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On Nov 28, 2007, at 11:45 PM, Dave Crocker wrote:
We still seem to be constantly wandering into hotels for the first
time, and somehow it's hard to believe that that doesn't cost the
IETF a premium, if only in staff time learning the new place,
especially for the net ops folk. I even wonder whether repeating
among a small set of venues would not also lead to some
relationship building between the different staffs, thereby making
everything go a lot more smoothly?
Well, that at least in part is what has led us to Minneapolis every
two years or so, and to do a repeat at San Diego. It has historically
been difficult, as we have wanted hosts to help us with certain
costs, and they don't want to sign up every other year, and our
practice of not signing up a long time in advance has also impeded
that - they're often busy on the dates we pick. Pushing contracts
further out should help with the latter.
One question I would ask the peanut gallery is: if we were to pick a
small set of venues to return to, which would we pick? The ones I
might think of would include our recent venues in Paris and Prague,
the Minneapolis Hilton, the facility we were at in Dallas last year
(although restaurants weren't very convenient), the conference center
and hotels we used in Yokohama, and maybe a few others. Which venues
seemed to "work" from various folks' perspectives? Which really didn't?
On this, if folks send me the response privately, I will summarize to
the list. I really am interested in the response, but we probably
don't need a DOS attack on all of our mail servers.
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