On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 10:28 AM, Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> But how does the pre-conf being free hurt you there?

I think the idea is "if the preconference had a cost to attendees, its
sponsorship money could be used to defer the cost of the rest of the
conference for everyone."

One of the troubles with this is that the people who decide to sponsor
a preconf have probably decided to do that explicitly; otherwise, they
would have just offered a sponsorship in general.