I missed the business meeting to have dinner with a non-SODA-attending friend and so missed the voting over the location of SODA 2012 which was apparently a close tie.
I’m a little dismayed at SODA being outside of North America. As a graduate student I would have probably been excited in my responsibility-free state. But now I’m thinking “How much is this going to cost? How can I afford to miss what will probably end up being a full week of teaching? I’m going to go all that way to just go to the conference and not be able to travel? How are our grossly underfunded faculty and grad students going to afford to go? Would I justify going if I don’t have a paper?”
SODA is my favourite conference. And there’s no other conference like it in North America. Going without it for a year would result in some withdrawal.