People in various have been noting the SODA accepts, but nobody has been talking about the numbers. I count 138 papers accepted. I can't find now how many submissions there were; I recall it was over 600 abstracts, but I think it cut down to 520-540 or so. So this seems like just over 25%.
Is that a good number? Too many? Too few?
I admit, I have trouble believing that there weren't at least 40, 50, maybe 100 of those rejected submitted papers that were of sufficient quality that it would have been just fine to have them in. I could be wrong -- I wasn't on the committee -- but I'd guess there was more good stuff out there.
For those papers that were rejected, where will they go? ICALP and ESA deadlines are pretty far off; there aren't a lot of good homes for algorithmic papers until then. (STOC/FOCS may not be appropriate; other conferences and workshops have, I think, weaker reputations that may make them less desirable, especially for up-and-coming students and younger faculty.) It seems like there's a hole in our schedule. Rather than fill it with yet another conference, wouldn't the community be better off accepting more?