I would like to suggest that moving forward that you discontinue printing last names on the badges. Especially for children under the age of 18. It was super creepy to have people know my kid's full names. I tried to alter my last name in the system and it caused problems picking up at Will Call. I guess if I come next year I will have to bring tape or something to cover it up. But overall for privacy purposes it would be better to remove them from the badges.
What are your concerns about names? What do you think someone knowing a name will end up doing?
Just from an overall privacy perspective why does everyone who you might encounter need to know your full name? If you like to go to a convention and for example haven't come out to many people you know say as transgender why should you have to walk around with a badge stating your full name? As far as my kids, I don't want any strangers knowing any more about them than their first name. This was something I talked to multiple parents at the convention about it that felt the same way.
The name on the badge does NOT need to match the ticket, actually.
You can pick up one ticket for yourself and another for a friend--so clearly the friend's name will not match, and YOU can cancel your ticket, leaving them to attend on their own.
Additionally, some events let you buy more than just one extra.
The only time someone checked my badge name to who I was was for the auction payout. I also noticed some people had first names on their badges that were obviously (or at least I was 99.99% sure they were) nicknames.
I have taken a couple supplementary activities (Pedal and Drink, Brew Tour, etc) and the people from those external companies said they don’t even have access to attendee information until we actually show up.
I certainly think that, at the very minimum, parents should have the option to leave a minor child's full name off a badge.
Get a cool pin (one that pins vertically) and pin it over the last name.
i had so many pins and buttons on my badge you could not see any of my name. And no one cared as long as they could see “4 day” at the top of the badge.
As a parent, I totally get this concern.
The badge name needs to match your ticket. If it just says “Greg” on the badge, how does the GM know you are the Greg on the ticket. You likely are. But not 100% sure unless it can be checked.
So, I believe that your barcode needs to match the ticket - unless someone bought the ticket for you as stated above. For things like Auction Payout - there's probably a reasonable requirement to have a correlation between ID number and real person. But just having a name on a badge isn't a solid system.
Having last names redacted to just an Initial is perfectly reasonable. Or at least an Opt-In/Out choice to have it printed differently from your account credentials. Especially if your account / payment information is with your dead name. That's going to lead to complete anarchy...
You know - I think I'm going to make that request (for no full last name on any badge) officially. Anyone know how?
Alec Usticke, Fans of Gen Con Facebook Group
I realize this is an unlikely scenario. But a game is sold out. “Greg” finds tickets to that game and uses them. Another player, also named “Greg” comes by and says those were his tickets. How do you know which Greg it was without checking badge names?
People used to be able to put anything they wanted on their badges years ago in the Milwaukee era. I remember one guy who went by 'The Shard' on his badge. (Never did figure out what he was a shard of...) Anime cons frequently do the same, IME.
But I doubt GC would do this. They want tracking and accountability and even security. If your full name is on your badge, you're maybe less likely to cause trouble than if the people you mess with just say "I don't know officer, his badge said 'The Shard'".
Full name isn't really that big of a deal. Set your kids' social media to private--or don't do social media--and there's not much the average person can do with their name after that.
I think this is more for fulfilment. They print out all the stickers for the badges and someone needs to be able to match that name with a packet to make sure the badge and tickets all get into the correct packet to either be mailed our or put in will call. If a badge sticker just says "Greg" how would the person in fulfilment know which "Greg" that badge belongs to?
I'm neither here nor there on the badge name issue, I think there are reasonable points to be found on both sides.
But here's a workaround or two:
Option 1) put the first and last name on the back of the badge. It can still be checked by staffers, both for fulfillment and security, and could be used to put lost kids back with their parents. But it wouldn't be out there in big bold print for all to see (for the kiddos). It could be in smaller print on the back even.
Option 2) a badge that has a first name, or maybe first name and last initial, but also has a QR code that can be scanned to get the attendee's info. Could be a simple text QR code anyone could scan, which would be difficult for a child predator to do without consent.
Option 3) given that they want GMs to have apps on their phones for e-ticketing, why not give staffers a simple app that allows them to punch in a badge number and get that attendee's info? The badge number is there on the badge already.
Badges also have badge numbers and a bar code that the eTicketing app can read. Anyone associated with the convention can easily look up a badge number. The argument that officials need a last name to identify a lost child is not true. And as for putting the name on the back? My badge was backwards most of the time. They flop around.
I've never brought my son to the convention, but if I did you can bet his last name would be obscured by a pin at very least.
This is one of those situations where someone who does not have a child should not venture to offer an opinion. Until you're in the position of the parent you don't understand.
I strongly agree with the suggestion that children's badges be limited to first name and last initial at the MOST.