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Why Publish?

I've read a few questions and comments about publishing disqualification notices.

In the notice, I stated:
"So much of masquerade operations relies on the honor system."

I've lost count of the times, after any major cosplay competition, that serious accusations of favoritism on the part of judges and directors were made. I'm not going to go into all the factionalism and infighting that has followed them.

There is no hidden cabal that controls cosplay or costume competitions. There is no secret order of masquerade directors that maintains blacklists (and if there is, I don't want to be part of it). What we do is all based on the honor system.

Our only recourse after a violation is to publish the evidence and our decision in the same communities and forums where the masquerade awards were published. It's up to the readers, whether they be conrunners or other cosplayers, to review the evidence and decide how bad they believe the infraction is.

Comments

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kproche
Jan. 31st, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
One more thing to add:

We published the awards via a number of channels (LiveJournals, bbs, and email lists).

It was appropriate to publish the disqualification via exactly the same channels.
bovil
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
edited
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bovil
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
saw that, and friended you.
yourbob
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
As far as I can tell, you two did what needed to be done and acted appropriately.
bovil
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
The point of this post (if I post it to the ALA community) is that a lot of people really don't understand what happens behind the scenes. We've actually got very little push-back on the disqualification, and only a little bit on the posting.
yourbob
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
on a tangential subject
I know there's not general authority covering masquerades, but if I remember correctly there are generally agreed upon rules concerning the classes and such. Is this correct? What I remember are things like "novices can't have won a Master..." but is that generally agreed upon or is it up to each con?

Is there a general form of suggested rules somewhere, or does each con make it up from scratch (essentially, not literally, I know they look and lift)? I'm thinking for example Baycon to Balticon rather than Baycon 23 to Baycon 25.

No, I'm not proposing - I'm only asking for information.
bovil
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: on a tangential subject
The ICG Guidelines: Ensuring Fair Competition is a collection of advice for masquerade directors, mostly the collected knowledge and experience of Worldcon and Costume-Con masquerade directors from the last few decades.

The original version was adopted in 1992, and I was principal editor for this revision.
yourbob
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
Re: on a tangential subject
Thank you.
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kproche
Feb. 1st, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Re: on a tangential subject
and I helped a bit, and several other people made significant contributions.
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