The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

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The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by moonwatcher » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:21 pm

Just received it in my inbox...
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Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #12
February 9, 2012



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Hello, everybody. This special edition of the Jackrabbit Speaks again brings you information on the Burning Man 2012 ticket situation.

We all know this is no matter of simple PR ... we're not interested in spinning reality into convenient fantasy here. We're interested in keeping Burning Man and its community intact, plain and simple, and doing so in a transparent and honest way. What Andie Grace conveys below is a reflection of the difficult collaborative work that all of us -- the board, staff, volunteers, and members of our community -- are doing to meet this pivotal moment in Burning Man's history. And it's the next step in a series.

We would love to be able to turn on a dime on this stuff, and get 100% solid answers out to you as quickly as the reactions have been pouring in (oh yes, we're listening), but the reality is that there are a LOT of moving parts, domino-ing process logistics, and data that we need to collect, understand and consider. We do not want to make decisions that just make matters worse -- either in the short term or the long term -- and each decision has enormous implications at this juncture. We've been working practically non-stop on all this, but it's far from simple, and it takes time. So we appreciate your patience while we work through this process and move towards workable solutions.

This community just got hit by a massive dust storm, and it knocked a lot of things down ... now it's time to gather up, assess the damage, and start rebuilding together, just like we would in Black Rock City.

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TICKET UPDATE: RADICAL INCLUSION, MEET THE OTHER NINE

This post by Andie Grace, Burning Man's Communications Manager, is also available on the Burning Blog, here: http://bit.ly/wuXalo. We encourage you to share it with your friends, family and campmates, and we welcome your feedback in the blog's comments section. She writes:

First things first:

For all the frustration, anxiety, stress, and heartache this year’s ticket lottery has caused, please accept another humble apology.

This is no time for issuing statements or putting a spin on anything. The system may have worked, but the cultural outcome sure didn’t, and even though some of you saw that coming and said so, we didn’t, and for that we are sorry.

The current trajectory is not acceptable. Even people who did get tickets aren’t cheering right now, since so many of their camps and friends are standing out in the cold. Entire groups are worried they’ll have to scrap all their plans. Burning Man is a participatory and collaborative event, and many collaborations are perilously close to falling apart.

Clearly we must reevaluate, but first we want to say more about what we’ve heard, how we got here, and what our next steps will be.



What we’re hearing:

Our office in San Francisco is awash in feedback. We have been meeting every day about tickets, and have burned the midnight oil poring over every available list and forum, logging and absorbing every email, complaint, and plea for information. We’re absolutely listening very carefully, and we are 100% clear that there’s a very big problem playing out.

What’s happening isn’t fun for anyone, and there’s no sugar coating to be put on it. Clearly, despite projections, the majority of the people who have previously built, created, contributed and participated - not just those who’ve been before, but who have created the foundations of Burning Man -- don’t have a ticket to the event this year. And whether it was our naiveté or just underestimation, we didn’t see that coming at this scale, and we know it’s hurting us all now.

We understand and recognize the impact this is having - on individuals, on projects and collaborations, on your ability to plan vacation time, book plane tickets, submit applications for your camps, your art projects—everything about participating in Burning Man. We see the emotional response it’s causing - only too well, as we’re Burners at HQ too, and so are our friends, our campmates, our teammates, and our families. Watching this unfold has been painful. Each of us is responding differently - worrying, losing sleep, meeting through the evenings and weekends, throwing things, searching for answers...this is one of the most painful moments in our history.

What happens next will be pivotal - whatever is to blame, now that we’ve reached this point, we absolutely know we have to get this next moment right. We are all about to write the future of Burning Man.

Through our process of discovery and data analysis, we’ve heard from our whole community -- including some experts we’ve never talked to before. In a lot of cases, we have asked for their consult; some of those helpful blogs and comments you’ve been forwarding to us have turned into meetings and phone calls, and we’re figuring out how else we can engage with a wider range of Burner minds to help guide our community through this.



How Did This Happen?

