But for some reason they don’t
This covers a lot of things, and it should be something we all learned in preschool. But for some reason, people get to cons, and completely forget all about it. This includes -
Think of the Golden Rule. You wouldn’t want a strange person coming over to you and messing with you or your stuff, so don’t do it to others.
'Well, duh,' you'd think, but it's easier to forget about that you think. Unless you're used to carrying around a five foot sword on a daily basis, you're probably not thinking about how much extra space you're taking up. Watch yourself when you turn around! In really crowded areas, if you have a large prop, you might have to lift it over your head to avoid hurting your fellow con goers or the prop itself.
And if you’re wearing anything will a long, trailing train or long, trailing sleeves, HOLD THEM UP. Someone WILL step on them, and there will be ripped stitches, or at the very least a dirty footprint, and you will be upset. It’s not their job to watch the ground while they’re walking, it’s your job to keep track of your own clothes.
I can’t begin to tell you how rude and annoying this is! Some general guidelines -
Typically, especially at larger cons, people are paying a lot of money and came a long way to be there. So they want to go to as many events as possible. Don’t do anything that could impede someone from getting from Point A to Point B. How would you feel if you missed an event you really wanted to go to because there was a gaggle of people standing around talking in the middle of a hall?
Unless you need to get the attention of someone on the other side of the room, use an indoor voice. Con centers are loud enough from all the people without you screaming at the person who is standing right next to you.
This really covers everything I’ve already said. Before you do something that would affect someone else - and when you’re in a large, crowded, public place, pretty much everything affects someone else - think about how the other person is going to feel/react.
Most of the con goers I have met are lovely people. But then there are those unthinking people who can make certain experiences absolutely miserable. Don’t be one of those people. You’re there to have fun, but so is everyone else. Make it a fun experience for everyone and be courteous to others!