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http://account.wiscon.net/program/volunteer

The days of filling panels that need panelists are here! If you are willing to be on a panel, and confident that you're better than nothing, please go there^ and volunteer!

I always volunteer as a freelance moderator, so I always get the neediest panels, but this year is worse: two of my panels have one other panelist, which means they have exactly one person who has anything to say on the topic. I always prepare things to say, just in case, but I don't think I can prepare well enough to carry half the panel on two topics I know nothing about.

Date: 2017-04-19 12:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jesse_the_k
Hmm, I wish I could contribute something on the two where you're modding, but I've got nothing. I did put my name down for one.

Date: 2017-04-19 02:49 am (UTC)
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Huh, I'm surprised. I've never been to Wiscon, so perhaps mistakenly developed the impression that it was a substantial, prominent con with a national or even international draw. As such I would be (and am) very surprised to hear they have "needy" panels and have to beg for panelists.

Arisia, which I think of as a reasonably large but fundamentally local con, just a couple of years ago had to let a goodly number of potential panelists go from their panelist pool, because they had too many panelists for the available number of panels, which had maxed out the time and space available to the con for panels. Getting on panels for Arisia is moving to be competitive, where applicants have to write something to explain why they would be the asset to the panel they are applying to be on.

Why is Wiscon hurting for panelists, do you know? I would have thought being a panelist at Wiscon would be very prestigious and desirable.

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