Look at me, posting two days in a row. :)
Some of you might have already heard about this since I've talked about it on FB and a bit also on Twitter but here's more room to expand so will put it here as well.
Around the end of June, I bought a ticket for the Toronto convention on the website. Around 15 minutes later, I got an email saying that the organizer was denying my ticket "because past has shown we see things differently when it comes to fandom and conventions" and on the basis of the T&G which says that the organizer reserves the right to deny access to the event. Was very surprised by this and didn't know what to think. Sent an email back saying that I was sorry she felt so but also requested a bit closer explanation about it all. A few weeks passed and I got my reply. It pretty much stated that "based on my behavior in previous conventions, for the benefit of other attendees, a ticket could not be extended to me".
Now I've come to accept that I've been banned and truth be told, I'm not that willing to go somewhere, where I'm obviously not wanted. But to me the grounds of me being banned sound a bit flimsy. I would understand it if I had been threatening towards the organizer, guests or other attendees. But as far as I can see, all I've done is ask too many questions and bantered with the guests. Maybe that's wrong too. To my defense, the main reason I have asked so many questions, has been, that there hasn't really been anyone else asking questions. For example, several times in Bilbao, I waited for someone else to go there and pretty much only went up there after being prompted by Randy when no-one else was saying anything. I kept encouraging other people to go and ask questions but not with much result. I don't blame anyone since I know from experience that it can be nerve-wrecking to get up there in front of everyone.
However, it has also entered my mind, that is possible that some people were annoyed by me in Bilbao and have complained and that has lead to me being banned from Toronto. If that is the case, I want to apologize. My intention definitely was never to annoy anyone.
However, long story short, I won't be attending Toronto. However, will be looking forward to reading reports from there from people who do go.