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From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Yeung
Sent: 07 January 2013 15:30
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: COMMON Virtual Conference

On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM, Sam_L <lennon_s_j@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
If you hadn't told me, I would have assumed that this cost money, and
it isn't until you are well into the registration that you actually
find it is free.

The link Pete provided goes to a page where right up top, in big letters, is "FREE to EVERYONE". I don't know if they put that up extremely recently (in response to reactions like yours?) or if you happened to have gone to much less clearly marked pages (it sounds like maybe you knew about the existence of the conference before Pete gave the link, and perhaps looked into it via some other route).

And I missed any publicity about it. Presumably I got something in an
e-mail, but I've gotten quite a few recently and assumed it was about
early bird registration and probably ignored it.

I don't remember seeing anything whatsoever about this until Pete's post.

I am not a COMMON member, and I long ago tuned out anything having to do with COMMON since it has a reputation for high-cost membership, high-cost events, and restriction of useful information and resources to members only. I am not saying COMMON isn't worth the cost. I am just saying I am used to everything COMMON costing money, and I (like many others) work in an environment where it is extremely difficult to convince the decision-makers to spend money.

So it's a real shame that this free, virtual, open event was not more heavily promoted. There are probably people who would have been able to make a case to their management that carving out some time in their day for this conference is worth it, had they known about it a couple of weeks ago, but now it's too late and their time is "already accounted for".

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