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  1. 3 points
    @alabaster Thank you for offering that insight! It is comforting to know that feedback is being heard and considered behind the scenes. So regarding the issue with sending out live notices, I do feel for you guys about trying to inform all 700 staff as well as all attendees. And I agree that, during the con, social media has its own issues and is not fully reliable. The part that I am still confused about though is the utilization of Guidebook. In the two years before this one, I recall a lot more announcements and inbox messages being sent in the moment through Guidebook than what happened this year. Changes to the schedule, announcements about a line being shut down, announcements about the horrible pipe bursting, etc. -- I just recall way more information being relayed through this app in the past, which is the main tool we are using as it is tied to the schedule anyway. To be honest Guidebook is what I am going to be paying attention to during the con, not social media. (And to be honest I was actually super frustrated on Friday evening once I got back to the hotel and realized announcements about schedule changes had been happening via facebook that day and not guidebook.) So I guess I am mainly confused as to why Guidebook is not being seen as the solution for getting these live messages out enmass during the con, when it seemed to work well in years past. We are already looking at it for the schedule, and when a change is announced the schedule itself can even be updated to reflect that change. Why are we going back to focusing on social media for relaying that info? Perhaps there is something more complicated about running the app that I am not understanding? My strong suggestion would be to use an SMS text blast or something similar like Clutch mentioned for notices to staff, and have Guidebook be the go to resource for attendees, with social media acting as the secondary resource if/when time allows rather than the primary.
  2. 2 points
    HEY OTAKON! I'M TALKING TO YOU PUNKS! ... Great show this year, looking forward to next year as always
  3. 2 points
    Are you suggesting Otakon lie than? I'm not exactly sure what answer you are looking for. If Otakon can't share the real reason why a panel was cancelled, what answer would satisfy you? To start I have no idea why the panels were cancelled, and I didn't ask. I assume that if I don't know (and two of them fell unto my room) there is a good reason for that. Otakon usually has no problem admitting to issues and problems when they can, (they openly admitted fault to a communication conflict with one of the DMZ panels I believe) so no one is maliciously leaving out the details. I definitely agree communication needs to be better, and that we need to work on a better way of communicating when a panel is cancelled (I found out about VAAD through Guidebook update), but in terms of why it was cancelled? Unfortunately we can't always know why, and if we don't know why, it's for a reason.
  4. 2 points
    man i missed alot due to personal reasons but glad this is being discussed. As i said earlier in a thread that means what exactly? all of those accounts post nothing of actual value honestly. We dont care about giveaways,being funny,posting the latest anime gossip etc or basic con info that can be gotten anywhere. People would love to know why a panel flat out disappeared with no reason. And especially one that ota hyped the hell out of. We are refereed to as members according to otakon and as members we know precisely nothing about the goings on of our group. cept the finace part but even then i doubt we get the whole picture I find it inexcusable in this age of information and being able to share info instantly you cant do better. And as i said as someone who has deep ties to ota i refuse to accept what your saying as nothing less then you dont want to try better. Bump up the membership rate and hire a full time coordinator of event news and explain why the price went up was to hire someone for info relations. And hire someone whose sole job is making sure people know what the heck is going on. Heck raise it even more hire a full staff one to man a discord channel and for twitter etc. Or completely kill the matsuri event and funnel that towards paying someone to make you look good. If you are bound by legal reasons so be it but SOMETHING is better then what we have which is nothing. i wanted to attend the my hero academia 101 panel that vanished. And your instagram,twitter,facebook was completely useless for that. I found out through reddit that had zero ties to you about the why. If you can honestly say thats how you want to present yourself so be it but thats how you end up with nothing but youtubers for guests in the future.
