I really, really, really wanted this one.
This is the third time I've submitted a paper to SIGCSE, and the third time it was rejected. The first two papers I submitted were, quite frankly, pretty bad, and the reviews that I got helped me to beef up the papers so I could submit it to a different conference (where it was accepted). But I thought this one had a shot.
The reviews basically said that the paper was well-written and well-sourced, but as a philosophical piece wasn't anything new. Even though it addressed the theme of the conference.
The SIGCSE folks do a really good job ... honestly, they do. And the conference has an acceptance rate of about 33%, so I have about 200 colleagues who are just as disappointed as I am.
But ... dammit, I wanted this one so badly I could taste it.
They've given me a week to see if I want to turn it into a poster presentation. After I get over it, I might just do that. But it's not the same.