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Yet Another Keynote Speech
John SJ Anderson • @genehack • YAPC::NA::Orlando • 25 Jun 2014
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John SJ Anderson

Director of Technology

Infinity Interactive
Hi, I'm John, I'm the director of technology for infinity in...
Disclaimer: I'm going to use this opportunity to talk about YAPC, and our community, and about getting old, and ennui, and...
I ❤ Perl
ObDisclaimer #1: I love Perl.
During the telling of this story, I'm going to express some opinions, and advocate ...
I ❤ YAPC
ObDisclaimer #2: I love YAPC.
Further, when I advocate for something, it doesn't mean I think anybody is, or has ...
part the first: 

YAPC is not dead
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarcasmo/10338307
Perigrin asked me to give this talk last year, in Austin. And, once I got over the shock, I said sure -- because you just ...
A few months after Austin wrapped up, I volunteered to be speaker coordinator for this year. I had a couple of motivations...
It turns out there are disadvantages to being speaker coordinator. Basically, everything else.
!
photo credit: https://www...
#dammitstevan
In retrospect, my biggest mistake was my boss quitting and my getting promoted to do his job right when most...
Yes, that's really Stevan.
In retrospect, my biggest mistake was my boss quitting and my getting promoted to do his job ri...
some notes from the
speaker coordinator
we are, as i mentioned, not dead
attendance for YAPC is down a little this year, b...
but i think we need to evolve to avoid becoming a dead-end
move in the direction of yapc::asia
!
photo credit: http://medi...
YAPC::Asia has just grown out of
hands, quickly from “Perl stars
from overseas, and hard-core perl
hackers come together t...
YAPC::NA should remain a Perl-centric conference
!
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathancharlesphoto/133890...
while welcoming other communities and non-Perl topics
the "YAPC" community is already not the "Perl" community
this is gre...
some of you may have noticed some efforts to shift in this direction
!
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vermegr...
The
&& !perl !
track
community members talking about passion projects and other non-Perl topics that I thought would inter...
special guest
keynote speaker
Charlie Stross
(all props to perigrin)
guest keynote speaker (all props to perigrin)
let's h...
crowdsourced training
selections
flawed execution (and i get all the credit here)
nonetheless this is a good idea
give att...
overarching goals
* these are specifically about _YAPC_, not Perl
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/duncan/12179...
broaden appeal
!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jcburns/8367270239
attract newcomers
!
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fw190a8/1391042867
retain newcomers
how many people are here for the _second_ time
!
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fmgbain/6527...
re-engage expats who don't feel they can justify attending
this lets some of our "expats" bring some of their new experien...
retain -- preserve -- current audience and culture
!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxtoxicstar/3705970581
philosophy: cool stuff >> language advocacy
!
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/urbanwoodchuck/3545123812/
language advocacy is _BORING_
!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cristiano_betta/3159607097
long term goal: re-invent/re-brand YAPC as Yet Another *Polyglot* Conference
we're a polyglot community *by design* _from ...
one more thing...
organizing this conference is a *lot* of work
and that gets said a lot
you think you know
_i_ thought i ...
part the second:

Community Maturity
!
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/colinbowern/7471611838
Perl is all growed up!
We're 26. Typical for somebody of that age, we're starting to realize a few things are different as...
Massive aside: Perl and my younger daughter share a birthday, 19 years apart (this is how I remember Perl's birthday). Luc...
fat drunk and stupid is no
way to go through life son
Anyway... In your mid-20s, typically, you'll start to hit that "not ...
As you may have seen from the promo materials here, there's a Mahatma Gandhi quote about being the change you want to see....
"Behave like you
are a member of a
community that you
want to belong to."
– Me.
I prefer to think of it more in these term...
"Behave like you are
a member of the Perl
community that you
want to belong to."
– Me.
As the Perl / YAPC community mature...
A lot of people wonder how to do this. You don't have to be confrontational. There's been a thread going on p5p, on and of...
"Well, actually…"
one more thing:
If you'll indulge me in another aside, i'd like to take a moment to talk about an analog...
