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A [[fan]] who attends an [[sf con]] buys a '''membership''' in that con and becomes a member. This terminology -- in contradistinction to ''[[ticket]]'' -- emphasizes that [[fans]] are expected to be active participants in the activities of a [[con]] and not merely passive consumers of entertainment.
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A [[fan]] who attends an [[sf con]] buys a '''membership''' in that con and becomes a member. This terminology in contradistinction to ''[[ticket]]'' emphasizes that [[fans]] are expected to be active participants in the activities of a [[con]] and not merely passive consumers of entertainment.
  
 
In some cases, such as [[Worldcon]] and [[Windycon]], [[convention]] membership also comes with membership and voting privileges in the sponsoring organization.
 
In some cases, such as [[Worldcon]] and [[Windycon]], [[convention]] membership also comes with membership and voting privileges in the sponsoring organization.
  
Memberships come in various forms, '''[[Presupporting Memberships|Presupporting]]''', '''[[Attending Membership|Attending]]''', '''[[Supporting Membership|Supporting]]''', '''One Day''',  '''Children's''' and '''Cuddly Toy'''.
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Memberships come in various forms, '''[[Presupporting Memberships|Presupporting]]''', '''[[Attending Membership|Attending]]''', '''[[Supporting Membership|Supporting]]''', '''One Day''',  '''Children's''', '''Child in Tow''' and '''Cuddly Toy'''.
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The last two refer to beings that won’t use con resources but nevertheless need a [[badge]] so they may be returned to their guardians should they become parted.
  
 
''Membership'' may also refer to [[club]] membership.
 
''Membership'' may also refer to [[club]] membership.
  
While clubs may have membership cards, since some time in the 1960s, [[conventions]] have tended to have [[badges]].  For the first few decades of conventions, a membership card, numbered and signed by an officer of the convention, was issued. The custom started to disappear in the 60s and by the 70s membership cards were uncommon. (This may have been an effect of the increase in convention sizes. Individual membership cards are more practical for 150-member conventions than for 1500-member conventions.)
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While clubs may have membership cards, since some time in the 1960s, [[conventions]] have tended to have [[badges]].  For the first few decades of conventions, a membership card, numbered and signed by an officer of the convention, was issued. The custom started to disappear in the ’60s and by the ’70s membership cards were uncommon. (This may have been an effect of the increase in convention sizes. Individual membership cards are more practical for 150-member conventions than for 1500-member conventions.)
  
 
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Latest revision as of 21:04, 1 August 2020

A fan who attends an sf con buys a membership in that con and becomes a member. This terminology — in contradistinction to ticket — emphasizes that fans are expected to be active participants in the activities of a con and not merely passive consumers of entertainment.

In some cases, such as Worldcon and Windycon, convention membership also comes with membership and voting privileges in the sponsoring organization.

Memberships come in various forms, Presupporting, Attending, Supporting, One Day, Children's, Child in Tow and Cuddly Toy.

The last two refer to beings that won’t use con resources but nevertheless need a badge so they may be returned to their guardians should they become parted.

Membership may also refer to club membership.

While clubs may have membership cards, since some time in the 1960s, conventions have tended to have badges. For the first few decades of conventions, a membership card, numbered and signed by an officer of the convention, was issued. The custom started to disappear in the ’60s and by the ’70s membership cards were uncommon. (This may have been an effect of the increase in convention sizes. Individual membership cards are more practical for 150-member conventions than for 1500-member conventions.)


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