Registration

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Registration, in the furry sense, refers to the purchase of the right to attend a convention. Pre-registration for large conventions such as AnthroCon often opens shortly after the end of the preceding convention, and offers attendees reduced rates for the following year. As well as pre-registering, attendees can also register on the door at certain conventions, albeit at a higher price.

A convention's Registration Department is responsible for collecting attendees' membership fees and issuing name badges. Depending on the convention, they are also responsible for one or more of the following:

  • Distribution of membership informational packets
  • Distribution of sponsorship information and benefits
  • Serving as a central location for sign-ups for convention events

Registration can be a simple task for smaller conventions, though when the attendance numbers surpass several hundred and reach into the thousands, the logistics can become daunting. A consequence of this fact is that simple errors can become catastrophic, resulting in long lines and waits of up to several hours. Registration Departments have used a number of different methods to alleviate these long waits, including:

  • Separate regisitration areas for pre-registered attendees and sponsors
  • Pre-printing the badges of pre-registered attendees
  • Staggered registration times (registration open only to sponsors or pre-registered attendees)
  • Making terminals available to those registering at the door to type in their own information
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