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Rule Six refers to a series of events and communications that took place after Timecon 1990, a San Jose con.
In advance of the 1991 Timecon, the Red Lion Inn hotel staff required a signed consent form from every convention-goer agreeing to a long list of rules. Some of the rules were harshly-phrased standard hotel behavior ("14. Safety violations: Jumping or hopping from room balconies or any other serious safety violation will result in removal from hotel property and possible room eviction with NO REFUND.") while others were perceived as ridiculous attempts to force business-standard morals & behavior on a Fan crowd.
Rule 6, in particular, was widely mocked:
- 6. No physical contact other then holding hands, a quick hug or
- kiss will be tolerated. Any further actions will result in the
- subjects being asked to leave the property for the remaining time
- of the Con.
One result of "Rule Six" were a series of Rule Six Parties.
- Timecon Follies, accessed May 7, 2011.