Over at the geomblog, Suresh and Piotr have taken my initial data-gathering on citations counts for the theory conferences to the extreme. They point out issues in gathering data (e.g., how does one handle summing conference/journal versions; sometimes the journal version has a different title!), consider the impact of short/long SODA papers, and call for help checking their results. Excellent work!
The implications, whatever they are, remain a point of future discussion.