Two dances is outrageous and it clearly causes issues more often than not. There is no way to check for ages of attendees for the dances, and this becomes an issue of safety and legality with minors raving into the early morning and having run-ins with people that do not posess innocent intentions. Simple as that.
Make age restrictions with color-coding the badges or a sticker on the badge prior to printing it, etc.
This is a safety issue. and With that said, kick one of the dances. I know both dances are there to spike attendee numbers, but at what cost? People are fading from this convention because it is falling from its glory days. There is less Anime, less ANYTHING true to the nature of the convention (raves? two of them? really?) and less integrity to show for it. Get back to basics.
Because the "suggestions for 2014" thread has been temporarily closed for this debate, and I do think this is a rather important issue that should be addressed sooner rather than later, I'm going to state my thoughts here in the best way I can.
I think we can all agree that having the two dances would be best for con-goers. As noted, Synergy fulfills a different purpose and has an entirely different atmosphere than Soap Bubble, plus the amount of people that attend both is rather large. Discontinuing HCS would probably add more problems to Soap Bubble, and making it 18 or under probably wouldn't be any fun for the minors who attend either rave.
Because let's face it: people can sugar coat the name to "dance" or "party" all they like, but the reason that it's often referred to as a rave is because there is questionable activity going on that is comparable to a rave. The reason that minors attend these "dances" in the first place is because they want to party and engage in the same questionable activity that adults do.
Anyway, the only difference between an actual rave and soap bubble is that a rave is generally underground and illegal because of the illegal activity that goes on there. If a minor attends an actual rave, it doesn't mean as much because the entirety of the event was probably illegal to begin with.
Where it gets sticky is that ACen is (or is run by) an official business, who technically, by knowing about said questionable activity by both minors and adults but not doing anything about it, are condoning illegal activity, especially if a minor engages in a crime or an adult commits a crime concerning a minor.
That being said, I think a color-coded badge system would be best because:
1.) ACen can save their asses more easily if a minor does sneak in and commit a crime. As stated in the previous thread, it wouldn't be ACen's fault if a negligent guardian (or the minor his/herself) didn't oversee what badge their kid was wearing.
2.) It would place a lot less "jail bait" tension on Soap Bubble attendees, also noted in the previous thread.
3.) I'm sure some minors wouldn't want to go through the trouble of finding an adult badge, therefore, soap bubble crowds would be lessened, if only a little bit.
Regardless of what ACen decides to do, crimes committed by adults against minors isn't something to handle lightly, nor is the liability ACen could potentially face if a minor was caught doing illegal activity. I think it's also more absurd that people get carded to get into Hentai panels, and IRT staff manages to do that, yet the potential crimes committed at Soap Bubble aren't enough to warrant such a thing for Soap Bubble.
I'm also curious as to see if ACen staff has any thoughts regarding the manner, perhaps why they've decided not to participate in age-restricted dances or if they've been thinking about implementing such procedures.