Another thing that happens with maturity is you start to realize "legacy" is not just an adjective you use to describe com...
One of our legacies is that a lot of community stuff is not really centralized. We started out pre-Web, we revere whipupit...
This sort of patchwork arrangement, with a bunch of essential stuff, not under any centralized control, is pretty much an ...
Rather than pointing any fingers, I'm just going to say: if you're running something that is important for Perl, and _you'...
Some examples of "legacy done right" in the Perl-verse
!
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/major_clanger/4850772
Moose
bringing popular extensions into core
getting commit and release bits for other essential modules
distribution of re...
metacpan
distribution of responsibility
lowering bar for new contributors
leaderboard
Another source of some new found maturity around legacy in the community is irc.perl.org
photo credit: https://www.flickr....
irc.perl.org as a source of maturity?!?!
*record scratch noise* Wait, did he say 'irc.perl.org', the biggest bastion of ba...
Just like the rest of our patchwork legacy, irc.perl.org didn't intend to become the chat network hub of the Perl world, i...
#magnet-srb
Figuring out how this works is going to be a process, probably over a period of months-if-not-years, but anoth...
part the third:
Community Consistency
Let me back up for a minute. I've been talking about "community" a lot, Perl communi...
TIMTOWTDCommunity
And this is great! We do have some unifying points -- we're all Perl coders, or at least we were at some...
BSCommunityCINABTE
I think it's important that this shared infrastructure come with some shared expectations around behavi...
Fourth YAPC with same SoC.
irc.perl.org SoC is essentially the same as the YAPC SoC.
!
photo credit: https://www.flickr.co...
3. Expected Behavior
Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.

Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing b...
irc.perl.org Standards of Conduct
Community Policies!
!
Reasonable person principle applies.
!
• Everyone will be reasonab...
To be perfectly clear: I think this is great. Our communities -- all of them -- need to be welcoming, inclusive, and have ...
here comes the
list mom
So, along those lines
I mentioned in my intro that one of the things I do in the community is mode...
I'm also going to take this chance to urge those responsible for other parts of the community -- other mailing lists, shar...
I'm also going to call on the TPF to make a commitment to not fund events or projects that don't publish a SoC that is sim...
part the fourth:
Community Emigrants
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/376022315
part the fourth:
Community Expatriates
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The Perl Diaspora
used this on a slide in OPW a few years back
you don't remember it because it was the talk right after s...
#dammitstevan
photo credit: rec'd from subject
#dammitstevan
Note: early
contributor
to App::Ack
photo credit: rec'd from subject
The Perl Diaspora
actually, that's not true, it did stick with one person -- liz gave a very nice talk with this title, ta...
#dammitliz
photo credit: author
"Diaspora has come
to refer particularly to
historical mass
dispersions of an
involuntary nature…"
it turns out that this ...
GAFIA
FAFIA
Turns out science fiction fandom has a much more appropriate set of words for what we're seeing in the Perl co...
Getting Away From It All
Forced Away From It All
and they talk about 'gafitates' and 'fafitating'
we've been having more o...
cross-cultural exchange is really really important
closed societies don't tend to be all that healthy, and they're really ...
Some influx of new people to accompany the outflow would be nice
Which, again, brings us back to the changes in the YAPC p...
It would also be nice if we could get some of those expats back, even if just for a conference
another reason to rebrand a...
Tell me of your home world, Usul
finally, we need to encourage people that are leaving to mention the good with the bad. s...
#dammitstevan
leaving aside the fact that this can happen in any language
and it can
and it does
!
photo credit: rec'd fro...
there's rarely a mention of the good stuff in perl
i want to single out one thing in particular
no, not CPAN
it was great,...
can't touch this
but there's one thing that no other language is close to: CPAN testers
when coding in other languages, i ...
shout

shout

let it all out
If you're involved with CPAN testers -- is anybody _here_ involved? -- you need to be at othe...
You need to talk about CPAN testers. And don't tell 'em it's written in Perl, for Perl! Just describe it as a distributed,...