  5. 2 points
    Alabaster suggested that different people post different social media and are informed of things differently. This is insane. Its 2018, y'all need a dedicated Social Media specialist (I'd be happy to apply ) Joking aside, I'm serious about that. That response is amazing, because I appreciate the brutal honesty. However I think we're at a point in social outreach and current size of Otakon that this should be a priority. I think people dont even know where to check, from listening at the con. The BBS is "official" but is honestly relatively dead. The website is pretty useless during the con, probably due to being difficult to update. The subreddit is its own little community, but I rarely see official things simultaneously posted. Twitter and Facebook appear to run independetly, and IMO these should be linked. Im not even sure if we have an Instagram. The Discord is active, but certainly not everyone uses Discord yet. ....Point is, social media is vast. Otakon has a reputation for being uncommunicative at times. I think a dedicated social outreach would be helpful, and maybe include with that an easily searchable update hashtag. So be it youre on Reddit, Insta, Twitter or FB, you can search #OtakonUpdates and get updated info quickly. I totally recognize getting that information to that individual is a much more complex issue, though.
  6. 2 points
    My feedback on this current trend in the thread is keep things civil and constructive. This is a GBU thread and staff ARE looking at it for constructive feedback. A well constructed post that outlines an issue regardless of if they have ideas on how to fix it will get significantly more attention than passive or active attacks on other forum posters.
  7. 1 point
    Hey all! I'm in the process of uploading my Otakon 2018 vlog footage, and Thursday's video is about to be done uploading and/or processing in a few hours (given I exported the video at super high res as an experiment). Sub to my vlogs channel here if you've not already to see the hijinx I was a part of this year lol. New vlogs Tuesdays at 12noon. Sub link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1GxCOjhKdZi_35h9lxLOpA Thursday's Day 0 footage live on August 28th, 2018: https://youtu.be/50tHm0k4JHs Friday's Day 1 footage live on September 4th, 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4Si0sxWZjQ&feature=youtu.be Saturday's Day 2 footage live on September 11th, 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK2BtoEwXd4&feature=youtu.be Sunday's Day 3 Con-Goodbye live on September 18th, 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qgig9st57c&feature=youtu.be
  8. 1 point
    In our haste to gripe we neglected to give a heartfelt thanks to all the staff and gophers that volunteered their time to put on another great Otakon. We appreciate everything you do! Thank you!
  9. 1 point
    There are no "returning users" because the block has not opened up yet. Experient does not save user information between shows and years, so you will make a new registration when it goes live today.
  10. 1 point
    Unfortunately a few people are going to be out today. Of course my boss is pissed, but they did scheduled the day off months in advance. I try my best to see if I can get on by the time reservation opens. One thing I'm glad is that they are limiting rooms to 2 per session. At least it will somewhat slow down the immediate room hoarding problem.
  11. 1 point
    In an emergency situation, you are more likely to get a SMS message through than a phone call. The system stacks the messages, and processes them when bandwidth is available, versus getting busy signals or dropped calls. They are much smaller and can go through more quickly, even with the cellular saturation at Otakon. While there will be delays, it should not be very long. Applets add overhead to any information you are trying to send. Radio the Base, and the Base sends the SMS blast. The Information booths could be secondary message bases. Just thinking out loud.
  12. 1 point
    Yeah most if not all of my small issues took place in my hotel room (roommates judging how I spend my time at the con and how late I stay out etc) and little if any with the con itself. Thank you Otakon staff for putting up with everyone and doing your best within your limits and reach to get us fun stuff to do. I do agree with some of the things people have complained about, but that's not what this thread is for. xD
  13. 1 point
    Oooh I stayed at the Grand Hyatt with my group too! We also had 5 ppl, and they didn't say jack diddly sh*t! I can echo what PoliWhirl say in terms of their staff... Super nice and accepting of us crazy kids/young adults lol in our cosplays of characters that I bet they've never seen before. It's a bummer that there was no free breakfast with the room, but my room was decently big enough for us 5. I slept on the floor because by the time I got back from the day's festivities each night both beds were occupied/claimed. lol. I had no problems with that. Next year my group might wanna do an AirBnB or something in the area if we can plan it in time. There's also a new closer Residence Inn by Marriot (Residence Inn Convention Center) opening on September 1st (or something early September) that I hope Otakorp partners with for con-rate rooms. They have all suites (Studio/1BR/2BR)... ..Anyway, my hotel experience this year was great. Better than last year when we stayed in the Comfort Inn Convention Center in 13th St NW or w/e it was.
