The Internet exploded in a flurry of angry typing Monday afternoon as Nashville's tech set discovered the existence of the BCN Critic twitter stream. BCN Critic (who either speaks in the royal "we" or is actually more than one person) has many criticisms of Nashville's popular BarCampNashville, an unconference of sorts devoted to all things tech. These criticisms seem to break down into three main categories: BarCampNashville isn't run like a true BarCamp, the organizers of BarCampNashville don't listen to constructive criticism, and the hard-core tech aspects are often overlooked in order to focus more heavily on marketing and social media.
After a series of "Are not," "Are too," "Do not," "Do too" and "Mom!" exchanges with various BarCamp supporters, the discussion seemed to be at something of an impasse. But then occasional Pith contributor Chris Wage chimed in:
To be honest, I can understand this sentiment. When you read about the history and make-up of the original barcamps, Nashville’s event bears little to no resemblance. But Nashville has never resembled other cities. Nashville is not Palo Alto, nor Portland. In all likelihood if we “followed the rules” to maintain the true barcamp spirit, Nashville wouldn’t have a barcamp at all, because it would have never happened: the demand (and resources) weren’t there. We didn’t have the pool of nerderiffic talent in Nashville to pull it off — certainly not in 2007, and arguably not now. Nashville does have “open, participatory workshop-events” suitable for the level we’re at: it’s called JJ’s Market on Thursday afternoons.
Is the situation resolved? Probably not. BCN Critic promises "Tomorrow's discussion will be regarding the venue."
So, if you're bored of following political fights, but still want a fight to follow, I recommend you keep your eye on this one.