VampireKitten wrote:The lottery only seemed to make the demand for tickets a bigger deal than it should have AND they should have anticipated EVERYTHING by implementing it. They should have asked the questions, "WHat if we get way more sign-up''s than anticipated", "What if theme camps don't get their tickets (how can we be sure using this process)", etc. This is a gradual process that should have happened over the course of a few years to prevent the giant clusterfuck that is this year, not implemented instantly because they got scared. I've never been and could have told them that.
Anticipating everything doesn't get you very far. It's knowing the probabilities of events occurring is what is truly important. Just as how you can see all the numbers on the Roulette wheel, knowing where that ball will land is where the money actually is.
As we cannot compare two identical situations and how different plans of actions affected them, it is really hard to evaluate whether BMOrg made the right decision or not, or if they overcompensated for what was a minimal threat. All that was known at the time these plans were put into place was that scalpers were identified as the existential threat to the event. As such, the lottery and all ticket systems this year are designed to combat. BMOrg brought out the big guns this year as a grand first showing, and unfortunately there has been some collateral damage.
Scalpers are a cancer. You can't simply sit back and "gradually" fight cancer, lest it spread faster than you can contain it. Think of the lottery and all this as the chemotherapy to kill the malignant cancer of scalpers. Chemo is not pleasant, and sometimes the chemotherapy even kills the patient, or at least ruins a lot of the happiness while it is in force. However, it is still a solution, and until a better solution is found and tested, it's what we have for now.