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Postby Elliot » Sun Jan 29, 2012 10:58 am

This needs thinking thru, but it just occurred to me that BM ought to be a membership organization. Only members may buy tickets. Existing members screen and sponsor new members. If all 57.000 ticket sell, then no more members are admitted until less than 57.000 tickets sell. This would NOT keep "new blood" out, for the natural turnover is considerable. It would strengthen our esprit de corps, and keep out voyeurs. Off the top of my head, I cannot think of a single downside.
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Re: Membership!

Postby Sham » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:17 am

I like the idea. I can nominate people who are like minded--like me.
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Re: Membership!

Postby Rice » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:41 am

Elliot wrote:This needs thinking thru, but it just occurred to me that BM ought to be a membership organization. Only members may buy tickets. Existing members screen and sponsor new members. If all 57.000 ticket sell, then no more members are admitted until less than 57.000 tickets sell. This would NOT keep "new blood" out, for the natural turnover is considerable. It would strengthen our esprit de corps, and keep out voyeurs. Off the top of my head, I cannot think of a single downside.


Not everyone who desires to attend Burning Man will know experienced burners.

I like the diverse nature of people that attend Burning Man. There will always be sparkle ponies, clueless and the radically-leaching "true burners". I see the sponsorship concept narrowing the type of people that are able to attend. Which seems like a bad thing. (What is to stop, experienced voyeurs, from sponsoring more of the same?? After all, they have attended at least once...)

There is no fair way to distribute 50000 tickets to 55000 people. Some folks are going to be left out.

What I see this year is a high percentage of burners trying to buy more tickets than they need. Oh sure, they lament on being a "true burner" and ramble on about "the ten principles of Burning Man"... But really, they want to ensure that THEY get a ticket (fuck the other burners...).



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Re: Membership!

Postby The CO » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:44 am

Who/how determines the initial 57k?
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Re: Membership!

Postby duder9000 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:49 am

A twist on that idea. I like the idea of the January sale (whether it's via lottery or otherwise) being for those who have gone before (previous attendance being the only criteria for 'membership').

~35k tix sold, ONE per person, via tiered lotto or non-lotto to veterans in January

~15k tix sold in open sale (could be tiered so all financial levels of virgins could go) after January, with methods to deter scalpers

~10k tix pre-sale, low-income, comp tix, etc

STEP program to aid in non-scalping resale (open to virgins and veterans alike)


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Re: Membership!

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:55 am

only those with a picture of larry tattooed on their ass can get in.

Cult? what Cult? I don't see any Cult here....


ps...for those of you that keep kosher and cannot get tattooed because it means you wont get into heaven, i guess you're shit outta luck.
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Re: Membership!

Postby Elorrum » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:57 am

I've been looking at the Glastonbury festival ticket model. Every individual registers and gets a registration number. When you purchase tickets you give your registration number. This allows for people who do not purchase tickets but are registered... a problem with your plan that assumes all members will go. You may purchase tickets for multiple individuals, but they all must be registered. Each ticket purchased must send a photo of the registrant to be laminated to the ticket. You have the option of maintaining your registration # for multiple years if your information does not change. The number of people purchasing tickets may exceed the number of tickets available, but each ticket sold goes to a specific person, so there is no hoarding. The company they use is See tickets. I am only throwing this out as a model, I haven't fully read their refund policy if there is one.
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Re: Membership!

Postby Rice » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:58 am

The CO wrote:Who/how determines the initial 57k?


The Bureau of Land Management determines how many people are going to be allowed onto the Playa. There are some intrinsic limits on the road leading to BRC, which we seem to have reached (ie: only so many vehicles can travel down a single lane highway).

I believe the permit was re-negotiated every 5 years. This permit usually allowed for some population growth over that time period. The permit for the 2011 burn was a temporary 1 year permit which did not allow any population growth. (which is why BM sold out for the first time ever)

I have not seen the lease for the 2012 burn, so I do not know exactly what the population limits will be. (Although, one can deduce a basic number from the posted ticket tier limits and extrapolate from there) - The BLM website has all the previous leases, exclusion zones, and federal mumbo-jumbo available if one is motivated.

