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Elections Archives / Re: 2020 Elections Nominations
« Last post by JeffT on December 01, 2019, 04:07:29 pm »
I've copied the two questions to the corresponding Discord channels.

Please note that you can also use Discord entirely through their web app, without installing anything.
Elections Archives / Re: 2020 Elections Nominations
« Last post by Washougal_Otaku on December 01, 2019, 03:59:19 pm »
JeffT's first post says:

 ;D You're right.  I see that now.

Question for the Publicity candidate/s: What sort of ideas do you have to help bring more traffic to the forums?  Would it be possible to include an icon on the front page that links to the forums?

Question for the Operations candidate/s: How will you approach an increase in security and Yojimbo for next year's con, which is a few days after the 2020 Presidential election?
Elections Archives / Re: 2020 Elections Nominations
« Last post by PicklePet on December 01, 2019, 03:45:10 pm »
Is there an alternative way to submit questions?  My current computer doesn't have Discord, and given how it always slows down whatever computer I have, I'd rather not install Discord again.
JeffT's first post says:
"Questions may also be asked in this forum thread. One of the election moderators or tellers will copy that question to the appropriate channel on our staff Discord."
So I think just post your question here, some one will relay it to the discord and if there's an answer they'll post it here?
Elections Archives / Re: 2020 Elections Nominations
« Last post by Washougal_Otaku on December 01, 2019, 03:35:19 pm »
Is there an alternative way to submit questions?  My current computer doesn't have Discord, and given how it always slows down whatever computer I have, I'd rather not install Discord again.
Maybe it's just me, but I think a lot of the inactivity has to do with the con's website not having an immediately visible link to it. While you can still find a a link there when you put the arrow on where it says "Get involved," I think people are more likely to visit if they see the word Forums on main menu.
I still prefer message boards over social media, because topics are more organized and so many Facebook pages tend to be very hostile.

One thing I think would be good to suggest to the staff would be to have the forums listed on the main menu instead of a sub-link. It was approximately at that time when it became less active and I think a more noticeable link would really help.

That's a pretty good idea.  Perhaps someone should shoot an email to the correct department (which appears to be Publicity).
General Kumoricon / Re: KumoriApp - Idea Drafting
« Last post by PicklePet on November 29, 2019, 01:52:54 pm »
Captain's log: earthdate 11/29/2019... lol jk but nah I just need somewhere to decompress a little bit of my rabbit hole learning.Have you ever wondered how the internet is built?! Well boy do I have a story for you - they don't call it the 'web' for nothing.
To start off with, there are two distinct sides to a website. The front-end/client-side (what you the user can see and interact with directly) and the back-end/server-side (all the logic and algorithms working behind the scenes basically).
The front-end (which is basically all I've been learning so far) is composed of 3 file types/languages:
  • HTML - the skeleton of a website - this contains the actual things that you will see on the page - i.e. headings, paragraphs, images, etc. The other two file types must be linked to this one to do anything.
  • CSS - completely controls the appearance of the HTML. Can change the color, size, position, order, font type, opacity of the 'things' in the HTML.
  • JavaScript(aka JS) - the brains of the operation. More of what your normal programming language is - it can compute & perform functions. In terms of the front end, I believe it's mostly used for form validation (checking that your input looks correct before actually submitting it) and any 'same-page-manipulation' - which can be used for games, simple single-session functions (like conversion tools (ex. inches to miles or Celsius to Fahrenheit) or a mad-lib) and the coolest part is you can use JS to dynamically effect HTML and CSS, meaning you can change the content(somewhat) and look of a page based on whatever circumstances you program.
Cool, once you have those basics down you think you're ready to go, right? NOT EVEN CLOSE. There's an ocean of tools out there that are great for streamlining and expediting building sites and apps. It's great that they exist! It's overwhelming to figure out what I need to learn and piece it all together. Thus why I'm writing this. XD Here are the pieces I've been working with at least.
  • The DOM - this is technically a part of HTML & JavaScript (it's how JS is able to effect the HTML's content) but it wasn't in either of the courses I took for either and it took me a while to figure out so I want to count it separately. : [
  • Less/Sass:(two rival tools for doing the same thing) These are called CSS Preprocessors - basically they add some very nice additional syntax to CSS (a shorter way to write the same end result). So you write a .less or .sass file, then you run it through a compiler - which is basically a program that will translate your file into a .css file.
  • Responsive Design - Basically the art of tastefully changing a page's layout based on the size of the screen it's being viewed on. Trying to prevent people on mobile from having to pinch and zoom.
  • Bootstrap: a CSS framework* specifically geared towards building responsive mobile-first designs (meaning the mobile layout has #1 priority)
  • Angular/React: (rivals again) JavaScript frameworks*. From what I understand so far they primarily help with DOM manipulation (which is kinda clunky out of the box)
  • Git - version control. If you've ever played a video game on an emulator you've probably used save states. That's basically what git is - you can make save states of your code in case you try something new and mess it up, you can recover where you were before that.
*a framework (haven't really gotten too far into these so my understanding is subject to change) is kind of like a collection of semi-built pieces to make building faster, except I don't think the piece is completely built and I think you can customize a bit about it.
Alright, and that's just the front-end. I haven't even really gotten into the back-end except for my curiosity so far. Here's what I've found: (Geez I need a whiteboard)
  • Databases - like it sounds, this is where the data gets stored. More specifically not the files like .html etc. but rather things like usernames, passwords, user settings, post content, user uploaded images, etc. SQL is the language for talking to a database. It can either be accessed directly by the programmers on the server-side (through CLI or a program like Microsoft SQL or MongoDB) but also things are retrieved, edited, added and deleted based on client-side interaction (obviously only through very controlled channels).
  • Web Application - is a program on the server-side that basically is a middle-man between the front-end and the database I think, it can be made of one of many languages. (most common seem to be NodeJS, PHP, Python & Ruby. JS is a weird language in that it can only work through a browser. NodeJS is an application for basically making it work like any other, so you can use it without a browser.) So I think this is where more thorough validation is done (say for things like transactions or login verification) and also evil algorithms can track your history and preferences and change page content based on them. : d I've been told is fool hardy to try and make a web application without a framework so tack another step on the list...
  • Command-line interface - this kind of just comes with any programming I think (except for front-end because that all works through a browser) but it's worth mentioning here - the vast majority of people use their computers with whats called a GUI (graphic user interface) - so you know how on your desktop you've got a mouse pointer and icons and a taskbar and you use those to navigate your system? Well, you can do all that same navigation with just typing. That's what the CLI is. Every computer has one. Of course you have to know the right syntax to navigate through it, but you can automate tasks with it which is pretty darn neat. It's important to know because that's what programs open with unless you specify another interface (I'm pretty sure at least XD).
HTTP has come up in several places and I get the basic gist of it but none of the explanations have been solid enough for me to make it a bullet. I'm trying desperately to figure out exactly how to allow user input to a database. Something as simple as an anonymous guestbook. I'm about to take a course on NodeJS, hopefully that will answer my question or at least point me where I need to go next.

