Apr 07 2009

Lessons learned, the Social Security Awards

Published by at 12:40 pm under Blogging,Podcast

Sometimes things just don’t go as you planned.  Sometimes nothing goes as you planned.  And sometimes the stuff hits the fan.  Over the last few days, stuff that has been hitting the fan is the sanity of the people who’re putting on the Security Bloggers Meetup and the Social Security Awards.  We’ve had the best of intentions and done the best we can to create both an enjoyable event and a mechanism to recognize some of the leaders in our community, but we’ve made some mistakes.  Hopefully the event will still be a lot of fun, but we’re having to make some changes to how the Social Security Awards are operating in response to the errors we made and the way it’s affected the outcome of the awards.  For a fuller update on the story, read Rich’s post on the RSA Conference Blog “Reboot:  Fixing the mistakes we made with the Social Security Awards

We’re being as open and honest about the process as we can in the hopes that you’ll give us feedback and ideas for doing this better next year.  We also hope that the issues we’re experiencing with the SSA’s won’t turn anyone off from coming to the Meetup.  The Awards ceremony will only be a small part of the whole event and our goal is still to have fun and give everyone involved in social media from the security sphere a chance to meet and put a face to the voices and written word.  If this incident is something that makes you change your mind about coming, please send me an email and let me know why.  Again we’re doing our best to make this right and prevent it from happening again. 

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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Lessons learned, the Social Security Awards”

  1. CGon 07 Apr 2009 at 5:00 pm

    what exactly WAS the issue then?

  2. Martinon 07 Apr 2009 at 5:24 pm

    There were some voting irregularities. We weren’t clear enough on setting rules for the voting, we weren’t clear enough on setting the rules for the categories. People did things we weren’t expecting and it threw the whole process into question. Without getting into details, it’s a lesson we are learning the hard way.

  3. Aaron Guhlon 09 Apr 2009 at 7:55 am

    Well chalk it up to it being the first annual. The ‘first’ for anything rarely goes as expected. What matters is that the right steps were taken to correct things and after reading Rich’s post, it seems as if that was done.

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