Jeremy Fluhmann responded to my Call for Venue post saying he'd be interested to see the other bids when they get posted. This brings up a good point: when should the bids be made public?
My thought was that they would be made public after the Conferences Committee has selected the host group. This allows people to see what we voted on and it's a good reference for next year.
But the comment suggests he was thinking the bids would be posted as soon as they are received. I hadn't thought of it that way, but maybe we could.
The obvious thing we would want to avoid is 'stealing' between bids. If one group does a ton of work, it wouldn't be fair for another group to just borrow a bunch of their stuff. I also wouldn't want people waiting until the last day to submit to avoid this. The benefit might be in improved bids, because people can compare.
For now, I'm inclined to keep it as it was last year. That is, I'll post the bids after the process is complete. Next year the bidders can benefit from this year. If a group wants to make their bid public on their own, they are welcome to do so. Any other thoughts from potential (or previous) bidders out there?