6-2-1 rule

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The 6-2-1 rule is a convention hygiene guideline. The rule mandates the following:

  • 6 hours of sleep per night.
  • 2 meals per day.
  • 1 shower per day.

These numbers are lower limits and not intended as upper limits. The third part of the rule is to prevent con funk - all parts help to avoid con crud and concurrent post-con depression.


The rule seems to have been devised by science fiction fandom. One story attributes its creation to Bob Passovoy, MD of the Dorsai Irregulars.[1] The rule has been in use in the furry fandom since Confurence.[2]


At Anthrocon 2007, the Dorsai Irregulars proposed a new variation of this rule:[3]

  • 6 miles walked per day.
  • 2 snacks per day.
  • 1 nap per day.


  1. http://windyconblog.amazingstoriesmag.com/?p=182 Windycon and the Dorsai Irregulars - an article about Windycon and the Creation of the Dorsai Irregulars dated 25 Feb 2015
  2. FurCon, ConFur10, and other Cons! - a reply to a post on alt.fan.furry.bleachers by Dale Farmer, dated 8 November 1998
  3. Anthrocon 2007 and the 6-2-1 Rule - from Giza's LiveJournal

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