For the first half decade, the fandom had one single convention where everybody met once a year. Then around 1994 it started to fragment, and the rate seems to be continuing exponentially. There are now so many furry conventions I can not only not even name them all I can't even say for sure how many there actually are. There has to be like one every couple of weeks or so. Is there really a need for that many?
It seems to be that running a convention has taken the place of being an APA editor as what makes you "somebody" in the fandom if you don't happen to be an actual creative talent. SMOF used to be a fairly exclusive group of people, thats no longer the case. SERIOUSLY no longer the case.