Yaoi-Con subscribes to the idea that there is "infinite diversity in infinite
combinations," (IDIC) thus we welcome all fans of yaoi who are age 18 and over.
(With respect to the Star Trek fandom where the "infinite diversity in infinite
combinations" clause was first seen.) To expand on the IDIC in regard to Yaoi-Con
convention, we celebrate and respect diversity in all forms. Yaoi-Con is a meeting
place for our attendees to revel in the yaoi genre, regardless of background. We
expect that our attendees are mature enough to treat all others at Yaoi-Con with
a respect that serves to unite the community.
Everybody is here to have a good time, to meet people, and to enjoy being with others who also enjoy yaoi. In order to make this convention comfortable for all, we will have a Zero Tolerance policy towards prejudice.
Prejudicial remarks or behavior toward other con attendees, con staff, volunteers, hotel staff, guests, or anyone else, on the grounds of sexual orientation (heterosexual, gay, lesbian, or bisexual), gender/gender identification, relationship orientation (monogamous or polyamorous), race, religion, disability, or ethnic background will not be tolerated at any time during the convention weekend, regardless of whether or not programming and registration are open at the time the inappropriate behavior occurs. This includes both physical and verbal behavior. If an issue is brought to our attention and can be verified by witnesses, the person responsible will be banned from the current Yaoi-Con, all subsequent Yaoi-Cons, and all activities related to present and future Yaoi-Cons, including any other events run by Digital Manga, Inc.
Rules of ConductThis set of rules of conduct will mostly cover situations specific to our particular con.
Rules I (The Common Sense Division)
1. Badge ResponsibilityAll attendees MUST wear and/or maintain their badges and security bracelet at all times. If a badge and/or bracelet is obtained and used by a minor or unauthorized/banned person to gain admission into the convention, the attendee to whom the badge/bracelet originally belonged to may be held liable for any damages incurred and/or risk being banned from Yaoi-Con and any other Digital Manga, Inc. events for life.
2. Respect Hotel RegulationsIn practice, that means quiet in the hallways after 11:00PM, no late night wild parties in the rooms, no trashing of hotel furnishings, and (needless to say) no theft, shoplifting, physical violence, or other illegal activities.
3. Respect Hotel Property and Convention Property.Anyone who damages their hotel room will be held financially responsible for the damages. Anyone who damages public hotel property (i.e., the lobbies or convention rooms) will be held responsible for the damages and be ejected from the Convention. Depending on the extent of the damage, the Hotel can press charges against you for destruction of private property. The Yaoi-Con also has the option of initiating a permanent ban on the member.
4. Respect the Rights of other Guests at the Hotel.Of course, you may want to read yaoi manga with your roommates until 4 a.m. Just keep the decibels down for the sake of the people in the next room trying to sleep. (Do not be a literal "shrieking fan".) If you want to schmooze with other fans, the video room will be open all night, and schmoozing (as well as appreciative comments about the yaoi guys on display) may be carried on there. As a general courtesy to other guests, please leave hallways and doorways clear, and go talk in the lobby or coffee shop. If the hotel gets complaints from other guests about the behavior of con members, it's not likely that they'll have us back again.
5. Be nice to the staff - they're doing the best they canThere are reasons why you may have to wait to get into the crowded dealers' room, most of them having to do with fire code. There are reasons why you have to show your con ID before entering convention rooms due to the age-restricted material on display. (Like being carded at a bar, consider it a compliment.) Patience and politeness work wonders in smoothing the little wrinkles that appear at the best-regulated conventions. Arguing and getting mad, naturally, do not.
6. Be nice to other fans. "Your fandom is OK, my fandom is OK."If you must have an angry debate over your favorite pairing, be considerate of the surrounding fans and do it somewhere outside the convention space. If guests are disruptive, con-ops will have to escort you to somewhere outside the convention space and not let you back.
7. Leave your weapons at home.While costume weaponry (as allowed by the Masquerade/Cosplay Rules and Weapons Policy) is welcome at the convention, leave your real weapons at home (this includes "live steel", wooden, leather or plastic paddles, bats or any similarly designed implements). Don't risk having yourself removed from the convention.
8. Contact us regarding complaints with Dealers and Staff.If you have a problem or a complaint about a dealer, please bring it to the attention of our Dealers' Room Staff. If you have a problem or complaint about a convention staff member, please speak to our security volunteers who will, if necessary, refer your case at once to the security officer. The staff, not the volunteers, will respond to all complaints professionally and immediately.
9. The previous Yaoi-Con ban list is still in effect.Digital Manga, Inc. is contractually obligated to continue maintaining the list of banned individuals from previous Yaoi-Con years. That means that, yes, an individual who was previously banned is still banned.
Rules II (Our Guests division)
1. Autographs and Sketches:The official guests will sign autographs at certain appointed times and only at those times. Acceptable items to bring to a signing are: the guests' published works or any guest-related items Yaoi-Con makes available for purchase at the con. Please do not bring program books, blank paper or shikishi. Guests will be unable to do sketches for fans at any time.
There will be no exceptions to these rules. Even if the guest is polite and does not refuse your request, if the incident is reported -- and verified -- or observed by staff, you may be asked to leave the convention and risk being banned from future conventions.
2. Photographs:With any of the guests, consult the program book where we'll say if a guest prefers not to have their picture taken. These photographs may be run as 'general con pictures' on your Web site, but not as part of an 'About this guest' page, as we do not wish to garner any unwanted publicity for our guests.
3. General Conduct:Don't visit Official Guests in their hotel rooms. They need their privacy, just like everyone else. Be considerate of our guests. If the mangaka want to socialize with their fans, they'll do it in the lobby.
Attendees are allowed bring a little present for their favorite guest, though we stress that it is a little present (something less than $10). Don't forget they have to take it back home in a day or two. Flowers are traditional, and might brighten their hotel rooms, but guests won't be able to take them back with them on the plane.
In general, please be courteous and polite to all Yaoi-Con guests. Respect their space, their time, their eardrums, and any differences in culture.
If you have more questions on what is considered acceptable or unacceptable behavior that have not been covered here, please email info[at]yaoicon.com and we will look into it for you.