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How do I Vote?

Go here: This is where you can vote when voting is open, or register to vote if voting is not currently open.

What Is alt.gothic Convergence℠?

Convergence℠ has it's own page which explains, but we feel it's worth reiterating the core purpose here. alt.gothic Convergence℠ is the annual party put on by the denizens of alt.gothic for the denizens of alt.gothic and ALL their friends that squishes together hundreds of net.goths from around the globe and their friends into a single city for a weekend of socializing, booze, musical events and sweet debauchery.

Bid Selection Process

There are 4 steps to getting a bid chosen to be a Convergence:

  1. Bids are entered.
  2. The C*B*L vet the bids to ensure they are within the bounds of reason[1] and fulfill the requirements.
  3. alt.gothic ratifies the bids.
  4. The voters vote for the bid they want to go to.

The events occur on the dates laid out in the timeline

Voting Overview

Every year we have to decide where to hold the next Convergence. Some poor mad fools take it upon themselves to put together bids to host it in various cities. If more than one group that wants to put it on is ratified, then there's a vote. This page covers off what you need to know when that happens.

The Discussion Period

The discussion period, in which the public will endlessly debate every little detail about every proposal, will begin as specified in the Timeline.

The 'Afterglow' mailing list also exists for discussions concerning Convergence.

Voting System

Upon logging in during the vote period, voters will be able to log in to Convergence Voter Database and place their vote.

Usually there is the option to choose both a first choice and a second choice from among the available bids plus Boo's Pants. (We have no idea what happens if Boo's Pants ever wins.)

What Is The Email "Ping"?

A way we used to remind people who can vote that a vote is about to happen. It's also a way for people who want to vote but can't to find that out too, with time for us to fix that.

It doesn't happen any more 'cos it's work and we have booze to be drinking. Look for updates on your favorite social media instead.

Who Is Eligible To Vote? How Do I Register to Vote?

In order to be eligible to vote for the location of Convergence, you will need to be a Registered alt.gothic Convergence℠ Voter.

You get into the database by either:

  1. Being friends of the C*B*L. If we know you, and you want to be part of Convergence then all you have to do is buy us booze. This is about friends after all.
  2. Asking to be included (preferably while buying us a beer) and having someone we know vouch for you.
  3. Going to Convergence, and the organizers sending us your information after the fact. If the organisers of a given Convergence do not send us your info, we’re not psychic.

If you are eligible, you should be able to register on the voting page by entering your e-mail address under the heading I'M NEW!.

If you're having trouble, contact Peter H. Coffin.

How Can I Tell If I Can Vote?

Log in to the Convergence Voter Database

When Is The Convergence Voting Period?

This changes every year and so is on a separate page, conveniently enough named Timeline.

Continuing Reform

This voting procedure is obviously not perfect. As with all aspects of Convergence, it is a work in progress and everyone involved is intent on improving this process, as well as all aspects of Convergence as it continues to evolve. We hope as time goes on that those of you who attend and enjoy Convergence will work with us to continue this evolution, from the initial manual, Usenet public vote that we did for Convergence 1.

Questions and Contact

If you have any questions about past Convergences or the voting process, feel free to either post to alt.gothic, alt.gothic.convergence. Links and reference resources are available in this here wiki


  1. We may well look askance at a bid that looked like Glastonbury for example
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