[ACML] Etiquette between chairs
colin at afreak.ca
Tue Feb 26 18:27:53 EST 2008
I can only hope that whatever this is about is handled in a manner where
it is best for both parties.
chairman at ani-magic.net wrote:
> You know, I believed and still do, that the community of chairpersons
> is a unique fraternity, of brother/sisterhood, deserving of mutual
> respect and support. These bonds of unity are based on the shared
> feeling of joy and misery that come with organizing such events. I
> have a lot of good friends that I can count here, always welcome at
> Ani-Magic when they show their mugs, and to their credit, help out
> where they can. On the road, I do likewise.
> Last convention, I had that feeling of comradery shaken. Another
> chair, who runs an event a few months after mine, had come to
> Ani-Magic to promote his own con, which I have no problem with. I
> always support other efforts and do not view them as competition.
> During the course of the weekend, this chair would come up ask either
> me or my other co-organizers about where a list of the winners of
> events, was, if it was announced anytime during the day (they were
> announced at half time during the masq)etc. While he was pretending to
> ask these questions quite innocently, he had another agenda, as if to
> discredit our efforts in running our event. He could be seen asking
> others what they thought of our event. Pointing out flaws here and
> there, photographing our dealer hall, and posting a picture of a
> broken window pane (the person responsible owned up).
> And during that time, I called him on that, asking why was critiquing
> our event in such a fashion, when he had his own well known faux paux
> (such as ejecting Kevin Lillard) all over the internet. "I did
> appologize for those!" he said, also advising us to "follow through
> with an event if your going have it". Now, we've been on the scene as
> a con for 8 years running, and a relative newcomer proposes to give me
> advice on how to run an event. I'll be the last to tell you we run a
> flawless event. No con is run prefectly, (Merry's comes real close, as
> does Anime Central). Those are my models. Our event this year suffered
> low attendance for a number of reasons, and it appears said con chair
> was taking advantage of that to overshadow the huge errors of his last
> event at our expense to increase his attendance for his coming event.
> That's the opinion we have right now. Some of his staff were openly
> trying to recruit from ours during the event. Call me naive, but this
> just isn't done. Imagine me visting your con trying to get your gaming
> staff to come over to mine. That's what happened during our event.
> After our event ended, the annual blood letting on cosplay.com
> commensed, and said chair was right there, providing ammunition where
> he could. A strong clue to his motives to discredit us came when my
> CFO said that we were a non-profit in california to a donor to our
> event. He "thoughtfully" provided a link to the department of state,
> stating we could not be found in the listiings. What he did show was
> my filing as a corporation with my name and address for all to see.
> While you can say that information is public knowledge, it is now
> availble to the fan community, some of which have agendas of their
> own, sometimes of ill will for some percieved wrong I might have done
> (which is mostly speak my mind).
> When I PMed him on this and told him to lay off, he promptly went back
> on the boards and said he's being silenced by me and my staff. This
> put me in the postion of looking bad even when I'm defending the honor
> of my event and myself. In the ensuing days after, he's made me and
> our con the subject of discussion on his personal blog. I while I'd
> like to spend time countering this nonsense, I have little energy to
> do this raising three kids, coaching a soccer team, and working full
> time. It's not worth that much effort, but it DOES annoy me that a
> sitting chair is doing this to our event and to me personally.
> There hasn't been a con war since 91-92, but I am not about to start
> another. But here, I'm going to have my say. No doubt it'll wind up on
> some board, but if it does, I'll know your true intentions and so will
> those in this community whom I have known far longer than you.
> I have said all that to say this:
> 1. You have behaved in the wrong way and to try to sink our event is
> just dead wrong!
> 2. We are NOT competitors. I consider us companions in the grand
> venture of running anime cons. Cease all efforts to discredit me, our
> event, and its organizers.
> 3. During your rough patch, I watched what was taking place, but
> refrained from commenting on it because its bad form and it's really
> none of our affair. When we deal with our public issues regarding our
> event, respond in kind.
> 4. I have hosted many chairs in Ani-Magic's existance, and none have
> behaved during or after the event as you have. Don't do it again, here
> or any other con you promote yours at.
> Now, we can talk this out here,or privately, but don't you dare
> publish this in your blog. We're making improvements from that
> turbulent feedback session, and I kindly request that you cease trying
> to draw attendees from us or try to sabotage our event.
> Seeing my old friends here, I know there are people who know how to
> provide suggestions to improve and I take them in the sprit given. But
> NO chair should have to endure what I've gone through. Your not just
> getting at me, but all the kids who work with me. You really want to
> take that away from them?
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