Sunday, September 1, 2013

DragonCon rules are rules

Remember DragonCon? The event that had posed some ethical problems for Skepchick?

It turns out that DragonCon has since resolved that particular issue. 

Now we're on to the next dramatic events.

First, some background. Let's read a conference policy!

From the Dragon*Con 2013 Fan Table application form :
Concourse Tables
Dragon*Con Concourse Tables are defined as groups located in areas at each hotel designated as a concourse. Concourse areas are open areas that receive a high volume of Dragon*Con traffic. Tables consist of Fan Groups, Conventions, Band Merchandise tables, Performers, and Sponsors. [...] The rules for reserving and setting up these free tables are different than those of the Dealer and Exhibitor Halls. Please see instructions for applying and rules below.
Our onsite coordinator for fan tables will be Sara McCorkendale. If you have specific questions, she can be reached at informationservices@dragoncon.org via our contact form.

Rules and Guidelines – Concourse Tables
  • Tables must be staffed by Dragon*Con members. In other words: yes, you will need to purchase membership badges for the people who will be staffing your table.
  • Table staffing hours:
  • Concourse table hours will vary depending on the hotel location. The hours are designated to maximize exposure for the groups given the traffic patterns of Dragon*Con members. Groups should plan to staff the table minimum of 40 hours across the designated times and days as assigned by hotel.
  • Concourse Table groups must provide their own staffers to cover their table. Dragon*Con volunteers are not permitted to assist in managing your tables. If you need to step away from your table, it is your responsibility to have another designated person to watch your belongings.
  • Dragon*Con is not responsible for displays, merchandise, or other items left at tables during closed hours. Any items left are at own risk.
  • In deference to our dealers and exhibitors, who purchase a table or sponsor the convention, no general merchandise sales are permitted at concourse tables. You can sell logo merchandise from your organization and other items made exclusively for and by your club, band or organization. Dragon*Con does not charge a percentage of these merchandise sales.
  • Charity collections are not allowed at Concourse Tables as it may interfere with the integrity of the Dragon*Con approved and sponsored charity.
  • No raffles or other games of chance are allowed. Sorry, but it is illegal according to the laws of the State of Georgia.
  • Electrical power:
    • Be sure to bring your own extension cords and splitters.
    • There may be a charge for access to power. Please check with the individual hotel.
  • If you need Internet access at your table, you'll have to arrange this with the individual hotel. Although our host hotels offer wireless access in guest rooms, this service is usually restricted or blocked in the lobby and function-space areas
  • Concourse tables are typically 6 feet in length and will have two chairs per table. Extra chairs are sometimes obtainable from the individual hotels. They also usually have table cloths.
  • You may utilize the space behind your table in whatever way you see fit, so long as no fire or safety hazards are created. Anything that extends into a walkway is considered a safety hazard.
  • Nothing may be attached, in any way, to the ceiling. If there is a wall or column behind you, you will need to arrange with the individual hotel to attach materials; there may be a fee. Any publicly displayed items must be suitable for all audiences; in other words, it must be child friendly.
  • Table placement will be at the sole discretion of Dragon*Con, the Concourse Table director or their assistants. We will work with you as much as possible, but we can make no promises.
Rules and Guidelines – Band Tables
  • Each approved band will be assigned a merchandise table within the Marriott Marquis on the Marquis Level.
  • Merchandise tables are 6 feet in length and will have two chairs per table.
  • Only official band logoed merchandise may be sold at your table.
  • Bands must provide their own staffers to cover their table. Dragon*Con volunteers are not permitted to assist in selling or managing your tables. If you need to step away from your table, it is your responsibility to have another designated person to watch your belongings.
  • Electrical outlets are not provided for free at the Marriott Marquis. For a fee of $75 - $150 the Marriott Marquis will have a power outlet ran to your table. Please note that it is acceptable to share with other tables that are adjacent to you, provided that no cables run across any pedestrian walkway.
  • Playing samples of your band's music is allowed at your table; however, there are limits on volume. We understand that the convention gets louder at times, but in order to prevent escalation in volume between tables, if a Dragon*Con volunteer asks you to turn your music down, you will be expected to do so. Failure to comply with this may result in losing the privilege to play your music or in the forfeiture of your merchandise table.
  • You may utilize the space behind your table in whatever way you see fit, so long as no fire or safety hazards are created. Anything that extends into a walkway is considered a safety hazard.
  • Nothing may be attached, in any way, to the ceiling. If there is a wall or column behind you, you will need to arrange with the Marriott Marquis to attach materials; there may be a fee. Any publicly displayed items must be suitable for all audiences.

