OSCON Keynote: Distilling Distinction

Next Keynote this morning was Distilling Distinction with Robert “r0ml” Lefkowitz.

Aristotle believed that the most effective way to appeal to authority is rhetoric … but that doesn’t work so have to manufacture distinction – how do you get people to believe that you know what you’re talking about? The next thing you can do is “do” stuff … people see that you have done stuff that proves that you know what you’re talking about. For example you can go in to an interview and say I am smart and I learn stuff … or you can point people to your GitHub account and show them the code you’ve already written.

One way to prove distinction is to become a member of a professional organization and get recognized by them … but the people around us here at the conference who we know deserve recognition haven’t been recognized by these organizations so how do we become distinguished? Well if you don’t join you can’t win/be recognized. More of us in open source need to join professional organizations like ACM or IEEE and get both ourselves and our open source recognized.

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