The moment in 2011 that we saw tickets were going to sell out, we knew it would have a major impact on 2012 ticket sales, and we started planning. As we analyzed how to build this year’s process, we projected possible scenarios. Some of us thought we would see a sell out on the very first day of ticket sales. Most thought it would take longer (after all, last year’s tickets sold out in July). Few could predict exactly how many new prospective attendees would register, though we had plenty of indication that public interest was greater than ever - especially since we sold out last year, but also in the rise of social media and visibility for Burning Man. In any case we knew we were in for a different kind of ride in 2012.

A first-come first-served system would not meet the demand either. Every ticket vendor informed us we’d have to use the same type of “queuing system” that meant hours waiting in line at your computer screen - a luxury perhaps not available to many perfectly deserving Burners. And since we did estimate that demand would exceed supply somewhat, we knew that when people rushed in to grab the tickets available, there would be someone left out in the cold - not everyone was going to get tickets who wanted them.

By spreading the registration process over a period of time, and making random selection a stated goal of the design, we aimed for a more sane way to access what would be basically the same “odds” at tickets. We’d diffuse a few hours of frustration (middle of the night for some Burners, middle of the workday for plenty of others) into a more moderate, less angst-ridden experience, but get the same kind of results.

We felt it was culturally important to retain the different price points in that scenario, to make a wider range of ticket prices available for people of different means. Our desire was to distribute that access in a manner that gave people some control over how much they were willing to spend.

While the system was not primarily designed to prevent scalping, there were certain deterrents to it in place. No event organizer or ticket seller has solved scalping completely. Some of the measures they’ve implemented to ameliorate it, unfortunately also prohibit certain things we still value about our culture, especially the practice of gifting tickets. Many a great Burner had their first experience after getting talked into it at the last minute by a friend, and plenty of us have given, swapped, or received a ticket late in the season when plans began to change. A two-week registration window to request tickets would still let us do more crosschecks to weed out the speculators and scalpers.

And in those regards, the ticket selection system worked as planned -- but it created other unforeseen problems, and most of them boil down to an unpredicted, overwhelming level of demand. The impact of that demand is beyond what we projected when designing the system; even if we knew there were destined to be some people missing out, we didn’t expect nearly so many.



The Numbers:

Let’s break it down and just talk numbers: we had nearly three times the number of tickets requested than we had available tickets. We did conduct a survey before purchase, and while surveys are not perfect, they do give some interesting data. In that survey, about 40% of ticket buyers said they had never been to the event before, which is a higher number than we’ve seen in previous years. It does appear -- and I’d caution we don’t know everything yet -- that there was a fair amount of over-registration - those who said “I need one but I’ll order two...” or “I’m not sure I’m going but I’ll get one just in case.”

We can now see that some of that happened simply because the perception of scarcity drove fear and action for all of us. It could be said we were quite naïve to think we had much control over a basic emotional response to scarcity. Game theory won out over good wishes.

But that’s not all that happened. In fact, there were plenty of ‘perfect storm’ influences afoot: 2011 had perfect weather, awesome art, and record attendance and visibility in the press. The ticket sell-out made headlines around the world. Social media use is higher than ever, so participants who had such a great time were more active than ever telling everyone all about it. One such participant shared a magical YouTube video he created in 2011 (“Oh The Places You’ll Go!”) - the link hit the Huffington Post in January and went viral, eventually hitting 1.3 million views from all around the world; its visibility peaked right around the day that ticket registration opened. And, thinking we wanted to ensure a fair shake at the new system for Burners, we decided to leave registration open for two full weeks, just to be sure that any of you who were out on vacation or away from your computers for the announcement had plenty of time to get a fair shot.

A perfect storm.



The Big Picture:

The overarching fact we must face now: awareness of Burning Man has reached the world at large. It has tipped into the mass consciousness and drawn exponential levels of new interest. Thanks in part to thousands of enthusiastic storytellers from throughout Burning Man’s history, the number of people who want to burn now exceeds the current capacity of the city in the desert.

This was a possibility at every point in our history, of course, but the speed and scale were surprising. We were not blind to this possible outcome, but we did not anticipate an increase in demand that would so dramatically exceed all precedent.

Our friends in the days when Burning Man was much smaller worried what it would be like when ten thousand people showed up on the playa. In 2012, we’re faced with figuring out how we can address the Principle of Radical Inclusion now that the unthinkable has come true: millions of people have heard of Burning Man, and a whole bunch of them want to come. Although Radical Inclusion states “We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community,” that doesn’t mean that every one of us fits in the same place at once.

