Oh I bet you thought that those "vets" were more useful burners, right? That they would "get" BM more, and do more in the spirit of it because they've been exposed to the good that goes on there more. Well, you can't craft gold from lead. Attendance
isn't a metric of "do-er initiative"; that has about as much weight as years being alive. We should all be wary of the person who feels compelled to mention how many years he/she has attended--they are usually the least
In your case, what those "vets" probably did learn
over years of attendance is how to manipulate people into giving them the ticket they feel entitled to. They've fallen afoul of hippy degeneracy
(that's kind of redundant). Or maybe they were fundamentally flawed? Either way, the sad result is that the event was actually worse off
having them attend because of their parasitic nature.
Some things you can do to extract better results:
- Make the ticket a reward for demonstrated work. You can even scale a discount on the ticket according to what was achieved.
- Sell the ticket, spend the money funding initiatives/people you trust. You can't spend promises, favors, volunteering--or their rescinded versions.
- Bring a friend to BM using the ticket, not a stranger. You really shouldn't be that surprised that strangers (oh, I mean "burners") don't act in the way you had hoped/predicted, or that they'd seek to exploit you--yes, even those "burners".
- Give the ticket with no strings attached. Now it's just a gift, not a trade for a promise. It's the difference between giving a friend money versus loaning it. No expectations right?
When I think of my own gifting... I don't believe true altruism exists from the side of the giver. My gifts might be considered "trades" in that I gift to people I know and trust (e.g. friends, family). Effectively, I've already received something in return (trust, friendship, etc.). For actual random strangers: well, I'll probably let you have some spare food, or may even some spare lights--if I like you--but don't expect something like a ticket--that requires demonstrated worthiness. The reason? I could be spending those resources on those I actually have real