WisCONline: Platforms

WisCon 44 is taking place in an entirely virtual format, for the most part using the platforms YouTube and Discord.

YouTube streams for WisCONline will require a direct URL to join. These will be sent out by email to all registered members, as well as posted via Discord.

Invitations to the Discord will be sent out via email the evening of Wednesday May 20! Check your spam folder, but if you don’t receive one please email registration@wiscon.net on Thursday.

For details on how specific program types will function during WisCon 44, see WisCONline: Programming & Events.


The streams for WisCon programming will all be private; links to the streams will be made available only to registered members (via email and Discord). If you know someone who is interested in viewing one of the programming items, let them know that they can register for free! If you miss the May 20 registration deadline, you can email registration@wiscon.net to inquire about late registration.

After streamed program items, recordings of each stream will remain available on YouTube until the end of the convention weekend (11:59 PM Central Time, Monday May 25), so that they can be watched across a variety of time zones.

Comments will be disabled for all videos on the WisCon channel. All comments and questions on WisCONline programming items will be asked through the relevant channel on the convention’s Discord server.

Closed captions will be available for both live and pre-recorded WisCon program items! Panels will be live-captioned by a CART transcriptionist, while pre-recorded videos have been captioned in advance. You can turn on captions using the subtitles/closed captions button (a white box containing the letters ‘CC’), which usually appears in the bottom left of the video window.


WisCon 44 is using Discord for all community discussion.

Whether you’ve used Discord before or not, you may find it useful to read our guide for how the WisCon 44 Discord will work. (Coming soon!)

Everyone registered for WisCon 44 will be sent an invitation to the WisCon Discord the evening of May 20, via the email they provided when registering for the convention.

If you have general questions about the format or logistics for WisCONline, you can contact our Online Con department: onlinecon@wiscon.net.