While we’d all like to blame some mysterious “Other” at this point - while we’re all offended by the concept of scalpers profiting off tickets our friends should have gotten - there is no clear evidence that scalpers are holding all of these tickets. Sure, they’re out there. And there are returning Burners who are right now sitting on an extra ticket, afraid to speak up and start a stampede among campmates, or quietly redistributing those tickets among friends or other strong ties.

But what’s appearing more and more likely is this: we’re about to meet a lot of newly-minted, first-time Burners. (And hi, new friends. Kindly step up to the mic and say hello in the comments section of the blog - we’re thrilled to welcome you, really, and would love to hear from you. You’ve arrived at a very interesting time, can you tell?)

And that’s fantastic. New energy and enthusiasm is the lifeblood of Burning Man, and we were all new here once (well, except for Larry Harvey). We love newcomers.

However, if new Burners are the lifeblood, the existing community of collaborators, projects, and creativity is the corpus of Burning Man. And now we’ve learned after a few days of polling and information gathering that many of the largest groups and projects (mutant vehicles, theme camps, volunteer groups, and other collaborations) planning to attend this year have secured only 25%-30%, on average, of the tickets they needed to commit to their projects. Even calculating that many tickets would eventually become available via the secondary market, the timing of that possible influx comes too late. These groups are telling us “This might be the year we skip Burning Man.” Plenty of significant groups have already moved forward with making alternate plans.

At an individual, person-by-person scale, such a turnover might be acceptable -- if this was a concert or a sports event. But you’re not just fans in a seat, all more or less the same. In a collaborative culture, in a community based on a web of social relationships, these numbers are perilous. And while it remains true that no prerequisites exist to be a part of our community, we cannot and will not let overwhelming interest tear apart the social fabric that is critical to our culture.



What We Can’t Change:

Two things are immutable:

1. It is not possible to simply grow the event to welcome more people in 2012. Between traffic concerns and the limitations placed on attendance by the Bureau of Land Management, that’s off the table.

2. Without our core collaborative community, the fabric of Burning Man could fray and tear apart. Regardless of all good original intentions, that ripping sound has to stop.

We very, very much want and need to welcome new people to Burning Man. New creative energy and enthusiasm also help make it what it is, and newcomer experiences can be some of the most transformative. We continue to welcome the stranger. But we can’t work so hard to welcome new Burners to BRC that it comes at the expense of those who have and will make the event what it has been. Radical Inclusion is the first principle, but faced with a Burning Man event that is limited in population, Civic Responsibility and Communal Effort dictate that we endeavor to radically include those who create Burning Man in the first place. There are, after all, Ten Principles, not just the one.



What We Can Do:

So, what now? Let’s start with what we know for sure:

* We can’t and won’t reverse the Main Sale drawing results. That part is done, and there is nothing fair about taking awarded tickets away from anyone...it solves nothing at this point, and changes the terms after the sale has already happened, and probably isn’t even legal. Besides, that only makes a bad situation worse.
* We must now attend to preserving the fabric of our culture.
* There are listings on ticket scalping sites, but right now, they don’t all equal tickets that will be sold above face value. None of those sellers are actually holding tickets yet, and won’t be for several months, and we will collaborate to do what we can to starve them out. There are right now only about a hundred such tickets on those sites, although that doesn’t mean there are not more tickets that were awarded to people who plan to scalp them eventually.
* The STEP program will launch this month and we believe it will help. Those who were not selected to purchase tickets in the Main Sale round will be notified privately of how to register, and given the first option to sign up for the “Want Tickets” waiting list in advance of any other users.
* Right now we are contacting representation from all the types of affected groups analyze the overall shortfall and figure out the scope of the problem and what options exist for us. We’re also consulting with Burners of every possible stripe and trying to increase our brain trust to help make sure we don’t miss any signs as we find our way out of this storm.
* Our Regional Network and other teams including many community advisers are engaging around what to do about the issue of acculturating new visitors to Black Rock City this year.
* We’re clear that next year, big changes are necessary to address scarcity, capacity and community.
* We have agreed to be as transparent and honest as we can, describing next steps and decisions as quickly as we are able to make them. We are really considering a vast array of options as we continue to absorb information and analyze data.

