October 28th, 2015

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World Fantasy Harassment Policy Update

Joseph T. Berlant has just posted the following on the World Fantasy 2015 Convention Facebook page:

On reflection, and with guidance, we have realized that our sincere attempt to do the right thing in this regard was inadequate. We focused too much on complying with the legal advice of Saratoga authorities and not enough on making certain that our members feel confident in their safety at the Convention. Since last year’s WFC policy was considered satisfactory and is considered to be comprehensive we are adopting it as an addition to the policy developed with the legal advice of the Saratoga authorities. The World Fantasy Board is reviewing the language for comprehensiveness. The corrected policy will be posted here and on our website as soon as that review is completed. We apologize for the misstep and are doing our utmost to make WFC 2015 both an enjoyable event and a safe environment.

I am really pleased to see the concom taking the criticism to heart and trying to put things right. I'm still curious to see what the consolidated policy will look like, but I'm really glad that they didn't decide to just tough it out and hang on to their existing policy.