About Not-A-Con

EVERYONE is Welcome. And that means EVERYONE!

We pride Not-A-Con on being a safe place, where everybody is welcome and anybody can be whomever they desire.  We are inclusive, welcoming, body- and ability-positive, multi-racial, multi-cultural and ethnicity-neutral. 

ZERO TOLERANCE for Harrassment

As cool and as chill as we may be, certain kinds of offensive or harassing behavior will not be tolerated.  To the best of our ability, we intend to eliminate inappropriate conduct from Not-A-Con. Not-A-Con is place to be yourself and have fun, Not-A-Con!.  

COSPLAY is NOT Consent!

We have also taken steps to make it easier to report instances of such behavior.  It is very important that if you are being harassed or are in any way endangered, you report it immediately.  We cannot address anything that we are not made aware of and we need whatever detail can be provided, such as names, or other descriptive information. 

LOOK for the GREEN LANYARDS!

If you feel you have been harassed, please find the nearest Not-A-Con volunteer.  This year, all Not-A-Con volunteers will be have on green “Volunteer” lanyards.  They will direct you to security operations at the front entrance and rear exits of ColumbusMakesIT. 

HELP is just a call away!

 If, at any time, you feel that your personal safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy, please contact the Columbus Police Department in an emergency via 911. The Columbus Police Department non-emergency phone number for Uptown is (706) 653-3300.   You may also go directly to the security operation to report an incident.  We’ll have volunteer emergency personnel on hand to determine the best course of action.   

Did we mention, Cosplay is NOT consent?

As an attendee, if you see someone harassed or taking inappropriate photos (where the target of the photo is unaware), we encourage you to speak up and say something.  As a community, we need to come together, look out for one another, and make sure everyone is treated with respect.  


If an individual breaks the law – city, state or federal – he or she will be arrested.  If you have been accused of harassment and feel that you were treated unfairly you may appeal to the Not-A-Con’s event coordinator, but her decision will be final. And if it gets to her, you’d probably wish you had been arrested.  

Not-A-Con "RULES"

#1. BADGES - Yes, you need a steekin Badge!

You must wear your Not-A-Con badge at all times to be admitted to Not-A-Con functions.  In other words, yes, you have to wear your steenkin' badge!  


Even Children need badges. Especially those 6 years or younger. No unattended children will be tolerated.  Just because Not-A-Con is free doesn’t mean we want your unattended little nerdlings.  We WILL embarrASS you, so don’t try us.  


Not-A-Con reserves the right to revoke or suspend badges at any time.  Badges are the property of Not-A-Con and must be returned if requested. If an individual breaks the rules of Not-A-Con, he or she may be barred from the event for the rest of the event. 


Security will be looking for badges on everybody, and yes, that means you! And, if you’re old enough to have a driver’s license, then you can roam Not-A-Con by yourself.  We expect that you’re old enough to behave and follow the policies, or suffer the consequences if you get busted.  But, children under the age of 16 need to keep a parent (or guardian) nearby at all times.

#2. ZERO TOLERANCE - Be nice, mkay?

Possession of alcoholic beverages, tobacco or any illegal substances by anyone (of any age) is grounds for expulsion from the convention and you must surrender your badge.

#3. RATED G - For General Audiences - PUBLIC DECENCY

Please keep in mind that this is a family-friendly event with lot’s of younglings in attendance.  Please keep it clean and polite for fans everywhere.  


ATTENTION Cosplayers / Costumers:  Remember that no matter how great you look in or out of your birthday suit, no costume is NO costume, and there are public nudity laws in Georgia. Please wear appropriate (or at least enough) clothing at the event.  And there are still city ordinances about lewd behavior, so for those old enough to remember, don’t do a Bobby Brown, and for you younglings, keep it clean!   

#4. CAMERA Friendly - Selfie Sticks NOT so much.

Cameras are permitted at all times, but please be polite in your usage of strobing flashes.  What’s more, no one is allowed to sell photographs made at the event.  If you spent all year building the perfect costume, please give freely when people want to take pictures of you.  Be proud of what you accomplished, but no so proud that you demand payment, tips or donations.  It’s just not cool.  


We love all the great pictures that our fans take at Not-A-Con, and we've seen some really creative ways of taking photos, too.  Still, if everybody at Not-A-Con brought a selfie stick, we would have a big problem.  Like your mom always told you, you'll poke an eye out with that thing!  So, please leave your selfie sticks and other hand-held extenders for cameras or mobile devices at home.  If you still want to get a picture with that guy in that awesome Mad Eye Moody costume, ask a friend to take it.  Better yet, ask a stranger.  And if you still want to take a selfie, it's cool with us.  Just use your arms.

#5. Damages, Loss, Theft - Keep up with your stuff!

We'll offer sympathy, but Not-A-Con is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property, or for injuries sustained during the course of the event, especially the after party.

#6. LIFE CHANGES - Schedules Change - Deal with it!

Announced events and guests are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Every effort will be made to announce any changes via the Internet, pre-Not-A-Con publications, and our onsite directory, but sometimes last-minute changes will occur.  It will all be okay, REALLY, it will!

RULE #7. DON'T BE A JERK.

Really, this is kinda important.

We reserve the right to ask you to leave Not-A-Con and refuse to let you keep your badge if you are behaving - in technical terms - like a jerk.  

What is HarrASSment? <- First Clue.

Harassment of any kind, including physically or verbally threatening, annoying, unwelcoming attentions, stalking, pushing, shoving or use of physical force; which in any way creates a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous, as well as any boisterous, lewd or generally offensive behavior or language, using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct, or profanity, obscene gestures or racial, religious or ethnic slurs will be considered harassment.

No, means NO.