DragonCon graciously allows people to setup a table for free for fans and bands  as long as they abide by certain rules.

The rules contain restrictions on sales. The restrictions are presumably important because there exists paid booths in the other halls for people that want to make tons of money off conference sales.

This is what happens when you break the rules:














Then famous people show up wanting to "name and shame" the poor fellow that was ENFORCING THE BLOODY CONVENTION RULES:


A few things:

What got them into trouble

They were selling the following things:

  • A t-shirt that read "Put Thor back in Thursday"
  • Several handmade ceramics with different symbols and slogans
None of it really had anything to do with the "Skepchick" brand and could have been sold by any generic retailer with consumers having no idea that it is a "Skepchick" product.

This obviously breaks convention rules.



Rebecca says "after 4 years"

This could mean two things

DragonCon recently changed their policy, as it is their right to do

- OR -

Skepchick has been pulling a fast one over at DragonCon for nearly half a decade

Either way, Watson is in the wrong.


Rebecca says "we weren't given a T&C"

Bullshit. Terms and conditions are right on the application form page.


Rebecca says "can't recoup costs now"

Costs... for your free table?

Once again, Watson thinks the world owes her something.

The rest of the proles at DragonCon pay their way and you will not find them on Twitter complaining about failing to "recoup costs" by breaking sales rules.


Rebecca says "provide free entertainment"

Yikes. What an incredibly conceited view of one's role at a convention. Especially a comic con.

It's a wonder if everyone in cosplay thinks of themselves as "providing free entertainment" to those that enjoy seeing people dress up.

What a glorious conference full of jerks that would be. Bunch of people walking around thinking they're doing something people should be paying to see.


Rebecca makes up a story about "threats"

The man enforcing the rules said he'll fetch his boss if Skepchick did not comply with the rules. That's not much of a threat.

In addition to this, the man apparently called the Skepchicks "liars".

How do Skepchicks respond? They go on Twitter with a completely manufactured sob story and rile up the crowd against this as-yet-unnamed man who's only crime was doing his job.

Liars. Yes, liars.


Rebecca apologizes to her "new followers"

Watson rounds out the conversation by hinting she's received a fresh bucketload of naive followers due to her most recent Twitter drama.

Play the victim card and the idiots show up.

Watson is sure to plug the online site, and is retweeted by John Hodgman to his 900,000 followers. That alone should make up for any "lost sales" from any illicit transactions.


It's hard to explain why these policy lovers fail to follow policy.



One wonders how they choose to define words.

How could one define "Atheism+"?

Playing the victim card for cash.

10 comments:

  1. Word. I bet you a hot dog that Surlyramics has been stealing the free fan table with Skepchick's help for years, and the conference organizers finally figured it out.

    I note that Surlyramics is NOT listed as a vendor at Dragon going back to 2011, yet Surly Amy has been facebooking and posting about selling things at DragonCon for years.

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  2. +500 Victimhood points for Watson and Roth!

    Watch out, Ophelia, Svan, Anders, etc, Watson and Roth are gaining on you! Gonna be a great finish for Professional Victim of the Year!

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  3. They aren't claiming "victimhood", folks.

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  4. They aren't claiming "victimhood"?!? Did you read this, or has one of the Pharywrongula Whored built a bot? Srsly, thanks for your insightful and point-filled rebuttal. I don't know about the other readers, but I'm sure convinced!

    Asshat.

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  5. Becky doesn't follow rules. Becky makes rules.

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  6. "Becky doesn't follow rules. Becky makes rules."

    And even THEN she doesn't follow them. The rules are for everyone else.

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