To quote Ronald Reagan, "There you go again." The Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) is considering locations for future PASS Summits. The apparent answer is:
You Can Have The Summit Anywhere You Want...
... as long as it's in Seattle.
PASS conducted a survey on this about a year ago, and I commented on the results and PASS' (mis-)interpretation of said results in a post entitled On PASS Summit Locations, Time Will Tell.
"It's About Community"
I think every member of the PASS Board needs a sticky note on a mirror they look into each morning that reads "It's about community." It seems more and more decisions are about the business of producing a Summit, and there's nothing wrong with running a business that produces a yearly Summit. But this pesky community stuff keeps coming up.
Why is that?
I think members of the PASS Board do not trust the community. It shows in elections and session selections and the interpretation of surveys. For a while there, PASS leadership made statements like "We are the Community." I don't doubt the sincerity of the person who made that statement - he believed it to be true at the time. But the veracity of that statement has suffered from poor decisions. It's more accurate to say "PASS is a Community."
And the PASS community does some awesome stuff. The Summit is the biggee, Virtual Chapters are cool, 24 Hours of PASS is awesome. It's the other stuff that suffers - stuff that, coincidentally, involves the SQL Server Community en masse.
Every time I criticize PASS - recently at least - someone on the PASS Board takes it personally. That doesn't concern me. What concerns me - saddens me actually - is watching the organization that helped me and others advance our profession and careers unwind in such a fashion. Rather than worry about the ramblings of an old redneck with a blog, I wish PASS would spend its time fixing the widening cracks in the organizations' foundation.
I do not want to see PASS relegated to "has-been" status. It was a great organization. Everyone loves a comeback.
Pull up PASS. Please.
PASS can fix this today. They can announce the PASS Summit 2014 or 2015 will not be in Seattle. They can make that happen. They have a year or two to find another location and put money down. And those locations exist. I implore the PASS Board to do just that.