Things change rapidly in the WordPress world. The content in this post is more than a year old and may no longer represent best practices.
WordCamp SF 2012 was a dramatic departure from WordCamp SF 2011: one day instead of three. Fifteen-minute presentations. No opportunity for local members of the community to submit proposed talks. Nothing aimed at beginning WP users. Hundreds of tickets sold before the program was even announced. While there were some good speakers and topics, the overall effect was unsatisfactory. This presentation addresses some insights on conference planning.