[2017] The PlushieCon at GalaCon 2017.
#21
That smell... The smell of exploding li-po batteries? :p
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#22
Like last year, there's a feedback survey for PlushieCon:

https://goo.gl/forms/DmescyaUp03fUMWX2

(Google account is required. I don't know the exact details since I'm not the author of the survey.)

Feedback is important for us, the Team PlushieCon. Only this way, we get to learn about the "customers' view" and can work on our improvement to give you an even better PlushieCon at GalaCon 2018. Therefore, we ask everyone, no matter if participant with own plushie or just part of the audience: take part and fill out this survey! Twilight smile We'll read every single feedback Cheerilee
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#23
This was the first year I didn't pop in to take a look, but I'm sure you took good care of the horseys. Hopefully the visitors agree.
 Pinkie approved
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(11.08.2017, 14:49)Railway Dash Wrote: Well... there isn't much of a story to share from me. As the lead PlushieCon orga (yeah, I know, I'm not an official GalaCon orga but as the official leader of PlushieCon, I consider myself being an orga as well), I had lots.of work, work.and even more work, but I knew that before the con started - it was no surprise, was the same as last year.

But seeing the happy faces of the visitors, be it at PlushieCon or GalaCon in general, always tells me that I did something useful with my time, could help to create something that actually made people happy - and that's what's so special about being a volunteer (after all, orgas are just volunteers as well, only with much.more time of the year to spend and with much more responsibilities) at such an event. It's no stupid, senseless, meaningless work.

<admin> moved posts over here and added quote of original post.

ARE. YOU. EFFING. KIDDING. ME. ?!

First of all, NO: ORGAS ARE NOT JUST VOLUNTEERS. The time, effort and work put into ORGANIZING a con is not even halfway the task or work a volunteer does. Whilst a volunteer is occupied only  FEW DAYS and even then not even the whole day, an orga is occupied the whole year, takes no holidays and even sometimes works up to 20 hours A DAY, e.g. when talking to agents and possible VIPS due to different time zones.
YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA OF THE AMOUNT OF WORK NEEDED TO MAKE A CONVENTION. I do, been into organizing since 2009 for different events, such als DoKoMi (biggest japan expo), GrugaLiga (biggest pokemon LARP) and I know way more about GalaCon and the stuff happening behind the scenes than you could imagine.

Second: Your PlushieCon merely is a showroom for stuffed animals and simply advertises the craftsmanship of others. To be quite frankly, it shouldn't even be called a CON, since there is no supporting program or even framework events to it. No social events, no talks about the history of making, no discussions about the vast variety of techniques or details in sewing and so on. I could continue this list even further. An don't you dare taking any of these ideas for yourself and use them for your purposes!

Third: Your aggressive ways of advertising stuffed animals is highly enerving, thus devaluating the craftsmanship and skills put into those. You have been behaving like a peacock, only that those feathers aren't righteously yours. And in my honest opinion there is absolutely nothing for you to be proud of. Handing out the animals to their right owners? Making sure nothing gets stolen, broken or dirty? Arranging the toys for show? Simpy put: THAT'S YOUR EFFING RESPONSIBILITY! Nothing more, nothing less.

I highly advise you to step down from your self illusional throne before somebody else cuts you off of your high cloud.
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(11.08.2017, 16:10)Sundance Wrote: ARE. YOU. EFFING. KIDDING. ME. ?!

great way to start your positive critisim, i am sure everyone will stand behind you now

(11.08.2017, 16:10)Sundance Wrote: First of all, NO: ORGAS ARE NOT JUST VOLUNTEERS. The time, effort and work put into ORGANIZING a con is not even halfway the task or work a volunteer does. Whilst a volunteer is occupied only  FEW DAYS and even then not even the whole day, an orga is occupied the whole year, takes no holidays and even sometimes works up to 20 hours A DAY, e.g. when talking to agents and possible VIPS due to different time zones.

even though he is not a real orga, he does work closely with the galacon organisers,closer then most other volunteers. also, maybe not for you, but for a lot of people plushycon is quite a big part of galacon, i for one love it.
yes it's not as important as the official part of galacon, but still i say cudo's to him and his team, it might not be big, but it still takes a lot of time to set it all up, run everything neatly and orderly, and make sure everything goes as planned
like he said, he is not a part of the official galacon organisers, but he IS a organiser, a organiser of plushiecon
and to realise that, he has to work closely to the official galacon orga.