Well. *sigh of relief* At least I got that off my chest. Maybe now I can read in peace. XD
Cosplay / Re: Kumoricon 2019 - Photo dumps!
« Last post by PicklePet on November 26, 2019, 07:42:31 pm »
Yess~ if I get bored and lonely later I might find my favorite picture from every post and put a thumbnail size of it next to the link as a preview. XDI always feel like I've got my foot in my mouth when I try to talk to people about their cosplay or when they try to talk to me about mine, ahaha.
General Kumoricon / Re: Not a lot of activity here--are we chatting somewhere else?
« Last post by PicklePet on November 26, 2019, 07:36:45 pm »
Sorry for the late reply - I had a small panic attack when I realized exactly how close it is to the holidays and been busy with preparations.
Aw, I love the pic with the gal hugging your Lloyd - I find it so fun when some one loves your character so much they wanna hug you upon seeing you. You definitely get points for uniqueness with Judas!
Oh I trust you, I'm generally a little mistrusting of remakes any ways, though I'm not sure if I'll be able to find the original... I don't really have a working SNES any more, haha.

Honestly I don't think I'll get it done until I'm like, 40 (unless my life drastically changes) but I'm determined. I want it to be on stilts too - I don't think I'll be able to make one truly to scale but I'll get as close as I can.
Elections Archives / Re: 2020 Elections Nominations
« Last post by JeffT on November 24, 2019, 04:26:42 pm »
This post is a chronological timeline record of nominations, seconds, and acceptances at the Rant and Rave session on the last day of the convention. Unlike the post above, this post is a fixed record and will not be edited as nominations and acceptances change.

  • Brian Mathews, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Infrastructure
  • Ash Butler, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Membership
  • Charmaine Martinez, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Operations
  • Ben Riker, seconded, deferred at session
  • Yaz Wigfall, seconded, not present
  • Jason Pollard, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Programming
  • Devin Hunter, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Publicity
  • Samantha Rushford, seconded, accepted at session
Director of Relations
  • Sam Taylor, seconded, accepted at session

Suggestions for board-elected positions (these positions are not seconded or accepted):

Treasurer (board-elected position)
  • Jo Ayers
Secretary (board-elected position)
  • Jeff Tyrrill
  • Phillip Koop
Elections Archives / 2020 Elections Nominations
« Last post by JeffT on November 24, 2019, 04:19:59 pm »
Elections process

Each year, we hold elections for the board of directors for Altonimbus Entertainment (the organization that produces and runs the Kumoricon convention). Altonimbus, and thereby Kumoricon, is governed by a board of directors consisting of nine members who each serve annual terms. Terms begin and end at the annual meeting of the body which elects each board member.

