Category: Information

reminder: request assistance through Friday, August 25

Fans of color/non-white fans: a reminder that you can request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons now through this Friday, August 25, 2017. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. (Please note the updated policy regarding travel insurance!) For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Please feel free to comment with any questions, and please spread the word!

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request assistance now through August 25

Fans of color/non-white fans: you can request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons now through August 25, 2017. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. (Please note the updated policy regarding travel insurance!) For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Please feel free to comment with any questions, and please spread the word!

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updated policy regarding requesting monetary assistance

Fans of color/non-white fans: as of now, if you request monetary assistance from Con or Bust for non-refundable expenses, i.e., flights (or, occasionally, hotel pre-payment), you are required to purchase travel cancellation insurance.

Here is some background information on travel insurance: a short article from Consumer Reports; USA Today on comparing plans; and Frommers.com’s Top 8 Travel Insurance Providers. Con or Bust is requiring travel cancellation insurance, so we can get back at least part of the cost of your non-refundable plane tickets if you have to cancel. Any other kind of insurance is not mandatory.

Monetary assistance can next be requested August 15-25. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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Support Con or Bust when shopping at Amazon on Tues., July 11

If you already shop at Amazon, you can have Amazon automatically donate a portion of your purchases to Con or Bust:

If you click on the above banner or go to Con or Bust’s Amazon Smile page and then log in, Amazon will donate 0.5% of every eligible purchase you make to Con or Bust–as long as you start shopping at smile.amazon.com. (After you log in, it’ll give you some suggestions for doing that automatically, and also remind you from the website itself if you’re logged in.)

And if you’re an Amazon Prime member, there will be many deals exclusively for Prime members tomorrow, Tuesday, July 11, 2017; so if there’s something you had your eye on, check it out.

(As always, I realize that some people choose not to shop at Amazon; this is not meant as a request to reconsider those choices, but as information for those who’ve chosen otherwise.)

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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help wanted: test commenting speed (again)

Hi all,

I am home today with a mildly sick kid (no worries, all will be well) and would like your help in testing the latest iteration in the ongoing saga of Con or Bust’s Commenting Times.

To wit: the post you are on right now is Con or Bust’s original site/main domain/etc. I would really love it if you could please post a comment here and take note of how long it took the comment to post. Hold that thought until step two.

(Feel free to be creative in your test comments, though remaining within the bounds of good taste. Favorite quotes? Song recommendations? Get your pet to walk across the keyboard? But “testing” is fine too, I’m just hoping for as many comments as possible.)

Then, leave a comment on our testing site, where there is also a very quick poll asking for your findings.

Thanks so much!

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request assistance now through May 25!

Fans of color/non-white fans: now through May 25, 2017, you can request monetary assistance to attend any upcoming SFF con. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which specific assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page. (However, you’re not limited to requesting assistance for those cons; any upcoming SFF con is fine.)

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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reminder: auction items are intended for personal use

Dear all,

Just a quick reminder that, as it says on the auction page,

publishers, authors, and other donors have generally donated books and other items on the understanding that they will be bid on by fans for their personal use, and not by resellers. Please respect this so that people will feel comfortable continuing to donate to the auction.

That’s not to say that if, for instance, a few years from now you are moving and need to reduce the size of your library, you can’t include your Con or Bust winnings in the stack of books you bring to any local used bookstore that still exists; but please go into bidding with your personal use and enjoyment as the goal.

Thanks very much for your understanding, and let me know if you have any questions.

Bidding is now CLOSED on all items. Here's what to do next.

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