The organizers of New York Comic Con have learned from their mistakes: They won't automatically post promotional status updates to attendees' Twitter or Facebook accounts.
Last year, convention officials added RFID chips to badges and asked attendees to register their passes with the RFID system, allowing the show's organizers to track entrances and exits. However, visitors later realized to their dismay that during the process, they unwittingly gave NYCC access to post to Twitter on their behalf when the RFID tags were scanned. Tweets included positive messages about the show such as "So much to see, so much to do! #NYCC 2013 I love you!"
NYCC 2013 officials disabled the auto-tweet feature on the second day of the convention, and apologized for "any perceived overstep." RFID tags are back for NYCC 2014, but this time around, attendees must actively decide to link their Twitter or Facebook accounts with their badges. As you can see in the screenshot of the RFID registration site below, the convention's organizers promise not to take advantage of social hooks without attendees' consent.
"Registering your NYCC-ID with your social media profile is a breeze," the site reads. "But don't worry! This doesn't mean we'll post on your social pages on your behalf. We'll leave the NYCC 2014 bragging to you."
It's unclear if there's any auto-post functionality at all this year, even if attendees opt to link their accounts. We've reached out to NYCC 2014 officials for comment, and will update this article with any information we receive.
NYCC 2014 runs from Oct. 9-12, and Polygon will be on hand to bring you coverage of all the news and reveals.