I really liked the EclipseCon2006 process. I wish they did not change it this year.
A controversial aspect of the EclipseCon2007 program is that, for the most part, a single person (i.e. chair) selects the content of each track. Given that the program committee is pretty distinguished, this seems like a good idea. So why is it controversial?
It's controversial because a chair is allowed to make a submission in their own track. Conflict of Interest, anyone?
How can the chair ever convince the community that the selection process will be fair and balanced? It's virtually impossible. Case in point: submission 3676. As the plot thickens, said submission was made past the Nov 1 deadline. Do deadlines matter? These are all fair questions.
I am going to tivo this one to see how it plays out :)