[EuroPython] Very ... challenging submissions
andy at reportlab.com
Fri Apr 28 17:07:53 CEST 2006
Harald Armin Massa wrote:
> I just checked the business track and found two submissions of
> macedonian students, who think that attending the conference will really
> pimp up their life.
> Of course everybody is welcome; but it smells a little fishy. Does
> anybody know of an actual "I am xxxx ungdu from macedonia" scam?
If the name is 'ungdu' it's not a Macedonian ;-)
We get a few of these each year for Python-UK/ACCU, usually Nigeria, but
never from that part of the world. Most "Former Yugoslav Republics"
have no trouble entering the EU for visits. But Switzerland is not EU
and a glance at their site tells me Macedonians need visas. There's a
list here in 3 languages (not English):
I usually find it amusing to tell these people that I have a duty to
prove all applicants are bona fide, and I them to demonstrate some
knowledge of Python or that they work in the business.
One guy a couple of years back made a huge excuse about burned down
offices, exploding fax machines and why he could not prove to me that he
was really a professional programmer, then eventually managed to quote
back verbatim the first paragraph from www.python.org as proof of his
"expertise"! This was remarkable initiative; all others have gone away
rather quickly after the first reply.
- Andy Robinson
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