sandfly wrote:For me, sort of the opposite. Last year I had a ticket hassle. Then, my car broke down & I was delayed 36 hours on the way. Seemed like a different vibe @ BRC, less like a special place. After the tickets sold out unexpectedly in 2011, BMOrg had a decision to make -- give preference to prior purchasers, and let the culture evolve slowly, or embrace the sell-out hassles to discourage & filter out people who've been there before, ramping up the percent of newbies. No way for me to know how deliberate, or knowledgeable, their decision was.
That's a funny little narrative you have going there. A choice between preferential treatment based on flimsy metrics such as prior attendance, or purposely discouraging and filtering out prior attendees? Those sour grapes must contain more than just juice.
No, I think the choice was always clear: ensure that the event was open to any and all who wished to buy a ticket -- including the newbies
that have every right to attend the event. When the randomness of the lottery resulted in a fragmented ticket distribution, only then were measures implemented to "direct" some of the tickets to pre-established camps.
I'm sure the regulars tend to present more of a hassle -- feeling that this is an event that all of us have some part of instead of just a corporate art show & profitable event.
I'm thinking that the "regulars" that tend to present more of a hassle are the ones that feel entitled to a ticket because of prior attendance. That the event belongs more to them than to others.
Then there was BMOrg's announcement last year during Burning Man that, after seeing how things worked out, they thought the ticket process had been peachy.
You mean the announcement that STEP
had worked out, and everyone who applied to that program had received a ticket. The organizers were more than aware that the original lottery system had negatively impacted the event. It's why things have changed this year.
And, also announcing that they're supportive of those luxury packages to come comfortably, stare, & leave, which is just ticket scalping at a higher level (despite BMOrg claiming to be anti-scalping).
Supportive? No. Acknowledging their existence and exerting some manner of guidelines for their existence? Yes. It's the difference between acceptance and tolerance.
The line between "turnkey" and not is not well defined. Rather than make some ridiculous "war on turnkey camps" that would be unenforceable and arbitrary, they posted a blog post addressing camps that provide pre-paid services as a means to exert some form of control or guidelines for their operation. No, that is not being supportive, but rather accepting the reality of the situation and doing what can be done.
This year, once again, I failed to get a ticket in the primary auction. Very likely I can manage to buy one later, but (unlike last year) I'm not feeling that it's imperative that I go. Which, for BMOrg, is not important since they already, literally, have the money in the bank.
Gee, that's too bad.