Joan has permitted/encouraged me to post on the STOC PC process this year. So far, all seems to be running smoothly.
Despite pre-conference suggestions by some naysayers that the formatting rules would be a problem, it doesn't seem to have been, unsurprisingly confirming that STOC submitters can in fact (with high probability) follow basic directions.
The hardest part, I think, has been the assignment process. This always seems to be the hardest part on the PC end. Having a large committee both helps and hurts -- more flexibility, but more individuals to deal with. In particular, some people didn't seem to enter their paper preferences in a timely fashion, causing issues downstream. Joan has been handling assignment issues as they arise, and I don't expect any significant problems in the end.
As usual, I'm thrilled to be using HotCRP over the alternatives. I'm by no means an expert in HotCRP usage - I don't go around throwing down searches using Boolean expressions, or that check what the Overall Merit score fields are. Still, nice to know that they're there. I'm just thrilled that I can easily get the key overall view on my assigned papers, at a glance seeing how many reviews are in and the scores for everything. Also, being able to tag papers in arbitrary ways just seems like key functionality.
First-round reviews are trickling in. To all of you on the PC, thank you - and please get those reviews in! It's actually helpful to us if you submit reviews as you do them as opposed to waiting to put them all in the system in bulk at the deadline, so please post them as you can.