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  • Years previous there were plenty to choose from!

    Have you thought of letting the previous candidates know of the lack of proposals? Maybe you've done this already, but I couldn't go without mentioning the possibility of emailing all of them...

    • I believe most have either been emailed, or spoken to in person at some point in the process. Of course, they shouldn't *need* to be asked. They know when the CFV is happening. We're all adults :-)

      But that raises another question. If you someone proposes one year, and doesn't get it.. why are they not in there the next being the first to propose with an even better bid?
      • I can imagine for some it may be a lot of hard work to prepare the bid, and to go through the process again, only to be knocked back, may be too much effort. Remember this is a volunteer effort, not everyone has the free time to prepare bids again and again.

        Have the groups that have previously bid changed leadership or membership, that means the same enthusiasm isn't there any more?

        This is the first time I've ever really seen any metrics for the number of groups applying for chance to host a YAPC::NA, and

        • In the cases I know of where I personally approached previous bidders, life happened. It wasn't an issue of being rejected. But that happens often in the open source community.

          As Kevin is handing things off to me as TPF Conference Chair, one thing I can commit to is trying to capture more info. We've actually already done this here:


          and I'm going to try to keep updating that.

          We've talked about moving up the date so we can announce the next year location at the current year YAPC and we may try to do that.

          The other group we didn't hit was yapc attendees via the yapc list. That's another approach I want to consider, and I may include an appeal at YAPC itself to get people thinking about hosting.

          BTW, Barbie, I'm here to help if I can with any of your YAPC::Europe issues. It would be nice if NA and Europe could share more info (actually all YAPCs).
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            This is excellent. This is exactly the kind of thing that needs to be more visiable and updated after each conference. The missing pieces for me would be the draft letters. Some of us are really bad at writing, and using the experience of previous organisers makes sure we all know what works and what doesn't. The sponsor list is also very useful. For YAPC::Europe::2006 we are hoping to be able to extend that list.

            The other group we didn't hit was yapc attendees via