On principle, I have to object to this system. For me this isn't about price, I just want to know I have my ticket and get excited. After all, one of Burning Man's ten rules is "Decommodification" and a lottery system is a bit hypocritical, since it forces us to think about BOTH money and gambling. So then we sit their waiting, and hoping, and scramble like hell if we don't get a ticket and worry if we don't choose a tier high enough? Shouldn't responsible consumers willing to access and buy tickets get first priority? It creates a pretty nasty and combative energy that sets bad precedents and encourages even more of the horrible scalping that happened last year.
If you are already considering a lottery system which basically requires review of each submission, why not have people send emails which are time stamped, and do a first come, first serve. They can try for Tier 1 and offer a range of up to how much they are willing to pay. For instance, I might buy 4 Tier 1 or Tier 2 tickets, but only 2 Tier 3. We are in the Age of Technology, and with some of the most creative minds behind this production, I would trust you can find a great deal of support to make alternative solutions happen.
Myself, I'd pay up to full price to attend. But everyone wants as fair of a chance as anyone to get a good deal, and it feels pretty crappy to be penalized for being able to afford a high price, because that money could still make a difference in my life. The original ticket requests says to offer to pay what you can afford. This is a very nebulous question which creates harsh value judgments, since pretty much everyone can use the extra money for something else. Why should one person who works hard be financially penalized by others who are less fiscally responsible. Obviously I am not talking about people who apply to special discount tickets, which in my mind, is what the special cases where people have dire circumstances or hardship can petition for Burning Man Welfare.
I am the most troubled that if I were to choose Tier 4, I have zero opportunity to win in Tier 1,2, or 3. What if, by trying to be extra careful and pay more, I still don't get a ticket? Seems a bit crazy for being one of the first willing to pay "full price".
Bottom line, I want to go and so does everyone else replying to these threads. I like the Playa. But I'm beginning to question the methods, and am saddened that it comes to this. Please think about the consumer and what the uncertainty of a lottery system would do. Many of us make plans far in advance in hopes to be able to attend and arrange accommodations and art projects now. It would be highly dispiriting and disappointing if we could not even get in or be troubled with such a materialistically driven stress after such an investment of spirit and energy.
I truly hope that behind the scenes, you really are taking voices of reason (not the silly rants) into consideration and not just giving us lip service in your sticky thread.