This is not a ticket thread, more a philosophy thread. (If the mods want to move it, no objection)
Demand grows as O(n**2-n) "Order n squared - n". So demand grows geometrically as friends tell friends and falls by the number of attendees that decide not to return. (you could argue that it is even greater than O(n**2) with all the media/ Internet attention) Supply, set by the BLM, grows arithmetically O(n) "Order n", roughly 10% per year +-.
Even if there were no BLM limits, it is not possible to logistically grow the event to meet the demand, or maintain the culture with the demand by new attendees.
There is a pretty good argument that the event can grow much larger before peaking, then ultimately declining, because it's replaced by competitors, the attendees age out, other more compelling pastimes emerge; natural cultural forces.
That means a permanent condition of scarcity ongoing, which until last year had not been encountered.
The dials available are ticket price, ordering rules, ticket transfer rules, on site rules that discourage attendance by certain demographic or sociographic classes (what would happen if there were no RVs, or no sound camps, for instance), LEO inconveniences, publicity, various arrival/ departure controls, holding it on public vs private land, regionals focus, or?
increasing the signal to noise ratio with compassion