+100 on the archived content. That’s one of the many things we should keep: there’s no reason that future conference content should be limited to a particular time and place. Everyone should be able to see it whether remote in real time, or later.
Web pages > PDFs is no soap box, its just basic inclusion. That’s why we switched to the new TAPS process at ICER this year: everything in the digital library will be available as PDF, HTML, and ePub. It’s going to be a painful transition (my inbox is proof this week!), but necessary for even basic accessibility.
Meeting people new is so critical: communities like ours can’t thrive on existing relationships alone! People retire, people leave. There *always* has to be room for newcomers, and we have to build meaningful relationships with them, so they can become our new leaders and champions. To me, that was the biggest loss this year: hundreds of first time attendees didn’t leave with a new friend, colleague, or collaborator. They just left with new knowledge. (Which is great, but not enough to sustain a community).