(11.08.2017, 16:10)Sundance Wrote: YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA OF THE AMOUNT OF WORK NEEDED TO MAKE A CONVENTION. I do, been into organizing since 2009 for different events, such als DoKoMi (biggest japan expo), GrugaLiga (biggest pokemon LARP) and I know way more about GalaCon and the stuff happening behind the scenes than you could imagine.

so you never started with organising smaller things? the size of... for example... plushiecon?
let the guy have his moment, he is learning, and doing something he likes.
also, nice namedropping, trying to make yourself seem better then other organisers huh?
if knowing so much about a con, makes you such a unpleasant individual, i am glad he doesn't know as much, because, apparently, knowledge, makes people like you.
on another note, last paragraph, you told us that being a orga, means a lot of work, your organizing 2 big events right? where do you get the time to volunteer for galacon... or... is it not as much work as you originally thought...

(11.08.2017, 16:10)Sundance Wrote: Second: Your PlushieCon merely is a showroom for stuffed animals and simply advertises the craftsmanship of others. To be quite frankly, it shouldn't even be called a CON, since there is no supporting program or even framework events to it. No social events, no talks about the history of making, no discussions about the vast variety of techniques or details in sewing and so on. I could continue this list even further. An don't you dare taking any of these ideas for yourself and use them for your purposes!

have you even read the description of plushycon? its a convention for PLUSHIES, not their owners! do you really think the plushies care about how they are made, what their history is?
its a place, that we can see all the plushies that are dear to us, together.
plushiecon is described just as you said, a showroom for stuffed animals, and it shows the craftsmanship of others. it's like a temporary plushie museum, made by him, and his volunteers, and everyone who entered one or more plushies, why? because we like it, we like seeing our plushing out there, on the big stage, being looked at by everyone.
So it isn't a con, even then, its a creative name for a event, with a nice reasoning behind it.
its really sad how you have to bash on other peoples glory, just to feel better yourself... or is there another reason, if so, please enlighten me.

(11.08.2017, 16:10)Sundance Wrote: Third: Your aggressive ways of advertising stuffed animals is highly enerving, thus devaluating the craftsmanship and skills put into those. You have been behaving like a peacock, only that those feathers aren't righteously yours. And in my honest opinion there is absolutely nothing for you to be proud of. Handing out the animals to their right owners? Making sure nothing gets stolen, broken or dirty? Arranging the toys for show? Simpy put: THAT'S YOUR EFFING RESPONSIBILITY! Nothing more, nothing less.

he was not agressive at all, you are, he is more then allowed to be proud for what he has done.
he made a system to register all the plushies, make sure they are all handled with care (also behind the screens, i have seen it, and top notch job) and yes, arranging is part of the process, just piling it up in a bunch is no fun way to showcase them.
yes that's his responsibility, one that he took upon himself, to give us the event thats outstanding!
and it is a outstanding event. that's why the numbers of plushiecon have been growing, because he is doing the job he has given himself, and kudo's to that.
(11.08.2017, 16:10)Sundance Wrote: I highly advise you to step down from your self illusional throne before somebody else cuts you off of your high cloud.
hmm... i sensed nothing even like arrogance from his post... yours however... i think you made a fine example how not to act after you accomplished something. pushing others in the dirt so you can feel a little better. i think you should have a long look at yourself, and compare yourself to other con orga's.
i hope your not acting like this IRL because then the cons you were in the organisation with... might be your last.
i suggest you watch some my little pony, the episode "Crusaders of the lost mark" to be precise, because you are a lot like diamond tiara, lets hope you make the right choice, like she did.
on second thought, no, you don't act like diamond tiara... you act like Spoiled rich, her mother. you have your nose so far up in the air, that you can't see in front of you, everyone that's lower than you, you use as a footstool. to me, you don't deserve the air that you breath, why? because of posts like this.

leaving this all behind, i would like to congratulate Railway Dash on another fine plushiecon, it was awesome! i saw how you handled the plushies, both onstage, and offstage, and i think you did a mighty fine job!
i will certainly put my plushies up for plushiecon again at galacon 2018!

and sundance, with your attitude, i hope i will see you next year, not as a volunteer, but as a normal visitor, because if i were galacon, i wouldn't want a volunteer that thinks like this. even more, galacon would be less fun knowing you were there, parading around, feeling better than the other visitors
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(11.08.2017, 17:45)tomtenberge Wrote: great way to start your positive critisim, i am sure everyone will stand behind you now

Like your sarcastic, willfully negative provoking below? Don't preach if you can't be the example.

