Let’s start off Part Two of the Feedback posts with some more meaty, critical comments. Things you guys did not like, or want to see improved, and finish up with things you want to see in the future.
Some of you do not like the new Most Popular Booth contest, citing unfairness to small booths that are not able to generate the same level of donations as larger booths. I’m not sure I totally agree with that, but I can certainly see where you’re coming from.
The system we have in place right now is primarily a fundraising tool, and in that respect, it works fantastically. The contest alone brought in almost 300k L$. I don’t think it would be a wise move to discontinue something so successful, You guys have all been super generous, so it’s very good odds that we’ll be seeing it again in 2020.
The problem with the old-style contests we used to do is that they were kind of ridiculously pointless. The categories were weird, and votes were complete nonsense. For example, in 2016, I won “Best Actor”, and that’s just silly. Plus, every single category had the same basic results. For example, if we had 50 votes cast, 48 of them were 1 vote each for 48 different booths (people voting for themselves), one booth had 5 votes, and one booth had 8 votes (because they had friends). In every category, no matter if it even made sense to vote for that booth for that category. So the result for every single category was that the same booth won them all, the same booth came in second everywhere, and everyone else at the Con came in a tie for third. The reason that the Award Ceremony was a little more diverse was because we sometimes just threw this nonsense away and made something up.
So what does all this mean?
Well, some of you suggested that we do a contest arbitrated by impartial judges. That’s something we’ve never done before, and I kinda like the idea. What I will do is contact the RFL and see if any of their bigwigs would be interested in judging, and then we’ll make up some sane categories. This is an idea that will need more fleshing out as we get closer to Con2020.
A few of you complained that there was not enough Con advertising, that you didn’t know it was happening. That there were no group joiners, no event calendars, and that there were not enough types of events / number of events / event locations. These are complaints that I just don’t understand.
The Con itself was advertised in multiple SL groups, as well as in the Firestorm Message-of-the-Day and Linden Calendar ever since we opened up Registration at the beginning of 2019.
We had group joiners and calendars in every Hub and on some street corners throughout the entire Con. The event calendar was also on the Blog. We advertised every event in multiple SL groups throughout the day, as well as in Linden Calendar, Estate Notices, and Conference Chats.
We had events scheduled from 9AM to Midnight SLT on most days.
We had two main stages, as well as multiple skyboxes, as well as several booths hosting events.
We had guest speakers, live musicians, DJs, tribute bands, musical theater, book readings, dance troupes, and live theater.
Here are a few links to various groups and web pages:
We had a couple of very negative comments about the Hunt, but from the descriptions, it was clear that it was just not understood how the Scifi Con’s Hunt works. (It’s different than Fantasy Faire.) So obviously we will need to work on making the Hunt instructions much more clear for 2020.
We had many complaints about the difficulty of signing up to be a performer at the Con… filling out very extensive and elaborate notecards and forms and such. Rest assured, entertainers, that whole process will be completely streamlined by 2020. Please don’t give up on us. 2019 was a learning year for us in the world of SL entertainments.I think we have it figured out now. 🙂
A lot of us (including me) miss the Milky Way Cabaret. Their shows were always thoroughly enjoyable, and a staple of the Con every year. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, the MWC is gone, but we’ll keep checking in with them just in case they want to make a comeback. 🙂
Here’s a few things you guys mentioned that you’d really like to see in 2020:
- Add a Gatcha area – Yes! We would like to do that, as well as add an RFL vendor area.
- Movie Night! – Yes! We would very much like to see the return of movie night.
- More actor interviews – Sure! If you know any actors that would be interested in coming in to SL, let us know!
- Better blog – Yes, I agree. If you know someone that would like to be the full-time Scifi Con blogger, let us know.
- Better placement of the candle memorial – Yes, I agree. To be totally honest, I completely forgot about the candle memorial this year and then had to scramble to find a place for it.
- Swag! – Yes!
- Interactive elements – I’m not really sure what that means, but sounds good to me. 🙂 I’m thinking casual seating areas where people can sit and relax a while before continuing their shopping, or even games and rides, if we can come up with good stuff.