation from people who wouldn't be able to justify a
> full priced ticket.
> Our general approach to the categorisation of the tickets has always
> been to strive to keep the definitions as general as possible, hence
> we've always felt the terms Professional, Hobbyist and Student cover a
> broad set of use cases without being too exclusive.
> We've agreed that we will change the wording of the Hobbyist ticket to
> specifically mention that this is also intended to cover all holders of
> concession cards to make it clear that this is our recommended ticket
> option for pensioners and others who do not earn a living through open
> source related technologies.
> Unfortunately, we cannot offer a further general discount on the prices
> we have already set, the conference is budgeted as a non-profit event
> with all the funds raised through sponsorship and tickets going towards
> the cost of the conference. The Student and Hobbyist tickets are already
> subsidised through the Professional ticket pricing and any further
> discounting would force us to either reduce the scope of the conference
> or pass on a loss back to Linux Australia - either of these options
> would degrade the conference and would limit it's future viability.
> There are a few other options you could pursue to further reduce the
> costs to yourself. Linux Australia run a Regional Delegates programme
> that may consider assisting you. We also offer a free ticket to people
> who offer to help as volunteers. Additionally, for future conferences,
> I'd recommend you take advantage of the early bird registration as this
> also offers a significant discount.
> In the interests of being open to as much of our community as possible
> we would be happy to consider further discounts upon request.
> Please contact the organising team directly via email
> /core.team at lists.lca2014.linux.org.au/ to discuss this.
> I hope this helps to address your concerns, however please feel free to
> contact us if there is anything else we can help with.
> Best Regards,
> Euan de Kock,
> linux.conf.au 2014 Organising Committee.
> On 10/16/2013 03:27 PM, Robyn Willison wrote:
>> Once again where do Pensioners and Unemployed etc apply. According to
>> your website we are Hobbyists and should be paying $399 to go.
>> I have to ask this every year and every year I'm promised the website
>> will be changed and I don't think one of them has been changed ever.
>> It's damn rude, there are young and old pensioners who are contributers
>> to this Linux Community.
>>   From your website.....
>> Hobbyist
>> The Hobbyist rate is heavily discounted for free software enthusiasts
>> who are paying out of their own pockets and would otherwise find it
>> difficult to attend.
>> Student
>> This concession rate is reserved for college or university students.
>> linux.conf.au offers this rate as a form of investment in the future of
>> the free and open source software community. As part of the registration
>> process, a valid student ID card or proof of enrolment must be presented
>> to the onsite registration desk. Any student who cannot provide this
>> will be required to register at the conference as a hobbyist instead.
>> Robyn Willison

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