Announcing Virtual CON.TXT 2021!

Announcing Virtual CON.TXT 2021!

As you know, we had to cancel the 2021 in-person convention we had previously planned due to hotel availability. However, we're excited to announce that we will hold another virtual con next summer instead! That's CON.TXT two years in a row!

CON.TXT 2021 will be held online June 26-27, 2021, with pre-con events on the evening of June 25 (EDT). 

We would usually poll you about con dates, and we're sorry for not doing so this year—we chose this weekend based on our schedules and other scheduled conventions. We hope this date will work for most of you!

Specifics, including details on registration, will be coming in early 2021, but we can share a few preliminary details with you now:

  • Based on your feedback, con panels and activities will be spread out over two days with more breaks throughout
  • There will be a registration fee, with scholarships available. We haven't finalized the price but it is unlikely to be more than $20
  • We're looking into offering some recorded panels (to allow for asynchronous viewing) and improved accessibility features (such as live captioning)
  • Platform decisions have not been finalized, but we expect the modes of interaction to be a mix of text and video/voice

We look forward to seeing you all again next summer! In the meantime, we'll keep you posted here, on Dreamwidth, and on Twitter. You can also join our mailing list to get updates.

CON.TXT 2020 starts tonight!

CON.TXT 2020 starts tonight!

CON.TXT 2020 starts tonight at 8PM EDT with informal Zoom hangs and Small Fandom Speed Dating! Some reminders: 

Registration

Are you registered on Conline? If not, you have until midnight tonight (EDT) to do so! But please don't wait that long, because ur friendly neighborhood concom would prefer not to send out emails at 1am. Also, you'll also miss out on Friday night hangs! 

To join, sign up here and join CON.TXT here (click Join in upper right) Joining CON.TXT is not the same thing as being registered for CON.TXT 2020 specifically - that will happen once a concom member manually processes your registration. 

Discord

Discord server invites went out last night to everyone registered on Conline, and they will continue to go out as part of the confirmation email to all new registrations as they are processed. 

If you didn't receive your invite, check your Conline account to check or edit the email you registered with (also check your spam). You can also email registration@con-txt.net (or contxtcon@gmail.com if you're writing from a Yahoo or AOL email address). 

You don't have to join the Discord server if you don't want to! All activities can be accessed from the schedule page on Conline. But if you'd like to chat with fellow attendees, we encourage it! 

Badge Names

Are your Conline and Discord badge names set the way you want? On Conline, click your username on the right side of the Conline menu bar and go to Account to change your display name (or email!)! On Discord, right click on any of your messages and select "Change nickname."

Is your Zoom name set the way you want? If you're concerned about the separation of your wallet name and fannish identity, please set your Zoom display name on the Zoom website or through the Zoom app before clicking the link to join any of the CON.TXT panel tracks. If you go directly to the Zoom meeting, you won't be able to change your display name until after you join. Zoom sometimes defaults to your original account name even if you set it differently, so please check your display name immediately on joining a Zoom meeting just in case!

Yay, see you tonight!

Are you ready for CON.TXT 2020?

Are you ready for CON.TXT 2020?

With CON.TXT just a few days away, here's a quick checklist to see if you're ready!

  • Are you signed up for the con on Conline? If not, you have until midnight (EDT) Friday, June 24th to do so! But please don't wait that long because ur friendly neighborhood concom would prefer not to send out emails at 1am. Also, you'll also miss out on Friday night hangs!

    To join, sign up here and join CON.TXT here. You will receive an email when your registration is processed.

  • Is your Conline badge name set the way you want? Click your username on the right side of the Conline menu bar and go to Account to change your display name! 
  • Is your Zoom name set the way you want? If you're concerned about the separation of your wallet name and fannish identity, please set your Zoom display name on the Zoom website or through the Zoom app before clicking the link to join any of the CON.TXT panel tracks. If you go directly to the Zoom meeting, you won't be able to change your display name until after you join.
  • Do you want to play Small Fandom Speed Dating? If so, sign up
  • Discord server invites will be going out Thursday, July 23rd to those signed up on Conline. If you're not signed up on Conline by the time that email goes out, you'll receive the invite with your registration confirmation. You don't have to join the Discord server if you don't want to - all activities can be accessed from the schedule page - but if you'd like to chat with fellow attendees, we encourage it! 

