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Simple Machines => News and Updates => Topic started by: BryanD on October 16, 2012, 11:07:00 AM

Title: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: BryanD on October 16, 2012, 11:07:00 AM
Hello SMF users, admins and everyone else!

September 30th, 2013 will be the 10th Anniversary of the release of SMF 1.0 Beta 1 (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=1715.0) to charter members!

This is a HUGE milestone! Over the last 10 years, we have matured as a software and as a project. There have been periods of upheaval, but the project survived and has grown tremendously from the original (albeit impressive) piece of software released in 2003. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary, and possibly start a new tradition, Simple Machines is planning to arrange a large scale conference/convention event.

Unlike anything we have done previously, this event is planned to be of interest for ALL of the folks involved with SMF, whether they be project team members, admins of site(s) which run SMF or just interested users. In light of this, we have created a small ten minute survey (http://tinyurl.com/bvontuy) to find out what kinds of activities you would like to see at the conference as well as help narrow down a possible region on where we will host the event. The survey is hosted via Google and the information collected is anonymous (unless you identify yourself).

We apologize to our multi-lingual folks, but the survey is in English and only answers in English will be tallied.

We thank everyone who has been involved with SMF in the last nine years, and the upcoming tenth year, from the team members to every user of SMF.

Regards
Simple Machines
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Gary on October 16, 2012, 12:26:28 PM
Cool. I look forward to seeing how this pans out.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: sǝๅqɯɐɥS on October 16, 2012, 12:30:19 PM
Splendid idea - gonna get right on it.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: BryanD on October 16, 2012, 01:07:57 PM
Should mention we are only in Market Research phase and this is no guarantee that it will go ahead :)
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: sǝๅqɯɐɥS on October 16, 2012, 01:12:06 PM
I can confirm it takes less than 10 minutes to complete (took me 4 mins), and the questions seem highly relevant to the objective.

Good luck with the campaign.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Night09 on October 16, 2012, 01:15:43 PM
Wow have we all aged so much ?  :P Doesnt seem that long ago when SMF appeared!  ;D

Will do the survey later once im home.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: BryanD on October 16, 2012, 02:44:41 PM
it has indeed been a long journey and its great to see a software meet 10 years as thats a long time for an internet project ... now remember this is just since we released the first charter release, SMF goes back to the days of YaBB heyday,
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Gary on October 17, 2012, 02:28:05 PM
Something that should probably be mentioned is that the end result of this survey, if the results are favourable, that the event would be totally different from the Meeting of the Minds (http://www.simplemachines.org/community/index.php?topic=195275.0) that took place in Tucson, Arizona in 2007/2008 (that event occurred over new years). Since that was exclusive to team members, whereas this would not, all community members would be invited to come participate.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: NanoSector on October 17, 2012, 02:45:48 PM
Cool, voted :)
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Kindred on October 17, 2012, 02:51:14 PM
And folks...   we're looking for REAL input on what sort of events to host at the conference.
panels on various topics, hands-on working, instructional lectures... etc...
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Arantor on October 17, 2012, 02:55:46 PM
Well, I completed it but I'd be going to be sociable, I wouldn't be going for the events, so I didn't put anything in for the events ;)
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Liam. on October 17, 2012, 08:19:39 PM
While I'd prefer it be mid-UK, I'd definitely still consider going if it were in London. It's great to see this might actually happen, I certainly hope it does! I've submitted the form, but I may as well note this here so others can discuss too.

I'd like to see some hands-on things where people are put in the role of a real forum administrator, where something occurs and they have to figure their way out of it, much like an experienced forum admin would've but most admins hadn't had the chance yet. I'd also be interested in a coding/design panel, but I doubt everyone will be interested in that.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Arantor on October 17, 2012, 08:21:13 PM
London is much easier to get to than mid-UK for everyone else flying from outside the UK, due to multiple international airports in the vicinity. ;)
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Kindred on October 17, 2012, 08:25:24 PM
Liam, fill out the survey. We will not be searching this thread for answers, only the survey results
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Gary on October 17, 2012, 08:47:01 PM
London is much easier to get to than mid-UK for everyone else flying from outside the UK, due to multiple international airports in the vicinity. ;)
And the fact that a vast majority of the international flights to the other UK airports route through LHR anyway. :P
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Arantor on October 17, 2012, 08:48:40 PM
Well, yeah, though I personally hate my experiences with LHR. Gatwick rules!
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Gary on October 17, 2012, 08:50:10 PM
The only "bad" experience I had at LHR was trying to find Runic who was in the wrong terminal, but I know why that happened. LGW is easier to get around in sure. I once had a friend that worked there actually. :P
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Oldiesmann on October 18, 2012, 02:49:47 AM
I submitted my response as well, though I'd prefer it to be in the US for obvious reasons, as much as I've always wanted to visit London.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: BryanD on October 18, 2012, 04:34:27 AM
tbh i prefer Edinburgh for visit than London, and arantor plenty of flights to edinburgh from london :P
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: wattie on October 18, 2012, 05:06:29 AM
Online broadcasting guys, regardless where the conference is.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: BryanD on October 18, 2012, 05:10:20 AM
wattie please fill in the survey with any suggestions you have.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Gary on October 18, 2012, 08:20:59 AM
I wont be surprised if the presentations are video recorded and uploaded, but I do doubt that they would be live streamed.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Colin on October 18, 2012, 11:16:56 PM
Submitted! Looks awesome.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: samozin on October 19, 2012, 08:07:09 AM
its theme does not support rtl languages  looks not working good in rtl
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Kindred on October 19, 2012, 08:19:29 AM
We apologize to our multi-lingual folks, but the survey is in English and only answers in English will be tallied.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: choloman05 on October 20, 2012, 12:22:53 AM
Very cool. Of course I would love it to be in U.S. as well, but that's bc it would be easier for me to attend. This is fun news.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: JBlaze on October 20, 2012, 02:02:25 PM
Interesting. Filled out the survey.

