[TUHS] How to Kill a Technical Conference (was: Zombified SCO comes back from the dead, brings trial back to life against IBM)

Warner Losh imp at bsdimp.com
Mon Apr 5 12:19:48 AEST 2021

On Sun, Apr 4, 2021 at 6:37 PM John Cowan <cowan at ccil.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Apr 4, 2021 at 2:23 PM Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:
>> An issue during the time you are discussing, USENIX had evolved into "two
>> foci" between the practitioners (which included both FOSS community and
>> LISA types) and the more academic-oriented folks looking for respected
>> places to publish papers/develop their tenure files.
> I think this is a long and accelerating trend, and not just at
> conferences.  There simply are no venues for "engineering" papers or
> presentations any more, which doesn't bother me directly, but bothers me
> very much indirectly, because I love engineering papers and have to read
> academic papers, ummm, very selectively.  (In particular, anything labeled
> "formal semantics" just gets skipped.)

It's the main reason I've not had a USENIX paper published in about 15

The other issue that I've run into is that the reviewers of the papers
often times don't understand the systems they are commenting on, so often I
got comments that made no sense at all... :(.


> John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
> And it was said that ever after, if any man looked in that Stone,
> unless he had a great strength of will to turn it to other purpose,
> he saw only two aged hands withering in flame.   --"The Pyre of Denethor"
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