To be honest, I don't understand your post tfcreate. I would like to see the posts you are talking about, via email, when staff members have shouted you down about ideas or suggestions so we can try to make sure something like that doesn't happen again. We here at Anime Central are fans of the same things everyone else is fans of. We are from all walks of life, just like everyone else, and we enjoy making ACen possible. That being said, we also have to operate within a set of guidelines and rules. Just because a suggestion / idea isn't implemented right away, or isn't implemented at all doesn't mean it wasn't listened to, or that it isn't in the works. There are always a lot more issues to consider before anything of significance can be put into place, that others might not see right away. We might not be able to make it happen, we might not be able to make it happen right away, but we do listen I guarantee it.
I would also like to see what gave you the impression of a "shut up and give us money" vibe, via email, as I believe that kind of mentality isn't something conducive to anyone's experience. I know for a fact that within the Exhibit Space Department, and many many others, give each and every idea and suggestion a fair shot before any thing is decided. This includes attendee's, staff, vendors, and artists. Take for example the vendor pages on our website, everyone can see up to date information on who is a confirmed vendor, and how full the hall is getting. Take for example the lively Artist community in the forums and at the convention. I would like to go into more details on what we have in the works for the 15th year, but then I wouldn't have anything to tell you later.
Don't get me wrong, sometimes people can get a bit short with their responses, especially if the suggestion is something that a lot of people have suggested, but maybe that person was having a bad day or any other number of reasons. I am not excusing their response, I am only saying that their could be issues that effected their response.
Either way, I hope that I was able to connect with some of your concerns, and I am sure they aren't solely your concerns either, and maybe helped with them as well. I would like everyone to feel free to send me an email anytime, we as Anime Central Staff are here for everyone. Why else would we want to help run an event that we don't get paid for
As a more general post to the lively participants of this thread...
Each and everyone one of your concerns, ideas, and suggestions are taken into consideration. Just because someone's concerns don't match everyone else's doesn't make them wrong. Everyone has a voice in the convention, wither people are loud or quiet, good with people or good via typing, staffers or attendees, or etc... Everyone might not agree on what has changed, and everyone may not agree that anything has changed at all, but regardless it shows that the convention is something important to a lot of people. That being said, I am not going to try and tell people how this topic should continue, or if it should even continue at all, because that isn't who I am, and that is not how I like to operate. I would like to say that we value each and every one of you. I know many of our departments would feel honored to have any of you on staff, because it is that kind of commitment and integrity that improve not only the event, but also the people around you.
If I may though, I would like to encourage everyone to check out the different parts of the convention, both at the con and here on the forums. You might just find something you didn't know you were looking for.