Fwd: Re: [EuroPython] some ideas for the registration and talksubmission workflow for EPC 2004

Michael Hudson mwh at python.net
Tue Feb 3 08:30:33 EST 2004

Anna Ravenscroft <rev_anna_r at yahoo.com> writes:

> Hi folks,
> sorry to miss the IRC meeting(s) last week. It was a pretty hectic
> week. 
> --- Joachim Schmitz <js at aixtraware.de> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I will build the new system with ArcheTypes, at the moment I think
> of
> > 
> > these basic types
> > 
> > - poeple: contains data for poeple doing something at or for the 
> > conference, can be individuals or organisations.
> > 
> > - talks: the talk and tracks
> > 
> > - registrations: the registration (conference and lodging)
> > 
> > So to register or to submit a talk one first has to register and is
> > then 
> > logged in. This way one has to enter the individual data only once.
> I'm a little confused by what you mean by "register". 
> Do you mean, in order to submit a talk, the potential speaker would
> first have to *register* for the conference (implying they would have
> to pay money!) and later find out whether or not they'll be a
> speaker?

I sincerely hope not.

> If so, I have concerns about this process:
> *I don't really feel that folks should be required to register in
> advance for the conference (implying coming up with the full
> registration *PAYMENT*) in order to submit a talk and potentially be
> a speaker.

Me neither.

> *I'd hate to have to deal with the issue of refunding money already
> paid for folks who are accepted as speakers.
> IMHO, submitting a talk should be as easy as possible for the
> potential speakers. Yes - the data for speaker information (Name,
> address, contact info and such) should be linked to the attendee
> data, but it should be "behind the scenes" so that the speaker can
> simply submit their talk and wait to see if they're accepted. Once
> confirmed, then they can complete registration as a speaker at the
> reduced rate.

Presumably it's possbile to have a screen that says "tell us about
yourself.  if you're already a registered user of this site, enter
your username/passwd here, else fill out these fields"?

> If registering for the conference and paying the registration fee
> isn't what you mean, can you clarify what you do mean by "register"?
> I may very likely be misunderstanding something...

The word register is uncomfortably overloaded, I agree.  Unfortunately
I can't think of a better one...


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