We're so excited to see you on Friday and Saturday!

CON.TXT 2021 Update

CON.TXT 2021 Update

Unfortunately, in-person CON.TXT 2021 has been cancelled. 

Residence Inn Pentagon City, the hotel that has hosted CON.TXT since 2016, is closing permanently in September 2020. An in-person event in summer 2021 was already an uncertain proposition, and having to scout for a new hotel this fall sadly makes it impossible.

If you have already paid your registration for 2021 or had your 2020 in-person registration rolled over to 2021, you are welcome to request a refund through Eventbrite.

We are currently focusing on CON.TXT 2020, and we're not yet sure how we will proceed for 2021 or 2022. We will be looking at our options and asking for your feedback after CON.TXT 2020--which is next Saturday, July 25th, and we hope you'll join us! 

Please look for another update about 2021 toward the end of August.

CON.TXT 2020 Pre-Con Hangouts!

CON.TXT 2020 Pre-Con Hangouts!

It's officially eight days until the start of CON.TXT! You may have seen on Twitter that we've added a Friday evening event on the 24th that will be held on Zoom at 8pm EDT. It'll be an informal hangout, so bring a meal, a drink, or your pets (or all three!). We'll give you a brief rundown of what to expect on Saturday, you'll have a chance to ask questions, and then we'll play Small Fandom Speed Dating. 

If you haven't encountered Small Fandom Speed Dating before, it's basically The Dating Game with small fandoms instead of bachelors. You get to drag people into your small fandoms or find the new small fandom of your heart! It's great. 

If that sounds like your jam, please help us by filling out this sign-up form. It's non-binding! If it doesn't sound like your jam, you're welcome to stay and observe or log off early.

A few housekeeping items

  • If you are not yet registered on Conline and want to attend the con, please do so ASAP! Go to  https://conline.club/login/ and log in with your Google, Twitter, or Facebook account. Then go to https://contxt.conline.club/ and click the "Join" link on the top right. More info here.
  • We haven't yet resolved the issue of bouncing Yahoo and AOL emails with our web host--we're so sorry, and we'll definitely get it fixed before the next con. If you use Yahoo or AOL, you can email us at contxtcon@gmail.com.

CON.TXT 2020 schedule is up!

CON.TXT 2020 schedule is up!

This year's schedule of panels and activities is ready and you can see it on CON.TXT Conline now! You can also see the list of panels, minus the schedule grid, at con-txt.net. Thanks to all our fantastic volunteer panel mods! We'd like to highlight a few things that are different this year:

  • There will be no DIY panel time slots - but we'll have general chat channels in Discord where you can organize your own!
  • All panels will be 50 minutes long

We are still working out some small details like adding co-mods, but this schedule is basically final - so go take a look! 

As a reminder, you will have to register on Conline if you want to attend the con: more info here. Moreover, if you're a panel mod but have not signed up on Conline, your name won't be listed on your panels until you have done so. 

We're also excited to announce that the CON.TXT 2020 vid show will feature 10 premieres! 

Registration is still open (and free!) and will be through July 24th, so sign up if you're mulling it over!

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Note on email bouncing: we're aware that emails to @con-txt.net from yahoo and aol email addresses are bouncing. We're in the process of resolving the issue with our host. In the meantime, please email us from a different email service, @ us on twitter, or comment on our Dreamwidth.

CON.TXT 2020 is three weeks away!

CON.TXT 2020 is three weeks away!

Here are some technical details on how it's going to work.

First, you will need to create an account on Conline, a new online convention platform. Conline is where the schedule, vidshows, and links to panels will live. After creating your account, you will need to join CON.TXT on Conline even if you're already registered for the con. This is a totally new platform and there's no automatic transfer of your registration. 

If you are not registered for the con and would like to register, follow the steps in this post as well! 

Please create your Conline account at least a few days before the con and ideally sooner. 

To create a Conline account and join CON.TXT:

  1. Go to https://conline.club/login/ and click on the social network of your choice. Yes, you must connect a Google, Twitter, or Facebook account to use Conline.
  2. Go to https://contxt.conline.club/ and click the "Join" link on the top right.

Please make sure to enter your CON.TXT badge name so everyone knows what to call you, and confirm your email address so we know where to send your Discord invite!

That's it! You're done!

