Glyer reveals in File 770 that the Secret Masters of Fandom have been talking about something called SCOOTERS.
I haven’t puzzled out the entire acronym, but I’m pretty sure that the first two letters stand for Secret Code.
Mike cleverly conceals whatever hidden message there is to be found in his entry by placing SCOOTERS into the context of a supposed conversation about handicap access at conventions. Of course, we have no real idea of what he’s talking about because the message itself can only be found on the SMOFs reading list which is, you know, kind of SECRET.
I’d really like to know what this passage is code for -
“So the problem for the Worldcon is not the expense, but having to front the money…”
Could this have anything to do with Hugo voting restrictions? Front the money from whom, to whom and for what? It’s further illuminated by this later passage -
“Denconvention seems to have given that help to fans who planned in advance. The question really is what future Worldcons should provide for these last-minute needs, if anything.”
Fronting money? ‘Help’ to fans? Could Worldcon be paying fans to join so that they’ll “vote the right way” come Hugo Awards time?
I’m thinking that the ‘advanced planning’ referenced in the above means ‘smart enough and connected enough’ to get on the SMOFs list. So that you can request a payout.
Don’t believe me when I say something is up? Check this out:
“The best suggestion I saw in the recent discussion on the Smofs list was Sharon Sbarsky’s idea…
(Sharon) “…If the idea catches on, then more spare scooters could be rented.”
‘Spare Scooters’ indeed. Don’t need the code book for that one! But in case you do – ‘spare scooters’ is obviously the insider’s outlandishly punny name for ‘non-worldcon-attending fans’ and ‘renting’ is the stand-in for buying their vote…
You could check me on all of this, but you’d need to be a SMOF to get at the source material, and we’re all sworn to secrecy…