I had fun this year as usual but there was a LOT of big issues that was hard to ignore:
I love staff because I worked staff many times before in actual conventions and I know how you guys feel. But this year the IRT was lacking in safety/security/Like I care measures. Some of the Will Call people weren't called out of lines and added with the normal pre registration people, no distinction at all.
One of the people who I met the weekend past I inquired how long the lines were since it was mentioned on the forums that the system was 'better than last year,' since I waited three hours for a badge last year and I was curious if it improved on the 'six to twelve hour year.' They said they had to wait four-six hours for a Will call badge because they was at the back of the line, nobody went to the back of the line or called out the Will call people, and Registration members had to personally go all the way through the lines, shouting out the Will Call. There was enough IRT for someone in IRT to do this. I also heard from the same person, although I don't know if it's 100% true, that some of the IRT were goofing off and taking pictures and not doing their job, not really telling people that the system was down due to construction/wiring to the computers/etc.
Now I would have put this as a rumor but mentioned in gripes I had a similar problem with IRT concerning autographs. The guy didn't seem to care about helping me or made any motivation on helping me besides 'doing his job with little work as possible,' kinda thing. Also it seemed lax in terms of checking badges, checking weapons, getting people for signs, etc. compared to 2007-2008 years. I remember when IRT was everywhere and they randomly did checks on people.
Heard from someone from Registration that they had issues with IRT in general, from lack of help to how they had to assist some of the drunk people acting crazy when IRT was right there.
Stuff happens yes? But this year is the only year I have been to Acen that I didn't know where a lot of things were at and I couldn't find a lot of things. There was no meet up guide in the program book, it was actually taped on the information desk. Now everyone doesn't have a camera phone, like myself, so people like me would have to memorize this or hopefully have a piece of paper and pen, which would be hard considering the 'no bags in certain areas,' policy.
Also a lot of panels were changed or canceled and it wasn't known until the time of the panel. I found this odd that this happened to many panels instead of just one or two. Also the IRT/staff wasn't aware of a lot of things. Already mentioned in gripes about the Hetalia autographs.
Could you put forum met ups/information/concerns about drunk parties/etc. in the program book for the people who can't go to the forum or have internet access as well as photo taking/shoots/photo takers? I couldn't find three people and I asked around and nobody knew who I was talking about because I only knew their screen name. My phone was dead so I didn't have their number.
Please do something about this instead of just saying no bags at all. I had a hard time carrying stuff around because a few areas said no bags and only my America outfit, I discovered, had pockets. Do a bag check at the door, something, anything. This is the only year this has been an issue. There has been theft in the past but the rate of people losing stuff would most likely go up. I know I lost a plush and I know a friend who lost a badge because she didn't have her bag with her and her string broke.
More eyes and ears
This is for staff and people in general. I try to report people with signs but by the time I find IRT the person is gone and I can't remember their badge name or they hide it on purpose. Also there was times that a guy threw stuff and the IRT was right there or didn't take better methods. Since my phone died I couldn't call the police but next year if I see someone getting molested/hit on/throw anything/etc. I am going to call the police and then find IRT. It's like I find IRT or security when I don't want to find them.
Most of the other issues were due to the mass amounts of people but that's with every con. You can't control if someone smokes in the room, smokes weed in the room, or breaks glass. Not everyone who goes to Acen goes on the forums.
This Acen was so so but I still had fun and grateful for another year.
This post has been edited by The Fujoshi: 26 May 2011 - 10:39 AM