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@sattvik: I'll second @alexmiller response to that. As someone who has helped organize a conference for many years and as someone who spoke at conferences fairly consistently for about a decade, figuring out how to get good feedback and how to deal with the feedback you get is really hard.


I've had feedback that is completely inconsistent, feedback that is not useful at all (because it's too late and clearly isn't based on a clear memory of the actual talk).


It's hard to get enough feedback to be statistically useful. It's hard to get feedback in a timely manner (attendees are rushing to another talk and by the end of day are often too overwhelmed with so many talks).


When people come up to you afterward and offer specific feedback-- that's useful.


Well, thanks for the insights, @seancorfield . I have been to a number of conferences where they request feedback for each session, but I have never seen what that feedback looks like. It certainly sounds like in many respects it’s not worth the additional trouble.


Even with the online feedback built into the schedule pages its disappointing how little actual feedback you get and it's either rushed (the running from session to session) or folks try to do the whole conference after the fact and it's stale. Unfortunately. I mean, it's better than no feedback. But it can be brutal on some speakers and useless for others. It's a really hard nut to crack 😟

Alex Miller (Clojure team)02:02:36

@sattvik: I've seen the feedback and it's mostly junk. At Strange Loop we had a speaker coach come in on preconference day and that turned out great