The salient point is that most of the people involved were or are teenagers who should not be handling large sums of money or trying to book major talent acts.
We’re contracting audio visual, printers, security, and a plethora of other services. We’re PAYING MONEY for all of these things. Anyone who thinks we’re making so much bank that we can afford to do all this while maintaining some ‘get rich quick’ scheme is actually delusional. Roxanne and I don’t even take salaries at this time. We’re essentially pouring thousands of hours of our time into this event for free, in hopes that we might be able to afford to take a small cut eventually. But only after we can ensure that we have enough to pay for DashCon 2015 first.
The $17,000 thing sounds like a situation where the Dashcon people did Pretty Bad Thing X, but they don't want to admit to that, so instead they're being cagey and forcing people to infer that it's actually Even Worse Thing Y. I find it difficult to believe that they would literally just invent a reason to steal money out of pure avarice. If I had to guess, they probably said something was "fine" when it wasn't, which then snowballed to a point where they had to get a whole bunch of money right quick.
Back in the dark ages of the 20th Century, amateur-run events used to get something of a free ride when it came to expected standards. Everyone knew that the people in charge were doing what they did in their spare time, and a certain amount of roughness around the edges was not only acceptable, it was expected, and rather charming. That no longer applies.
These days, if you run an event — any event — people expect it to be run professionally. If it isn’t, they will let you know. No amount of complaining that you are all volunteers will save you. I know that’s not fair, I know you were only doing your best, but cultural attitudes change, and we have to change with them.
However, there's a subset of people that absolutely can not fathom why you're telling them Big Plan is basically impossible in the given time frame.
This is what boggles me about Worldcons. Every year it's a new committee, working with a new venue, trying to produce a highly structured event with a high percentage of international guests and attendees. How is that ever going to be a recipe for an outstanding success? Almost literally the only thing that carries over from event to event is the name and the good will.
Half of every planning meeting was spent arguing them out of crap like that instead of dealing with stuff that really needed doing.
posted by usonian at 3:43 PM on July 14
Sometime that day WtNV canceled and the concom made the infamous (and actually earnest) "We'll give you an extra hour in the ball pit" statement, and then it was well on its way to becoming an internet meme.
At the end, I asked [the con committee] if they were aware of the massive wank exploding on Tumblr and how they planned to address it from a PR perspective. The answer was that they hadn't had a chance to talk about that yet (totally reasonable), but that they already know that they were not coming back to this hotel next year, and in fact, the cool new hotel they'd picked out in Indianapolis was even bigger.
Okay, so. This hotel was way too big for this con. The meeting rooms were cavernous, and there were so many of them. The space was appropriate for a Chicago-wide ComicCon, but there were maybe 1000 people at this con in all. I don't know what they paid for that space, but damn, that was a huge waste of money. And the fact that they still think this is an event they're going to be able to organize again and be taken seriously... well, I'm pessimistic about their chances.
It’s a business expense for me, I have to view each con trip as a promotional outlet for me, and moneywise, they’re always a loss. My hope is simply to gain more fans and exposure and pay my dues. I go to conventions because I want to make the community better. I often am on panels about representation, race, and queerness, and I want to do the difficult work of making fandom more diverse through it.
Regarding refunds on Welcome to Night Vale reserved seating
After speaking to our legal counsel, we have been advised that we are unable to provide refunds on these seats. This decision was based on several of DashCon’s Rules and Policies, which can be found here. The pertinent rules are quoted below:
#21: DashCon will not refund badges or reserved WTNV seats for any reason.
It has been confirmed that this rule was changed to reflect WTNV seats mid-event, but other rules render any change to #21 moot regardless.
#25: The Schedule is subject to change at any time, even during the convention.
Last line on the Rules and Policies page: “DashCon reserves the right to change these rules at any time, and attendees are responsible for their own individual knowledge of the convention rules.”
DashCon has been instructed that refunding the reserved seats in direct opposition with our rules would call into question all of our rules and policies.
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