Thanks for the comments. A few notes
I'm do think the accessibility matters, and I would like to see virtual events. I do think an in-person event can broadcast their content through some streaming, but I don't find the hybrid system working well. Hybrid meaning that the virtual people can ask questions or participate in the event. That's the part that doesn't work well and it doesn't work well with existing technology.
We can have moderators, but it's a flawed system, and having a presenter distrated by a proxy, with incomplete questions or out of context ones, without being able to speak back and forth with an attendee, without the rest of the audience being able to see/hear as well, just doesn't work. It breaks up the live event, and it makes the virtual one appear very second, or third, class.
I have seen plenty of people test things, but there are still problems, and the effort to make those go away is high. It's way higher than many of you think if you haven't actually been doing the production of a hybrid event.
For a user group, you can likely live with some of this, and because there are relatively few attendees, it works better. But having a speaker system in a room, and one that goes to the Internet, isn't simple. Most places aren't set up for this, and getting set up is expensive.
Rod, I think we ought to continue with virtual user groups, and I'd like to continue to see virtual events. I do encourage some people to think about virtual SQL Saturdays or other events that are longer, precisely because accessibility matters. However, adding even broadcasting to a live event is not easy or simple, and it's a lot of work. Honestly, I see why many groups don't want to do both. Virtual only is way easier.
I'd also say that you don't have to be an expect in tech to run an event. We need more people to setup and run virtual groups and events, so if you want to see more, become a part of that solution.