I'm not sure this is on topic here, but probably can be best answered by this community, so I'm posting it as a soft-question.

Due to the pandemic, FOCS 2021 will be a virtual conference. Most conferences, when moving online, reduced the registration fee to some two digits number. At FOCS, however, the cheapest registration fee for grown-ups still starts at $600, without any reduction from the offline figures. Is there any justification for this?

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    $\begingroup$ @Gamow ACM STOC was $50, see my link in the question. $\endgroup$
    – domotorp
    Jan 3 at 10:23
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    $\begingroup$ I see, and I am surprised. I remember that SoCG (the geometry conference) moved away from ACM five or six years ago, and as a consequence the registration fees could be cut down by 50 percent. (They could not publish their proceedings anymore as ACM proceedings, and hence moved to Leibniz; this did not cause any damage to the conference.) $\endgroup$
    – Gamow
    Jan 3 at 11:13
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    $\begingroup$ SODA was insane as well (and the whole communication by SIAM was a fiasco). I am really puzzled by what's going on there. $\endgroup$
    – Clement C.
    Jan 3 at 14:28
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    $\begingroup$ @domotorp: I am not privy to those discussions, but surely they had a discussion about that and opted not to do anything yet. I would guess and hope that IF they are able to lower the rates, then they will refund anyone who has already registered at the higher rate. $\endgroup$ Jan 3 at 19:54
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    $\begingroup$ Update: twitter.com/yrabani/status/1478046039013834755 $\endgroup$ Jan 4 at 22:08

This isn't an answer, but felt it was good to post here as a sort of announcement. Also, it makes the question at least a little bit moot for many people. [Making it CW so I don't get any points from people upvoting just b/c they're happy about the result :).]

While I think one author is still needed to register at the higher fee, attendee fees have been significantly reduced! They are now \$150 for non-members, \$125 for society members, \$100 for students, and \$70 for lifetime members. https://focs2021.cs.colorado.edu/registration/

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the info. I find it quite sad that this is the cheapest they could offer. $\endgroup$
    – domotorp
    Jan 13 at 16:49
  • $\begingroup$ ps. How do you make things community wiki? I've looked for it a lot, as I also wanted my question to be cw. $\endgroup$
    – domotorp
    Jan 13 at 16:49
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    $\begingroup$ @domotorp For answers, there is a cw checkbox right below the answer textarea. For questions, you can’t do that on your own, you have to flag the post for moderator attention. $\endgroup$ Jan 13 at 16:53
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, I've flagged it. $\endgroup$
    – domotorp
    Jan 13 at 17:35

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