  14. 1 point
    We have Instagram (@Otakonpics), Twitter(@Otakon), and Facebook and our announcements are released simultaneously on all three platforms when possible (Instagram is sometimes a little slow due to some platform issues). We also have a Tumblr which had been receiving more love lately.
  15. 1 point
    Whoah. I think the reactions here to razisgoku suggesting something be communicated are uncalled for... ESPECIALLY considering that the main complaint on here has been communication in general. And as an Otakon attendee of 11 years, I am not feeling very positive by the responses I am seeing here. Fadamor, that aggressive (not even going to say passive) comment about attendees needing to be spoonfed information is inappropriate, especially given what happened this year. It is not indicative of respecting attendees and our feedback, nor is it in the vein of the humility that, so far, Otakon has appropriately responded with in regards to the many communication issues that went on this year. The general response has been a "we know we messed up, and we are hearing your feedback, and we intend to do better." But these responses seem to be the opposite of that. Your name is highlighted as a gofer and someone from within the con. Are you aware that your responses then carry more weight? Maybe don't say something about being annoyed that attendees need to be "spoonfed info" during a year in which over 6 panels were cancelled without any notices on guidebook even going out; during a year in which guidebook had misinformation and was not utilized for live announcements at all in the way it should have been and the ways it has been used in the past; and during a year in which an event being advertised as one of the KEY, main attractions for months got cancelled over 30 minutes into it due to internal communication errors. And for the record, this is the first I am hearing of the lanyards. Kinda hard to ask about something you didn't know existed. Also, there were plenty of incidents in which Inasked someone about something, as you suggest here, only to be met with an IDK and no follow up suggestions. My point though -- Communication is the theme of the year, for a lot of us. Whether it was a panel or a lanyard or anything else. And what I was going to say before seeing that super angry response, was that this sounds like another item (on a long list of items) that should have been taken care of simply, via the Guidebook inbox. Social media wasn't even necessary. Otakon had the tools at their disposal, and we have seen them used effectively in the past for all of the above. This year the ball was dropped, period. So please be aware of that when fielding feedback on said communication, especially when some may see your response as more official due to your highlighted screenname.
  16. 1 point
    Stated elsewhere, but seconded! Thanks for all you do. I know all of us, the first thing we often do is post our GOOD/BAD/UGLY thoughts, and it can seem the BAD/UGLY outweighs due to...well the nature of the beast. In the end, we keep coming back, and for good reason! We all just want to see what we love become even more loveable. Great work as always, can't wait to see y'all next year.
  17. 1 point
    Seiyuu ------------------ Hayashibara Megumi (eternal wish list member #001) Hirano Aya (yeah, her career is pretty low-key now, but Haruhism still runs strong) any of the original 5 Inner Senshi (especially Fukami Rica or Mitsuishi Kotono) Hidaka Noriko (Akane-chan forever!) Dub VAs --------------- Monica Rial Luci Christian Brittney Karbowski (though her panel may need to be rated R after hearing her B Gata H Kei outtakes as Yamada) Music ------------- BABYMETAL (eternal wish list members #002) BAND-MAID (these ladies, who have done a US anime con before at Sakuracon in WA, would rock the house! It would be AWESOME to have an all-female group, who actually play the instruments (no slight to BABYMETAL) at Otakon 2019!) Momoiro Clover Z
  18. 1 point
    I ask that you all refrain from the snide remarks to one another and attacks when members give their opinions. That isn't productive and isn't tolerated conduct on the BBS. Luckily, it seems the thread has settled down now. As to the topic at hand, I'll report what our VP mentioned in another similar thread: "To be blunt, there are a lot of things we can't elaborate on due to our industry partnerships and other internal factors when it comes to things like certain events being cancelled. If we don't explain something, it's not because we like keeping you in the dark, there are other factors at play that prevent us from doing so." Therefore I cannot offer any further detailed explanation for the VAAD panel situation. I will say however, that some things mentioned in this thread are not without merit.
