There seemed to be fewer writers/editors than in previous years, which led to the attending writers/editors having lots and lots and lots of panels. Past a certain point, your brain goes [foof], so I don't think it's a good idea to have so many panels that you can't remember which room you're in, which panel you're on, or your own name. You are allowed to say no every once in a while. That said, it's hard to refuse when the load isn't being spread far. The moral of the story? If you want to volunteer, or even think you might want to, do it! Contact the program committee! If you don't volunteer, no one has time to seek you out. They have no idea of knowing who's interested unless you tell them; they might say no, but they might also desperately need you. Send a polite email, outlining your accomplishments and what you can talk about; if you con't consider yourself a "pro" but are a good
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