We’re working non-stop to understand what happened. We’re checking in with theme camps and art groups. We’re talking to volunteer teams and regional coordinators, performers, mutant vehicle crews ... all the smaller sub-communities that make up Burning Man. We’re gathering information on who placed orders for tickets, who received them, and, if they have a surplus, how they intend to resell them.

We are meeting constantly with Burners right now. We’re reading what people are writing and inviting many of those voices to come meet us, call us, and help us sort this out. You are going to be a big part of that solution. Please continue to email, write, call, tweet, and post your ideas and suggestions. Please check in with your own community to see what tickets might be available.

Meanwhile, please know that everything we’re working on here in San Francisco is guided by the desire to find the best possible way for our community to come together again on the playa. We’ll continue to communicate as we have information available. We expect to present a detailed plan on February 15th.


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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by Cassiopoia » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:26 pm

I wish they could take some of the 10000 tickets left and allot them to theme camps in need. I know its hard to change the rules half way thru but the integrity of the city is at stake.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by moonwatcher » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:26 pm

No details on exactly what they will do, but...some strong indicators:
- they will find a way for theme camps, art groups, etc. to get tickets they need to make it intact to BRC;
- Radical Inclusion may not be as radical this year as previous years.

Looks like they might find a way for Burners to get preferential access to at least some of the 10K tickets remaining.
So, if you are a virgin without a ticket, your odds just dropped.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by moonwatcher » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:28 pm

And the converse:
If you are part of an existing camp and without a ticket, your odds just went up. Way up. Be happy.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by newyorknora » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:32 pm

3rd time burner here. Completely appreciate what you are doing to rectify the situation. I think all the STEP ticket should go to theme camp members. The city should come alive as it always has because of them.....so that the newbies and lucky veterana can experience BM the way we always have. It breaks my heart to say that but I can't handle thinking everything will go on half ass. I'm willing to forgo my place in STEP to know my ticket went to someone who is building the city i have enjoyed for three years. I will come back next year. Not sure if this is even possible. Scaplers are the cause of this mess. I hate you. Karma is a bitch

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by moonwatcher » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:40 pm

newyorknora wrote:3rd time burner here. Completely appreciate what you are doing to rectify the situation. I think all the STEP ticket should go to theme camp members.
STEP tickets will only trickle in, IMHO.
So, not a good solution because theme camps, art collective, etc, need to know soon. They really can't wait for tickets to trickle in.

I think they will take all or a good chunk of the 10K remaining tickets for veterans and collaborators. Just my opinion, of course.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by alt12 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:43 pm

moonwatcher wrote:
newyorknora wrote:3rd time burner here. Completely appreciate what you are doing to rectify the situation. I think all the STEP ticket should go to theme camp members.
STEP tickets will only trickle in, IMHO.
So, not a good solution because theme camps, art collective, etc, need to know soon. They really can't wait for tickets to trickle in.

I think they will take all or a good chunk of the 10K remaining tickets for veterans and collaborators. Just my opinion, of course.
I think this is seriously wishful thinking...

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by Trishntek » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:45 pm

newyorknora wrote:3rd time burner here. Completely appreciate what you are doing to rectify the situation. I think all the STEP ticket should go to theme camp members. The city should come alive as it always has because of them.....so that the newbies and lucky veterana can experience BM the way we always have. It breaks my heart to say that but I can't handle thinking everything will go on half ass. I'm willing to forgo my place in STEP to know my ticket went to someone who is building the city i have enjoyed for three years. I will come back next year. Not sure if this is even possible. Scaplers are the cause of this mess. I hate you. Karma is a bitch
Ummmm did you even read the JRS? It looks to me like there were 120k applications for 40k tickets. 40% of those applicants, 48,000 are people who have never attended before. Where do scalpers play into those numbers?

Typical growth patterns based upon historical census data show that "normal" number in actual attendants is around 65k. So that in itself is 25k more applicants than tickets in the lottery.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by moonwatcher » Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:51 pm

alt12 wrote: I think this is seriously wishful thinking...
It's how I read what is said in JRS.
Please be aware, alt12, I am a ticket-less virgin...and the 10K sale was my last best chance to get a ticket. I am not wishful thinking, I am despairing... :cry:
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by dav725 » Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:41 pm

Excellent newsletter. The tone of the discourse is totally different and I for one appreciate it. It is definitely reassuring. Thanks!

