Twenty years ago, the monthly Communications of the ACM was something to look forward to. Fifteen years ago, I guess, it had morphed into something not much better than Dr. Dobbs.
Fifteen years ago, OOPSLA was something to look forward to. Recently it has morphed into something not much better than SD West.
My first clue was the last time OOPSLA was in Vancouver. The first night's social activity was to have some celebrity OOPSLAer's name taped to your back and you had to go around asking questions to guess the name. A small group of us immediately hit the bars and had a blast. Don't know how the game turned out.