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    "First Question" @Lotusphere?? Vote now!

    Bob Balaban  January 7 2010 03:40:35 PM
    Greeings, Geeks!

    Lotusphere2010 is just around the corner (festivities begin on Sunday the 17th, at Disney World, FL). Those among you who are repeat collaborators (i.e., have been to a few recent Lotuspheres) may know that on the final day of the conference (Thursday, Jan. 21st this year), Lotus puts a bunch of real live developers on stage, and lets the audience ask questions about the products. The session is called "Meet the Developers" officially, though when I worked at Lotus/Iris (quite a while ago, now) we called it "Beat the Developers".

    Those of you who have been to a few of these sessions, and who have been paying attention, may remember that it has become a kind of unofficial tradition that I have asked the first question of the session. This has noathing to do with getting favored treatment from Lotus or anything -- I have just been lucky at getting there early and positioning myself at the right microphone (there are usually 3 in the room) to be called upon first (Note: Last year -- LS09 -- Brent Peters, who had taken over moderating the session from Kevin Cavanaugh, violated "tradition" and started the questions from the *wrong* microphone, so I (technically) did not get the First Question. I think I got the Third Question. I hope Brent will get his act together better this year and do it right).

    Now, to the point! I've been pondering what my Question (whether it's the first one or not) should be. For the past many (I forget how many, maybe 5?) it's been all aobut the LSX Toolkit (read about the saga here). For various reasons, I have decided (really, do NOT try to change my mind about this) that this year, I will NOT ask about the LSX Toolkit. Done. Finito. No Longer Of Interest. Boring, even.

    So, having made that decision, I said to myself: "Self! What should my Question be instead??" I have a few ideas, but I want to open the topic up to The Geekdom in general.

    GEEKS: What do YOU think my Question (whether it be the First one or not) should be about? This is a family-oriented blog, so refrain from foul language in your responses, please. I promise to seriously consider all sincere entries. The criteria I care most about are:

    a) Not BORING
    2) NOT LSX Toolkit-related
    iii) I'll consider topics related to DXL, but I find this fairly boring now, so it would have to be *good* to win
    d) No personal attacks on actual people will be considered (even Paul Mooney or Bill Buchan), after all, we're all friends here. "Attacks" (legitimate criticism) on products is fair game
    5) Please, no marketing-blah-blah-blah
    vi) Better if it's something a lot of people care about
    g) I'll consider both admin and dev topics, but everyone knows i am biased towards dev

    So, go forth and cogitate! Eschew obfuscation!

    Geek ya later!

    PS: YES! I will be giving away "Lotusphere Veteran" buttons. They are currently in production. Quantities limited, you have to meet strict standards to get one: You have to ask for one, and you have to (truthfully, I hope) answer one question: "How many Lotuspheres have you attended?" Honor system, no real consequences (other than to your karmic destiny) if you lie, but don't.