Quote:even though he is not a real orga, he does work closely with the galacon organisers,closer then most other volunteers.

That is a false statement.
State your sources. I'd like to correct the flow of information.

Quote:so you never started with organising smaller things? the size of... for example... plushiecon?

GrugaLiga 2015 (200 participants), meetups with 80+ participants, the three-day meetup in 2012 in Krefeld, germany for example. She was involved. She ran the Lucky Chocolate Maid Cafe of DoKoMi when it was smaller and already settled as a seperate venture.

Quote:also, nice namedropping, trying to make yourself seem better then other organisers huh?

It's a vita, giving examples to back up her statements.
Your willigness to merely interpret negatively speaks not well for your own. Your attempts to provoke are shameful. Emotional arguing is worthless.

Quote:apparently, knowledge, makes people like you.

Keep that in mind for future events.

Quote:where do you get the time to volunteer for galacon... or... is it not as much work as you originally thought...

It's called "effort". If you want to do something, then you make it happen. Are you willing to detail your life to us? If not, make no poor attempts to provoke disclosure of private information that is none of your business.
Sidenote: another willfully negative interpretation.

Quote:plushiecon is described just as you said, a showroom for stuffed animals

Then why call it "con"?

Quote:ts really sad how you have to bash on other peoples glory, just to feel better yourself... or is there another reason, if so, please enlighten me.

Take the first step and enlighten the audience why you are bashing someone else yourself and obviously merely trying to discredit another person by placing willfully negative interpretations all over.

Quote:hmm... i sensed nothing even like arrogance from his post...

Referenced: Twitter, other forums, internal volunteer chats
You meddle without the least overviews whatsoever.

Quote:pushing others in the dirt so you can feel a little better.

Trying to discredit her in the open here, so the audience might share your bitter, unasked, unneccessary response? Does that make you feel better, in turn? Is Railway Dash in need of your meddling?


Quote:i think you should have a long look at yourself, and compare yourself to other con orga's.

Keep that in mind for future events.

Quote:i hope your not acting like this IRL because then the cons you were in the organisation with... might be your last.

Keep that in mind for future events.

Quote:i suggest you watch some my little pony

She stated multiple times, she's not into pony and doesn't care. Still she sacrifices time, money and sweat to help run the event.
How about you try to take some pony to heart, where they talked about not being a mean person and approach others respectfully?

Your attempts at characterization are brave, given you judge her by this one post.
Instead, maybe you'd like to seek advice from the volunteers she was team lead for to gain a more precise idea of her character?

Quote:because if i were galacon, i wouldn't want a volunteer that thinks like this. even more, galacon would be less fun knowing you were there, parading around, feeling better than the other visitors

Keep that in mind for future events.


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I trust no more meddling is required now. Railway Dash should be given the chance to respond on hiw own. Every public escalation will be cut short.
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#27
I will. But not now because I'm still at work, and this can't be done in a few minutes just on a.mobile.

Would be nice if this thread wouldn't be derailed any further, though. For.my response, I will use my.own thread.
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#28
A direct link to the post I'm referring to, as it was written in the (in my opinion) wrong thread:

https://www.eurobronies.org/thread-675-p...ml#pid6495 .

(11.08.2017, 16:10)Sundance Wrote: ARE. YOU. EFFING. KIDDING. ME. ?!

First of all, NO: ORGAS ARE NOT JUST VOLUNTEERS.

"Volunteers" was meant as a term for persons who voluntarily work for an event in their off time. Orgas are not just volunteers? Does this imply you are forced to work for GalaCon or the other events? As far as I know it's your own decision which event you put work into, so it's voluntary work, or not? This makes every orga sort of a volunteer - and in my original post, I mentioned

Railway Dash Wrote:only with much.more time of the year to spend and with much more responsibilities
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so I put it that orgas do more work and put more time, effort and work into organizing a con. Yet, after all, they do it voluntarily. If this is not true and someone is somehow forced to organize a con, feel free to correct me. I didn't mean anything else but the voluntary work in the personal off time.

