(cross-posting to wikimediaindia-l and the OpenHatch events list)
I recently read a thought-provoking piece, "The Bardoli Incident," by a
Gujarati open source software contributor. It's a moving story of
hospitality to newbies and I wanted to share it with you.
I especially appreciate that Pradeepto Bhattacharya personally took it
upon himself to stop newbie attrition at the event. My Indian parents
taught me a heritage of hospitality, as I remembered in "Be Bold: An
Origin Story". So this kind of heroism, the heroism of the host,
speaks deeply to me.
It's a tough balance, respecting each participant's right to drop out
while ensuring they know that we want them to stay. I think
Bhattacharya got it right by asking honest questions and adapting the
newbies' experience. Maybe other event organizers reading this have had
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