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Upper Floor of Dome Area

#1 User is offline   Knowltey 

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 08:54 PM

I noticed that this year it was blocked off as staff only beyond this point and was wondering why this was. In previous years it and the balcony outside of it was an awesome place to hang out and chat with people and also a quick way to get outside of the building from near the elevators, but couldn't do either of that this year since it was mysteriously blocked off?

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 09:31 PM

I know what you mean. On Friday I was up in the same area with about 20-30 other cosplays and/or their friends, after about 20 minutes everyone cleared out and with about 8 people left in the area, IRT came by and asked us to leave. So not sure..

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Posted 20 May 2014 - 09:31 PM

Major Con Operations (IRT dispatch, EMRT dispatch, Guest and human relations HQ) are located in the dome. If you didn't have a reason to be in that area (or using that area to get to another area), then there wasn't a reason to go there this year. It was more of along the lines of functional usability, and those departments needed the quiet to deal with problems.
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Posted 21 May 2014 - 01:48 PM

Of course if you had business with IRT (prop issues or other IRT related issues) or needed to goto First Aid those were the exceptions, so if you needed the assistance and no one was there to escort you back I'd say feel free to step into First Aid for medical issues.
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Posted 26 May 2014 - 10:05 PM

Yep, would just be nice if that area could go back to being a hangout area in future years.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 03:54 AM

Just like Green Dragon said, in the upper area of the dome you had IRT, First Aid/EMRT (Emergency Medical Response Team), ConOps (Convention Operations), the Gofer Hole (Volunteers Department), and I think another department or two was there as well.

Those who have been there long enough know that given the unique acoustics of that location even a small group can sound like a huge crowd. Anyone who has staffed ACen, can tell you it almost runs on walkie talkies. Every department uses them. In those rooms are, for the most part, the dispatchers for the con. If you include a lot of noise, the radios will be nearly useless.

If a call can't be heard/understood, it can cause some pretty bad problems. Anything from Reg not able to get gofers to fill the program bags (I still hear those ghost calls), to IRT not getting the call to try and clear a panel room, to EMRT not getting a call for a medical emergency. Now, those are just examples. I do understand it being a bit of an inconvenience to everyone, but sometimes it must happen for the good of ACen.

Mind you, these are my opinions and not the views expressed by ACen in any capacity.

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 09:02 PM

Not to mention the lower floor of that area are all the video rooms showing anime. If the area gets too noisy, the people trying to watch videos are going to complain. So that area is best left as a quiet zone for many reasons.
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Posted 28 May 2014 - 12:52 PM

it was a nice little zone but it makes sense that the staff needs it.

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