Quote:Whilst a volunteer is occupied only  FEW DAYS and even then not even the whole day, an orga is occupied the whole year

Implying team PlushieCon would be occupied only the few days of GalaCon, which simply is not true. We may not put as much work into organizing PlushieCon as the GalaCon orgas do into organizing GalaCon, but programming our software, testing it, thinking of all the possibilities that may occur at the event and how to meet them also consumes pretty much more than just a "FEW DAYS". It was only yesterday (Thursday) when we once again had an hour-long teamspeak meetup (about three hours), reviewing our work at GalaCon 2017, searching and discussing mistakes that were made, discussing ways to improve ourselves, our processes and so on and already doing some planning for better processes at GalaCon 2018.

Quote:takes no holidays and even sometimes works up to 20 hours A DAY, e.g. when talking to agents and possible VIPS due to different time zones.

Given - we're not doing that since we simply don't have someone in another time zone to talk to. For the work of 20 hours a day: feel free to ask members of my team how long the "core members" (Lux_Pony, Crash Override, Risingstar and me) actually worked on Saturday. GalaCon demanded 8.5 hours from its volunteers, right? Well: Lux_Pony had something between 14 and 16 hours with no real break; Crash, Rising and me had something about 13 ~ 14 hours. My apologies we couldn't come up with 20 hours since between 7 and 24 o'clock, only 17 hours are left at all.

Quote:Second: Your PlushieCon merely is a showroom for stuffed animals and simply advertises the craftsmanship of others. To be quite frankly, it shouldn't even be called a CON

As for the name: this name was created by Saij himself back in 2015. Until then, it was only called the "plushie meetup", for the lack of a better (or any, for that matter) name. - Before anyone starts to shout about "name copyright": don't. I always saw the name as a gift to us back in 2015, and we continued to use it since then. Saij was at several events where smaller PlushieCons were held and never objected to the use of that name, so I guess it's alright with him.

"Merely a showroom": yes, it is. Since last year when PlushieCon officially became part of the GalaCon program (it was just a private panel back in 2015, on an experimental level to see whether this concept could even work on a con of this size), one of its purposes is to give people a chance to have a seat during the evening events - not outside the venue but still inside. You know that seats are very rare both at the Gala and at the disco. Opening an empty theater room surely isn't the most attractive idea, so PlushieCon also serves as sort of a "relaxation room" - in a friendly environment, with a huge gathering of plushies.

Quote:since there is no supporting program or even framework events to it. No social events, no talks about the history of making, no discussions about the vast variety of techniques or details in sewing and so on. I could continue this list even further. An don't you dare taking any of these ideas for yourself and use them for your purposes!

Wrong. Absolutely wrong, it shows to me you don't even know us at all.

Back in 2015, there was indeed no supporting program whatsoever, that's correct. Last year; I did some "hosting" by opening and closing PlushieCon as "Princess Celestia" (cos-acting, not just the cosplay, which didn't turn out to be the best idea ever, given by the feedback); in between, I answered questions from the audience, re-arranged plushies, mentioned and showed special plushies and so on. If you search across bronies.de, you will even find the feedback. For example, here's one of the feedback posts (german):

https://www.bronies.de/showthread.php?ti...pid7113094

... referring to my cos-acting of Princess Celestia. Okay, this cos-acting last year wasn't my best idea ever, I got that - but you cannot tell me there is absolutely no supporting program!

As for this year: once again, I hosted PlushieCon. I was at the stage most of the time, I opened it dressed in a classical tails (deutsch: Frack, mußte bei Google nachschlagen nach dem englischen Wort - sorry, falls "tails" falsch ist), then changed to my Princess Celestia cosplay (without the acting, of course, only symbolising we care as much for each plushie as Celestia would care for each of her ponies), changed back to the tails and closed the event. Here is video proof that there WAS some sort of program (I consider myself hosting the event as appropriate program):

https://youtu.be/BEqDdZ16BGM?t=1h20m41s

I presented e.g. the smallest and the tallest plushies, the mascots of other events, "special plushies" such as the "Discorded Mane6", "LyBon", "Appledash" and so on - so don't tell me there would be no talking whatsoever!