So, yeah, just describe it, in neutral terms. Maybe have a screen shot or three, with the logos filed off. And then, at th...
*mic drop* Seriously.
The fact that other language communities have not stolen the idea of CPAN Testers from us, is crimin...
part the fifth:

Community "Maturation"
Now, let's talk about another way we're "maturing" as a community.
We're getting ol...
{{quick age distribution survey}}
!
photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nicknormal/8071617868
age and guile 

>>

youth and enthusiasm
some benefits of getting old
* age & guile
* already done the stupid stuff and kn...
getting old
is not for
the weak
but there are also some disadvantages to getting old
(one or two, anyway)
“It's amazing how
much mature
wisdom resembles
being too tired.”

―Robert A. Heinlein
but more than just the physical stuf...
worst of all, sometimes familiarity can breed a certain kind of bored contempt or ennui
!
photo credit: https://www.flickr...
So one final -- I hope -- digression. There's a poem I really like, called Ulysses, by Alfred Tennyson. Anybody familiar w...
So this poem is about Odysseus, who was the hero of the Iliad and the Odyssey. If you're not familiar with those, basicall...
So, anyway, he's on the road for 20 years, wandering the earth having adventures like Kaine in Kung Fu n'shit, and then he...
cut to the chase,
john…
The whole thing is kinda long (but good), so I'm only going to read you the end bit, which is the ...
Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be...
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the ba...
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we ...
I like to read that to myself a few times a year, when the "i've seen this before" and the "there's nothing good to do any...
So this is my final thing I'd like to advocate, and I want to say again, I say this from a place of love for Perl and for ...
consider that 

it's not us, 

it's you.
Maybe you should consider going for a sail out west, checking out some other comm...
If you do go, if you decide it's time to GAFIAte from Perl for awhile, that's ok. Just don't forget to write, and don't fo...
#dammitstevan
in addition to the horrible old legacy code and the zombies and all that stuff
!
photo credit: rec'd from su...
Perl -- and more importanly, YAPolyglotC -- will be here for you, if and when you're ready to come back and tell us about ...
thanks.
thank you for having listened to my tale. the one bad part about being the last talk is that i have the least amou...
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  1. 1. Yet Another Keynote Speech John SJ Anderson • @genehack • YAPC::NA::Orlando • 25 Jun 2014 photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/archer10/2661318228
  2. 2. John SJ Anderson Director of Technology Infinity Interactive Hi, I'm John, I'm the director of technology for infinity interactive. in my free time, i maintain a few Perl modules, i moderate the perl-beginners and yapc chat lists, and i was the speaker co-ordinator for this year's yapc ! photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151322842078952
  3. 3. Disclaimer: I'm going to use this opportunity to talk about YAPC, and our community, and about getting old, and ennui, and I'm hopefully going to tie that together into a story. ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andosteinmetz/2901325908
  4. 4. I ❤ Perl ObDisclaimer #1: I love Perl. During the telling of this story, I'm going to express some opinions, and advocate for some actions. I want to be clear: these are _my_ opinions.
  5. 5. I ❤ YAPC ObDisclaimer #2: I love YAPC. Further, when I advocate for something, it doesn't mean I think anybody is, or has been, doing anything wrong; it just means that I think there's a potential way to do it better. Thanks for coming to the talk and listening to what I have to say.