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by bentang » Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:29 am

The newsletter was big step in the right direction. Thanks for sending it out.

Here my "Wide Ass Idea" to solve your problem. I'm sorry if someone already posted this and I missed it.

Given the enormous demand for tickets by birgins, vets, and scalpers, plus the limits set to BLM, you're between a Black Rock and a Hard place. IMHO, the only way to begin to staff up the core teams for art and theme camps is to provide them with all 10,000 remaining tickets. Yes, this would suck because it is very unfair to everyone else. But even after the infusion of 10,000 more tickets to the camps, each camp would still have 50-60% of their friends and family without tickets.

Let me start by saying that I don't know how impossible this solution is achieve, and that is exactly why I can suggest it. Since you can't get more people on the Playa at one time, you have to get more time. We need the BMorg to negotiate with BLM to extend the Burn for a few more days - at least 3-4 or preferably 5-6. Them the currently sold tickets would gain admission for week 1. A new set of 40,000-ish tickets could be sold for week 2. The price would be adjusted for the potentially limited number of days.

Yes, there is no lack of new problems to be solved with this solution. Yes, some people would need to stay two weeks - another class of ticket - to help setup/run/teardown the camps. BMorg, BLM, and 2-week participates all have increase costs to cover the additional time and people.

And, yes, getting week 1 people to actually leave the Playa is no small problem - maybe issue colored arm bands, like the early entry bands. Yes, you need to figure out a new burn schedule - burn the Man on the first Saturday and the Temple on the second Saturday, whatever - to make everybody somewhat happy.

BUT, by extending the event, (hopefully) everyone who wants to attend BM could, it won't violate BLMs population limits, it increases BMorg revenues/costs/profits by 40,000 tickets, it would significantly reduce the demand for potentially extremely expensive scalped tickets, it saves the art and theme camps, and preserves the fabric of the whole Burner community which we all love.

I'm know there are many, many issues and problems to solve for an extended Burn to happen right and hopefully to work as well as previous 1 week Burns, but those problems are exactly what this community is good at solving -- default world problems solve using community, perseverance, diverse skill-sets, and a lot of heart.

My two-cents. Thanks for hearing me out.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by FeetOfClay » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:03 am

Excellent newsletter. The tone of the discourse is totally different and I for one appreciate it. It is definitely reassuring. Thanks!
i agree totally! even tho they did not necessarily reveal too much more than we already sensed, just the simple act of sending a long, engaging message written in a reassuring, validating tone made all the differnce.

reading it, i felt heard, listened-to, and optimistic.

i am excited for STEP!
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by sparklekitty » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:35 am

Personally, I'm glad for this most recent communication. It really sheds light on what's going on.

For example, when Will Chase says, "... we're not interested in spinning reality into convenient fantasy here. " I believe that, because this situation is exceptional. The rule is that the BMorg normally tries to spin reality into convenient fantasy. But this time is different. This time they're actually forced to address the community as if the community is made up of real life human beings. This is very refreshing, and I applaud the BMorg for this recognition.

Further in, Mr. Chase states, "This is no time for issuing statements or putting a spin on anything." Again, this is so amazing. I never thought there would be a time in the history of BM, that the organization would find any moment that is no time for issuing statements or putting spin on anything. The community has turned a corner.

And, "...the majority of the people who have previously built, created, contributed and participated - not just those who’ve been before, but who have created the foundations of Burning Man -- don’t have a ticket to the event this year."

But who are 'just those who've been before'? Is Mr Chase referring to regular ticket holders who've just been before? Is that you? Is that me? Who are these low-lifes? And who are the super-star burners who have created the foundations of burning man who suddenly don't have tickets? Are they you? Are they me? Where is this line drawn? Apparently, the BMorg understands this separation in the culture.

It just seems odd that on one hand Will Chase, on behalf of the BMorg, is apologizing profusely to the community, and among other things - putting us (me? you? dunno) into a box - that we're (or we could be) just people who've been before. While a mysterious other-group are the deserving members, and not even those cool kids got tickets. Makes me feel good... Unless I'm part of that group, then I feel bad.

