" I'm optimistic about "Findings of EMNLP" and other similar plans to add publication capacity to NLP conferences. Reputation and prestige are social constructs. In NLP, we are constructing them. What it "means" to have a paper published in EMNLP vs. Findings is something we get to decide. Findings will be a respected venue if strong, citation-worthy work is published there. Good, useful, informative work has been getting rejected under the old model, and that slows everyone down (authors who must decide to work on the paper for another round, its future reviewers, and all of us who don't get to see the work for another cycle). For papers of mine that got into "Findings," I'm advocating to my coauthors accept that outcome and hope others will too. The main down-side is that you won't get a conference talk or poster, but surely with modern indexing tools and "democratized" platforms for sharing content, I'm pretty sure we can find our way through this."