Smofcon 33 will be held in Fort Worth, TX from December 4-6, 2015 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa.
The Texas bid was selected over rival Colorado Springs by a vote of attendees during last night’s Fannish Inquisition session at Smofcon 32 in Manhattan Beach.
The FAQ from the Fort Worth bid (PDF file) has more details about their plans.
While there were other significant differences between the bids that factored into the outcome, attracting the most discussion was Colorado Springs’ assertion that they would not have a formal code of conduct. They considered the core attendees of the con to be trustworthy, having known each other for decades. And they stood by their position at the Fannish Inquisition, with MEM Morman’s valedictory on the subject being, “If you need to call the police, you call the police.”
The two main arguments advanced why Smofcon should follow the trend to have a code of conduct or antiharassment policy were (1) a convention for conrunners should serve as a model, therefore have a policy, and (2) Smofcon actually has many members who have joined fandom more recently, and wants to attract others who haven’t attended before, calling into question the assumption that this group is so homogenous it wouldn’t need to use that conrunning tool.
For photos of what’s been happening this weekend, see Crystal Huff’s Twitter feed or search #smofcon.