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by Igneouss » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:42 am

Sparklekitty,
I agree with your sentiment. Please note that Andie Grace wrote the PR. Not Will Chase.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by brcprincess » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:04 am

I was totally moved by the heartfelt JRS last night. I'd been feeling pretty angry about the ticket situation and felt like BM wasn't listening to us. Turns out they were.

It's clear that if BRC is to survive this implosion, the remaining 10,000 tickets need to be diverted to Burners from theme camps, art car groups, art contributors, city builders and volunteers. Without them, BRC as we know it would not exist. Our first priority must be saving our city.

I too welcome new blood but must admit I feel a little uneasy about such a large influx of new Burners. In the past, new Burners were usually introduced by friends who showed them the ropes, taught them about MOOP, how to behave in relation to law enforcement, be considerate of others, pace their partying, and how to contribute etc. My worry is that with so many new people coming, many of them will not have the guidance of others and the Burn could take on a real "weekender" feel which is more Yahoo, less Burner. Don't misunderstand, I am not anti newbie but I do think such a massive influx raises some real issues.

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by Igneouss » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:09 am

I agree completely. As mentioned elsewhere, I believe that big, long term, changes will result from this years ticket experiences.

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by Galaxo Magic » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:22 am

Trishntek wrote: Ummmm did you even read the JRS? It looks to me like there were 120k applications for 40k tickets. 40% of those applicants, 48,000 are people who have never attended before. Where do scalpers play into those numbers?

Typical growth patterns based upon historical census data show that "normal" number in actual attendants is around 65k. So that in itself is 25k more applicants than tickets in the lottery.
You said it right there, 48,000 are people that never attended before. Scalpers have never attended before. So they are a subset of the 48,000.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by sparklekitty » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:25 am

brcprincess wrote:Without them, BRC as we know it would not exist.
i don't think that would be such a bad thing. the event needs it's ass kicked - people at the so-called top of the social ladder need to be toppled. art installations are too big and promote spectating. and there are too many people walking around like cool-shit and too many people worshiping them. burn down the social structure that creates the us vs them vibe - this is the year it could happen.

look how humble the BMorg has become over this... they see their control slipping away - not the money, but their power and control and perceived coolness by the hangers-on who worship them. i kinda preferred BMorg being assholes, at least it was sincere.

theme-camps have become just another term for cliques - hosting private parties with signs posted saying no single males allowed. yeah, these camps won't be missed.

there's nothing i'd like to see more than 70% of participants having no clue what's going on - it would be total chaos. people running around looking for the authentic burning man experience to wait in-line for. not finding it, they'd make their own.

no one would have a clue what DPW is all about until their pre-teen daughters go missing.

BMorg has been building a rigid social structure since 96, and that could all fall apart now. i'm glad i got my ticket this year - gonna watch it all burn down!

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by JayBobBoy » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:56 am

I applaud the BMorg for their communication. Better late than never.

As a veteran burner without a tickets for my small camp (usually 8-10 people), I'm feeling pretty low right now. We've never been a registered camp but have been participating for years. Last year was our first real attempt at playa art.

Based upon the theme of the JRS it looks like our odd just got a lot worse. Not burgins..but not registered camp crew either. I'm going to keep trying up until mid July...after that our window has passed and nothing of any real value to the playa can be accomplished in time.

I just wish that this mess could be sorted out earlier. Starving out the scalpers is only going to hurt people like me.

I would suggest getting the tickets out earlier. Not right away, I'd give the STEP program a chance to work. But waiting until June will make things nearly impossible for people like me. once the STEP program has had a chance, I think we ought to let the market shake itself out sooner rather than later.

At least then we can see what the true market for these tickets really are.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by chickendinner » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:02 am

It certainly sounded to me like the organizers are going to save the last 10,000 tickets for their closest friends. This is definitely going to be an off year for BM. It makes sense to want to hook your friends up, its a natural method of consolidating power and control.

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Post by Max Callahan » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:48 am

Galaxo Magic wrote:
Trishntek wrote: Ummmm did you even read the JRS? It looks to me like there were 120k applications for 40k tickets. 40% of those applicants, 48,000 are people who have never attended before. Where do scalpers play into those numbers?

