ICML reviewing absurdity

I’m a reviewer for ICML 2013, which has a novel submission format this year. Papers for the first cycle were due October 1. They received more than they thought (by a significant factor), but I was only assigned papers to review today, more than 2 weeks later. We have been given 2 weeks to submit reviews — given my stack, that’s 2 weeks notice to review ~60 pages of material.

I may be going out on a limb here, but I think that the review quality is not going to be that high this time. Perhaps this is a Mechanical Turk approach to the problem — get a bunch of cheap noisy labels and then hope that you can get a good label by majority vote?

Update: We’ve been given another week, hooray.

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