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Con-specific dating app
« on: August 09, 2018, 08:57:08 AM »
Stumbled across this while checking for any news on updates to the main d*con program app.

http://www.convexionapp.com

It a dating app specifically for convention attendees.  Appearently you check in on the app by snapping a photo of your con badge, so your exclusively matched with people also attending the same convention, as opposed to, say, anyone in a 5 mile range.  Thought it could prove useful for any singles attending who might be on the prowl.

*This didn't seem mature enough for the mature section, but feel free to move if anyone feels otherwise*

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Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2018, 09:19:34 AM »
I had made a post a few months ago about using Tinder at Con.   This seems like a much more feasible alternative.

Only problem is, I doubt it would be very populated.
May be worth a shot, just to see what happens.

Hell, I'll give it a try.
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Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2018, 09:43:40 AM »
I was thinking the same thing.  Possibly underpopulated that is.  Ddidnt really look hard enough to see how long it's been around, but I think the site said it's still in beta, so probably not long.  Mostly the concept seemed like a really neat idea if it was to get a decent following, and that would never happen if noone knew about it, hence sharing

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Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2018, 10:09:13 AM »
Hah...

Did you notice that their second "sample" image has DragonCon as the con name.
Also, the 3rd image has Momocon, Dragoncon, and SD CC.     I'm thinking the programmers may be ATL natives.

Only 100 downloads so far..., that's not too good.
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Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2018, 10:28:40 AM »
Yeah, they're atl natives.  I first found the app mentioned in an article and it said so specifically.  Appearently the dev was looking for a d*con dating app and couldn't find one so he made his own and just made it more generally a "con" app for a larger case coverage
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Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2018, 11:36:18 AM »
I DL'd it.

It's kind of a shame..., you literally can't do anything with it until con time comes(so you can take a picture of the badge).

They should probably add some other interactive parts to it, otherwise people will lose interest and probably forget about it.
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Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2018, 11:46:59 AM »
Makes sense to me.  Send the dev a comment saying so.  That's the purpose of beta.

Update: Yeah, I just dl'd for the sake of science.  It's kinda nothing at all right now isn't it.  Maybe at least a non-committal "browse" feature, or suggestions for date loctations/activities ...  Idk, *something*...  Must be REALLY early in beta.

Update 2: I just sent feedback to dev
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Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2018, 04:52:05 PM »
Not available in my country. Not sure if it will be available at the con for my phone operator.
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Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2018, 08:52:17 AM »
I'm also not quite sure how taking a picture of your badge validates that you've "checked in" to a convention.

I doubt they've implemented the software to recognize specific badges(not to mention the badges change from year to year, and you don't even know what it looks like until the day of the show).

So, literally, you take a picture of your badge, then someone manually has to look at the picture and validate it, then give you the OK.
Seems super cumbersome.
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Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2018, 09:03:10 AM »
I'm also not quite sure how taking a picture of your badge validates that you've "checked in" to a convention.

I doubt they've implemented the software to recognize specific badges(not to mention the badges change from year to year, and you don't even know what it looks like until the day of the show).

So, literally, you take a picture of your badge, then someone manually has to look at the picture and validate it, then give you the OK.
Seems super cumbersome.

Also its probably advisable not to do that due to the risk of someone copying it from that photo. It can get you banned if they find someone used your picture to forge badges

Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2018, 01:41:53 PM »
I think the idea is that you can see a person's badge on their profile, and you personally go "yep, they're actually at con".  They also mentioned it's intended for safety reasons as a bonus, so, hypothetically, if someone harrases you or attempts anything untoward you could report them to security along with a photo of their con nickname and registration number so they can be found by athorities through registered personal info if need be.  Honestly, it still seems a bit convoluted (no pun intended) but I understand their idea to some degree.

Good point about the conterfitting possibility though kpk.  Does D*C have a specific rule/terms of use regarding publicly sharing a photo of badges?  Seems like it might be common enough for people to share said photos on one social media sites or another just as a "look how cool my weekend is gonna be" post. 

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Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2018, 02:14:47 PM »
I think the idea is that you can see a person's badge on their profile, and you personally go "yep, they're actually at con".  They also mentioned it's intended for safety reasons as a bonus, so, hypothetically, if someone harrases you or attempts anything untoward you could report them to security along with a photo of their con nickname and registration number so they can be found by athorities through registered personal info if need be.  Honestly, it still seems a bit convoluted (no pun intended) but I understand their idea to some degree.

Good point about the conterfitting possibility though kpk.  Does D*C have a specific rule/terms of use regarding publicly sharing a photo of badges?  Seems like it might be common enough for people to share said photos on one social media sites or another just as a "look how cool my weekend is gonna be" post.

I know that I've heard its a no no from various con personal on podcasts before - doesnt seem to be written down on the policies section of the website though. Even if its not a "rule" id say it'd be bad if your badge information was found on a fake badge. At ACen its an automatic kick out and ban for both parties and I know that DragonCon has banned people for faking badges before.

Re: Con-specific dating app
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2018, 02:56:54 PM »
So I just took a picture of a business card I had in my wallet and it let me "check in" at dragon con .  Clearly the badge photo is strictly for users to check out each other, and there is no algorithm of any sort varifying that a badge is real (or even a badge for that matter). 

Once I was checked in, there was exactly one woman appearently also checked in who i assume probably did something similar, but once your checked in to a convention the UI basically just looks like a rip off of the tinder-type setup.  There's a photo, like, don't like, and info buttons, and I assume a "mutual like" is required for a "match", with a "match" required to message

Side note:. Work is sooooo slow today.  OMG bored.  Too bad I need the hours with con coming up.