A bit about me:
I am on staff of another well know con, I am BIG into fursuiting, I have been going to FurCons for 7 years, and Scifi Cons for 15 years... So I have some experience on how Conventions are run.
This was my second year at this particular Con. I was mostly disappointed with this years Califur. MY THOUGHTS ON CALIFUR 2008 PROS:
--A beautiful con book, great work on designing that.
--A cool "Whats To Eat Around Here" hand out
--A $10 dinner provided by the Con.
--There were quite a few places around the con to go eat at (just that it was SO hot to GO walking)
--Fursuit Lounge - UPSTAIRS... UGH!!! At least there were plenty of fans, but WTF was with the water in GLASS CUPS!? I think changing the Internet room and Fursuit Lounge would have been smarter. It was SO hot in the hotel, I was dying in suit by the time I got upstairs to the Lounge. Glass is VERY dangerous while wearing paws.
--REGISTRATION SUCKED. HANDS DOWN That was the worst registration out of *ANY* Con I have ever been to, SciFi OR Furry (Well over 30 cons). GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER NEXT YEAR. 2 HOURS waiting in line while "having technical difficulties" is bullshit. It's why you have things checked THE NIGHT BEFORE. If the computers were down, why not set up a "Plan B" that people can fill out a form to be put in by YOUR staff (not us on that whole TWO computers)
--EXTREMELY expensive parking. Couldn't the con work out something for $5/day instead of $13/day?
--Con Staff Badge Nazi's. They were hounding me while IN suit just wondering around the hotel, NOT in direct Con Space! This was just rude. I HATE wearing badges when in suit, but I will if I am going to a panel, or going into con space..but wondering a hotel? Not usually required by any con.
--No one knew who was running what! It was the most disorganized / paneless con I have been to. I had to run TWO Panels, and I am not even on staff!!
You guys begged me, so sure, I spent my personal time and helped the fursuiters. It would have been NICE if someone that was on staff said "thank you" or threw a shirt at me or something as a thank you.
--Lame black screens made me feel unwanted.
--*** I DID NOT GIVE MY OK TO ANYONE TO VIDEO TAPE ME!!*** I tried to find SOMEONE to tell that I didn't want myself or my purple lemur to be video taped by the "professionals". When I asked about it, the staff just shrugged and didn't really tell me what to do or who to talk to.
--As has been said before, Hotel was MUCH too big for a con this size, the hotel could have been HALF the size and it would have fit nicely.