Good booth behavior
We care about proper behavior - as representatives for the FSFE we adhere to our Code of Conduct.
- 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.
Be a FSFE team player
- Any booth has a booth-coordinator. Please inform yourself who is that person. The booth coordinator takes some responsibility towards the presentation of the booth and that local rules by the event are adopted. Any booth participant should supports her/his work.
- As long as you are behind the booth or appear to be part of the FSFE's booth please support the FSFE policies work, campaigns, material and decisions. You can sometimes state that you have a slightly different opinion on something but you must refrain from pro-actively object or counterargue the FSFE as long as you appear to officially represent us.
- Any private or third-party promotion material is not allowed at FSFE booths. Excpetions can only be made for FSFE associates in line with a decision by the respective booth coordinator.
- 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, except if you are in front of the booth or have a booth setup where it's important you're distinguished from other event guests).
- There should ideally be two people standing at the booth the whole time. Even if there is no one in the moment to talk to! This makes it more attractable for 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.
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 the FSFEs contact address. 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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