FlyingElf, on 01 March 2012 - 06:16 AM, said:
I'm just curious where people are getting that higher priced badges are related to hotel damage costs? Yes, that is some of the issue, but any large convention is going to have some damage to the hotel and the cost does have to be paid. Typically your higher priced conventions come in the form of guests. Guests are expensive to fly out and put up. Especially if you are getting some from overseas. The cost to rent out the convention center as well can be a factor in this as well depending on what kind of discount ACen gets on its spaced based on the number of hotel rooms they sell which likely also depends on the relationship between the Hyatt and convention center. Information I have no knowledge of. You are also paying to have this con in Chicago. Chicago itself is an expensive city and luxury tax is very high there.
Basically, there are numerous factors that go into choosing the cost of a convention, not withstanding what they may pay the various members of their planning committee. Cons are not strictly a volunteer run thing and some conventions like Youmacon and Colossalcon are even for profit events designed to make money.
As for the gripe issue, absolutely you have the right to express discontent with a product you are paying for. However, the most effective way of doing it is in a constructive manner. Writing a letter to the convention as a whole or posting on the forums can help as all cons should read their own forums for issues to address. If this were a post on facebook, I can see where not complaining to the appropriate sources would be a more valid argument. Though I suppose you could point out that this would be better suited on a more on topic forum.
As for my grand role? As some of you know, I had considered last year possibly my last year of ACen. After being treated poorly by both the convention and the hotel the last couple of years as well as having points of disagreement with how the convention is run as a whole. I have put such things aside and am going to return again this year, but further treatment along those lines can certainly push me over the edge. Already this year, I am returning far more because of friends like Isamu, SongstressLenne, KungpowKirby, and Junk pushing me to do so than any sense of obligation to the convention. Which is a shame as I have been a faithful attendee every year since 2003. Will this be my last year? Maybe, we'll see.
Just saw this, and it made me happy. I <3 you Felf. ACen wouldn't be ACen without you!
ACen as a whole does not disappoint me. Sure, id like to see more and better guests, but I come for the experience. To see friends like Felf, Isamu, Rondo, Jello, etc. What would make me stop attending would be my friends no longer coming. I have no problem with the party atmosphere at this point, as I have personally seen unrully people get sent away, and parties get shut down for various reasons.
As everyone can see, I've staffed. I've done my "duty" as you will, and I understand the fustration from attendies. You have the right to voice this fustration. Please realize that not everyone ignores these concerns and wants. For example, the ball, how many people requested it come back the last two years? Now Bloo has put one together for this year. I will say there has been mistakes but (I know you hate to hear this), but its been out of our control. Everyone on staff works very hard, those who don't, well let's just say they don't last long. Its not for everyone, but I do encourage those who can, to staff.
Your voices are being heard, and while you may not see it here, we do take them seriously. Please know that.