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I'll see about adding these details to the description and our PaizoCon page, but:
- Food is included, served buffet style.
Removed several posts and locking. Folks, digging up information on another user for the sole purpose of escalating the conversation isn't appropriate on our website, especially when that talking point isn't on topic. It's fairly toxic behavior that doesn't help any thread. I'm also closing this since it no longer appears to be about the original topic.
Removed a series of posts. Again, let's keep this discussion centered on the original topic. We have a variety of community members who would be/are fairly uncomfortable engaging in this conversation when others use phrases typically used to describe "sex" rather than "gender." For the purposes of this thread and keeping our community a welcoming space for gamers of a variety of backgrounds, my team would appreciate if folks used "women" or "girls" from this point on. If you have further feedback on this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Locking. We're not interested in hosting a thread on paizo.com whose stated purpose seems to discourage folks within our community to take a stand against harassment and the more troublesome issues that arise in this hobby. There are of course cases where an individual may be suffering from mental illness, but that's not the discussion that's being had, and this initial post reads as letting this condition be a reason to not encourage people to curb/discourage negative behavior when they see it, and use as an excuse to not acknowledge the very real struggles and experiences of a significant portion of gamers. I would suggest reading over our Community Guidelines before posting further on this issue.
Removed a series of posts and locking this one. It's perfectly fine to start a discussion about a current event or article relevant to our hobby, however, the original post in this thread is not focused enough to foster meaningful or productive discussion (given that it points to multiple talking points which could each be long and debated threads). We really need threads to have a more defined focus/prompt to keep them from completely derailing immediately (such as what as already begun here). Lengthy personal posts like the one above may be best suited to a venue other than paizo.com, or tailored to foster a more specific discussion.
As an added note, given the amount of threads and posts that have cropped up this week: please consider that your experiences are not going to be the same as others in our community. There is another person on the side of the screen, and some commentary I've seen here has been less-than-friendly, and fairly condescending to community members of different backgrounds, gender, and age. Try to keep these discussions civil and be cool to one another.
Removed another series of posts. Folks, this thread is centered around women and girls in gaming. It is not a platform for you to debate the validity of reports of harassment or articles relating to it. Women do face challenges in this hobby, and again, this kind of rhetoric is isolationist and trivializes the experiences that members of our community encounter.
Hey, folks, this is trailing off into a discussion that really does not belong in the PaizoCon General Discussion forum. We have a very strong belief that our attendees should feel welcome while at our show, and that includes enforcing the policies I've stated above to do what we can to support those attendees. If you have any concerns with those policies, I'd be happy to answer any questions or take information back to our overall team to discuss. If you want to discuss the contents of the article in the original post, it really belongs in another thread, and I encourage you to re-read our Community Guidelines before starting or engaging in that conversation.
Removed a series of posts. Let's keep assumptions and comments about other online communities (in this case, Tumblr) off of paizo.com. Additionally, just because a behavior doesn't exist in your own general location, does not mean it isn't prevalent elsewhere. This kind of rhetoric isn't productive and it isolates members of our community.
At PaizoCon, we strive to create a welcoming, fun, and friendly environment for attendees, staff, volunteers, and others who may be in the convention vicinity. Similarly to our policy for our online forum community, we reserve the right to remove any individual or group as necessary.
Our Community team, which I manage, strives to be an open ear for any community member, at any time, for any reason. We also work incredibly closely with Sara Marie, our Customer Service Manager (who manages many of the logistics for PaizoCon). If you're familiar with the tone and interactions with both of these teams via email, phone, or our forums, we hope that folks understand that our approach to support involves treating folks on an individual level as best as we can manage.
We hope that if people have questions, comments or concerns regarding PaizoCon, such as experiences that occurred at previous conventions, that they would contact either our Community team at email@example.com, one of the Community team members, or the convention organizers directly (Paizo COO Jeff Alvarez, Customer Service Manager Sara Marie, Community and Digital Content Director Chris Lambertz, or Community Manager Liz Courts). We are sensitive to the privacy of our community members and the experience of folks at PaizoCon is incredibly important to us.
Our specific policy regarding how we expect the community and our staff to behave at PaizoCon is outline in our program book as well online under the PaizoCon tab labeled "Policies & FAQ."
PaizoCon Event Policies wrote:
In the program book we also list out the contact numbers for convention emergencies, the number to get in touch with hotel security, local non-emergecy and emergency law enforcement, and the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.
PaizoCon is not a "large" show; we do not have official security walking the floor, however, all of our employees should be aware of and able to assist with finding the appropriate channels for escalation. If you need to report a past incident, please let firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com know about it, so that our staff can be aware of the issue.
David knott 242 wrote:
Yup, we are aware. The scenarios have been corrected in the interim to assist our volunteers who have games scheduled over the coming weekend. Our tech team is still investigating the root cause of the issue.
Garrett Guillotte wrote:
This issue is a separate problem that I have on my to-do list to fix.