Apr. 16th, 2009

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I was going to post this as a reply on someone else's journal, but I think it's an interesting enough point to be a post of it's own.

I've been wondering whether the job of programmer should really be divided up further than it currently is. Have a head programmer to run and timetable the whole thing and generally be in charge, but then have sub-programmers responsible for different streams. You could have a media fan organising some TV and movie panels, a lit fan organising some book panels, avid gamer for gaming panels, anime buff for anime panels, and so on. And the head programmer gives them each a certain number of panel slots they have to fill up. I think that could result in a much more well-balanced programme.

What do people think? It'd swell the numbers in a committee somewhat, but I think if it was done well and everyone involved put in the required effort, you'd probably end up with a stellar programme. And it'd take some of the burden away from the head programmer, who tends to do a hell of a lot of work putting it all together.
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I'm trying to come up with a list of "Stream Headings" for the different types of panels and presentations you tend to see at a SwanCon. I'm hoping this will lead to some thought and discussion about how people think a full convention's worth of panel-slots (say ~140) should be divided amongst them for ideal balance. Here's what I have so far...

Non-medium-specific General SF&F (aka the "[topic] in SF&F" catch-all)
Fantasy Lit
SF Lit
TV
Film
Comics
Horror (thanks [livejournal.com profile] angriest)
Anime
Academic
Gaming
Video Gaming
Meta-Fandom
Science & Technology
Speculation/Futurism (thanks [livejournal.com profile] _fustian)
Art
Writing
Publishing
Child-Friendly (thanks [livejournal.com profile] mynxii)
Entertainment/Performance ("Martial Arts" would come under this, plus other applicable categories)
Off-Topic/Other

Those last two are a bit vague, but I think most of the non-genre stuff we do probably fits into one or the other of them. Anyway, are there any categories I've forgotten?

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