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Presenting a conference paper: deviating from the accepted version?

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In our March “how can we help you?” thread, a reader asks:

When presenting a paper at a conference (e.g. APA), how much is it acceptable to deviate from the version of the paper that was reviewed and accepted at the conference?

This is a good and important question to answer. One time when I served as a conference commentator, the presenter basically addressed all of the issues that I had raised in the comments that I sent to them, making my commentary useless. It felt like a really underhanded thing to do, put me in a really difficult position as their commentator, and I’ve heard anecdotally that similar things have occasionally happened to others. I’m not sure whether and how far it is acceptable to deviate from an accepted version of a paper if you don’t have a commentator, but it seems to me plainly unacceptable (and unprofessional) to do what I describe above. What do you all think? 

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