[Hpr] Scheduling the same host or series in one week

Ken Fallon ken.fallon at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 22:49:14 PDT 2011

Thanks everyone for your feedback it is really helping to make the
scheduling better. I think that the Xorg interviews fall outside this
discussion as they are regular series and are not time critical. They
will be released one a week just like klaatu's series that are in the
queue now. That has the advantage that our listeners get to hear the
series regularly but not so often that it's the only content for
several days in a row.

One important point that I neglected to mention in the email (I think
I covered it a few times on the discussions on the community news
shows) is that the rules need to be clear, transparent, fair and most
of all possible to code. The rules as they stand now are:

if release_show_on = today then post else
if show_scheduled_slot = today then post else
if host_num_of_episodes = 0 then post else
for each show time_in_queue
   if host or series != in_last_5_days then post

We could simply reserve a slot of 5 shows a week after each event that
HPR is represented at to allow for editing. That would be known in
advance and could be added to the schedule under rule 1 or 2. That
would give the host some slots to cover any topical topics and the
other topics could be scheduled as normal shows or released on
syndicated Thursday.

Feedback as always is not mandatory at all and in no way feel any
pressure to contribute to the discussion of how to make HPR better.


On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 7:37 PM,  <marcoz at osource.org> wrote:
> I've been wondering the same thing but for a different reason.
> I've uploaded 4 interviews with X.org developers. One of the purposes is to
> get people thinking about X and how they can contribute to it.  It's a
> project that wants and needs new, young(?), dedicated and passionate
> hackers.
> With that in mind, to get and keep people thinking about a project, is it
> best to blitz the queue with a bunch of podcasts or string them out so
> there's occasional fresh info?  I think the best would be to do an initial
> blitz and then periodic ones after that.  But I only have 4 interviews and
> I'm pretty sure I can't do a regular Xorg series; I just don't have enough
> time to do it properly.
> I'm pretty sure this is something that's covered in marketing 101, but I'm
> not a marketing guy.
> thanks,
> marcoz
> On 09/20/2011 01:35 PM, Joshua "lowtek" Burton wrote:
>> I think it would be nice to have a quick release of episodes related to
>> a recent event.  Especially if it's reviews, reports, etc.  I think some
>> interviews may not be as time relevant but some might be.
>> Perhaps the uploader could denote if the episode is time sensitive or not.
>> I would find it really neat to hear about things from Defcon, OFL, or
>> whatever right after they happened.  Kinda gives HPR a bit more of a
>> timely feel.
>> On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 2:09 PM, Ken Fallon <ken.fallon at gmail.com
>> <mailto:ken.fallon at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>    Hi Earthlings,
>>    Along with the scheduling rules
>>    http://hackerpublicradio.org/calendar.php there is the line "while
>>    avoiding having any one host/series repeated in a week". The idea was
>>    to allow for  someone uploading an entire series in one go and us
>>    having to schedule it. That has worked well so that the queue is full
>>    and that host still gets their series played fairly often, but ...
>>    After an event like OggCamp/ILF/OLF/SELF etc we tend to get a load of
>>    shows at once that are outside the traditional series concept. Some of
>>    these have the "feel of the fest" and may go stale after a time.
>>    Should we schedule those according to the same rules meaning there
>>    would be no more than one a week, or should we open the floodgates and
>>    have a few weeks dedicated to post festival interviews ?
>>    Discuss.
>>    Ken.
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