Prospective board members: travel sponsoring.

Luc Verhaegen libv at
Mon Mar 18 00:39:13 UTC 2019

On Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 10:16:31AM +1000, Peter Hutterer wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 18, 2019 at 12:25:10AM +0100, Luc Verhaegen wrote:
> > The board meeting log of august 16th says the following:
> > (
> > 
> > "Since the paper committee had to reject lots of talks this year (35 
> > submissions for 18 slots) board discussed how to still make it possible 
> > for anyone to attend with modest means - travel sponsoring is coupled to 
> > accepted talks. Board decides to extend offering travel sponsoring to 
> > anyone who submits a talk proposal."
> > 
> > This seemed to have happened well _after_ the deadline for talk 
> > submission occured, precluding a lot of people from applying for such a 
> > generous offer.
> > 
> > And it is generous; i will now definitely submit a talk for 2019, as i 
> > am bound to find something tiny to code that i can give a talk on.
> so basically you're implying that you intend to hack the system. 
> as opposed to simply applying for travel sponsorship, an option that has
> been open to all members for what, a decade?
> It's hard to mis-read the barely veiled accusations in the rest of the
> email.
> My advice is that you spend less of your energy treating everyone as your
> opponent and start contributing in a positive manner. The whole foundation
> will be better off that way.

There used to be a time when board meetings were closed, and when board 
members were using sponsor money to give eachother bottles of whisky. 
Those times are now luckily far behind us, exactly thanks to emails like 
the one you just replied to.

Also, i have never asked for travelsponsorship from the board, ever. And 
i hope that i do not have to go and do so to prove a very obvious avenue 
for abuse.

Luc Verhaegen.
-- the organizer of an event that is listed on the sponsorship page, 
which, afaik, has not cost the foundation anything for several years 

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