I hope this helps a bit ;)
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Re: Membership!

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:59 am

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Re: Membership!

Postby BlackRockCityPimp » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:04 pm

hahaha.. great title

Im such a sucker for reading yet another ticket thread.

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Re: Membership!

Postby Rice » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:10 pm

Elorrum wrote:I've been looking at the Glastonbury festival ticket model. Every individual registers and gets a registration number. When you purchase tickets you give your registration number. This allows for people who do not purchase tickets but are registered... a problem with your plan that assumes all members will go. You may purchase tickets for multiple individuals, but they all must be registered. Each ticket purchased must send a photo of the registrant to be laminated to the ticket. You have the option of maintaining your registration # for multiple years if your information does not change. The number of people purchasing tickets may exceed the number of tickets available, but each ticket sold goes to a specific person, so there is no hoarding. The company they use is See tickets. I am only throwing this out as a model, I haven't fully read their refund policy if there is one.


I do not believe that a experienced burner has any more right to attend than a virgin... There is no fair way to distribute 50000 tickets to 55000 people. The maximum population of BRC is dictated by the Bureau of Land Management.

There have been many discussions regarding putting a participant's name onto each ticket. So basically, everyone will need to have photo ID with them when they get to the gate. This is not exactly bad, but I see it causing delays at the gate (oh, Dude, my ID is in a bin at the front of my cube van, so I will have to unload everything to get it. What do you mean I cannot get in without ID?? I left it in San Fran/Vegas/Chicago, etc...)

There is NO refund. http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=burning+man+refund+policy
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Re: Membership!

Postby trilobyte » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:16 pm

Membership programs, by definition, are exclusive - I'm not a fan. Everyone may not be able to get their hands on tickets between now and August, but everyone's at least got a chance.
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Re: Membership!

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:27 pm

i'm not taking any chances, i've already made an appointment to have the "Hat" tattooed on my ass just in case.
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Re: Membership!

Postby piehole » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:27 pm

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Is that what they do to virgins? D:
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Re: Membership!

Postby The CO » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:28 pm

stretch80 wrote:The Bureau of Land Management determines how many people are going to be allowed onto the Playa. There are some intrinsic limits on the road leading to BRC, which we seem to have reached (ie: only so many vehicles can travel down a single lane highway)....

....I hope this helps a bit ;)


Nyet. That's not what I was asking. I'm saying, who would be the arbiter of the initial 57,000 members in the concept Elliot proposed?
Who chooses and how would that initial membership be vetted?

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Re: Membership!

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:29 pm

thats second year, first one is on the scrotum.
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Re: Membership!

Postby piehole » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:31 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:thats second year, first one is on the scrotum.


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Re: Membership!

Postby Rice » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:35 pm

The CO wrote:
stretch80 wrote:The Bureau of Land Management determines how many people are going to be allowed onto the Playa. There are some intrinsic limits on the road leading to BRC, which we seem to have reached (ie: only so many vehicles can travel down a single lane highway)....

....I hope this helps a bit ;)


Nyet. That's not what I was asking. I'm saying, who would be the arbiter of the initial 57,000 members in the concept Elliot proposed?
Who chooses and how would that initial membership be vetted?

I'm with Trilo.


Yes, who indeed?? This sparks a "burnier than thou" argument. I dislike the exclusion that any proposed membership scheme would create...

Unless the population growth allowed meets demand, by nature, some burners and virgins will have to stay home.
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Re: Membership!

Postby moonrise » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:39 pm

The Grateful Dead tried something similar to that when they had a scarcity issue. Things became incestuous and ultimately the practice was dropped.

@piehole, yes, that is what we do to burgins. Just kidding, haha..
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Re: Membership!