  6. 6. part the first: YAPC is not dead photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarcasmo/10338307
  7. 7. Perigrin asked me to give this talk last year, in Austin. And, once I got over the shock, I said sure -- because you just don't turn down this opportunity. I had no idea what I might say, and I've spent big chunks of time over the last year pondering what I might talk about. ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/4708183318
  8. 8. A few months after Austin wrapped up, I volunteered to be speaker coordinator for this year. I had a couple of motivations. First, I had the opportunity to set up the speaker schedule to be the YAPC that I really wanted to go to, which is easily one of the top 3 things I've been involved with in the Perl community. Secondly, more selfishly, I got to schedule my own talk time. ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/4711205732
  9. 9. It turns out there are disadvantages to being speaker coordinator. Basically, everything else. ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/4712925621
  10. 10. #dammitstevan In retrospect, my biggest mistake was my boss quitting and my getting promoted to do his job right when most the organizing was supposed to happen. ! photo credit: received from the subject
  11. 11. Yes, that's really Stevan. In retrospect, my biggest mistake was my boss quitting and my getting promoted to do his job right when most the organizing was supposed to happen. ! photo credit: received from the subject
  12. 12. some notes from the speaker coordinator we are, as i mentioned, not dead attendance for YAPC is down a little this year, but that's because last year was abnormally large ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adrian_wallett/2324532081
  13. 13. but i think we need to evolve to avoid becoming a dead-end move in the direction of yapc::asia ! photo credit: http://media.capetowndailyphoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/cul_de_sac_IMG_6141.jpg
  14. 14. YAPC::Asia has just grown out of hands, quickly from “Perl stars from overseas, and hard-core perl hackers come together to meet” to “Geeks festival to talk about anything about programming, testing to Web stuff”. - miyagawa quoted from http://weblog.bulknews.net/post/62389986200/yapc-asia-2013
  15. 15. YAPC::NA should remain a Perl-centric conference ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathancharlesphoto/13389093095
  16. 16. while welcoming other communities and non-Perl topics the "YAPC" community is already not the "Perl" community this is great! ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/7502393@N04/472028910
  17. 17. some of you may have noticed some efforts to shift in this direction ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vermegrigio/5853685576
  18. 18. The && !perl ! track community members talking about passion projects and other non-Perl topics that I thought would interest the YAPC community almost a full track this year would be awesome to have even more in this track next year including recruiting speakers from outside the YAPC community ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/moonlightbulb/3338852116
  19. 19. special guest keynote speaker Charlie Stross (all props to perigrin) guest keynote speaker (all props to perigrin) let's hear it one more time for charlie stross, our special guest keynote. we are probably tapped out on Hugo-winning CPAN authors for the moment, but finding willing, well known people from outside the usual "YAPC"/"Perl" bubble is a great way to attract attendees from outside that bubble as well -- did anybody specifically attend just to see Charlie? photo credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/Charles_Stross_at_EasterCon_2012.jpg
  20. 20. crowdsourced training selections flawed execution (and i get all the credit here) nonetheless this is a good idea give attendees a _much_ wider selection of training options * other langs , hardware , roasting coffee, etc ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/stella12/13017279025
  21. 21. overarching goals * these are specifically about _YAPC_, not Perl photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/duncan/121790568
  22. 22. broaden appeal ! https://www.flickr.com/photos/jcburns/8367270239
  23. 23. attract newcomers ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fw190a8/1391042867
  24. 24. retain newcomers how many people are here for the _second_ time ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fmgbain/6527880499
  25. 25. re-engage expats who don't feel they can justify attending this lets some of our "expats" bring some of their new experiences back into the community Piers Cawley is a great example of this also gives them an excuse to return to the community, where we can eat^Wpick their brains for new things to steal photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/perfesser/536653864
  26. 26. retain -- preserve -- current audience and culture ! https://www.flickr.com/photos/xxtoxicstar/3705970581
  27. 27. philosophy: cool stuff >> language advocacy ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/urbanwoodchuck/3545123812/
  28. 28. language advocacy is _BORING_ ! https://www.flickr.com/photos/cristiano_betta/3159607097
  29. 29. long term goal: re-invent/re-brand YAPC as Yet Another *Polyglot* Conference we're a polyglot community *by design* _from the jump_ this is a strength the rest of the coding world is finally starting to catch up with us * osb / strangeloop / that conference we need to double down on our polyglot heritage ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/an_untrained_eye/3075008647
  30. 30. one more thing... organizing this conference is a *lot* of work and that gets said a lot you think you know _i_ thought i knew unless you have done this, you have _no idea_ many organizers are effectively doing this on "work" time in kind donations, basically the head organizer position, however, _is_ a full time job for a good chunk of this process. this conference, and other YAPC conferences, are critical to the effective ongoing development of Perl5 and Perl6 TPF should establish a grant to compensate the YAPC head organizer for the amount of time involved in putting this conference together
