[FOSDEM] Nametags

Philip Paeps philip at fosdem.org
Tue Feb 4 15:09:01 CET 2014

On 2014-02-04 07:54:50 (-0600), Jeremy White <jwhite at codeweavers.com> wrote:
> >Basically, most of your suggestions could just be done by anyone who
> >feels the thing is important(e.g. you and the other guy you mention).
> >Just buy tags in advance(eventually find a sponsor as 4000 tags will sum
> >up to quite a bit),
> >appear to FOSDEM and place yourself on the infodesk as volunteer to do
> >exactly this task - handing out these tags and pens to write names on them.
> >I hope/assume you will happily get some place on the info desk to do it,
> >otherwise place yourself in the entrance of each building somehow.
> >Should be doable.
> Sure; 'patches welcome'.  I guess I'm not as sure of your hope/assumption; I
> had the sense from Benjamin Henrion's email that a previous patch was
> rejected, and I wanted to know if the patch was rejected because it was
> incomplete and ill formed, or if such a patch will never be taken in :-/.

Benjamin's proposal was that FOSDEM should do nametags.  That proposal
is useless and impossible to implement.  There is no registration.  We
don't know what the nametags should say.

Other proposals along the lines of "leave blank tags and a marker at the
infodesk" obviously don't scale to FOSDEM.

> So let's make that my basic question:  if a group of volunteers built a name
> tag generating web site, and arranged the production and distribution of
> lanyards and blank name tags, would such an arrangement be accepted and
> affirmed?  Because it would require some integration with main stream FOSDEM
> (messaging on the web site, and room at info desks).

We could provide a pointer to a hypothetical FOSDEM nametag generator
running on somebody else's computer with a note that, if it breaks,
somebody else should be shouted at.

How would you see the distribution of lanyards in practice?  I can't
imagine a huge box with thousands of lanyards and tags in no particular
order behind an infodesk going well.  What kind of system would you

On the whole, I think the push-out blank tag in the booklet may be much
easier than any "technical" solution with a supplychain and distribution


Philip Paeps
Senior Reality Engineer
Ministry of Information

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