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  1. San Diego Comic-Con Emails Important Information To Ticket Holders, Includes The Words “Anti Harassment Policy”

    San Diego Comic-Con sent out an email to attendees yesterday with the subject line "Important information for attending Comic-Con International 2014" and the second item down is "Code of Conduct/Anti Harassment Policy." That's the good news - but there's also some bad news.

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  2. [UPDATED] Skyler Page Fired From Cartoon Network Following Public Accusations Of Sexual Harassment

    It's difficult to speak about harassment or abuse of any kind but when also coupled with the fear of losing employment, it's even more daunting. That's why we were surprised to see one individual make a clear accusation online of sexual harassment. While backlash was expected and did happen, reaction from Cartoon Network was also swift.

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  3. Pros & Cons: HeroesCon Promotes A Harassment Policy While Special Edition: NYC Takes Issue With Fan Attire

    We'll get there. I swear we'll get there.

    More and more, fans are asking conventions to step up when it comes to a clear and easily found harassment policy. So how nice is it to hear a convention create and promote one without a call to arms? That's North Carolina's HeroesCon, who recently called attention to their new policy. However, not all is well on the convention circuit as a story out of Special Edition: NYC proves there's always work to be done.

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  4. Things We Saw Today: The Golden Compass Alethiometer Tattoo

    Things We Saw Today

    His Dark Materials fans, come forth! (by Carrie Olson of the 920 Tattoo Company, via io9)

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  5. San Diego Comic-Con Responds To Fan Petition Asking For A Formal Harassment Policy

    Consider the Following

    Last year, we were compelled to look into Comic-Con International in San Diego's harassment policy after a gallery was posted online by a member of the press who took photos of attendees' posteriors without their knowledge. It was something we assumed, as the largest convention in North America, would be front and center on their website. Turned out, it wasn't on their website at all but a small paragraph in their 200+ program guide handed out at the event. While harassment at conventions was an important topic to a lot of fans before this incident, it has gotten even more attention throughout the year. That brings us to a petition put together by Geeks for CONsent asking for a "formal anti- harassment policy" and more, but a representative from the convention says they already have what the petition is asking for. We took a closer look. 

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  6. Things We Saw Today: New Star Wars Writer and Director Meet the Big Boss

    Things We Saw Today

    I feel comfortable that a Star Wars spinoff is in the hands of such dorks. (Collider)

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  7. Things We Saw Today: #YesAllWomen

    Things We Saw Today

    #YesAllWomen rose to trending on Twitter this past weekend after the world learned of a shooting spree on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus. The suspect, now dead, killed six and left behind horrifying video evidence in which he credits his hatred for women as motivation for murder. We've collected a few essays and personal declarations made by individuals online in the wake of the news.

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  8. Cultures of Harassment Are Not the Norm, and They Can Be Changed, Whether Online or at San Diego Comic-Con

    and let it be known

    This process led [League of Legends] to a surprising insight—one that “shaped our entire approach to this problem,” says Jeffrey Lin, Riot’s lead designer of social systems, who spoke about the process at last year’s Game Developers Conference. “If we remove all toxic players from the game, do we solve the player behavior problem? We don’t.” That is, if you think most online abuse is hurled by a small group of maladapted trolls, you’re wrong. Riot found that persistently negative players were only responsible for roughly 13 percent of the game’s bad behavior. The other 87 percent was coming from players whose presence, most of the time, seemed to be generally inoffensive or even positive. These gamers were lashing out only occasionally, in isolated incidents—but their outbursts often snowballed through the community. Banning the worst trolls wouldn’t be enough to clean up League of Legends, Riot’s player behavior team realized. Nothing less than community-wide reforms could succeed. -- Laura Hudson, for Wired. In an article for Wired magazine that only just appeared online today, Laura Hudson argues persuasively that the key to changing social networks that accept harassment as the price one pays to engage is a commitment to changing that community as a whole, not just eliminating the most identifiable bad apples.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Drink Deep From the Skull of Black Widow

    Things We Saw Today

    Or maybe that's a morbid way of looking at this mug from Big Bad Toy Store, now available for pre-order. (That's Nerdalicious)

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  10. CBR Overhauls Forums In Wake of Widespread Discussion of Treatment of Women in Comics

    Elsewhere on the internet

    Over the last few weeks, the comics community has been embroiled in a discussion over how and why women trying to enter and exist in the comics community so consistently find it to be an unwelcoming or even toxic place. It's not a new discussion, but it's been particularly widespread and eventful this time around, and it's spawned some pretty cool initiatives from folks who are hoping that there won't be many more discussions like this. Now the comic book news site and nearly twenty year old forum Comic Book Resources, "patient zero," so to speak, of the current wave of talk, has announced that they will be rebooting their forums in an effort to begin anew without those who wish to intimidate or abuse other community members.

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