Had a discussion about conferences with our director. My argument is that the uselessness of 95% of conference talks that are dull/bland/boring massively outweighs the 5% that aren't a total trainwreck. Though if you're going for the networking, I think that's a different case
@halfmanhalfdonut If so, it sounds as though the people organizing the conferences are doing a terrible job, & most likely have no clear objectives.
@halfmanhalfdonut I have volumes of proceedings, & similar publications, which certainly give the impression that there have been some good conferences over the years. And I’ve found Space Access, New Worlds, & the ISDC at least somewhat worthwhile.
I don't doubt that there are, I just haven't been lucky enough to attend one. It could be that my industry just isn't that interesting
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko