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Old 18th January 2013, 05:43 AM   #161
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Originally Posted by AdMan View Post
While I see your point, to be honest I think the vast majority of those who ended up with a distorted view of us (and the other TAM volunteers) as some kind of "plainclothes security" weren't actually there. I think many who were there did see the TAMbassadors as a positive thing, based on my experience.

I would be happy to volunteer again, assuming the JREF still likes the idea.
I didn't know you guys were squealers until after TAM was over.
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Old 18th January 2013, 07:59 AM   #162
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Please don't let poorly researched Internet posts by people who (by and large) were not present at TAM dissuade you from the contribution you want to make.
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Old 18th January 2013, 08:48 AM   #163
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Originally Posted by krelnik View Post
Please don't let poorly researched Internet posts by people who (by and large) were not present at TAM dissuade you from the contribution you want to make.
And by "poorly researched", you mean "not researched at all".

I had fun last year following the twitter feed about all the problems at the conference, posted by people who I know for a fact weren't even there.
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Originally Posted by AdMan View Post
While I see your point, to be honest I think the vast majority of those who ended up with a distorted view of us (and the other TAM volunteers) as some kind of "plainclothes security" weren't actually there. I think many who were there did see the TAMbassadors as a positive thing, based on my experience.
So . . . if I were to be a TAMbassador, does this mean I wouldn't be required to use a fake German accent and question everyone's motives?

<sigh> nevermind, then
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Not required, dasmiller, but totally fine by me.

I don't want to derail the thread, but they took a picture of the group and the end of TAM. Does anyone know what happened to it?
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Old 18th January 2013, 12:14 PM   #166
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I don't want to derail the thread, but they took a picture of the group and the end of TAM. Does anyone know what happened to it?
I asked that very same question to a bunch of folks who would supposedly know about that. Never got much of an answer. Weird.
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I will be happy to join the ranks of the TAMbassadors. Since I will probably be at the forum table again and people are likely to ask me questions anyway, I might as well make it official
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I'll give it another shot.

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I'll give it another shot.
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Do we want to stick with the big, bright orange buttons or get different ones?
If we stick with the same buttons, I can reuse mine from last year, and I am pretty sure others could do the same.
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If we stick with the same buttons, I can reuse mine from last year, and I am pretty sure others could do the same.


But have a few extra for those who missed last year....
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Would it help if we added a column for button reuse?

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Just to step back a bit, the reason we had TAMbassadors was because it seemed, at one point, that there weren't going to be any volunteers helping run TAM, and people wanted to help.

Now, I'm certainly not saying it was a bad idea, nor that we shouldn't have both TAMbassadors and volunteers, but I'm just wondering if we should take this opportunity to establish what we want the TAMbassador role to be, and if it should be separate from the volunteers or not. The main difference in practice last year was that volunteers had some scheduled duties (mainly helping with registration or manning the doors for events), and TAMbassadors didn't; both (overlapping) groups were also available to help with questions from attendees, and were asked to look out for any harassment problems.

Personally, I don't have any problem with it; I was a volunteer as well, and the TAMbassador button was a way of indicating my willingness to help without having to wear the same T-shirt for 4 days. However, some people may have been concerned at the 'secret police' side of things; not necessarily what they were asked to do (which I thought totally reasonable), but at what some people thought they were doing (if that's not too convoluted).

Of course, I don't think we know yet if volunteers will be needed this year. I'll be signing up for both, if possible.

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Old 19th January 2013, 02:13 PM   #173
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I was a TAMbassador and I didn't even realize that we were looked at askance. Now, I'm not deeply in the blogoloop, but I think this demonstrates that the job had value without being too weird.

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I'm just wondering if we should take this opportunity to establish what we want the TAMbassador role to be, and if it should be separate from the volunteers or not. The main difference in practice last year was that volunteers had some scheduled duties (mainly helping with registration or manning the doors for events), and TAMbassadors didn't; both (overlapping) groups were also available to help with questions from attendees, and were asked to look out for any harassment problems.
I think you have the gist of it: A TAMbassador is willing to be asked questions from newbies. A volunteer is willing to accept certain scheduled tasks. One can be both, but one can choose one or the other. Or neither.

Some volunteers might not like being "hounded on" for questions, and so won't wear a TAMbassador badge.

TAMbassadors might enjoy answering questions, and will wear the badge, but won't want to volunteer for specific scheduled tasks, and thus won't do so.

We were not asked to "look out" for any harassment problems. But, rather to report any problems to the proper authorities if we happen to witness any. This, I imagine, is what a normal, non-TAMbassador would do, anyway. The only real difference is that we had some extra phone numbers handy.
We were not authorized to do jacksquat besides that.
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We were not asked to "look out" for any harassment problems. But, rather to report any problems to the proper authorities if we happen to witness any. This, I imagine, is what a normal, non-TAMbassador would do, anyway. The only real difference is that we had some extra phone numbers handy.
We were not authorized to do jacksquat besides that.

Which is a perfectly reasonable thing to be doing. So of course it got blown out of proportion by the usual windbags.
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I take issue with this. I don't believe I saw you at either of the TAM London's.
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Originally Posted by Wowbagger View Post
I asked that very same question to a bunch of folks who would supposedly know about that. Never got much of an answer. Weird.
Wondered this myself. Just asked Ingrid Laas (the official TAM photographer who, as I recall, took this pic) if she can share. I'll let you know if I find out anything.
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I'm good at harassment, I think I'll sign up!!!
I'll be sure to bring my harassin' shoes next time.
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My schedule changed due to work.
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Fixed table.
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Combined.
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zooterkinTues-Tues8,9,10,L9,L10Yes 

Found my button!
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Old 11th February 2013, 03:34 PM   #192
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If I make it to TAM, I'll be happy to do it again. Still have the button. We'll see.
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Old 11th February 2013, 09:44 PM   #193
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I found two extra buttons from last year!
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Old 11th February 2013, 09:56 PM   #194
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Originally Posted by bumlet5 View Post
I found two extra buttons from last year!

I think I'll need one.

I still have mine, but unfortunately it's in storage for a while...
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Old 20th March 2013, 03:20 PM   #195
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KilWed-Mon4-10YesThe days are a hopeful guess at the moment.
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Old 7th April 2013, 08:02 PM   #196
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Regrettably I won't be able to get to TAM this year, so I can only be a TAMbassador in absentia. Have fun

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KilWed-Mon4-10YesThe days are a hopeful guess at the moment.
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Regrettably I won't be able to get to TAM this year, so I can only be a TAMbassador in absentia. Have fun

That's too bad, Brian. You'll be missed!
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KilWed-Mon4-10YesEverything is set, pretty much.
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