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Dear Perl Community

Last week, in a blog post, The Perl Foundation Board of Directors announced that it would be providing further analysis of a recent Standards of Conduct decision with the hopes of providing an update this week.

After reaching out to various parties and receiving additional information, it is clear that this issue will not be resolved in a week. The Board will continue to work on this matter but cannot provide an expected resolution date.

Out of respect to all parties involved, we cannot provide additional information at this time.

Thank you,

TPF Board

There has been much discussion about the Perl Conference's Standards of Conduct (SoC) Committee's decision to delist a video from the 2019 Perl Conference videos. We would like to provide some additional context to help explain this decision.

This incident has been new to us from the beginning because it happened after the Perl Conference concluded. Most of our focus on SoC policy has been on handling incidents that might happen during a conference and our SoC committees typically were scoped to the days around the conference.

Now that conference videos remain available online, it's possible for us to receive an SoC report at any time, as happened in this case. This required our committee volunteers to work around existing commitments to find time to respond to the issue, which they tried to do as quickly as possible.

As part of the response, a public announcement was made regarding the circumstances of the incident, and some have asked why this was done. Links to the video in question had already been shared in several places before the report, so delisting the video was likely to break existing links. If this seemed to happen "secretly" it gives the impression that we may be trying to hide some activity. As an organization, we generally lean toward transparency as much as possible and did so in this case. This is consistent with public notifications in other communities as well.

However, we did not handle the content of the announcement as we should have. In an effort to explain the delisting and identify the video impacted, we also identified the speaker. Although it would have been possible to deduce which video had been delisted after-the-fact, we still should have kept the details out of the announcement. We acknowledge that this was not done properly, the post was updated, and we will evaluate our reporting policy going forward.

There are also some questions regarding the incident itself. Again, typically individual incidents, like an issue during a conference, are handled privately because it may involve only a few individuals. In this case a public video was the subject in question. The content of the presentation isn't in question since it's on the video. Rather the question is in the interpretation and whether the SoC was violated.

The assessment from the SoC committee is available in the original posting. Some might respond to this, "I'm not offended by that. I don't think it's an SoC violation." But in a global community such as ours, we must celebrate a diversity of cultures, ideas, and beliefs. There are issues that some people find problematic while others don't. The goal of the SoC is to provide "a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin." Achieving the goal of keeping our events open and welcoming to all requires everyone to stretch a bit and understand that if some portion of the audience believes some content to be "demeaning, discriminatory or harassing" then we need to review it with an open mind.

The decision was to delist the video and that is the current state. Given the amount of discussion this has generated, the board of directors is currently reviewing the process and we will have more to report after that review.

Our goal is to have all conference participants better understand the SoC and in doing so make all attendees feel comfortable and welcome. We hope we can continue to educate participants about expectations when attending conferences. And we hope to encourage speakers and audience alike to apply Postel's law in their conduct: "be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you send." While we may disagree with each other from time to time, The Perl Foundation hopes that these incidents do not fracture our whole community, thereby damaging Perl itself.

This year's European Perl Conference takes place in Riga, Latvia, between the 7th and 9th August 2019. This is the 20th edition of the conference previously known as YAPC::Europe, then TPCiA and TPCiG, and now it is renamed to PerlCon. Despite the name and location, our attendees come from all around the world. The top five countries with the most attendees are the UK, Germany, USA, Russia and the Netherlands.

The main program includes three days of three tracks of talks, including the keynotes given by Larry Wall and Jonathan Worthington. Among the talks, we have a lot of both Perl 5 and Perl 6 related talks, as well as a number of topics which are not purely dedicated to Perl, such as working with databases, or creating virtual environments, etc. Until the 15th of June, it is still possible to submit a talk. The conference schedule will be published at the end of June. Explore the talks that are already submitted at https://perlcon.eu/talks.

Beyond the main program, there is an extensive entertainment block, which includes two (two!) pre-conference meetings, a cocktail and beer parties at the end of the first day, the Game night, the Attendees dinner at the second day, and a River cruise at the end of the third day, thus you can join if you do not leave immediately after the conference is finished. The schedule will also include three sessions of lightning talks.

You can get your conference ticket on our website: https://perlcon.eu/tickets.

How to reach us:

Love Perl? Come to Riga!

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CFP/Tutorial confirmations are due!

Did you submit a talk or tutorial idea? We have already emailed you the status of your submission. Organizers need you to reply to that email or otherwise let us know you are still planning to give your talk or tutorial session. We need to hear from you by April 3rd so we can get our schedule underway and published.

Volunteers needed

20th Year Anniversary Planning Lead

We're looking for volunteers who can help make the significance of the 20th Anniversary of Perl conferences stand-out! You don't need to have event planning experience to help out, but it is a plus if you have attended past Perl conferences. The Planning Lead will get to see their vision become a reality at #TPCiP and they'll get free admission to the event's main conference days!

YAPC "regulars"

Are you a chronic attendee of Perl conferences? Have you been to almost every YAPC and TPC in America as an organizer, speaker, or attendee? We would love to hear from you!

Please send an email to [email protected] for more information about these opportunities.

A night on the river

#TPCiP organizers are excited to announce one of our after-hours social events! An evening on the "three rivers" in Pittsburgh! The Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers frame the city and we'll be taking an evening cruise where you'll be able to relax and take-in all the stunning views. We hope to see you aboard!

Register to attend The Perl Conference

The main 3-day conference event is on June 17-19, 2019! The conference will be in Pittsburgh, PA with optional master-class tutorial sessions offered on June 16, 20, and 21. Early-bird pricing is available for $275 until May 15.

There is also a Golden Ticket option that comes with perks including a free hotel room upgrade, a free conference bag, special recognition on the event website and during the conference! The cost for a Golden Ticket is $500.00.

Both early-bird and Golden Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite http://bit.ly/tpciptickets.

Get your lodging

The conference events and recommended lodging are conveniently in one place:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown

One Bigelow Square

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

You can secure your room online (preferred) at http://bit.ly/tpciphotel. Alternately you can call 1-800-222-TREE (8733). Be sure to mention "The Perl Conference 2019" event.

The organizers can help you with your reservation if you need an accessible room. Please email [email protected] for assistance.

Want to sponsor The Perl Conference?


For more information about donating to The Perl Foundation visit http://bit.ly/tpcipsponsor.

Sponsors can also donate directly to The Perl Conference in Pittsburgh! Often the organizers are able to link a sponsor directly to an event at the conference ( wifi, coffee break, etc ) where the cost of the event is in line with the donation amount. Email [email protected] for more information or to donate directly to this year's event.

Sponsors of $500 or more will be provided a table at our sponsor expo and job fair.

How to reach us

Send your questions about The Perl Conference to [email protected]. Someone on our organizing team will be happy to get back to you.

We can't wait to see you back where it all began, in Pittsburgh, PA this June! #TPCiP

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