Remember that attendance is above 60,000, so one or two people with grievances on these forums doesn't constitute anything meaningful.
Bring on that stroller and just try not to whack many people with it. As a father of 6 year-old twins if you do whack me with it I'll understand and that's what this gaming community should be about.
People need to have situational awareness - if you have a stroller, wheelie bag, huge backpack, or a big bag of a dozen games you just bought from Fantasy Flight, you need to be aware of your surroundings and how you can affect those around you.
If you have nothing but your wallet, you need be aware of people around you, whether they are stopped looking at a booth, pushing a stroller (etc.) or getting pictures.
It's up to you to be aware of how you might affect others, and how others might affect you. And it's your responsibility to minimize the potential damage - either to yourself or others.
Practice defensive shopping, like defensive driving.
In the past there have definitely been arguments about people bringing strollers into the Exhibition Hall, but I remember them always being grouped in with the enormous rolling luggage pieces that double as seats that some people bring. Which helped because then you could say "look, some people need a portable place to sit down occasionally, some people have young children who need strollers, just make sure you try to minimize inconveniencing others and it is all good."
I have certainly had negative experiences with all sorts of people possessing bulky things to carry or push around Gen-Con, but honestly the only problems I have had with strollers were when someone foolishly believed their ~3-5-year-old was responsible enough to be in charge. I think an adult in control of their child's stroller is the least-worrying "extracurricular mass" situation at Gen-Con.
Not telling people how to raise their kids is not the same as ignoring people who are doing something that is causing a problem.
It is not realistic to expect every person subjected to the hassles of strollers in the aisles to just automatically be like "fine, whatever". Take some responsibility for causing the hassle.
I assume that gamers are generally smarter and more responsible than the average person. I may have communicated it poorly but I assumed that a good parent would already know all of this but they may need a reminder when distracted by the potential bright and shinys of Gen Con.
That being said, if you truly did not already realize that at least a few of my points were true then yes, I would say that there is some bad parenting going on.
"It is not realistic to expect every person subjected to the hassles of strollers in the aisles to just automatically be like "fine, whatever". Take some responsibility for causing the hassle."
Yes it is realistic.
Strollers are allowed in the hall and I know that you think that allowed doesn't mean that they should be there. But until they're banned it is what it is. Keep your head on a swivel, maintain awareness of where you're going.
Regarding taking responsibility for causing hassle, every single living being in the exhibit hall is causing hassle. Parents with children in strollers are not causing a problem.
This is why we need an etiquette thread.
Being a person in the hall is not the same as being a person pushing a rolling obstruction in the hall.
What is even worse is that you will likely be bringing an oversized stroller to accommodate two kids and all of their supplies. Come on, seriously? You don't see this causing a problem for other people? Aisles full of other people?
You said that you've been attending for 28 years and that's great. I don't feel the need to compare the size of our... attendance. We're not going to agree so let's just let it go.
If you are going to insist on trying to bring a stroller anyways at least have the good sense not to do so on Friday or especially Saturday when the crowds are at their worst.
Not comparing attendance. I simply assume that if you have been in the hall at least once you know what you are in for. The attendance was to show that if I am getting knocked around chances are pretty good that a stroller is in danger of being knocked around.
And its not just strollers. Little kids as we all know, CAN be terrors.. I've lost count of the # of times a kid has ran up to me, and PUNCHED Me then ran off giggling. yes his punch is not that harmful, but its STILL bloody disrespectful to expect me (or any one else) to just 'have to live with it"..
This is an amazing amount of hostility for an etiquette thread. I don't think we need to start a Gen Con chapter of SSCCATAGAPP. From my point of view, the overall point is, if you have some reason that your personal cross section is bigger than normal, be it from bag, backpack, costume, stroller, service animal, whatever, please just be aware of that fact. If everyone is trying to be considerate of others the con is better for all. Everyone has the right to be there, but even completely unencumbered people should strive to be aware of their surroundings and stay out of others' way. I myself spend a lot of time trying to find an unobtrusive spot to wait why my wife looks at things I don't care about.
Personally, I've been hit by more suddenly swung giant backpacks than anything else.
Unfortunately, this once-helpful thread has kinda taken a nasty turn along an angry side road...
Fundamentally, nobody objects to being told "be aware of your possessions and space". It crosses the line and turns nasty when the "etiquette" suggestion becomes "you know what, you just shouldn't come".
Which, is in essence, what telling a parent with a toddler / infant to not bring a stroller is.
How about a stroller check (or at least parking) area on Sunday? I'd gladly pay a few dollars to be able to check my stroller while I go through the exhibit hall.
At the very least, maybe they could rope off a stroller parking area, with someone watching it to make sure someone suspicious doesn't mess with them? I wouldn't be too nervous leaving a cheaper umbrella stroller somewhere like that.