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Panels vs Fan Events: What is the Difference?
« on: May 12, 2016, 05:00:49 PM »

Recently, seeing the panels that have been revealed and some appear to be things that qualify more as Fan Events (specifically the Q&As where people are cosplaying as characters from a series). It does bring up a valid question, what really qualifies as a panel and what really qualifies as a fan event?
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Re: Panels vs Fan Events: What is the Difference?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2016, 06:28:30 PM »

You kind of answered your own question. Panels could be fan made as well, just depends if your showcasing something or dropping some knowledge on a certain show, game, etc... 

That's why they have a brief description on the panel/fan event in the fanime program guide. It's there for you to decide if it's worth going or skipping it.
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Re: Panels vs Fan Events: What is the Difference?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2016, 07:15:54 PM »

You kind of answered your own question. Panels could be fan made as well, just depends if your showcasing something or dropping some knowledge on a certain show, game, etc... 

That's why they have a brief description on the panel/fan event in the fanime program guide. It's there for you to decide if it's worth going or skipping it.
Not trying to speak for anyone, but I believe the question is "Fanime officially makes a distinction between two different types of events: Panels and Fan Events. What is the difference between these two official categories?" It's not a question of the events in the category called "Panels" being fan-run or not.

I have the same question -- Fan Events aren't given much of a description on the website as to what counts in that category vs. what counts as a panel, especially in cases where there seems to be overlap. As far as I can tell, Fan Events seems to be a catch-all category for scheduled events that don't fit neatly into being termed a "panel," but otherwise, it's not clear where the distinction is.

I suppose it doesn't matter terribly much, since as long as the events take place, it doesn't matter what the con terms them, but I'm interested to know the answer.


(Also, off-topic but since it's on my mind after trying to navigate the website to look at the panels schedule: the website is nearly impossible to navigate on a Microsoft Surface. Nothing responds to a finger touch, only a stylus touch, and that's not how I usually browse. Not sure who to bring up this issue to, or if it's so niche it might be a non-issue for the majority of attendees. Not sure how the website responds to toher touchscreen devices.)
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Re: Panels vs Fan Events: What is the Difference?
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2016, 01:34:49 PM »

(Also, off-topic but since it's on my mind after trying to navigate the website to look at the panels schedule: the website is nearly impossible to navigate on a Microsoft Surface. Nothing responds to a finger touch, only a stylus touch, and that's not how I usually browse. Not sure who to bring up this issue to, or if it's so niche it might be a non-issue for the majority of attendees. Not sure how the website responds to toher touchscreen devices.)

I have a Surface Pro 3, and I just tested the site on both my Surface and my iPhone. The navigation works fine on the iPhone, but not on the Surface, even if I resize the window smaller. It seems the developer made the classic mistake of assuming small screen = touch screen, even though with the proliferation of larger touch-screen devices, this is no longer the case.

Anyway, I doubt the web developer is reading this thread.
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Re: Panels vs Fan Events: What is the Difference?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2016, 04:45:52 PM »

I seriously doubt the web developer is reading this thread, either, but it was on my mind while posting. Maybe I'll send an email to the web team, if I can find an email for them.

I also have a Surface Pro 3.
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Re: Panels vs Fan Events: What is the Difference?
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2016, 11:15:45 PM »

this is an unofficial answer:

A fan event is an event or activity that requires resources that a normal panel room can't provide.
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Re: Panels vs Fan Events: What is the Difference?
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2016, 04:36:47 PM »

I might as well give my webteam update, since I thoroughly derailed this thread:
Emailed them, got a very prompt response, and they are looking into the issue for next year. For now I'll just have to make sure I have my stylus with me when I'm trying to access the website!
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Re: Panels vs Fan Events: What is the Difference?
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2016, 07:29:49 PM »

this is an unofficial answer:

A fan event is an event or activity that requires resources that a normal panel room can't provide.
This is mostly what I believe constitutes the difference between the two. If I'm wrong, I'm sure our Fan Events and/or Panels department heads will gently (or not gently :P) correct me.

I might as well give my webteam update, since I thoroughly derailed this thread:
Emailed them, got a very prompt response, and they are looking into the issue for next year. For now I'll just have to make sure I have my stylus with me when I'm trying to access the website!
Yes, I see it on our webteam's list of issues to address. We have your contact and will reach out if we need assistance in verifying the fix. Thank you again for bringing this to our attention.
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