Postby Elorrum » Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:40 pm

stretch80 wrote:
Elorrum wrote:I've been looking at the Glastonbury festival ticket model. Every individual registers and gets a registration number. When you purchase tickets you give your registration number. This allows for people who do not purchase tickets but are registered... a problem with your plan that assumes all members will go. You may purchase tickets for multiple individuals, but they all must be registered. Each ticket purchased must send a photo of the registrant to be laminated to the ticket. You have the option of maintaining your registration # for multiple years if your information does not change. The number of people purchasing tickets may exceed the number of tickets available, but each ticket sold goes to a specific person, so there is no hoarding. The company they use is See tickets. I am only throwing this out as a model, I haven't fully read their refund policy if there is one.


I do not believe that a experienced burner has any more right to attend than a virgin... There is no fair way to distribute 50000 tickets to 55000 people. The maximum population of BRC is dictated by the Bureau of Land Management.

There have been many discussions regarding putting a participant's name onto each ticket. So basically, everyone will need to have photo ID with them when they get to the gate. This is not exactly bad, but I see it causing delays at the gate (oh, Dude, my ID is in a bin at the front of my cube van, so I will have to unload everything to get it. What do you mean I cannot get in without ID?? I left it in San Fran/Vegas/Chicago, etc...)

There is NO refund. http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=burning+man+refund+policy

no quick ID.... go to D lot and think about being better prepared. with a photo on the ticket, the ticket is your photo i.d. I think Glastonbury has a refund policy with a fee, and then that frees up a ticket for another registrant.
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Re: Membership!

Postby Elliot » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:01 pm

Keep'em coming. Brainstorming is a great way to kill a bad idea. And sometimes a good idea emerges from the process.
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Re: Membership!

Postby Rice » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:02 pm

Elorrum wrote:no quick ID.... go to D lot and think about being better prepared. with a photo on the ticket, the ticket is your photo i.d. I think Glastonbury has a refund policy with a fee, and then that frees up a ticket for another registrant.


D-lot is a given... I suspect the size of D-lot will need to increase ;)

Hmm, logistically not impossible... Photos on the tickets would help. So, there would be a cut-off time for ticket sales? Transfers of tickets and gifting a ticket would become complex. I imagine some burners would freak out over their implied loss of privacy (what?? They want my photo & name?? {insert freakout here} )

This would limit all ticket sales to the Official Burning Man ticket page. Therefore no quick selling of your ticket to a friend, it would need to be handled by BM and then either held in will-call or mailed. Not necessarily a problem.
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Re: Membership!

Postby AntiM » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:11 pm

MyLarry and I didn't know any burners when we first attended. We were mistake for vets, so I suppose we were stealth virgins. At some point we were all virgins....
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Re: Membership!

Postby Minxy » Sun Jan 29, 2012 5:31 pm

I wonder if achieving the status of a card-carrying official certified cocksucker from Retrofrolic camp would qualify you for membership? /ponders =D
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Postby BeyondIndigo » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:10 pm

Simon of the Playa wrote:thats second year, first one is on the scrotum.


Last time I checked, I didn't have a scrotum.
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Re: Membership!

Postby oneeyeddick » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:18 pm

Well, looks like it's time to start growing one!
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Re: Membership!

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:34 pm

BeyondIndigo wrote:
Simon of the Playa wrote:thats second year, first one is on the scrotum.


Last time I checked, I didn't have a scrotum.

Oh, so you're the one from last year who....


I've said too much.




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Re: Membership!

Postby ygmir » Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:52 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
BeyondIndigo wrote:
Simon of the Playa wrote:thats second year, first one is on the scrotum.


Last time I checked, I didn't have a scrotum.

Oh, so you're the one from last year who....


I've said too much.




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Re: Membership!

Postby pink » Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:21 am

Minxy wrote:I wonder if achieving the status of a card-carrying official certified cocksucker from Retrofrolic camp would qualify you for membership? /ponders =D


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Re: Membership!

Postby Minxy » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:06 am

pink wrote:
Minxy wrote:I wonder if achieving the status of a card-carrying official certified cocksucker from Retrofrolic camp would qualify you for membership? /ponders =D


Being a card-carrying certified cocksucker gets you the world! And maybe a headache...

Retrofrolic: perverting the masses one sucked cock at a time! Well, actually three cocks to be certified...



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