Creating an online SF/F convention

Sherwood Smith wants to know if there is interest in holding an online SF/F convention in mid January of next year. Based on the responses to her post, the answer appears to be a big yes. I think this is a great idea and echo others who wonder why this hasn't been attempted before.

Over on the Asimov's forum, people also like Smith's idea, although Bill Moonroe wonders if one actually has "to see the costumed attendees in person to really appreciate the convention atmosphere." On the plus side, he notes he could afford the airfare to an online convention. With the price of fuel at all time highs, I'm sure a lot of people would agree with that last statement.