The registration fee is going toward paying to get speakers out to the thing. The fewer we need to pay for, the less it'll cost. But damned if I'm going to spend my own money to put on this show for you. If you can think of a way to do it without charging, let me know.
The reason we're "lumping in" with the p2p conference is several-fold. A lot of people are interested in both topics, so it's less likely to conflict in people's schedules. ORA offered free meeting space. If we had to pay for that, chances are it'd be a lot more expensive. And they're willing to help promote it, so maybe enough people will hear about it to make it interesting.
The two are, however, separate conferences, with separate registrations, etc. We're just before they are. I don't think it's so unreasonable to do it this way, and it saves me a lot of hassles.
The timing is mainly due to the p2p conference. However, this isn't a k5 conference. I'ts a web community conference. I don't really expect a whole horde of k5ers would be interested in this. It's mainly for people who run communities online, or are really interested in the possibilities they offer. A lot of other community leaders do read stuff here, so this is a natural place to get the word out. Plus, I knew I could count on many of you to have good ideas. :-)
And I'm getting married in August, so that's pretty much out.
Location: again, free space == convenient location. DC is reachable by car from virtually anywhere on the East coast, and has several large airports nearby [TIP: If you're planning to fly in, go to BWI and take the MARC train! Dulles sucks]. It's a big city, so there's plenty to do and see, and there's the whole p2p thing right after, if you're interested in that too.
It's basically no different for me (in CA) to get to Chicago as it is to get to DC. And, BTW, what gave you the idea that a large percentage of k5ers live in california? Some do, but probably not as many as live in, say, England.
So, most of your issues come down to location and timing. I'm doing this by myself (so far), on a shoestring, so those are considered "flexible". If you want to run InterComm 2, you can have it wherever you want. :-)
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