The Do's and Don'ts of DrupalCon

John Robert Wilson
#DrupalCon | Posted

It's that special time of year where some of the brightest minds on the Internet converge on a city for a week of learning, networking and drinking.  Doug Van has recently published an excellent list of top ten things to bring to DrupalCon Portland.  I've only been to three DrupalCons so I don't claim to be an expert, but here are some things I've actually seen people do to get the most and least of the experience.

DO:

Attend the keynote speech by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert.

DON'T:

Boo during the keynote speech by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert.

DO:

Check the session schedule to plan out your days.

DON'T:

Try to attend every session by sitting in each for 5 minutes, summarily declare "Information absorbed!", then go to the one next door.

DO:

Bring business cards for networking.

DON'T:

Bring only QR code stickers then slap them randomly on peoples' laptops when they aren't looking.

DO:

Meet the people behind your most favorite distros and modules.

DON'T:

Attack the people behind your most hated distros and modules.

DO:

Attend and contribute patches during the Drupal Core code sprint.

DON'T:

Try to sneak easter eggs and ASCII art into core during the Drupal Core code sprint.

DO:

Have a casual drink with new friends at one of the sponsored parties.

DON'T:

Throw a "sponsored" party in your hotel room.

DO:

Log into the #drupal rooms on IRC and see what people are talking about during the con.

DON'T:

Log into World of Warcraft.

DO:

Invite your clients to Drupalcon so they can see the vast community that supports their investment.

DON'T:

Invite random cosplayers from the cosplay convention next door.

DO:

Wear comfortable shoes. You're going to be walking around everywhere.

DON'T:

Wear a hotel comforter as a cape.

DO:

Explore the surrounding city and local culture.

DON'T:

Compete with the six other people attempting to be mayor of the convention center on FourSquare.

What is your top DrupalCon Do and Don't?

John Robert Wilson