PLoP/Allerton Park 1997 Program Committee
Program Committee Members:
Program Committee Goals
This is the first year of a formal decision-making Program Committee for
PLoP. It is being instituted to address some of the criticisms that came
from the PLoP-96 Conference.
The most significant is the sense that shepherding was very uneven. Everyone
contacted has at least one paper that they thought need a lot more work
before going to PLoP. Many shepherds knew of an excellent paper that was
rejected for some reason.
Another criticism is that the previous process made the shepherd both an
advocate and a judge at the same time. In one instance they are trying to
help an author improve their work, and in the next telling the Program
Chair to accept or reject a paper.
It should not be the responsibility of the shepherds to select the optimal
number of papers for the site (Allerton Park), purely by accepting all the
Responsibilities of Committee Members
To achieve the goals described above, the program committee members will
perform the following functions:
Nominate and participate in the selection of shepherds
Monitor email between shepherds and authors to get a sense for whether the
author is getting good feedback (to help uniformity of shepherding) as well
as to get a sense for willingness of authors to receive suggestions for
Offer suggestions to the shepherds to help or direct the process.
Be a resource to the shepherds to help with the process, goals of PLoP,
Evaluate individual pattern papers
Participate in prescreening papers to decide if they should be passed along
to a shepherd or rejected immediately.
Understand and evaluate paper as a suitable paper for PLoP
Present recommendations to the program committee for the final choice
Participate in final decision making process as to which pattern papers
will be accepted to PLoP.
When the Program Committee will be Active
Before PLoP Submission Deadline
Review and offer suggestions for improving shepherding guidelines
Help program chair to pre-screen papers to eliminate the ones that
no shepherding will be able to turn into pattern papers.
Shepherding period (June 1 - early August)
Observe the interaction between
each of several shepherds and their authors.
Decide on appropriateness and merit of papers for workshoping at PLoP.
Decision period (late July - early August)
Offer suggestions for improvement to the shepherd to improve their
shepherding and/or a specific paper.
Participate in telephone conference call(s) and/or email dialog
to accept/reject papers for PLoP.
At the Conference (September 3-5)
Have your patterns workshoped
In order for everyone to have a productive and good time at PLoP, no one should
be preoccupied with whether the selection process was unfair.
PLoP isn't a typical conference in the "academic" model, so we need to be
explicit about what our expectations are for Program Committee member behaviour.
PLoP is a
conference for pattern authors to come together to contribute to
each others work, network and be creative together. It would be unfair
to everyone if members of the program committee were unable to submit
papers to the conference. To avoid improper appearances or events, the
following guidelines will be used.
Guidelines for Program Committee members submitting their own papers to
Program committee members may submit their own pattern papers to PLoP-97,
and be subject to the ordinary shepherding and selection processes.
No program committee member will observe the shepherding of their own
No program committee member will vote on whether their own paper will be
Program committee members should not advocate that their work be accepted
in ways that non-committee members cannot.
For the shepherds
The shepherds job is to help the pattern author(s) to improve their work.
This includes things like pointing out where you are confused,
suggesting references, suggesting alternative formats that might be more
effective, helping with spelling/grammar, etc. It does not include
coercing/bullying authors to make changes. The works being shepherded
are the author's , not the shepherds!
recommend which track to submit the paper for (based upon the topics that
the author specified on their submission)
raise any exceptional circumstances that suggest that a given paper should
(or should not be accepted) out-of-process
For long papers (>15 pages?) suggest that the author concentrate on a
specific part that they would like feedback on. Too long a paper can't
receive thorough comments in the time allowed, so set that expectation and
get the author thinking about where they want the most help.
For the Program Committee
Evaluate appropriateness for the conference
(refer to preferences stated in the
Call for Papers
Evaluate willingness of the author to incorporate changes suggested by
their shepherds. Unwillingness might indicate that the author will be
unwilling to enter a writer's workshop with an open mind to receive
suggestions for improvement.
Up to the
PLoP-97/Allerton Park Call For Papers.
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