Help get this topic noticed by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Help Improve Scheduling of O'Reilly Webcasts

Please join with me in imploring O'Reilly to try hard not to schedule multiple webcasts at the same time. I'm currently looking at three webcasts scheduled simultaneously, all of which I'd like to participate in. Aaaahhhggg!!!
1 person likes
this idea
+1
Reply
  • Hello OB Ron,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write and share your feedback.

    All three events next week are on different topics, we try to offer webcasts that would appeal to a lot of folks. I understand your frustration. We will record the events and have the recordings ready in 48hrs and you can view them when time permits.

    If you would like to email us at webcast@oreilly.com and let me know if you have some questions you'd like asked during the events you are not able to attend, I would be more than happy to submit them to the presenters on your behalf.

    Thank you again for taking the time to write.

    Have a nice day,

    Yasmina
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated kidding, amused, unsure, silly happy, confident, thankful, excited indifferent, undecided, unconcerned

  • Hi Yasmina,

    Clearly, what O'Reilly thinks are different topics are not necessarily mutually exclusive as far as interest within the O'Reilly community. Two of the topics of the three I was complaining about are about scaling large distributed applications or systems. Those seem like very related, similar topics to me. O'Reilly has other time slots available, but instead chooses to schedule webcasts simultaneously. It makes no sense to me. It's disrespectful to the O'Reilly community. Many of us have quite varied interests and needs. Watching recorded presentations is nice and useful, but it doesn't replace live participation. I don't understand why O'Reilly does this. Can you explain?

    Questions mostly arise from participating in the webcast. Questions someone has ahead of time may be answered by the presentation, and thus don't need to be asked.

    I believe every webcast should have an ongoing chat or forum, with which the speaker can participate if they choose, that can last well beyond the live presentation, perhaps even months or years, as new people get to watch the recording. Often one or more of my questions don't get answered because of lack of time, or they just get missed. I may be able to contact the speaker separately, but then others are less likely to benefit from my questions. I'm not a user of Twitter, nor do I want to be.

    I'm usually offended by how quickly a webcast is terminated, with the chat that I'm still trying to read and use disappearing. I try to copy and paste the chat to save it, but sometimes I miss getting that done before the chat is gone. You even tell people, at the end of most presentations, that you have pushed out some links for us, and then you almost immediately terminate the webcast which makes the chat with your useful links disappear from our web-browsers. Do you not realize how nonsensical this is?

    Please try to get O'Reilly to improve their webcast scheduling, to as much as possible avoid simultaneous webcasts. This isn't a three day conference where a lot is squeezed into a short period of time. (Which is a major reason why I don't like going to conferences.) You have a lot more flexibility. Use it.

    Thanks for all your efforts for the O'Reilly community of developers.

    OB Ron
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. sad, anxious, confused, frustrated kidding, amused, unsure, silly happy, confident, thankful, excited indifferent, undecided, unconcerned