Writing minutes for the plenary sessions is a very difficult and intensive task. It requires a lot of fast typing to include all that was said in real time. Some people wondered how they are able to do this so well, and our reporter Anna Pamplona was sent to investigate.
We asked Secretary of the Autumn Agora Salerno 2019, Tomislav, to reveal us some secrets: “It’s quite a bit of work, but we actually have a lot of automated things. We have a special text editor that allows for faster writing and has an automated formatting tool. Aside from this, we have a lot of shortcuts for frequently asked questions, so we don’t have to type them out every single time.”
It turns out, there are quite some shortcuts. For example, when Tomislav types Ctrl-Shift+E, it enters ‘Education’ into the minutes. Ctrl+Shift+Q stands for “Question Line closed”, Ctrl-Shift+B stands for ‘Belgium Law’ and Ctrl-Shift+W for ‘wrap up please’. Further more, some people have their own shortcut. David from AEGEE-Aachen has Ctrl-Shift+🍺.
Actually, all 26 letters of the alphabet combined with Shift + Ctrl + Alt are in use just for Dutchies who ask a lot of question. There is one even more special exception: “Marlijn from AEGEE-Delft has a special shortcut that inserts 5 blank questions at once. During one prytania, I once had to press it three times in a row!”