As for the history: before you claim this to be your idea, better read the panel applications: I applied for a panel called "A brief history of PlushieCon" or something like this (it was months ago) where I would have presented the history of the whole PlushieCon project. It was rejected (which I don't have any issue with), but I do indeed plan to bring it up as a sort of "framework panel" for PlushieCon 2018. Right on Saturday evening, I had a discussion with Squirrel from Ponyville Live because there was, just as last year, no official video recording or even streaming - different from what Saij and I had agreed on (or at least, he wanted to try to get it recorded). Squirrel told me about the same thing, that there'd be no framework, nothing worth to be recorded or even streamed; obviously, he also thought PlushieCon was still on the same level as back in 2015. That is simply not true!! For this year, I had no panel ready at hand (could have talked about it without any material, but I think it's better with an actual presentation, Squirrel suggested PowerPoint; and he was already shutting down his technology anyway), "only" my hosting - but some of the things you mentioned, I actually talked about! If you don't believe me, ask 404, he witnessed a part of my stage moderation (not the whole event, of course)!

But please do us all a favor and don't spread "false facts" around!

Back to the "framework panel": I intend to bring it up (History of PlushieCon, how this whole project came to live and developed) as a framework panel for next year's PlushieCon - if I'm allowed to (will explain in the 2nd next sentence); then there should be something that's worth being recorded, maybe even streamed; and people can watch it later on video. It shall be accompanied by a Q&A, both from the audience in the hall as via internet chat that's projected at the beamer. - If I'm allowed: I was told before GalaCon that as long as there's an event with many people at the Foyer (the Gala), no events inside the main theater hall are allowed that are likely to attract many people. This didn't come from me, it came from Bergkamener, and he got it from the venue - due to German fire protection and security laws. An exhibition in the main hall is okay but no event that is likely to attract many visitors, so it is entirely possible I simply will not be allowed to do such a framework panel. This is not my fault!

And as for the "don't you dare": you may have noticed I'm not a child anymore, so I'd appreciate it if you don't treat me like one. Besides, I have a brain and a mind of my own, I simply don't need to steal any ideas from you. If you think about the same ideas as I do, that's merely a coincidence, no idea can be truly unique - but that is no reason to "don't you dare" me!

Quote:Third: Your aggressive ways of advertising stuffed animals is highly enerving, thus devaluating the craftsmanship and skills put into those. You have been behaving like a peacock, only that those feathers aren't righteously yours.

I don't really understand what you're meaning by "advertising stuffed animals". Do you mean doing advertising for PlushieCon? Well, part of the feedback both in 2015 and 2016 was sort of "if I had known earlier about it, I would have put my plushie into it as well". So that tells me that still some advertising is necessary, since there are new visitors at GalaCon every year who have never before heard of the events or can really imagine what a "PlushieCon" should be. So that's why I do the advertising.

It is aggressive? Pardon me, but are you to be triggered this easily?! "Aggressive" to me would mean I'd personally chase up any plushie owner at GalaCon and urge them into giving us their plushie(s). Did I do that? I can't remember, but if anyone noticed me urging anyone in person (which really could be considered "aggressive"), please refresh my mind - I'm not getting any younger, if I really did and just forgot about it, maybe I should go and see a doctor.

Quote:And in my honest opinion there is absolutely nothing for you to be proud of. Handing out the animals to their right owners? Making sure nothing gets stolen, broken or dirty? Arranging the toys for show? Simpy put: THAT'S YOUR EFFING RESPONSIBILITY! Nothing more, nothing less.

Yes, it is, and I chose to do so voluntarily. But I'm not doing this all alone, on my own - PlushieCon is a team effort, each and every member of the team makes his/her contribution to the result, and we all share that responsibility. But you see: we are not obliged to take this responsibility. For 2017, our contracts are fulfilled, and no one can force any of my team members, me (or you, for that matter, since I got the impression the stress level of organizing things may seem too high for you, reading your post here) to sign another contract for 2018 again. That means: we all do what we do voluntarily - once again.

