I elect removing registration...the con does not need that....its BORING! JK kids....load in and load out take a long time, and it gets ugly when you hit overtime and double time.....
I totally agree...on the time, not on the getting rid of reg XD. Every second counts, especially when the venue requires you to be OUT by a certain time...the longer you stay, the bigger the convention pays.
Something half-related, but not...the pre-masquerade show. While I think the shows have been pretty good, I must admit, they have seemed awfully -long- to me.. The first year I attended in 2010, I was a contestant, the second, I was just in the audience, and I felt the same way about both. I remember seeing that the reason that the performances are scheduled for pre-show is because it means that you have a "captive audience" since many leave after the performances and do not wait for the awards. But at the same time, you have people who show up in costume...some of those costumes being quite complex and hard to wear for long periods, and then they have to wait out the pre-show. Even if you're early in the running order, it's still strikes me as a challenge to sit through that.
I have two suggestions I'd like to throw out there for consideration:
1. Slightly shorten the pre-show. I am pretty sure it runs at least 45 minutes, but I could be wrong.
2. Split up the show between pre-show and halftime/judging. Say, 20 minutes pre-show and 20 minutes halftime, with maybe the AMV awards to stretch things out if the judges need time, or something that can easily be interrupted.
I am sure that I will be neenered for such a suggestion, but I figure it can't hurt to put it out there.