  19. 1 point
    I stayed at the Renaissance this year, and I have to say I really loved it. I think I confused the staff to death by booking one room from Thursday to Sunday and another from Friday to Sunday, then showing up on Thursday and trying to book one more night, though. (I had intended to share Thursday with my companions, then decided at the last minute that I didn't want to.) But the woman trying to help me out was cheerful and helpful about it and it all worked out okay. And the next day they even let me stay in the extra room I booked instead of making me check out that night, then check in on my original reservation. I also liked that the wifi was free, and I thought it was pretty fast. I was able to log in to FFXIV and run a raid without lag or anything, so that was cool. I liked that you could order from room service, but go down and pick it up. I don't know if that's just a thing everyone does, but any other time I've ordered room service elsewhere, they never gave me that option. Also, the food was awesome, though the room service menu didn't seem to have much, unless I missed a page or something. The staff were all wonderful and helpful (and I may have convinced the dude working in the gift shop to attend Otakon next year. XD) Check in and check out were pretty simple (despite the weirdness I caused, described above), and the bag check was quite painless. My only real issue was that perhaps Starbucks hadn't informed all of their employees just how busy things were going to get, because some of the staff there had terrible attitudes at the crowds. On the up side, some of the staff were very nice and quite interested, asking about cosplays and whatnot.
  20. 1 point
    I don't like my pics being shared or taken from my albums unless someone asks for a certain pic er two. That's why the disclaimer is there.
  21. 1 point
    My group stayed at the Grand Hyatt Washington this year. The Good: - It was a quick walk to the convention center and to various food places in the area - Staff was very polite and made check-in/out a breeze! They also didn't give us any trouble about having five people in the room, surprisingly. - Housekeeping was also really nice. We had the privacy doorhanger up on our room, but they happened to see us as we were leaving the room, so they asked if they we wanted anything. Kindly gave us a few extra towels <3 - Lots of elevators, so for once, we didn't have to take the stairs just to get our luggage back to the ground floor on the last day lol -Huuuuge lobby space, plus another level under that with more couches where their meeting rooms are located, so it's easy to find a place to settle down and play board games since the rooms are too cramped for that The Bad: - As mentioned, the room was kind of cramped. Plus everyone's luggage, swag, shoes, cosplay gear, and other miscellany taking up what little extra space there was, we were just trying not to trip over each other. - No continental breakfast :c Altogether, pretty good! I do think a better room could be found for the price they charged, especially since all that extra money seems to have been used on their fancy lobby, but it's still a pretty nice hotel and I had a great experience with the staff. The one thing I'll note is that there is a Japanese restaurant named Umaya around the corner from the hotel (we could see it from our room window). Don't fall for it! The food is overpriced and nothing amazing.
  22. 1 point
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurenorsini/2018/08/14/otakon-2018-a-celebration-of-fandom-and-the-future/
  23. 1 point
    I only have one request. Musical guest for the Festival themed Otakon 25th Anniversary: WAGAKKI BAND A blend of modern rock instruments (guitar, bass, drums) with traditional Japanese instruments such as Taiko drums, Tsugaru-Shamisen , Shakuhachi, and Koto. This is the perfect blend of west and east to have with us as we celebrate! They released their most recent album, Otonoe, April of this year. For your listening pleasure, here is "Yuki Kageboushi", their most recent single from this year.
  24. 1 point
    Again, my cammie was a real busy bee this Otakon, with again over 200 super sparkly snaps to ogle over! As always with my pictures, NO resharing or downloading without my permission!! FRIDAY Fotos SATURDAY Fotos SUNDAY Fotos
  25. 1 point
    A few I took on Saturday https://imgur.com/a/UW8WPYt Enjoy
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