Those who submitted papers to EC 2009 will get a chance, starting this coming Sunday, to comment upon the reviews of their submissions (essentially reviewing the reviews of their papers), at which point I suppose that the program committee (co-chaired by blogger Lance Fortnow) will review these comments (reviewing the reviews of the reviews of the submission.)
In the good-old-days we only got a single bit (accept/reject) from the program committee. I have to admit that my natural tendency is to view getting anything more as being too user-friendly, not to mention this further round of interaction. I can’t really argue for this point of view though, so let me leave it for readers’ comments.
On this note, let me mention that while I usually find the quality of conference reviews in CS too low to be useful, in the last STOC (chaired by blogger Michael Mitzenmacer),I got extremely useful reviews (for my rejected paper), and in general got the impression that the reviews were of high quality, at least for AGT submissions. I don’t know whether others got the same impressions. Anyone?