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Date:   Fri, 11 Jun 2021 11:13:07 +0200
From:   Mauro Carvalho Chehab <>
To:     Willy Tarreau <>
Cc:     Toke Høiland-Jørgensen <>,
        Shuah Khan <>,
        Steven Rostedt <>,
        Laurent Pinchart <>,
        Konstantin Ryabitsev <>,
        "Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult" <>,
        David Hildenbrand <>,
        James Bottomley <>,
        Greg KH <>, Christoph Lameter <>,
        "Theodore Ts'o" <>, Jiri Kosina <>,,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: Maintainers / Kernel Summit 2021 planning kick-off

Em Fri, 11 Jun 2021 04:59:42 +0200
Willy Tarreau <> escreveu:

> On Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 12:43:05AM +0200, Toke Høiland-Jørgensen wrote:
> > Shuah Khan <> writes:  
> > > I have a
> > > couple of ideas on how we might be able to improve remote experience
> > > without restricting in-person experience.
> > >
> > > - Have one or two moderators per session to watch chat and Q&A to enable
> > >    remote participants to chime in and participate.
> > > - Moderators can make sure remote participation doesn't go unnoticed and
> > >    enable taking turns for remote vs. people participating in person.
> > >
> > > It will be change in the way we interact in all in-person sessions for
> > > sure, however it might enhance the experience for remote attendees.  
> > 
> > This is basically how IETF meetings function: At the beginning of every
> > session, a volunteer "jabber scribe" is selected to watch the chat and
> > relay any questions to a microphone in the room. And the video streaming
> > platform has a "virtual queue" that remove participants can enter and
> > the session chairs are then responsible for giving people a chance to
> > speak. Works reasonably well, I'd say :)  
> I was about to say the same. In addition, local participants line up
> at a microphone and do not interrupt the speaker, but the organiser
> gives them the signal to ask a question. This allows to maintain a
> good balance between local and remote participants. Also it's common
> to see some locals go back to their seat because someone else just
> asked the same question. And when remote questions are asked using
> pure text, it's easy for the organiser to skip them if already
> responded as well.
> This method is rather efficient because it doesn't require to keep the
> questions for the end of the session, yet questions do not interrupt
> the speaker. It also solves the problem of people not speaking in the
> microphone. The only thing is that it can be quite intimidating for
> local participants who are too shy of standing up in front of a
> microphone and everyone else.

If someone is shy, he/she could simply type the question as a
remote participant would do.

This should work fine for a normal speech, but for BoFs and the
usual "round table" discussions we have at Kernel Maintainers,
this may not work well for local participants.

I guess that, for such kind of discussions, I can see two
possible alternatives:

1. everyone would use their laptop cameras/mics;
2. every round table would have their on camera/mic set.

(1) is probably simpler to implement, but may provide a worse
experience for local participants. (2) is probably harder to
implement, as the usual conference logistics company may not
have cameras.

In either case, a moderator (or some moderating software) is needed
in order queue requests for speech. So, basically, when someone
(either in a table or remote) wants to speak, it adds its name to
a queue, which will then be parsed at the queue's order. This is not
as natural as a physical meeting, but I guess it won't bring too
much burden to local people.


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