Why are we so lenient with Calls for Papers when we are dealing with junk mail ?
Nowadays I get in my personal and professional mail addresses dozens of calls a month, most of which I can even begin to imagine how their senders found me, and none of which I actually read. With services like WikiCFP, and targeted mailing lists, like those of the ACM SIGs, are CFP sent directly to researchers even relevant anymore ?
My first instinct is to reach for the “report spam” button whenever those messages come, but I freeze mid-click and end up either deleting them, either ignoring them. Filtering them has proved quite difficult, since terms like “CFP” and “call for papers” are not enough to exhaust the creativity of their writers. And I don’t want to risk false positives.
Isn’t it time for new culture of calls for contributions in these days of explosion of venues and journals ?