Dear Distributed Computing Community,

as has been discussed at the PODC business meeting and on Zulip, a task force has been formed to propose options for (i) changing the PODC/DISC deadline schedule and/or (ii) moving to a publication model based on journal-style reviewing.

We have prepared a document outlining our proposals and the underlying rationales, alongside a discussion of their (perceived) merits:

We now would like to ask you for your input. Please do so by filling out this survey after reading the above document:

We expect that carefully reading the document and responding to the survey takes 60-90 minutes. We apologize for the inconvenience, but hope that you agree that these questions are sufficiently important to warrant this effort.

The deadline for responses is Tuesday, October 22, 2020, at 23:59, AoE (i.e., one week from now).

Stefan Schmid has agreed to summarize and discuss the results in the next edition of the EATCS Bulletin. We encourage a community discussion based on this article and the (published) survey results, for which a chat platform will be avaiable; details will follow in due time.
This discussion should lead up to a community meeting at DISC (Oct 12 - 16), where informed decisions can be made.

Please feel free to approach us with any questions or concerns.

Best regards,

Christian Cachin
Faith Ellen
Yuval Emek
Rachid Guerraoui
Christoph Lenzen (chair)
David Peleg
Jukka Suomela

(the task force members)