Thanks to everyone who has been posting their suggestions and questions thus far. I am impressed about the helpfulness the forum community offers, thank you!
As Speed Dating Co-Head this year, I would like to address the concerns about waiting for the Speed Dating event and the LGBT sessions. I also strongly encourage for Fanime fans to post freely here about their suggestions and comments! However unless you are getting an answer from a Speed Dating Co-Head (me or yaki-ika), it is NOT an official statement or representation from Speed Dating department.
So please keep that in mind. Also if your concerns are personal or private, we are able by email as well firstname.lastname@example.org; email correspondence is moreso reserved for serious inquiries and concerns and we appreciate your awareness of that.
This year to accommodate more people, we are having more rounds- in total 7 (with 2 for LGBT). We can only take in a certain amount of people, BUT I would still strongly recommend waiting in line regardless! Why you ask?
- We propose to come at least 10 minutes before, but it is probable that there are people who will come before 10 minutes and hence before you.
- Not everyone will have read the requirements thoroughly and thus not eligible for the events (need to be 18+YO with proper photo ID)
- Not everyone will participate although they waited due to friends not getting in or last minute changes
- Lastly, we have a new surprise for our fans this year that will reward some of the fans waiting in line but just didn't quite make the cut to participate in that one session. Nothing further will be said about this from me for now, so any inquiries, pleas, bribery, etc. will be futile.
As for the LGBT, thank you everyone for your insight and suggestions. As mentioned before, we did have a small pool last year so to simplify the sessions, we did our best at the time. We are well-aware of the variety challenges that impose on us to be all inclusive. Although fans do not see our background work, we try to have plans to accommodate everyone but during the con, things may not always work out. We ask for your patience and understanding as the LGBT sessions take flight and hopefully, we can work out the best system to accommodate everyone's needs. We are proud to say that we are of the very few cons offering Speed Dating, let alone LGBT Speed Dating
Lastly to address, individuals may choose to participate in any of the heterosexual or LGBT sessions. We do not restrict anyone from participating regardless of their preferences. HOWEVER, we are very strict on emphasizing that Speed Dating is for 18YO+ SINGLES
. We strongly discourage couples or fans wanting to make friends ("Speed Friending") to participate. There are other appropriate events for fans to participate in to make friends, like other con events. Will it happen in the future? Perhaps with enough interest and support from the fan community. However, Speed Dating will like to take our time and perfect our current services before jumping into other projects and diluting the quality of our events.