Winning has made me sad.
Me too. I feel the right thing to do is to sell my tickets and spend the next 8 months finding an alternative site for a burning man style event. Maybe that's just the emotion talking, but I see the event as being dominated by tourists this year.
Last year, if you weren't sure if you wanted to go, you'd wait and procrastinate, and screw yourself out of a ticket. But, by having a start time for sales, you automatically have a system that favors people who really care. Even if all the tickets were sold the day they went on sale, it would mean that those willing to take a day off of work, or drop whatever else it is that they are doing to buy a ticket are favored - it's a system that rewards effort. A lottery rewards luck.
A read of the boards shows that many veterans of theme camps are without tickets. Unfortunately, these are also the same people that would most likely live by the mantra of not selling above face value. Since the vets don't have the tickets, it logically means neophytes do, and they are much more likely to either sell to the highest bidder or use the tickets themselves. Either way (assuming the vet stays by "don't pay over face") Burning Man community members who want to go to Black Rock City will be replaced by Virgins and those that commodify Burning Man.
I don't mean this to bring further souls into my despair for company, but to tell you, and those that were ruled unfit to attend not to fret, It is you, not the BMorg that makes Burning Man. In New York, they Occupied wall st. and in Oakland they Occupied city hall. Are you telling me the Burning Man community can't
OCCUPY THE DESERT