Sending a conference commentator a longer paper?

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In our newest “how can we help you?” thread, Future Conference Presenter writes:

A conference question: Someone will be commenting on a paper of mine for the first time at the Eastern APA, and I have to give them a “final draft” by the end of the month. The conference itself only allows ~3,000 word submission, but the full paper is ~7,000 words.

If I give my commentator the shorter paper, there is a good chance they will bring up some good objections that I address in the longer version. But of course the 7,000 word version was not submitted and requires more effort to review. Should I reach out and ask the commentator what they prefer? Is it rude to just send them the longer version? Should I send both? Thanks!

Interesting questions. One reader, ‘moral police’, submitted the following reply:

You should ONLY send the 3000 word version that was accepted by the conference program. That is what you have been invited to present.

But another reader, an anonymous postdoc, writes:

I don’t know the specific norms of the APA, but speaking personally I would probably like to receive both. I’d definitely think it was rude if you only sent me the 7,000 when 3,000 was specified—this would indicate you think I should be putting in the effort to read a longer version rather than you putting in the effort to make a good shorter version. But I can’t imagine someone thinking it was rude to offer them both, since they can simply ignore the 7,000 one if they don’t have time/prefer the shorter version/whatever.

I’m curious what other readers think.

On the one hand, I totally understand where ‘moral police’ is coming from. If the conference itself says that papers are to be 3,000 words long max, then it would not only go against the conference policy to present a longer version–even suggesting to a commentator that they read a 7,000 word version is to, in essence, ask for something that they did not ‘sign up for’ (which does seem rude to me). I also worry that presenting a longer version of the paper would be likely to go overtime in the conference session itself, eating into either the commentator’s time or the Q&A (which can happen if the session chair doesn’t enforce speaking times properly, which can easily happen). Finally, what if the session chair or conference organizers find out (perhaps if they are notified by an irritated commentator)? I imagine they might not be very happy about it…

On the other hand, I can also imagine that some commentators might prefer to read the longer reason, as they might not want to raise questions or objections that the author actually addresses in a longer version. 

So, I guess I’m really not sure. What do other readers think? 

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