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<p class=MsoNormal><span class=SpellE><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><u><span
style='font-size:14.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%'>Sigcomm</span></u></b></span><b
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><u><span style='font-size:14.0pt;
mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%'> 2012 author response guidelines<o:p></o:p></span></u></b></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'>This year we are allowing authors
to view a subset of the reviews for their papers and optionally provide a
response. The reviews will be available for viewing by end of day on 23 Mar
2012 and the author response can be provided until 9:00 pm PDT on 30 Mar 2012. Responses
must be brief; the site will enforce a limit of 400 words <u>and</u> 2600
characters. </p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'>Our goal in allowing authors to
provide a response is to enable them to answer questions raised by the
reviewers, and to point out any errors they spot in the reviews. To this end,
the review form will include a section where reviewers can list specific
questions they have for the authors. The authors should endeavor to respond to
these questions. In addition, they are free to also respond to other comments
in the reviews where they believe a clarification or correction might help. As
in the original paper submission, authors should be careful to preserve
anonymity while submitting their response.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'>We wish to emphasize that the
author responses are likely to be most effective when focused on factual points
rather than opinion. The PC can choose to ignore any new results or
improvements claimed by the authors. Also, the PC has the final say on whether
a paper with some errors can still be accepted, even when the author response
includes corrections aimed at rectifying errors in the original submission. We
provide some examples below of how authors might make best use of the response
opportunity. Ultimately, however, it is up to the authors to decide how best to
utilize the opportunity to respond.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'>Please also keep in mind that the
questions listed for the authors will typically be ones where the PC is seeking
clarification and do not necessarily represent the most important issues on
which a paper's fate hinges. The PC might well have full clarity on the latter.
For this reason, satisfactory answers to the <span class=GramE>questions</span>
raised, while being appreciated, might not affect the overall evaluation of the
paper.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'>Please note that while the <span
class=SpellE>Sigcomm</span> reviewing will be done over two rounds, the
constraints of the reviewing schedule mean that only the reviews from the first
round will be made available for the authors to respond to. Nevertheless, we
expect that the first round reviews will bring out most or all of the questions,
confusion, or misunderstanding, if any, that arise when someone reads the
paper, which are precisely the kinds of things that authors should be
responding to.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'>Finally, please keep in mind that
the reviewers are volunteers who are working hard to help the conference select
the best possible program. Please be respectful and professional when
responding to the reviews.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><u><span style='font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;line-height:
115%'>Examples of appropriate responses<o:p></o:p></span></u></b></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'>While we expect that authors will
focus on answering the specific questions raised by reviewers, we recognize
that there might be instances where authors would also want to also respond to
reviewer comments that they believe are misplaced or in error. We provide
examples of both.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Reviewer question: </b>The approach here seems very similar to that in [XYZ].
What is the new contribution?</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Author response:</b> Whereas [XYZ] assumed that the nodes were mostly
static, we handle the case where the nodes are highly mobile. Section ABC
explains why it is important to consider mobility and why it makes the problem
challenging.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Reviewer question:</b> Your algorithm seems to assume &lt;assumption
XYZ&gt; for correctness/speed. Is this so?</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Author response:</b> That is partially correct. We assume this for speed
but not for correctness. Correctness follows from the discussion in Section
ABC.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Reviewer question:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></b>In your
proof of Theorem 3 on Page 8, column 2, it appears that Line 7 does not follow
from Line 6.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'></span>What happens if A is not a
subset of B, and c &gt; 100?</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Author response:<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span></b>Yes, there
is an error in the proof, but the Theorem is still correct because when A is
not a subset of B, c &lt; 10 by Lemma 2. </p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'>(As noted above, the PC has the
final say on whether such corrections can be accepted.)</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Reviewer question: </b>I don't see why you have chosen to compare your
system with the older &lt;XYZ&gt; scheme instead of the newer &lt;ABC&gt; one.
It seems to me that your gains compared to &lt;ABC&gt; would be quite minimal.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Author response: </b><span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>We would
have ideally liked to have compared with &lt;ABC&gt;, but weren't able to
because of the difficulty in obtaining an implementation of &lt;ABC&gt;.
However, we believe that our approach would still gain compared to &lt;ABC&gt;
because of &lt;blah blah&gt;.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Reviewer comment:</b> The complexity of the proposed scheme doesn't
seem worthwhile since the compression gain is only 5%, going from 80%
compression to 85%.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Author response:</b> Going from 80% to 85% in compression would cut
down the on-the-wire traffic by 25% (100-80 = 20 --->
100-85 = 15)</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Reviewer comment:</b> Emails from new senders is almost certainly where
silent email loss happens, but the paper doesn't handle this case.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Author response:</b> The experimental data presented in Section XYZ
shows that a significant amount of silent loss occurred even when multiple
emails were sent from a sender to a recipient and, moreover, even when the
sender was added to the recipient's "safe senders" list (i.e., it wasn't the
case of a first-time sender).</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><span class=GramE><b
style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><u><span style='font-size:12.0pt;
mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%'>Examples of *inappropriate*
responses (to be avoided!)</span></u></b></span><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><u><span style='font-size:12.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt;line-height:
115%'><o:p></o:p></span></u></b></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Inappropriate author response:</b> Reviewer C clearly didn't read the
paper carefully.<span style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>The comments are about
typos!</p>
<p class=MsoPlainText style='text-align:justify'>This is a waste of your
response section; attacking reviewers will not help, however annoying a
reviewer may appear to be (and remember much of this is perception). In
general, trying to react to opinion with counter-opinion is unlikely to help.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Inappropriate author response: </b>We have recently updated our results
and found that our experiment runs ten times as fast.<span
style='mso-spacerun:yes'> </span>Results are at this web URL.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'>Such a response is in appropriate
because, besides potentially compromising anonymity, it seeks to get around the
tight length restriction placed on the author response through a level of
indirection! The author response, together with the paper, should be
self-contained and the PC will disregard any additional materials outside of
these.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal'>Inappropriate author response:</b> We have a new proof of the theorem
but aren't able to include it here because of space limitations.</p>
<p class=MsoNormal style='text-align:justify'>Again, the tight space limitation
reflects the intent of the author response mechanism of giving authors the
opportunity to provide brief clarifications, which when read together with the
paper are clear and complete. It is not appropriate to stuff in new results or
findings that require more extensive explanation than would be possible in the
space available. As noted above, the PC can choose to ignore any new results or
improvements claimed by the authors.</p>
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