BoF (Birds of a Feather) - WTF?
If you attend English speaking conferences, you often stumble upon the „Birds of a Feather” sessions. I always wondered, where this term comes from. Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know:
In the world of computing, BoF (Birds of a Feather) can refer to:
- An informal discussion group. Unlike Special Interest Groups or Working groups, BoFs are informal and often formed in an ad-hoc manner. The acronym is used by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to denote initial meetings of members interested in a particular issue.
- A BoF session, an informal meet-up at conferences, where the attendees group together based on a shared interest and carry out discussions without any pre-planned agenda.
The term is derived from the proverb „Birds of a feather flock together”. (In old poetic English, „birds of a feather” means birds which have the same kind of feathers, so the proverb refers to the fact that birds congregate with birds of their own species.)