Conline is still in development, so please let us know if you run into any issues and we'll help you troubleshoot. 🙂

Other stuff you'll need

CON.TXT will be centralized around a new Discord server. Invitations will go out in the week prior to the con. Discord has a browser version, but you may want to install the app ahead of time. 

Panel discussions will be held via Zoom meetings. You may want to install the Zoom app ahead of time as well, but again this is not necessary. We will use Jitsi Meet as a backup option in case Zoom collapses on the day of the con. 

That's it for now! Stay tuned for other developments!

Looking for panel co-mods!

Looking for panel co-mods!

Hi everyone,

There are a few planned panels that are looking for additional co-mods. If you are interested in helping out with any of these, email us at panels@con-txt.net ASAP (or by Friday, July 10th).

Panel title: f/f forever: Queer Women Represent! (Multi-Fandom)

Current mod: queercore_curriculum

Description: With the L Word reboot, the mainstream popularity of shows like Killing Eve, and the rise of writers like Lena Waithe and Alice Wu, there’s more representation of queer women in the media than ever before. How has the depiction of queer women’s sexuality and relationships changed in recent years? Why do we need queer women behind the scenes just as much as we need them to appear on camera? Is slash fandom's occasionally strained relationship with f/f evolving? And let’s squee over our f/f ships, canonical or otherwise!

Panel title: How Is This So Hot? aka The Workshop No Writers’ Center Will Offer (How-To)

Current mod: Marina

Description: Did you melt over the last bit of PWP you read? How did that author do it? We'll review and dissect outstanding erotic passages in fic and published work to explore what hits that spot just so, what makes a scene work, how to steam up a room if you can't get graphic, and more. This is a writing style and craft workshop, so bring your kink tomato and hold it tight, oh yeah babe, just like that.

Panel title: Let’s do the Fanwarp Again (Multi-Fandom)

Current mod: noxelementalist

Description: Now that we're living in the so-called "Golden Age" of TV, it's easier than ever to find and revisit the fandoms you thought nobody else remembered or got around to seeing. so let's talk about some of these "lost but not forgotten" fandoms who are just waiting for the right folks to find it again- rare shows/rare pairing shippers welcome!

Panel title: Rose Apothecary (Single Fandom)

Current mod: BeatriceEagle

Description: Schitt's Creek was six seasons of dramatic eyebrows, queer romance, incredible transatlantic pronunciations of the word "bebe," character growth, and whatever "A Little Bit Alexis" was. Here's a panel to talk about it! But also not it's not just a panel, it's an environment. It's more like a branded immersive experience.

Panel title: The Lan Jawn (Single Fandom)

Current mod: multiscorn

Description: I love these gay ancient Chinese necromancers and you might, too. Discussion of the actors limited to the last 20 minutes of the panel.

CON.TXT needs volunteers!

CON.TXT needs volunteers!

With CON.TXT 2020 entirely virtual this year, we’re looking for volunteers to help in different ways than usual. No sitting at the registration desk this year! Instead, we need folks to help out with Discord and Zoom.

We are looking for:

  • Volunteers to help us monitor channels (text-based, no voice channels) on the con's Discord server: read everything posted to your assigned channels during your volunteer time slot and report issues.
  • Volunteers to help us host and monitor panels on Zoom: assist presenters with screen sharing, monitor the Zoom chat, and report issues.

We will be hosting several 1-2 hour training sessions for volunteers on how to use Discord and Zoom, so volunteers with little or no existing knowledge of these platforms are welcome!
If you’d like to volunteer, please fill out this survey by Wednesday, July 8.

Panel mod emails are starting soon!

Panel mod emails are starting soon!

Hi, folks!

We're about to start contacting potential panel mods. If you don't hear from us immediately, PLEASE DO NOT PANIC. Moderator confirmation emails are NOT automated--we send them individually, a few at a time, as we receive confirmation from volunteers whose schedules affect other panels.

(Because we can't schedule someone in two places at once, and we try not to schedule people for more than three panels, or for back-to-back panels. This means we tend to start with people who volunteered for the largest number of panels that made the first cut, and work our way down. This is also the stage at which we ask volunteers whether they'd be willing to consolidate similar panels, or whether they need another co-mod or have constraints on their availability, all of which affects our scheduling.)

When you receive an email, please respond promptly! We can't put the schedule grid together without your input.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to mod a panel--we love you all, and we quite literally could not have the con without you.

Watch your inboxes!