Why do I stress this so much? You think I didn't do any organization work at all? May I remind you that back in 2015, I was just a private panelist with an experimental concept. Within merely five weeks, I had to form a team of my own, I had to look for volunteers even though I had nothing I could offer them because they weren't considered official GalaCon volunteers. Please read for yourself: https://www.bronies.de/showthread.php?tid=22572 (in German, again). Some of "my" volunteers back then happened to be official GalaCon volunteers from other teams who worked for the then-new PlushieCon during their off time. That's no organization work? I had to come up with a system that makes sure every owner gets back his plushies, that system didn't exist before. No organization work? Thinking through the processes that need to be made? Merely random volunteer's work? Excuse me, but I don't think so - and neither does my team. We had a little help from Bergkamener when we started at GalaCon 2015, consisting in registration forms with liability exclusions, threads, numbers for the plushies and the owners and a single lent notebook. From then on, we were allowed to use up the numbers (which has happened long ago, I believe we used the last of this numbers at last years' GalaCon), but otherwise, we did everything on our own. Every little piece of equipment is our own, every number tape, every computer, every piece of technology - everything! It is paid by team members from their own private money - so much for "not putting any money into it"! Yes, other volunteers do donate things, too. But every volunteer? We are not fund or being paid (for the material, not the time since the time is voluntary work), in no way whatsoever, from any event we're on - so much only for your information. And we don't get any ticket fees or something like that. It's possible every con orga puts more private money into GalaCon than we do into PlushieCon, but I stress the point that we also spend not just time but also money on making PlushieCon happen!

And I do have something to be proud of: my team. Yes, I am proud of my team, of their work, their trust in me leading the team and presenting PlushieCon and thus giving them something to be proud of: successful work! A chance for personal development!

Yes, I'm representing PlushieCon by being on the stage. And I enjoy being on the stage, I will freely admit this. But it is not merely for my own personal pleasure: no one else from the team wants to take the microphone, speak to the audience, stand in the stage light and do the "smiling, greeting and waving"! But both the team and the audience want to have the plushies not just put on a table but have them presented - so I'm doing something I want and can. I ask around the team every time if someone else wants to do the presentation - but you see, not everyone wants to talk to the audience or even stand at the stage, so they leave this task to me. Is this the "peacock behaviour" you wrote about? If I would not do any presentation, you'd once again tell me that there is no framework around the exhibition - well now, what's it going to be? A "silent exhibition", a "plushie museum" without any presentation, or something with a framework around it? It's not possible to have both at the same time.

And I will not let you or anyone just bash my teams' hard work, just stomp it into the dirt! Mark my words! I feel responsible for my team, and I will defend them and their work! Your post here tells them their work isn't important, they didn't achieve anything and may frankly just stay at home - I am not to tolerate this!

When it comes to pulling rank: may I remind you you had, at GalaCons 2016 and 2017, the same rank as I? We both were team leaders! Granted, you're married to an orga, I'm not - but you, Sundance, are officially still team leader, not GalaCon orga, no matter how much you may be helping your husband or the other orgas! And as a team leader, I'm sure you will stand for your team members - and nothig else I'm doing right now. Attack my team or their work - and you are attacking me. I'm sure you would see it the same way if I was to attack your team's work (I won't because I have absolutely no reason for it).

To the end, a short history of how PlushieCon even came to GalaCon: after two smaller "plushie meetups" (gatherings of plushies at smaller meetups, the Blackys Bar Meetup in Magdeburg and the Winter Wrap Up in Wildflecken) in spring 2014, people came to me and wanted me to take this idea to GalaCon. Okay, I applied for it, and it was ultimately rejected by the 2014 orga - you can read it (once again, in German, only the copies of the original mails are in English) here: https://www.bronies.de/showthread.php?tid=17719 . Okay, no big deal for me. In spring 2015, there was once again the plushie meetup at the WWU (2014 and 2015 only made by Meganium, Crash Override and me). Meanwhile, many GalaCon orga team members had changed, Saij, who was a visitor at the 2015 WWU, had become chairman of GalaCon, and it was him who wanted to have the plushie meetup at the GalaCon - not me, I wouldn't have applied a second time! He asked me to have it at GalaCon. In 2015, with the risks still being unknown to GalaCon since no one had ever attempted to do something like this on a brony con of this size before, I got a panelist contract and had to form my own team, as mentioned above. I fully understand GalaCon had to test the whole thing back then, not making it a fully official part of GalaCon itself right at the beginning. My team really enjoyed the work, and whilst I considered it a one-time event, they came up with new ideas for 2016 only days after the end of GalaCon 2015. Besides, at Saturday con night 2015, Saij talked to me, basically saying "next year: again, and then, we'll go really big, and PlushieCon will become official part of GalaCon" - so I had an order, and the team was only too happy to have a new project to work on: PlushieCon at GalaCon 2016. It all basically repeated itself in 2016. In the meantime, we were at smaller events (Brony Fair 2016 amongst them) - every time, we were asked to be there by the orgas, so it's not me running around and urging every orga "hey, I do have something, don't you want to have us?" - no, the orgas are asking us to be at their events. I can imagine you, once again, don't believe me, so feel free to ask Zecora95, Shimmer_Light, Mystogan (for Derpyfest), Xaid, Evangelion or JasterFox for Brony Fair and Sweetie Pie for WWU - to name only the events where we already were.

