My perspective about the maid cafe:
I think the maid cafe is great.
The amount of effort and time that the maids put in should be commended. As people gripe about it
don't forget they have to practice for performances, pay for their own uniforms, go to many (many many)
meetings and practices. Many are younger, most don't do it for the service-aspect and MOST patrons know this.
My gripe however:
and this might be what others gripe about, but the point is perhaps lost here or misunderstood.
The food isn't great (not what the maid cafe is about) however since it is STILL a Service oriented event the feedback should be noted. I thought the food was better than in years past, and the prices were also better. I just wish the con could negotiate a better deal with SJCC <- Those are the real people to bitch to. If the food is that crappy, point the finger at the Concession, not the Con (Maid Cafe).
My thoughts on attendees:
I thought the amount of cosplayers was down, the maturity level was up during the day (simply due to increased numbers of attendees), but the number of hotel parties seem to have risen.
I don't know for sure, but the con seemed safer this year...and this is partly due to "overbearing" rovers. If you are a minor and complaining, consider that your parents have entrusted the con to be providing an event that has your well-being in mind. Rovers, peace-bonding, lines... no matter what criticisms exist (founded or not-founded) exist for your safety.
I want to say I deeply appreciated their presence.
To me, this was not the best year I've been to (my own fault for what i chose to participate in or attend). The "by fans for fans" really should be considered when you make complaints. Working with limited to no budgets, departments have to execute and provide attendees with the best they are able or willing to do as non-paid volunteers (by fans).
I.E.: you don't like the djs, as the head I'll pick different ones (but give me some constructive criticism)
but if you wanted someone specifically? write me a check, i'll go book them for you.
you think you can do a better job? apply...
didn't like the lighting? give me yours and write a check (so i can pay the union guy to hang it and take it down).