Good booth behavior
We don't have a written code of conduct at the FSFE, but that does not mean that we don't care about proper behavior.
- If there is a code-of-conduct at the event, adhere to it
Never assume the position of a "moral high ground" or judge the person for their choices.
- Wear a FSFE t-shirt or hoodie (if you want, we do not have any dress code. We do not want to be "uniformed" in any way).
There should be at least two people standing at the booth the whole time.
Even if there is no one in the moment to talk with - one person should keep standing. This makes it more attractable to other people to come and feel welcome to have a talk.
Standing is important.
People walking past are much less likely to talk to a person who is sitting. To make this more natural, FSFE usually organizes booths using a makeshift bar instead of a table. If you can do this, great.
Talking about Free Software
- Know your goals for the event - what do you want to convey?
Speak with people!
We prefer not to use laptops at our booths, because if people see you working at your PC, they would be unwilling to come and talk with you. Often there are spaces outside the booth which can be exploited to use your laptop.
- An "I don't know" is much better than a wrong answer. Don't hesitate to point people to specialists and/or URLs. Use FSFE business cards, if you have them.
- Encourage people to join the FSFE mailing lists. This is how we stay in contact and form a community.
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