# FOCS virtual fee $600 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?

• @Gamow ACM STOC was $50, see my link in the question. Jan 3 at 10:23 • 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.) Jan 3 at 11:13 • SODA was insane as well (and the whole communication by SIAM was a fiasco). I am really puzzled by what's going on there. Jan 3 at 14:28 • @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. Jan 3 at 19:54 • Jan 4 at 22:08 ## 1 Answer 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/

• Thanks for the info. I find it quite sad that this is the cheapest they could offer. Jan 13 at 16:49
• ps. How do you make things community wiki? I've looked for it a lot, as I also wanted my question to be cw. Jan 13 at 16:49
• @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. Jan 13 at 16:53
• Thanks, I've flagged it. Jan 13 at 17:35