I'm talking about the conferences that invite people to learn more about their web-related profession, so usually attendance tickets are priced in a range usually meant for professionals. If there are some people here that have attended such a conference I'd like to hear your experience from it.
Here's an example of one:
I've posted this question in a different forum. So far the responses there have been that they're a waste of money. However, it might be due to the fact that in that forum, a much greater percentage of people code websites only as a hobby and most still go to school. So their view on it is "why pay lots of money when there are plenty of good online articles and tutorials for free".
Another person says that the web design conferences at his university will do just as well, and they are free to attend. So are these gatherings organized by the "big boys" of the web industry usually just for people to show off and not much for learning? I am trying to understand the skepticism behind paying money for such events.