What to do with rejected FOCS submissions? Many people say that the conference should accept many more papers, but there is strong resistance to doing that.
How about creating a conference that would be reserved for presenting rejected FOCS papers? The only criterion for acceptance would be that the paper would have to have been rejected from FOCS. The format would depend on the number of people who wish to present their work in spite of the submission having been rejected from FOCS. This new conference could be co-located with FOCS, and could happen on the day just before, the day just after, or as poster sessions in the evenings during the same days. Then the two communities could mingle. Imagine the conversation in the hotel elevator:
"-What is your research area?
- Arbitrary analysis. What's your research area?
- Forgetful algorithms.
- That sounds interesting.
- I'd like to hear more about your arbitrary analysis. Are you going to present a paper?
- Yes, I am giving a FOCS talk tomorrow. How about you, are you going to give a talk on forgetfulness?
- Yes, I am giving a FOCS Rejected talk tonight.
- Great! I look forward to hearing it!"