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Offline comicconfamily

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I'm a bad member :( joined a while ago and while I read quite a bit (and love this forum), I don't respond much. Ok, I don't respond at all. But! I'm determined to join in more.


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I'm a bad member :( joined a while ago and while I read quite a bit (and love this forum), I don't respond much. Ok, I don't respond at all. But! I'm determined to join in more.

it's not bad to lurk it's just so much more fun to participate --- ;)

my first con, i was soooo jealous of other people with a group of friends. That's what this is, a huge group of friends who meet up at con's
oh and btw, we're all a little quirky, 
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It's not bad to lurk. Most of us are nerds or geeks, and historically, we've all had trouble fitting in socially from time to time. It's natural to be shy and reticent when approaching a group of people you don't know. But we try to be a welcoming and friendly and helpful bunch, so we love it when people come out of the shadows and join us in our con madness!

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It's not bad to lurk. Most of us are nerds or geeks, and historically, we've all had trouble fitting in socially from time to time. It's natural to be shy and reticent when approaching a group of people you don't know. But we try to be a welcoming and friendly and helpful bunch, so we love it when people come out of the shadows and join us in our con madness!

When I attended my first Comic-Con (which was with my family), I kept thinking the whole time about how this OUR place, home away from home and where we belonged. And as a mom, it felt so good to be in a place where my kids fit in so perfectly. This forum has the same feel. ♥

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When I attended my first Comic-Con (which was with my family), I kept thinking the whole time about how this OUR place, home away from home and where we belonged. And as a mom, it felt so good to be in a place where my kids fit in so perfectly. This forum has the same feel. ♥
thank you, that's the best type of compliment

I totally understand having a geeky kid and seeing them finally find a place where they can be themselves -- it's priceless.  mine's 17 now and not into con's much any more but the learned confidence of being at con's has taken him places and given him a sense of being- that makes me happy
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would it be worth the time to block out those who do not register to post?


I hate forums where you can't even read the threads without registering.  I don't want to register for a site that might turn out to be a waste of my time.


It's fair to restrict posting to those who have registered, but let people see what you're all about.  Forums that don't let unregistered people read them might be turning away people who could have wound up being valued contributors.

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It's fair to restrict posting to those who have registered, but let people see what you're all about.  Forums that don't let unregistered people read them might be turning away people who could have wound up being valued contributors.

I definitely recommend the mobile version of Tapatalk, for guests. This forum (and others) can be browsed and you actually can click on links and read Spoiler contents, without being logged into the forum.

You still need to register as a FoCC member to post a reply, use PMs, explore member profiles (when you can't find that thread you read last week!) and subscribe to topics. The mobile version adds to the guest experience, especially those considering membership!

Sorry but you are not allowed to view spoiler contents.



(sometimes the mobile version's layout doesn't match the last post read, though!)
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I get ritualistically beaten with reeds if I don't recruit enough lurkers for my quota, so that's another reason to join because we all agreed that we like me and don't want to see me in pain.

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I've been a lurker for 3 years with very little posts, sorry. I, too, am determined to participate more. Quite honestly, this forum has taught me all I know about Comic Con. So thank you.

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I've been a lurker for 3 years with very little posts, sorry. I, too, am determined to participate more. Quite honestly, this forum has taught me all I know about Comic Con. So thank you.

I was a lurker for a good while too, I think I finally registered so I could use the old hotel sale practice form. Now I don't shut up, ahahahaha. Echoing some other comments, SDCC is a team sport and I can't imagine trying to handle it without the help and advice I get from the forum.

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thank you, that's the best type of compliment

I totally understand having a geeky kid and seeing them finally find a place where they can be themselves -- it's priceless.  mine's 17 now and not into con's much any more but the learned confidence of being at con's has taken him places and given him a sense of being- that makes me happy

My daughter's in a similar spot, she was painfully shy when she was younger, (as was I,) but starting tonight she is going to be onstage with a main role in a musical.  To be sure, it's a junior production in a small theater but still something that I would have thought impossible when she was younger. A lot of this change is of course due to amazing parenting but there's a pretty clear line between going to conventions, meeting people with shared interests, seeing/listening to creators and performers, and then when she started middle school seeing another girl with a Doctor Who shirt and having the confidence to go up and start talking to her. This, with the help of a cooperative teacher, led to a little Doctor Who lunch club where she met some more fans. Some of them were in the theater and now most of that lunch group is too.

Not saying everyone will have that experience, (though I did hear my son singing a song on xbox live the other day, it's a start) but even with how much pop culture has grown in recent years, it can still be lonely to be a fan. If I meet someone at work that's a fan there's usually a little dance at first so we can find what we can talk about, (comics? no, movies? yes, Star Wars? nah Star Trek, which series? ...) and we eventually get to a point where we can argue that Janeway was the best captain ever. At a good convention, and in this forum, I know that I can learn about and share pretty much anything.

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Put me in the group of been around and pretty quiet for a while, but now I can't shut up either :)