  31. 31. part the second: Community Maturity ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/colinbowern/7471611838
  32. 32. Perl is all growed up! We're 26. Typical for somebody of that age, we're starting to realize a few things are different as you age. ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/917press/2048711364
  33. 33. Massive aside: Perl and my younger daughter share a birthday, 19 years apart (this is how I remember Perl's birthday). Luckily, I did _not_ realize this when she was born, avoiding all sorts of awkward naming stories. ! photo credit: speaker
  34. 34. fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son Anyway... In your mid-20s, typically, you'll start to hit that "not in college anymore" phase. You start to maybe realize that some of the stuff you used to do is maybe not as cool as you used to think. I think this is starting to happen in the Perl community, right on schedule. ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/4711890750/in/photostream/
  35. 35. As you may have seen from the promo materials here, there's a Mahatma Gandhi quote about being the change you want to see. ! photo credit: speaker
  36. 36. "Behave like you are a member of a community that you want to belong to." – Me. I prefer to think of it more in these terms. Although, I guess to really match, I need to modify it a bit...
  37. 37. "Behave like you are a member of the Perl community that you want to belong to." – Me. As the Perl / YAPC community matures, my hope is that we can all take this to heart, regardless of what formulation you prefer. Because the jerks and the trolls and all the other annoying people out there – this is what they're already doing. And if we don't do something to counter-act that influence, we end up with lousy, horrible communities.
  38. 38. A lot of people wonder how to do this. You don't have to be confrontational. There's been a thread going on p5p, on and off, for a few years. Two reasonably well known Perl hackers, sniping at each other. Last week, Dave Golden started engaging one of them, summarizing his arguments back to him, and asking him to clarify his position. Most importantly, Dave is refusing to let the guy insult him. Not by demanding respect, but by just refusing to acknowledge the slights. We really need people to do more of this. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/doug88888/2796304725
  39. 39. "Well, actually…" one more thing: If you'll indulge me in another aside, i'd like to take a moment to talk about an analogy... if we compare Internet conversation to food, "well actually" is the $2 slice place across from the dive bar in the college town. The one that's only open from midnight to 3am, that serves giant greasy $2 slices, and features _both_ kinds of pizza, sausage _and_ pepperoni. Part of this move towards maturity I'm talking about is realizing that the pizza at that place was never as good as you thought it was, and it was really probably pretty bad for you. The same thing applies to "well, actually" in Internet conversation photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/santheo/2609776451#
  40. 40. Another thing that happens with maturity is you start to realize "legacy" is not just an adjective you use to describe complicated code you didn't write. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/countylemonade/5651851859
  41. 41. One of our legacies is that a lot of community stuff is not really centralized. We started out pre-Web, we revere whipupitude, and people just went out and _did_ things ... which then got to be important. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wheatfields/3027326598
  42. 42. This sort of patchwork arrangement, with a bunch of essential stuff, not under any centralized control, is pretty much an anti-pattern when it comes to building reliable, sustained services, like the kind of things you want the software you're building to be depending on. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wicho/42723929
  43. 43. Rather than pointing any fingers, I'm just going to say: if you're running something that is important for Perl, and _you're_ running it, as opposed to a group of people, you _really_ need to do something about removing the SPOF that stares back at you in the mirror every day. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/axelhartmann/13995474213
  44. 44. Some examples of "legacy done right" in the Perl-verse ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/major_clanger/4850772
  45. 45. Moose bringing popular extensions into core getting commit and release bits for other essential modules distribution of responsibility across the moose cabal photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nomadic_lass/12507275045
  46. 46. metacpan distribution of responsibility lowering bar for new contributors leaderboard
  47. 47. Another source of some new found maturity around legacy in the community is irc.perl.org photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/n3wjack/42058548
  48. 48. irc.perl.org as a source of maturity?!?! *record scratch noise* Wait, did he say 'irc.perl.org', the biggest bastion of bas...jerks in the Perl world? the Mos Eisley Cantina of Perl? Yeah, I did. There are ongoing efforts to introduce community-based governance, to define and enforce a SoC, and to expand the number of network operators to make the network clearly independent of any individual or organization. That, to me, is a significant commitment to properly handling legacy. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sedagenvakna/5127877151
  49. 49. Just like the rest of our patchwork legacy, irc.perl.org didn't intend to become the chat network hub of the Perl world, it just happened. Part of what I'm hailing as maturity in the community is the network operators pushing for the community to regulate itself. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sayonara/33938725/
  50. 50. #magnet-srb Figuring out how this works is going to be a process, probably over a period of months-if-not-years, but another part of maturity is realizing that complicated things can take time to sort out. Come join us and help -- if you care about irc.perl.org, you should be paying attention to this.
