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Civility in critiquing the ideas of others is no vice. Rudeness in defending your own ideas is no virtue.

Thu 7 Jan 2010, 02:16 PM
I have most of the session information in, so I am adding special events, meetings, parties, whatever to the 10th Annual Lotusphere Sessions db.  As an example, the Open NTF Annual Meeting is scheduled, as is the event below.  Let me know here or by email or however you like, and I'll add your event or party (or golf outing or volleyball game or ...)

Ice Cream Tuesdae Event at Lotusphere 2010

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Thu 7 Jan 2010, 01:51 PM
In Version 1 of the Lotusphere 2010 Sessions DB (now available to replicate or download), I have enabled the collaborative feature that allows attendees (or non-attendees, I suppose) to ask questions before, during and after sessions.  Rather than just having each speaker guess at what the audience is looking for, now the audience has a chance to participate.  While this isn't likely to, or intended to, change the basic information being presented in a session, it does give a chance for attendees to voice their questions before hand, so that they don't have to wait until the end of a session to find out whether it will address their particular needs.  It is also possible for the speaker to ask questions of the attendees.  (I used CoexEdit for this feature to make it easier for people to compose the questions on the web and still replicate down and see them in the sessions database locally.)

For speakers and bloggers

If you want to suggest that people pose questions for a specific session, there is an easy URL to direct the user to get to the session and see the existing questions (with the Ask a Question action at the top):

I think you really do need the trailing period, but the BP201 can be replaced by any session or BOF id.  Both from the web and from the Notes database, there is a Questions/Ideas view which shows every session with its questions/ideas as responses.  When answers (or follow up comments) are allowed, they will appear as response to responses.

For now, I am cleaning up any SPAM manually, but if it gets annoying, I may have to add logic.  Any suggestions for how to improve this further are welcomed.

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Thu 7 Jan 2010, 08:42 AM
Bob Balaban suggested a change to the Lotusphere 2010 Sessions db, and I forgot to mention that I added it for Version 1 (posted yesterday).  While there has been a form action since 2008 called Add to My Calendar (thanks to Steve Davis of eWorld Enterprise Solutions), you had to go into the session.  There is now a view action in all the relevant views called Add selected to My Calendar.  It actually uses the same agent, but now you can select all the sessions you want and add them at once.

Now for my request.  It would be very handy if the agent could check your calendar and query if you had a conflict in the time slot or overlapping that time slot.  I am fine with allowing you to add the conflict, but you should be notified.  If I get the time, I will write this, but with all the stuff going on right now, it is not my highest priority.  If anybody wants shared fame and glory, I'd be happy to let everybody know you were responsible for adding that (if you do).  Just let me know if you have coded something like this or if you do so now.  Your fellow attendees will be grateful!

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