SIGCOMM Planning: Publicity Chair

The tasks of a publicity chair for the SIGCOMM conference

Publicity Chair

The tasks of a publicity chair for the Sigcomm conference are:

  • publicizing:
    • via email
    • via postal mail
    • via other conferences and meetings
  • authoring:
    • email messages
    • postal mail notices (CFP, advance program)
    • bookmark for distribution at the conference
    • booklet of detailed schedules for the week

    other tasks:

    • coordinate with the webmaster
    • coordinate with the proceedings publisher
    • verify all content of CFPs, posts, schedules, and proceedings lists


  • Email lists
    • Check the list posting policies before posting
    • Obtain permission where required
    • Some typical places:
      • ACM lists
        • SIGCOMM
        • sigcomm AT

        • SIGMETRICS

          performance AT

      • E2E-interest
      • end2end-interest AT

        Make sure there's only one Call for Papers and only one Call for Participation for the whole meeting to this list. FYI, permission for posting this conference to that list is already granted.

      • TCCC
      • tccc AT

        No need to post to ITC or TCHSN, which overlap with TCCC.

      • IFIP distribution lists:

        ifip-6-1-distr AT

        ifip-tc6 AT

      • COST distribution lists:

        cost237-transport AT

        Cost264 AT

      • Country-specific lists
        • Brazil
        • resd-l AT

        • China

          end2end-china AT

      • Do NOT post to IETF mailing lists
  • Message formats
    • email:

      be brief - 24-48 lines (1-2 screens); include only critical info (dates, alerts) (don't post the full program via email)

      avoid HTML and attachments. where absolutely required, use PDF rather than postscript or proprietary (Word, Excel) formats.

      avoid tabs - use 'spaces' for spacing

      include a full URL (http://...)

    • postal mail:

    postcards, foldable flyers, and stapled announcements have all been used

    there are varying views on the utility; mail often hits the people who already know more than it hits the fringes, and it can be expensive and require long lead times.