A lot of the work the Joindin Leadership team has been working on is understanding how the hosted site has been running so we can evaluate how to make things better. One of those first tasks was to document and ensure all of our event approvers are using the same criteria to approve events. To increase transparency we’d like to share our previously internally only guide for how events should be approved. Our guide isn’t perfect, but it’s the process that has been in place from some time now and before we go making broad changes we should be acutely aware of how things work today. The guide that all of our event approvers are using is outlined below:
- Has to be a community-focused event (so not just a for-profit event from an event planning corporation).
- Has to have an English description (can also have a second language, but must include an English description).
- Has to have speakers/talks (so not a bootcamp or online school course)
- Has to be getting listed for the purpose of collecting feedback for the speakers (can’t just be looking for advertising).
Number 4 is kind of subjective, but you kind of get a feel for events after going through a bunch. It’s usually pretty obvious, like JSDay versus an Annual Symposium on Some Scientific Thing (and then in the description, they talk about how all authors will be published in the Symposium book to be sold after the conference). The first would be accepted, and the second would be rejected.
Other than that, it’s up to the discretion of the person approving the events to determine if it’s really trying to collect feedback via our system or just use us or an advertising platform.
We’re going to be revisiting these guidelines over the next few months as the Joindin Leadership Team evaluates the direction we want to take the hosted service platform. If you ever have any questions about an event that was, or was not published on our site please feel free to reach out to info at joind dot in.