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I do not know who is currently in charge of Lunacon.
This is deliberate. I am first and foremost a fan, who has come home to Luna just about every year since 1979.

I was a Program Participant this year {Ariel Cinii} and I thoroughly enjoyed Lunacon 2013. I only have a couple of brief suggestions to make it better:

1: Make it so the Pocket Program arrives on Friday afternoon.
I know things happen, i'm on a concom myself. But I was totally lost as to what was going on on Friday, and I'm sure a lot of other people felt that, too. The delay is  not unknown throughout Lunacon history, but some traditions, like this one, should be discontinued.

2: Make the Pocket Program worth keeping:
The first piece of paper to come to me was the Grid. This was well set up and more or less useful. Then a second piece of paper came to me with the list of program event descriptions, but NOT where they were, or what time they were happening.

Here's an idea: That stapled list would have made a good pocket program (next time, include some kind of map graphic) but the lack of time and place data made it worthless. People don't like to shuffle between two pieces of paper when looking for stuff. I LIKED THE SIZE. It was simple and could, indeed, fit in my pocket. Please IMPROVE ITS CONTENT.

It's one of my favourite features of Luna, and my basis for trying out new stories. Pleas find a way to BRING IT BACK! There are groups associated with other cons who would no doubt be happy to run the event for you if you asked them to.

4: The computerised Programming Process is hopelessly opaque to non compu-dweebs.
There's gotta be a better way! --Larry Hagman from "The Good Life"

I couldn't remember my password to log in, and then just selecting things I was interested was so confusing that I had to do it over on three or four successive visits to the website. The forms and the selection protocols were badly arranged and it was often unclear what the frack I was supposed to be doing(!!!).

5: Whatever your political beef is, resolve it.
As a mere attendee, I don't even want to know how this convention comes to be, I just want to enjoy it. As a member of another concom, I don't wanna hear about it, I'm trying to relax. But the tales of the Klingon Opera going on backstage were deafening to those of us who heard the echoes. I don't know if Those in Charge want to destroy Lunacon or save it. But I'd rather come back next year and have a good time, and so would a lot of others.

Agreed: if I cared so much, I should walk into that snake pit and do something about it. However, I am of the belief that the one who complains loudly enough would have to solve the problem. You don't want me to do that. Really.

Again, I had fun. Please make it possible for it to happen again.
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Date:March 19th, 2013 12:32 am (UTC)
1 & 2 - The pocket program has not been delayed for the past several years, and generally is in a format that is useful (including a map, programs listed by time, with participants and locations listed). As I'm sure you know, the programming had serious issues this year, that we hope will be resolved next year. Someone new will be in charge of programming, although we don't yet know who (I am not in charge of that decision).

3. Anime will be back next year - the person who normally runs our Anime room had an unavoidable conflict, and we were not able to find a replacement with enough time for them to obtain all of the appropriate permissions.

4. We are now using the same software that Arisia uses; I am hopeful that we can make some changes to it that make it easier for everyone to use, even if it is just better documentation on how to use it.

We do want Lunacon to continue, and we are working hard at improving things. Some of it is a "people-points" issue; for example, we need more people volunteering to do certain jobs (like publicity in the NYC area). Some of it is other changes that need to be made, and we are working on them.

We hope to see you next year!
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Date:March 19th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
I'd think about offering time or services but my time is being taken up with a book set to be published and a convention of my own. I get that you had bad timing, these were just issues I would have brought up at the gripe session if I wasn't already on my way home. Good luck.

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