I'm putting together a page of tips on "Fursuiter Etiquette for Non-Suiters" to share with attendees of Furry Weekend Atlanta. I've listed the thoughts I had below the cut, but I want to know what tips you'd most like to share about how non-suiters can make your furry con fursuiting experience a little bit easier on you. Take a look at my list and then let me know what you think and what other tips you would like to have shared.
Thanks and Cheers!
It can be a lot of fun to watch and interact with fursuiters, but remembering a few simple things can help both them and you to have an enjoyable furry con experience.
- Remember that suiters have a more limited range of vision, hearing, and sense of touch than you do. Please don't sneak up on suiters from behind, as they won't have any idea that you are back there.
- Suiters also need more elbow room when they are moving around, so try not to crowd up against them. You don't want to accidentally get hit because a suiter didn't realize that you were standing in their blind spot.
- Please don't be afraid to let a suiter know about an approaching hazard, like a step up or down, or a foreign object on the floor. Many suiters really can't see all that well and truly appreaciate getting such warnings.
- If you can, open and hold doors for suiters, as it can be really difficult for some suiters to work door knobs when they have large hand-paws. When suiters are waiting for an elevator, let them go first and don't crowd into the elevator car with suiters, because it's already hot and stuffy in an elevator car, and crowding in makes air flow worse and makes it take longer before the car can move and before the suiters can get off on their destination floor.
- When photographing suiters, please make sure that your camera is ready before asking the suiter to pose. When you've taken your picture, please give some kind of signal (thumbs-up, OK sign, nod of the head, etc.) to let the suiter know you are done. It is very hard at times for a suiter to know that a picture has been taken, and one of the hardest things for a suiter to do is to maintain a pose.
- The headless lounge is a place of refuge for fursuiters to take breaks with their heads and paws off. Please respect this and do not come into the lounge unless you have a specific fursuiting-related reason to do so. That said, you are certainly welcome to come in to visit with or help assist a fursuiting friend, or to attend any panels that are held in the lounge. We just don't want streams of non-suiters passing through the lounge, as that destroys the sense of privacy for them that lets them relax on their breaks.
- If you are a non-suiter visiting the headless lounge, please reserve the cups and water in that room for the fursuiters. There should be water and cups available in all of the other con rooms, and it's much more inconvenient for a suiter to have to try to run around to other rooms to get more cups and water than it is for a non-suiter to take the time to walk down the hall to get water.
- If you see a suiter out anywhere who looks to be sick, injured, or in trouble in any way, please take the time to check on the suiter and help in any way that you can. If necessary, please do not hesitate to help a suiter get back to the lounge and if needed help the suiter with getting out of his/her costume. If a suiter needs medical attention, simply locate any staff member and ask him/her to radio for the con medic.