We hear you! A few days ago, I posted about the new system we've built to streamline the program committee process for PyCon in 2016. Unfortunately, I didn't do a good job of explaining the dual paths into the second round of the process.
I talked this over with the committee, and we've yanked "technical" from the guidelines. I've added a tool to the program committee app that will help us review any votes that have already been cast, reevaluating our votes with the new criteria in mind.
I'm sorry I upset both past and potential speakers, and I'm sorry I gave anyone the impression that their contributions to PyCon are in any way not appreciated, or less important. Community talks are a key part of PyCon!
If you have any questions about the process or the changes I've made, you can reach me at email@example.com.