  51. 51. part the third: Community Consistency Let me back up for a minute. I've been talking about "community" a lot, Perl community, YAPC community. Sort of a misnomer, because we're really a bunch of different related communities -- Dancer, Mojo, #perl, Moose, p5p, YAPC/*PW ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dullhunk/202872717
  52. 52. TIMTOWTDCommunity And this is great! We do have some unifying points -- we're all Perl coders, or at least we were at some point -- and we have a lot of common interests, and we share a lot of infrastructure, in irc.perl.org, YAPC and Perl workshops, mailing lists. We also share TPF, which funds a lot of this, wholly or partially.
  53. 53. BSCommunityCINABTE I think it's important that this shared infrastructure come with some shared expectations around behavior. So let's talk about SoCs.
  54. 54. Fourth YAPC with same SoC. irc.perl.org SoC is essentially the same as the YAPC SoC. ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/afeman/55404643
  55. 55. 3. Expected Behavior Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech. Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress. ! 4. Unacceptable Behavior Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees. All YAPC::NA venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations. ! Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. ! 5. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior Unacceptable behavior by other attendees, organizers, venue staff, sponsors, or other patrons of YAPC::NA venues will not be tolerated. ! Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. ! If anyone engages in unacceptable behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate including expulsion from the conference without warning or refund. YAPC Standards of Conduct extracted from http://www.yapcna.org/yn2014/conduct.html
  56. 56. irc.perl.org Standards of Conduct Community Policies! ! Reasonable person principle applies. ! • Everyone will be reasonable. • Everyone expects everyone else to be reasonable. • No one is special. • Do not be offended if someone suggests you are not being reasonable. ! Additionally, please take note of the following: ! • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative. • Alert the staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress. • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct are among the types of unreasonable behaviors deemed to be unacceptable. ! Harassing behavior includes, but is not limited to: offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images; deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; sustained disruption of channel activity; unwelcome sexual attention; ignore and/or ban evasion. ! Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. ! If an individual engages in unacceptable behavior, the opers may take any action they deem appropriate within the bounds of the governance policies. Initial violations or violations believed be unintentional, if not repeated, will likely only result in warnings. Repeated violations or intentional harassment will be meet with increasingly severe responses. ! extracted from http://www.irc.perl.org/rules.html
  57. 57. To be perfectly clear: I think this is great. Our communities -- all of them -- need to be welcoming, inclusive, and have clearly defined expectations around behavior. Among the many reasons for this are helping to retain existing community members as well as not repelling potential new ones. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aloha75/8015841559
  58. 58. here comes the list mom So, along those lines I mentioned in my intro that one of the things I do in the community is moderate a couple mailing lists, perl-beginners and the yapc chat list. Notably, these are both lists that feature a lot of newcomers to our collection of communities. I'm announcing now that these mailing lists will both be adopting the a SoC that is essentially the same as YAPC and irc.perl.org photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chocolatefrogs/8101793544
  59. 59. I'm also going to take this chance to urge those responsible for other parts of the community -- other mailing lists, shared blog systems, forums, and so on -- to follow suit. This is an important part of our community growing up. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/drgandy/22373340
  60. 60. I'm also going to call on the TPF to make a commitment to not fund events or projects that don't publish a SoC that is similar to or compatible with the existing SoCs in the Perl world. photo credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/ba/PSM_V52_D607_Leader_of_the_caravan.jpg
  61. 61. part the fourth: Community Emigrants photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/376022315
  62. 62. part the fourth: Community Expatriates photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/neiljennings/10911003185
