Was thinking of recompiling certain notes from the old thread that has been deleted. And seeing as nowadays even more people were turning into cosplay culture, I might as well post this up.
So anyone else who wanna add stuff here can also chip in the posting. I won't be so strict on how you would want to format your posts, as long as you make it neat. I also try to do that. If there was anything you think should be posted here that should have been a common sense, you may post it.
Try not to spam the thread with other random unrelated replies/questions etc. If there was anything you'd like to point out, add in or whatever to my posts (or anyone else's) PMs away~
(Truthfully, even I was no sure how reorganize some of the notes but I'll try my best.)
General Safety concerns
- since most ACG events here were either organized at a public locations or shopping malls situated in main cities, one can't help not think about one's safety. So there are things people should always take note.
1. Presence of potential sexual offenders, predators, robbers, aggressors, drunk people etc
- This should not just be cosplay specific, but one should always watch for their own safety. Check if the venue was around places that may seem shady. If possible, come to event with friends or in groups.
- If you don't have people to accompany you home after events, try not to stay too long after everything's over. Have a set of curfew limits as to how long the limit go for you to stay out.
- Do not go/use/walk pass secluded areas ALONE. No matter if it may be a short-cut or whatever. Your safety is the priority.
- Most rapist, robbers do not attempt to assault people that had in their hand things that might be used against them, (like umbrellas, wooden swords etc). So if you cannot help going home alone, these things could help. Not as to actually be used to fight people or try try pick a fight with delinquents, but to prevent people who would want to pick YOU as potential targets.
- General safety precautions should also be included here.
[EDIT March 2012] Really and honestly, I do hope people be more aware and took care of their own safety. And not just wait until serious things like that shared post about a crossplayer being raped that's been all over FB recently, before anyone taking it seriously.
[EDIT October 2013] Yea, I AM stressing this again. I don't want to see anyone only started to really try watch out for their own safety once people starts getting randomly picked by psychos and get murdered. This applies whether or not that you're going out to events or just regular shopping to the mall.
2. If the event hall/areas are too crowded, avoid those areas.
- You cannot predict if there are people who would want to take advantage of you by molesting, picking your pockets, hurt you etc.
3. To avoid accidents, try to use safe materials in making your costumes/props. And be mindful of your props whenever you do stunts with them.
General event location etiquette
- might be redundant with latter topics/points.
1. If an ACG events are held at a public place like a shopping mall or public halls or open areas, try to not behave in any ways that may be offensive to the general population. Any 18SX/SG/PA/PL stuff please do it elsewhere in some enclosed space or something.
2. If an event was held at schools, universities, colleges aka any education facilities, please do not over-extend your 'exploration' towards the areas that are not part of the event held. Don't disturb the students or any teaching staff you may encounter. Do not toy with any equipments/facilities you may have found. Have some decency to behave well.
3. Do not vandalize the facilities or things in the place/building where an ACG event is held.
This was a reference to CF2011 incident. Every year CF attracted a lot of con-goers from all over. It's clear that we would be preparing ourselves to receive a lot of visitors to our event. But please take note we do not and cannot accurately predict just how many people would come to CF. Just because some mishaps happened, doesn't mean that the management did not predict such a massive turnout. As such:
- If the queue to enter was VERY long, please wait patiently. You will be tended to soon enough. (Or just come in when the crown is lesser) If the crowd is still very big and you have managed to enter the event hall, remember to think about those still waiting their turns to see the event and try to not loiter around doing nothing. Give chance to other con-goers to experience the event. If you want to photoshoot, please find a less crowded area to do so.
- If there was a system on crowd management done by the event organizers, please give your co-operations accordingly. Queuing in line do not kill you. If you think you deserve to get into the event hall and not be forced in a long queue, remember; so does the rest of the people inside the halls.
- If you're still waiting in that long queue to enter the event halls and you're out in the open sky and it's about to rain/sun too hot, please do not panic and attempt to violently enter the event building or create a riot. Doing so would not help anyone. Just in case, bring an umbrella so that you would not get wet/have shade. If you don't have any, please calmly find somewhere where you could get under while maintaining the queue.
- Unless you are provoked, please do not pick fights with the helpers, security guards, any law enforcers. They are just doing their jobs to keep everyone safe.
(For further elaborations please refer to the photoshoot location etiquette post)
Edited by Izumi Ishtar, 02 December 2014 - 10:05 PM.