Quote:I highly advise you to step down from your self illusional throne before somebody else cuts you off of your high cloud.

Advise taken. But just in case it was meant as a threat: I'm not scared that easily. What do you want to do? Use your influence to have PlushieCon removed from GalaCon 2018? If so, go on - it will be up to you to explain to the visitors why PlushieCon at GalaCon 2018 wouldn't happen again; besides, in the end, you need to convince more than one orga. Or have me banned as a volunteer for GalaCon 2018? Go on, too - the team will probably function without me, too; I can be a regular visitor (depending on the guests, maybe even with a Plus or a Bizzam ticket; I'd have had one this year had I been a regular visitor). If it helps my team and their project, the PlushieCon, to survive, I'm more than willing to sacrifice my position as volunteer or team leader. - Just saying.

I'm almost done with my response. To end it, please allow me a personal note: to me, you seemed to be really professional both at GalaCon this and last year, I've experienced you as calm, resolved, determined - in short: as highly professional. Your post now, however, gives me a picture that is the complete opposite: to me, it appears merely as hysterical virtual SCREAMING AND SHOUTING (even more so by the use of CAPSLOCK!), a behaviour that seems to me to be highly unprofessional. But that is just my personal opinion - and the opinion of some people who already wrote to me via PM in the meantime.

Now I spent two and a half hours on this, I'm really exhausted (had a shift of 10:15 in my real life work)... if you please will excuse me now. From tomorrow on, I'm off on vacation. I don't intend to go on with a fruit- and (frankly) useless discussion; I'll read, but it's possible I won't answer anytime soon again. Goodnight.
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#29
So far I read your answer and I noticed some misunderstandings that I would like to sort out. However, we have a big wedding today and I will not be available before next week. If you might want to wait for my reply, I will come back to you as soon as possible.
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i soleheartedly agree with Railway Dash, that is pretty much what i wanted to say in my post, and more!

unfortunately i am not as good with words as Railway Dash (thats why he is presenting on stage, and i am not :P)

all i want to say is, i stand behind plushiecon, both in its concept, and its execution. its a GREAT addition to the GalaCon, using up mostly space that otherwise wouldn't be utilized and making a lot of people happy!

i think Railway Dash and his team deserve just as much respect as any other team working on Galacon, i mean, in the end, thats what makes Galacon, the organisation, the volunteers, and the visitors, take any of them away, and galacon is no more, and plushiecon is a huge success, you can be ready for a lot more plushies next year! cuz i am bringing em!
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#31
@Sundance: no hurry, I'll be waiting - I'd say we have plenty of time to sort things out before next GalaCon RD wink

During my vacation, I just might not be able to respond quickly (especially with such a wall of text as last night), but I'll look in here on a regular basis and read along.

Please enjoy the wedding celebration, may it be a successful and joyful one and be a good start into marriage for the couple! Brohoof (Please don't mind the pony smilies... I use them on a standard basis, not to try to trigger or anger anyone. I know you're not into the ponies, and I have absolutely no issue with it.)
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#32
Ok, now everyone take a deep breathe, and remember that we all want to do a great event. There were things that worked well this year, there were things going in a wrong direction, and there is still plenty of room for improvements. These topics will be discussed between GalaCon orga team and Plushicon team at a given time, and for the sake of honesty and straightforwardness, not publicly.
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(Ignoring the drama:)
No matter if the PlushieCon overestimates its importance, it still sould be respected that handling over 500 plushies is a delicate task as (at least custom) plushies are still somehow the "holy grail" of merchandize. Just imagine the drama if a plushy gets lost or damaged.
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