  63. 63. The Perl Diaspora used this on a slide in OPW a few years back you don't remember it because it was the talk right after stevan declared perl dead
  64. 64. #dammitstevan photo credit: rec'd from subject
  65. 65. #dammitstevan Note: early contributor to App::Ack photo credit: rec'd from subject
  66. 66. The Perl Diaspora actually, that's not true, it did stick with one person -- liz gave a very nice talk with this title, talking about different versions, implementations, of the perl language which is a lovely concept, but not at all what i meant
  67. 67. #dammitliz photo credit: author
  68. 68. "Diaspora has come to refer particularly to historical mass dispersions of an involuntary nature…" it turns out that this was probably not the best word for what i meant, really
  69. 69. GAFIA FAFIA Turns out science fiction fandom has a much more appropriate set of words for what we're seeing in the Perl community.
  70. 70. Getting Away From It All Forced Away From It All and they talk about 'gafitates' and 'fafitating' we've been having more of this over the past few years, or at least, that's my impression.
  71. 71. cross-cultural exchange is really really important closed societies don't tend to be all that healthy, and they're really not all that great about coming up with new ideas so some exchange is nice photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/waltercallens/6647792097
  72. 72. Some influx of new people to accompany the outflow would be nice Which, again, brings us back to the changes in the YAPC programming, the need to have community wide standards of behavior, so that newcomers don't get rapidly alienated, and so forth photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/allnamestaken007/5038622426
  73. 73. It would also be nice if we could get some of those expats back, even if just for a conference another reason to rebrand as polyglot (it's easier for them to return if it's clear we want to hear about what they're doing now, not just tell them how they made a mistake) photo credit: speaker
  74. 74. Tell me of your home world, Usul finally, we need to encourage people that are leaving to mention the good with the bad. so many times i meet ex-perl people and all they can talk about is the crappy legacy code they used to have to work on which, to be fair, i too have known the pain of maintaining junky legacy code bases after the original developers have quit photo credit: http://i.imgur.com/KgqSumj.jpg
  75. 75. #dammitstevan leaving aside the fact that this can happen in any language and it can and it does ! photo credit: rec'd from subject
  76. 76. there's rarely a mention of the good stuff in perl i want to single out one thing in particular no, not CPAN it was great, but honestly, other things have caught up or even surpassed cpan, in some cases yeah, i said it photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/iggysan/12145241203
  77. 77. can't touch this but there's one thing that no other language is close to: CPAN testers when coding in other languages, i miss CPAN testers _so_ _much_ and nobody outside Perl has any idea about this great thing our community has built photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rickele/9515446836
  78. 78. shout shout let it all out If you're involved with CPAN testers -- is anybody _here_ involved? -- you need to be at other conferences. You need to be at OSCON, OSB, PyCon, Gophercon, whatever. ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brendanbiele/3279911647
  79. 79. You need to talk about CPAN testers. And don't tell 'em it's written in Perl, for Perl! Just describe it as a distributed, fault tolerant, self-organizing, volunteer-run, cross-platform continuous integration platform. Mention "volunteer-run" and "free to end users" *a lot*, because setting this stuff up is a huge headache and ... well, I don't mean to shock you, but ... in other communities, people _pay_ for this type of service. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/busyprinting/4224065595/
  80. 80. So, yeah, just describe it, in neutral terms. Maybe have a screen shot or three, with the logos filed off. And then, at the end of the talk, when people are begging you, "hey, how do we get in on this, how do we test our software with this", *THEN* you tell 'em it's written in Perl, for Perl. And then you... photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shortage_economy#mediaviewer/File:Kolejka.jpeg
  81. 81. *mic drop* Seriously. The fact that other language communities have not stolen the idea of CPAN Testers from us, is criminal. Expats, those of you already established in other communities, you need to be telling people about CPAN Testers too. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/robnas/3400482826
  82. 82. part the fifth: Community "Maturation" Now, let's talk about another way we're "maturing" as a community. We're getting older. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/neilmoralee/14226586492
