Comments: Foo Bar Stuff

I don't think this sort of thing ever goes away. Any time there is an event that a lot of people want to go to but limited space to hold them or to make the event work there are going to be some people who get to come and some who do not. Some of the people who do not get invited will always think they should have been and get upset. This setting up of a counter event is far from unheard of. Lots of us know kids who created a party of their own because they were not invited to the "cool kids" party. Is it a big deal? Only for the people who can't let it go and decide to take invitations or the lack of them personally.

Posted by Alfred C Thompson at August 21, 2005 10:49 AM

lesson: don't be a bozo!

Posted by joe at August 21, 2005 11:00 AM

Mary- I noticed that some of the the guys who complained the loudest about the exclusivity of FooCamp didn't show up for BarCamp. I think most who actually did show up weren't even thinking about the Foo-ers.

Posted by ryan king at August 21, 2005 03:31 PM

hi ryan,
actually, the people i'm talking about above, who felt badly.. and expressed it, were there at bar, which i thought i said above.. that they were there friday night, but thankfully, when i returned saturday, they were onto other topics and it didn't come up much saturday. it's unfortunate though that they did feel badly. that's what i wanted to point out. the event would have been really great without that bad feeling. but it was still very fun.

but hopefully the community can get past it.. and we can show up again at bar and just focus on making good stuff.

Posted by mary hodder at August 21, 2005 09:39 PM

Good post, except the characterization about Foo Camp being a place where deals were done is not true. The age range was pretty wide as well. Plenty of young and old.

I do agree with your assessment about the strangeness of "foo camp complainers" not even bothering to show up to Bar Camp. Strikes me as a bit disingenuous.

Anyway, peace to both camps...

Posted by Mike D. at August 22, 2005 08:59 PM