If people tell you NO, your business with them is done. If you continue to attempt to have contact with those people, you may be removed from the premises and your badge revoked.


 · Remember:  “No” means no.  “Stop” means stop.  “Go away” means go away.

 · Costuming or Cosplay is not consent.

#8. FOOD AND DRINK - Be Merry, but don't make a Mess

In general, no smoking (EVER), but eating and drinking is allowed at the event, unless a specific table asks you not to drink or eat near their game, wares, product or merchandise. And if a table DOES ask you, please report it to the department of magical items immediately. 


Since admission was FREE, we do encourage you to patronize our vendors and buy some drinks or snacks on site.  ColumbusMakesIT is a Non-Profit Community Center.

#9. GENERAL HYGIENE - **Gamers, please read**

NO OFFENSE, but please don’t take the chance of getting caught by the Febreze Fairies.  No one wants to stand next to someone who stinks like they’ve not taken a bath in weeks.  After all, we’ve determined garlic doesn’t really ward off the vampires, and just because you look like your skin might be decaying doesn’t mean anyone wants to smell that nastiness. 


So, if you have BO, (and most of us do) be nice to your neighbors, and it might increase your odds of reproducing if you don’t smell like a goat or a dementor.  (No offense to goats!)  You’ll be sent home to take a bath and you can re-enter upon pleasing the odorific princess police.

#10. RESPECT the Facilities. Or you'll be disrepected.

Please do not abuse event facilities.  This includes putting signs on walls or taking things that don’t belong to you.  Please don't eat the facilities or the vendors;  ColumbusMakesIT offered to put this on for free, at considerable expense... so we'd kinda like to do this again…  

#11. NO WEAPONS POLICY

CLEAR NO WEAPONS - Do No HARM!

Not-A-Con has a clear *no weapons* policy that will be enforced.  NO REAL WEAPONS of any type. 


All weapons must be non-working and peace bonded. 


Props and imitations are fine.  We will peace bond with our own bright orange zip-ties at weapons inspection.  

NO REAL FIREARMS - No Projectiles of ANY Kind

Real firearms are not allowed at Not-A-Con.  This includes those attendees who maintain a Georgia Weapons Carry License or a similar permit from another state.  Not-A-Con security, hotel security, and local law enforcement officials will treat anything that looks like a real weapon as a weapon.  Attendees who choose to ignore this policy will be asked to leave the event and will have their badge revoked.  Since violators can also be arrested, you should know that Not-A-Con will not post bail. (Sworn law enforcement are excused from this policy.)  

BLADED WEAPONS - Use your brain!

Bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed at all times. No clowning around or showing off in the common areas. 

NO VIOLENT or OFFENSIVE USE

Any weapon used in an offensive manner will be confiscated and rule #7 enforced. We expect you to use good judgment; with your help, we can continue to allow peace-bonded weapons - thanks! 

NO EXPLOSIVES, OPEN FLAME or LIQUIDS

No functioning projectile weapons - including water pistols, silly-string guns, or ping-pong pistols.

#12. COMMERCE - Aproved VENDORS ONLY

This is a FREE event, but commerce is encouraged!

If you think you can make money at Not-A-Con, it’s probably not allowed unless you are an approved vendor (which means you have written permission from Not-A-Con).  That is especially true when you’re taking pictures or video or making audio recordings of the awesome stuff and people at Not-A-Con.  Or, as our lawyers like to say …  

Don't Sell Other People's Images

All Not-A-Con members and attendees of Not-A-Con are prevented from taking, recording, or creating film, or digital pictures, videos, tapes, sound recordings, or any other visual or auditory recreation of any kind whatsoever, of any Not-A-Con guest, member, volunteer, or employee, or of any Not-A-Con event, including but not limited to Not-A-Con forums, panels, seminars, sessions, dance, or performance, for any commercial use, or for the solicitation of funds for any commercial or other purpose, without the express written permission of Not-A-Con or ColumbusMakesIT.

NO SOLICITING - Approved Vendors ONLY

It is against the rules of Not-A-Con and ColumbusMakesIT to place or hand out flyers/cards in our/their space.  Flyers/cards of anyone other than a registered vendor, panelist or guest in the event area will be cleared to a trash receptacle. If you are handing out material in an unauthorized area, you will be asked to stop.  If it continues, you will be removed from the event and your badge revoked.  

#13. NO DANGEROUS ITEMS or ANIMALS

No loose or dangerous pets, animals, loud devices, drones, or lighter than air objects, either powered or unpowered may be flown, tethered, released or deployed at any event at Not-A-Con.   


The only exception to this is the cool drones for the Columbus Multi-rotor Club drone races OUTSIDE.

#14. WAIT LINES and SAVING SEATS

We apologize if being FREE means you might have to wait for something, but we do appreciate your patience.  Lines happen.


The stage will be cleared between each panel.  As we have limited space, we ask for your cooperation and assistance with the following: 


Please listen to our volunteers and DJ staff when forming lines (They have done this before and generally have reasons for what they are asking you to do.). 


"There can be only one" (line) - so please do not start your own line for any event or form multiple lines for the same event. 


Any such lines will not be honored and you will be sent to the back of the official line started by our volunteers. Please be considerate of others and do not break in line.  If you are pointed out we will send you to the end of the line.  Please be considerate of those needing special assistance and allow them access to the areas set aside for them.  Please do not sit in seats or areas marked for their use.  


Please do not run, fly, or teleport to your seat.  And certainly, never, EVER run with scissors!  

Most importantly, Have Fun - this is Not-A-Con!

Have Fun, but be SAFE!


Neither ColumbusMakesIT! nor Not-A-Con are responsible for the activities that occur off-premise before or after the Not-A-Con event, specifically the rave or other parties after the Not-A-Con event is over at 10pm ET.