  83. 83. {{quick age distribution survey}} ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nicknormal/8071617868
  84. 84. age and guile >> youth and enthusiasm some benefits of getting old * age & guile * already done the stupid stuff and know it's stupid
  85. 85. getting old is not for the weak but there are also some disadvantages to getting old (one or two, anyway)
  86. 86. “It's amazing how much mature wisdom resembles being too tired.” ―Robert A. Heinlein but more than just the physical stuff, it can be hard to separate experienced knowledge from weary cynicism sometimes
  87. 87. worst of all, sometimes familiarity can breed a certain kind of bored contempt or ennui ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/librarianguish/5192218995
  88. 88. So one final -- I hope -- digression. There's a poem I really like, called Ulysses, by Alfred Tennyson. Anybody familiar with it? ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/freeparking/2247693823
  89. 89. So this poem is about Odysseus, who was the hero of the Iliad and the Odyssey. If you're not familiar with those, basically, in modern terms ... this guy invented the road trip. The word odyssey, in the sense of a long epic trip, is _named_ after him. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pelegrino/6401524629
  90. 90. So, anyway, he's on the road for 20 years, wandering the earth having adventures like Kaine in Kung Fu n'shit, and then he finally makes it back home. The poem is basically about how bored he ends up being, with nothing to do but sit on his throne and rule over his people. photo credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2b/David_Carradine_Kung_Fu_1972.JPG
  91. 91. cut to the chase, john… The whole thing is kinda long (but good), so I'm only going to read you the end bit, which is the part that's really relevant to my point here. The first part of the poem is largely him complaining about how bored he is, how there's nothing to do, his son is ready to take over the king business, and he'll do a good job ... and Ulysses is old and tired, so really, what is he good for, anyway
  92. 92. Old age hath yet his honour and his toil; Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done, Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods. The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks: The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, 'Tis not too late to seek a newer world. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/3874491065#
  93. 93. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars, until I die. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/robwallace/229816247
  94. 94. It may be that the gulfs will wash us down: It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles, And see the great Achilles, whom we knew Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. photo credit: photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/leguan001/916635003
  95. 95. I like to read that to myself a few times a year, when the "i've seen this before" and the "there's nothing good to do anymore" feelings start to get to strong, as a reminder: you don't have to stay where you are, you can move on. photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/legofenris/5441798680
  96. 96. So this is my final thing I'd like to advocate, and I want to say again, I say this from a place of love for Perl and for YAPC: If you're "mature", or just "mature" in the Perl community, and you're bored, and nothing good seems like it'll ever get done anymore, and the damn kids are messing everything up and nobody understands... photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/reedwade/2179082035/
  97. 97. consider that it's not us, it's you. Maybe you should consider going for a sail out west, checking out some other communities, seeing if there's something out there that won't be more exciting for you
  98. 98. If you do go, if you decide it's time to GAFIAte from Perl for awhile, that's ok. Just don't forget to write, and don't forget to tell the new people you meet about the good stuff we have here photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/smoothfluid/2304203049
  99. 99. #dammitstevan in addition to the horrible old legacy code and the zombies and all that stuff ! photo credit: rec'd from subject
  100. 100. Perl -- and more importanly, YAPolyglotC -- will be here for you, if and when you're ready to come back and tell us about all the cool new things you've found. ! photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/2070812969
  101. 101. thanks. thank you for having listened to my tale. the one bad part about being the last talk is that i have the least amount of time to talk to people afterwards, before they leave -- but if you have any feedback for me, i'd love to hear it. safe travels home, everybody. *mic drop*
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