Seven of the nine board members are elected by the membership (staff of Kumoricon) at the Annual Meeting of the Membership:
  • Chair / President
  • Director of Infrastructure
  • Director of Membership
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Programming
  • Director of Publicity
  • Director of Relations
The next Annual Meeting of the Membership will be held on December 14, 2019, at 12:00 noon, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland. Official notice was sent to the members on November 13, 2019, and full meeting information is available on the Meetings page.

Starting this year, we are updating our process for online nominations and online Q&A, detailed below. Most of our online elections activity is moving to our staff-only Discord server, but we are continuing to host a forum thread to allow non-staff to nominate and ask questions.

The process for conducting the in-person elections meeting is not changing. The election meeting continues to be open to the public. For each election, there are candidate opening speeches, a period for questions and comments for the candidates, and voting by secret, written ballots.

Members must be present in person to vote, except for proxy voting. If a member cannot attend the meeting, they may designate another member as their proxy, in either of two ways: (1) The member not attending the meeting may authorize another member using the online proxy authorization system, or (2) The proxy attending the meeting may bring a printed authorization form to the meeting signed by the absent member.

Elections and eligibility are governed by the bylaws of Altonimbus Entertainment and the meeting process by our Elections Process (staff login required).


Nominations are currently open for candidates for the seven positions listed above.

Nominations must be seconded to be valid. A person cannot nominate or second themselves. To be listed on the candidate list below and on the ballot, a candidate must be nominated and seconded, and then accept the nomination, by the deadline. Once a candidate is nominated and seconded, they may change their acceptance status at will until the nominations deadline of Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 11:59pm.

After November 29, only candidates who have affirmatively accepted (rather than "defer", or no response) will be listed. Candidates may still accept after this date until the nominations deadline.

Nominations and seconds can be made, and candidates may respond to nominations, in three ways:
The nominations list will be kept in sync between the nominations channel on Discord and this forum post. Candidates are listed alphabetically by last name, using the preferred name as set in their official staff registration, which candidates may update at any time.

  • Brian Mathews - accept
Director of Infrastructure
  • Ash Butler - accept
Director of Membership
  • Charmaine Martinez - accept
Director of Operations
  • Jason Pollard - accept
  • Ben Riker - accept
Director of Programming
  • Devin Hunter - accept
Director of Publicity
  • Samantha Rushford - accept
Director of Relations
  • Sam Taylor - accept
Questions and comments

The primary venue for online questions and comments will be our staff-only Discord server (instructions for joining). There is a Q&A channel for each position.

Questions may also be asked in this forum thread. One of the election moderators or tellers will copy that question to the appropriate channel on our staff Discord. We ask that candidates respond there in order to keep discussion in one place and not fragmented.

We will bring a printout of each question and answer to the in-person elections meeting for review by anyone at the meeting. We will also continue to hold question-and-comment sessions at the elections meeting.

Anonymous questions and comments

At the meeting, the elections portion will be led by a moderator as well as three tellers (plus an alternate):

Moderator: Fox Young - Vice Chair (Staff and Attendee Services)
Teller: John Leinonen - Marketing Manager
Teller: Catherine Kateley-Williams - Hospitality Manager
Teller: Missa Fleck - Assistant Director of Publicity
Teller, alternate: Robert Trotter - Quartermaster

After the open question-and-comment period for each candidate, we will host an additional anonymous question-and-comment period. Questions and comments may be submitted in person at the election, or emailed in advance to You can also bring up a written note at the elections meeting without using email, but this might be less anonymous than using email. This process is subject to the following rules:

1. The members of the moderator panel (comprised of the elections moderator and tellers) choose anonymous questions and comments to sponsor and read at the meeting, from those submitted.

2. Anonymous questions/comments are anonymous when read at the meeting, but the moderator panel must know the identity of the person commenting. Your email message or written note must be signed with the name that you are known by in the Kumoricon community.

3. As part of the moderation process, the panel may request more information from you or request a change to your question/comment, or possibly even reject your question/comment.

4. The moderator panel will reply to you stating whether your comment has been accepted.

5. Questions/comments may be shortened or summarized, and similar questions/comments from multiple people may be combined.

A more detailed explanation of the rules and process around anonymous questions and comments is available in our Elections Process (staff login required).
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