Even though I mentioned it in the survey, I would like to point out here that any conferences/lectures/speeches/etc. should be broadcast online to a streaming service such as http://www.livestream.com or others. Just because someone can't attend doesn't mean they should miss out :)
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Gary on October 22, 2012, 01:02:29 PM
Even though I mentioned it in the survey, I would like to point out here that any conferences/lectures/speeches/etc. should be broadcast online to a streaming service such as http://www.livestream.com or others. Just because someone can't attend doesn't mean they should miss out :)

I'm not too sure on livestreams personally, but I do hope that we can at least have them video recorded so that they can be uploaded to the site. ;)
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: whz1001 on October 26, 2012, 02:23:25 AM
Guys share the place???????


Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Colin on October 26, 2012, 02:24:19 AM
Guys share the place???????
If you mean the location of the event, it is undecided thus the poll.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: BryanD on October 26, 2012, 07:46:57 AM
Correct, right now we are just gathering the data to know if its viable or not, when we close this survey we will look at the data and move on from there.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: nend on October 28, 2012, 01:52:08 AM
I filled out the survey, I more than likely wouldn't attend anyways unless conditions are optimal, money is tight right now. Student loans, bills etc.  ;D
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: JXDavise on October 31, 2012, 07:47:23 AM
Guys share the place???????

when it will be clear?
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Kindred on October 31, 2012, 09:47:01 AM
after we've collected much more input form people and talked with the various locations regarding timeing and price...   in other words, not real soon.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Gary on October 31, 2012, 12:18:44 PM
So for now, fill out the survey and tell us where you want it to be held. That might just be the place, who knows. :P


Only time or some sort of time travelling device will tell. (We accept DeLoreans, Phone Booths, a Tardis, a Toaster or Time Compression as valid modes of Time Travel)
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: BryanD on November 02, 2012, 12:11:40 PM
What about the robot time travel code thats found on the rear end of Fry?

Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Gary on November 02, 2012, 01:11:42 PM
The Universal Laguage Time Code is also acceptable :P I forgot about that.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: KensonPlays on November 02, 2012, 01:30:32 PM
tinyurl? I dont trust those lol. but anyway grats!!
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: BryanD on November 02, 2012, 01:45:05 PM
KCmartz, its a link to a google doc that is all, I generated the link myself and I visit it to make sure it still works on a daily basis.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: KensonPlays on November 02, 2012, 02:24:40 PM
KCmartz, its a link to a google doc that is all, I generated the link myself and I visit it to make sure it still works on a daily basis.
Just making sure, I don't trust shortlinks unless I generate them myself, at all. :P
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: BryanD on November 02, 2012, 02:38:02 PM
Do you honestly think that we would put a link on an official post that links to a suspicious site?
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: KensonPlays on November 02, 2012, 03:07:12 PM
Nvm..
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Gary on November 03, 2012, 04:09:43 AM
Ugh. Here's the full URL (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dDNvOHVHSlNXZFljTlBPbkRQbThQQmc6MQ) if you're gonna be like that.

But seriously, you really believe that we'd place a malicious link in an official announcement?
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: NanoSector on November 03, 2012, 06:56:17 AM
People can't be trusted nowadays... :P
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Night09 on November 03, 2012, 07:20:57 AM
If any of you cant trust an official link from SMF then delete your account here and cease using the software designed by those you accuse of possibly supplying a malicious link. The logic of your thinking eludes me...  ;)
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Conay on November 04, 2012, 02:47:47 PM
I hope that it's in London.

Preferably at the ExCel Centre (for anyone in London, take the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich and go on the 'Emirates Air Line', it's awesome!) or the O2. The former is a great location for conferences, I was there for Paralympic Wheelchair Fencing, it was amazing.

Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: NanoSector on November 04, 2012, 02:49:22 PM
I hope that it's in London.
^ This :P
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Gary on November 04, 2012, 06:02:55 PM
While London as a whole isn't out of the question, though, I'd rather it weren't in London, after some reconsideration, given that I want out. :P (I've lived in London all my life) Places like the Excel center or the dome will certainly be out of the question.

If anything it'll be in a large hotel's conference room if it were in London.

We don't have millions to be able to spend on this y'know. :P
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: BullsFan23 on November 05, 2012, 11:26:39 PM
I'm down for it in Chicago, I was in London last summer for the Olympics.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: gisfreak on November 09, 2012, 10:37:52 AM
congrats
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: BryanD on November 22, 2012, 02:03:58 PM
Guys please fill this out we will be closing it at the end of this month!!
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Gary on November 29, 2012, 02:52:02 PM
Okay. We'd like to thank everyone for their responses and support, the survey has been closed down so we're not taking any more responses.

Thanks again.
Title: Re: Simple Machines Forum Conference Survey
Post by: Jade Elizabeth on December 14, 2012, 04:07:06 AM
I wish you guys emailed this out. I didn't see it till now :(.