I was writing a comment in response to this post by David Flanagan http://www.davidflanagan.com/2012/04/javascript-its.html. And it turned into this post. I wanted to try and pull out what parts of this post I found "presumptuous and insulting". https://twitter.com/#!/polotek/status/188329891463303169. I apologize in advance because I'm a little incensed still. But I hope it comes across as passion and not aggression.

"Suggestions included "DryConf" and "BouncyCastleConf". These tweets weren't helpful suggestions; they purposefully ignored Ryan's points and were just plain mocking him. By my reading, the first said: "you should go hang out with straightlaced, uncool teetotalers and prohibition advocates". The second said: "if you don't drink then you're a child and should go play children's games". These were just pure social aggression."

This is my primary problem and what really got me steamed. It seems that you and perhaps Ryan chose to totally misread the intention of these suggestions. They are not mocking in the slightest. Instead they seem to show that you still don't get what "The JavaScript Community" is about. The js community is NOT jsconf. It's people. JSConf is perhaps the most famous venue for those people to ge together and meet each other. But it is by no means the only one. txjs is very popular, people meet at SXSW, there are smaller meetups everywhere. ALL of these are part of the community. Not because they asked to be. Not because Chris Williams or some high mucky muck gave them permission. But because those choose to be, and there is no restriction on them doing so.

"Put on your own conference" isn't a blow off. It is an invitation. It is trying to convey the very important idea that anyone can create their own little part of the community that works the way they want. And they will be welcome to do so. Because the community is defined by it's people. The only pre-requisite is javascript. More importantly, I think you will be surprised and delighted that many of the same members of the community will show up. Not because they're trying to placate you, but because they love js and they want to meet anyone else who loves js.

This is the reason why I was disappointed in Ryan's original post, despite the fact it brought up important discussion points. Because the post shouts into the void with a feeling of helplessness. As though there's no way anyone not palling around with the jsconf organizers has any say in what happens there. And that's just false. Chris Williams has made it his full time job to meet js people and create a conference that they will love. It has a lot of elements that he loves, but he is always open to suggestions on what other people would like to see. Even more so than that, he can and does help other people learn how to plan and put on their own conference. Because he recognizes that not everybody's community looks like his particular vision. He wants you to put on your own conference. He'll probably show up, and so will I. Because the javascript community goes wherever the javascript is. But we are bringing our entire selves, not just the part that matches up with everyone else.
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