I submitted an article for an IEEE congress in the field of Software Engineering, the congress was categorized as a type B congress according to the Australian ranking (I do not remember the exact name). I went to the workshop sessions because my article was accepted for one of those, but not the main conference, and it was pretty lame. The reasons were the following:
- some people were given a presentation of topics not already finished it up, with a lot of holes in their respective research
- some people were introducing their doctoral research proposals, which were in a a very initial developing point; I have been also a conference review and I would rejected those works straight ahead
- people attending were no caring of what has being said there, also some of the people in charge were almost sleeping during some points of the presentations
I suppose that a workshop was for sharing ideas between the academic community, and not just for the sake of accepting some bad made papers to get money while other researchers want to do the things right.
Also I forget to mention that in one session, the chair of the workshop was the lecturer in charge of one of the lame papers; I do not want to think bad, but it seems like he influence the acceptance of that paper.
In any case I am really disappointed about this type of congresses, I cannot imagine how lame it could be a type C conference.
It is always like that?