Windycon 44 statement regarding the Tutti Frutti Literature panel title and description
Now that the convention is over, we have had the opportunity to read through the many posts and comments on the subject. We have taken to heart the hurt and anger caused by the poor choice of
wording used in the title and description of this panel.
We are very sorry we offended. While this was not our intention, it was the result, and for this we sincerely apologize.
We will be working to ensure this does not happen in the future. These are some specific steps we will take moving forward.
We will push back the programming timeline significantly. This will allow for more careful choice in wording for panel titles and descriptions. This will also allow more time for oversight and
review of titles and descriptions.
We will work to keep titles and descriptions clear and unambiguous. Panel titles should be sufficiently clear that the entire intent of the programming item can
be understood from the title alone. Descriptions will be used to provide additional information about the panel, but will not be relied on to supplement an insufficient title.
We will make sure to run titles and descriptions past a larger group of individuals who were not involved in the generation process. This will provide the opportunity to have outside individuals
point out potentially problematic phrasing that programing may not have been aware of, or may have been blinded to by already understanding the original intent.
As of this posting, we have removed the programming item from our online programing list, so we do not continue to offend.
Again, we deeply apologize for any pain this may have caused.
Windycon 44 Chairman