In the wake of the Readercon Board of Directors’ decision to ban René Walling for two years due to harassment charges in contravention of Readercon policy, five members of the Readercon board have resigned and the con com has extended the ban as a lifetime ban. Readercon will elect a new board and develop a new policy for dealing with harassment based on widespread input. In addition, Readercon has announced a refund of memberships for Readercon 24 (2013) for those who feel the convention is not right for them based on recent actions.
Following complaints of harassment, the Readercon board has announced they are banning René Walling from attending for a period of two years. The board has deviated from its previously published policy of instituting a lifetime ban against harassers (established in 2008) due to their belief that Walling is regretful of the incident. Walling was the co-chair of Anticipation in 2009 and writes for Tor.com. Many fans and authors have proclaimed disappointment and anger over the board’s decision to deviate from their stated policy.