Do The Ratings Matter?

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Cal Evans sent around ratings from ZendCon sessions yesterday, and there seems to be a great deal of debate on Twitter about what they mean. Are they indicators of a person’s suitability to speak? Are they indicators of where a person’s weaknesses are?

Both Matthew Turland and Ben Ramsey wrote that they were less than excited about their personal ratings. Having heard both of them speak, I think the ratings are, shall we say, overrated.

It’s certain that some individuals will get higher ratings, especially those who have a natural knack for speaking, or those who teach every day. There’s nothing wrong with that. But the point of a conference is for those who speak to improve the body of knowledge for everyone else.

For those who got less than fantastic results, you still rock. And for those who got great results, we knew you rocked already. Thanks to everyone who spoke, enlightened, and contributed to ZendCon. It’s what made it great.

Brandon Savage is the author of Mastering Object Oriented PHP and Practical Design Patterns in PHP

Posted on 10/18/2008 at 10:27 am
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