[Note: The project also has an additional side bonus of promoting positive hygiene practices as well.]The background for Nerdiquette 101 stems from a series of bad experiences that a number of female SF fans have suffered through over the last several years (and some guys too). Normally what happens is that some socially inept individual makes a horrible remark, or performs some inexcusable action, which leaves the woman feeling very uncomfortable. Each of these experiences falls into the “dude, that’s just not acceptable” category, yet, sadly, many of the offenders have no idea that their behavior needs improvement.
Our goal is as follows:
- To educate the fans who are lacking in social skills
- To encourage women to report improper behavior to the con staff or hotel staff
- To educate the various ConComs that they need to take any reported offense seriously
- To provide conventions written materials that can be included in program books or on “freebie” tables
For those of you not going to RavenCon, Laura has recently created a Nerdiquette 101 page on Facebook. She already has a one page info handout posted there for ConComs who wish to start taking action now.
I will post more on this project as it develops.