So Nik Harkins, the official Sponsorship Coordinator/Vendor Coordinator for Emoti-Con 2015 (Dashcon 2.0) and who was involved at Dashcon 2014 just made a comment on the Emoti-Con Facebook Page and man, is it an absolute clusterfuck of condescention, victim-blaming and absolute unprofessionalism.
This is the same Nik Harkins that
Because this is the sort of behaviour that Emoti-Con finds acceptable from its staff.
But wait. There’s more!
continuing to see posts like this both here and on tumblr makes me really sad, because the attention is always on Megg and Cain and not on the majority of other people who are also working on Emoti-Con Indy
The majority of the people working on Emoti-Con Indy are college students with no convention experience.
Their general approach seems to be to post unoriginal ballpit jokes, condescending pretenses at good faith and evasive pseudo-informative answers on the official blog, and act like drama queens on their personal blogs (which were linked in their ‘official biographies’ on the Emoti-Con Tumblr).
All the rest of us staff are working really hard and bringing a lot to the table to make this convention a success, and every single time someone angry, like you, comes forward and asks us about DashCon, it’s hugely frustrating.
So far, Emoti-Con’s staff have stalked people in the tags into having a panic attack, deleted comments on Facebook and Tumblr, are publically badmouthing previous convention guests, and compared people asking questions to actual fucking terrorists.
If by “bringing a lot to the table” means acting like a bunch of amateurs then yes, they’re all doing swimmingly.
Now let me explain to you a thing about businesses.
… he actually just unironically used let me explain you a thing.
Just because someone owns more than one business, does not mean those businesses are affiliated, and does not mean either business can blab about the other.
One of your admins recently filed for bankruptcy, her first convention was left thousands of dollars in debt and she’s currently offering to write (almost) anything for $0.01/word.
Emoti-Con is being run by people who
For real, you can cry about affiliation all you want but people are justified in wanted reassurances that they won’t be treated as badly at Emoti-Con as people were treated at Dashcon.
In the mean time, it’s not going to get me or anyone else anywhere to be constantly asking over and over and over questions of people that cannot answer them.
Just shut up, stop asking genuine questions and posting legitimate questions, and give them all your money. Gosh.
That’s why we directed people to Megg’s blog, where she posted personally about it
The post they’re referring to is a complete joke, and gives about as much useful information as the official statement or explanation interview (the former being a deliberately disingenuous pseudo-apology, the latter being a bland PR puff piece designed to absolve the admin of all responsibility).
please for the love of god stop asking the rest of the staff who don’t have your answers and are working hard on putting together a different and better event
Emoti-Con was offering early tickets until 20th September, but extended it to “a limited time only” because no-one bought any. They’re spruiking a fandom ‘scare house’ despite Emoti-Con’s staff harassing people in the tags into having panic attacks.
Emoti-Con are claiming that there is no way that potential volunteers (if “chosen”) will have their credit details used for things that they haven’t consented to and that “we do not want to burden our volunteers and panelists with debt” despite the fact that Emoti-Con admins did that exact thing to volunteers who had flown all the way from Australia to work.
Emoti-Con are frantically backpedalling on their claim to appeal to 4chan but are still claiming to cater to Reddit despite overwhelming derision and opposition from the site itself.
They’re using people in Emoti-Con advertising even though they explicitly were asked not to.
… a different and better event
It is the train that keeps on crashing.