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Removing Old SQLSaturday Event Websites

Earlier today (December 17), an email was sent to SQLSaturday organizers informing them that in an effort to follow best practices and reduce the number of legacy portals we are currently hosting, we are looking to remove old SQLSaturday event websites.

In the interest of transparency with our entire PASS membership and to provide more details on this update, below is the full communication shared with SQLSaturday organizers:

In an effort to follow best practices and reduce the number of legacy portals we are currently hosting, we are looking to remove old SQLSaturday event websites. At the moment, we are currently hosting close to 1,000 SQLSaturday event websites, most of which are very rarely accessed. Reducing the number of these legacy portals will follow site performance and management best practices, and will have a positive impact on SEO of the more recent SQLSaturday event websites.

We intend to roll this out slowly, starting with events that took place five years ago or more, on a rolling basis. Eventually, we intend to align this timeline to the rest of our SQLSaturday policies for consistency, and only maintain SQLSaturday websites for events that took place in the previous two years.

Based on feedback, we know that it is important for organizers, speakers, and attendees to still be able to access the list of historic SQLSaturdays, and approved sessions for each SQLSaturday. All public information for past SQLSaturday events will continue to be available through the XML feed, as far back as we have data for – none of this important information will be lost. Each event has an XML feed in the format of:

http://www.sqlsaturday.com/eventxml.aspx?sat=1

http://www.sqlsaturday.com/eventxml.aspx?sat=2

.......

http://www.sqlsaturday.com/eventxml.aspx?sat=700

This update is only in reference to the public event website itself, all attendees will still be able to see their history through their myPASS profiles. Speakers will still be able to see which SQLSaturdays they submitted sessions to, and be able to see the abstracts of approved sessions through the XML feed. You will still be able to view the dates, event numbers, and locations of all past SQLSaturday events on the SQLSaturday website.

This information was previously shared with the SQLSaturday Feedback Distribution List, who had the opportunity to provide input and ask questions.

We will be making this update effective on January 10, 2020. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the details above, please send them to communityteam@pass.org.

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