Typical growth patterns based upon historical census data show that "normal" number in actual attendants is around 65k. So that in itself is 25k more applicants than tickets in the lottery.
You said it right there, 48,000 are people that never attended before. Scalpers have never attended before. So they are a subset of the 48,000.
Unless of course those scalpers bought tickets last year also.
If I was a scalper, my script for spamming applications would split my entries across all responses in the poll incase they were using the poll to filter tickets.

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by sparklekitty » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:54 am

chickendinner wrote:the organizers are going to save the last 10,000 tickets for their closest friends.
that's the truth.

the only way regular theme camps are going to see any of those tickets is if someone in camp exchanged at least a pint of bodily fluid with someone in the office - minimum.

when sexual favors dry up, expect to see blackmail and other forms of extortion.

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by BBadger » Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:56 am

Max Callahan wrote:Unless of course those scalpers bought tickets last year also.
If I was a scalper, my script for spamming applications would split my entries across all responses in the poll incase they were using the poll to filter tickets.
Or they probably just told their script to go directly to "https://s3.amazonaws.com/tickets.burnin ... -2012.html" which bypassed the need to put anything into the survey at all, which also indicates that the survey data was never actually linked to ticket registration in the first place. I gave my friends that link for registration to save them time.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by Max Callahan » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:02 am

BBadger wrote:
Max Callahan wrote:Unless of course those scalpers bought tickets last year also.
If I was a scalper, my script for spamming applications would split my entries across all responses in the poll incase they were using the poll to filter tickets.
Or they probably just told their script to go directly to "https://s3.amazonaws.com/tickets.burnin ... -2012.html" which bypassed the need to put anything into the survey at all, which also indicates that the survey data was never actually linked to ticket registration in the first place. I gave my friends that link for registration to save them time.
Interesting point, it would be informative to know the number of ticket requests vs. the number of completed surveys.

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by Dr. Pyro » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:08 am

sparklekitty wrote: the only way regular theme camps are going to see any of those tickets is if someone in camp exchanged at least a pint of bodily fluid with someone in the office - minimum.

when sexual favors dry up, expect to see blackmail and other forms of extortion.
Trust me, that didn't work as well as I thought it would.

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by BBadger » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:12 am

Max Callahan wrote:Interesting point, it would be informative to know the number of ticket requests vs. the number of completed surveys.
Or if people simply chose the first options to quickly bypass the survey like those moronic age-verification gateways old porn sites used to require.

Forcing people to enter in survey data encourages people who don't care to fill in bogus data to quickly bypass it. They should've provided a skip-survey link.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by brcprincess » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:18 am

chickendinner wrote:It certainly sounded to me like the organizers are going to save the last 10,000 tickets for their closest friends. This is definitely going to be an off year for BM. It makes sense to want to hook your friends up, its a natural method of consolidating power and control.
That's not how it reads to me.

BORG are working to preserve the infrastructure of the event, not "hook up" their friends.

BORG would be doing a huge disservice to newbies and veterans alike if they didn't take steps to ensure the core builders and contributors were able to attend. Imagine a Playa with no art cars and art? A Man and Temple only half built? For most people, it would be a huge disappointment.

Yes, BORG messed up. When they saw how many registrations there were for the lottery, it should have been clear that this was going to happen. They should have canceled the lottery before it happened and come up with a different system. They could have avoided much of the heartache. They definitely made some poor decisions. But hey, we all do it.

What's determining BORG's character is how they handle this mess, and this statement is a first step in the right direction. Let's hope they stay the path. It may be the hard road, and it won't be a popular decision with everyone, but they have to preserve the core building community.

I've been angry (and bitter) about the ticket fiasco myself and if you read BORG's statement carefully, you will see that they are freaking out too. Since reading it, I've let go of my anger and it feels so much better. It was really eating me up and turning me into someone I didn't like.

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by remi » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:28 am

I can see BMOrg putting aside a percent of the remaining tickets for core theme camp members and artist... and if this happened, I wouldn't hold it against them... However, if they allocate the majority of the tickets to these groups, I think it would be a pretty hard blow to the rest of the BM community. I'm assuming there are probably 11K tickets left (1000 tickets from people who's cc didn't go through, and scalpers and duplicate entries that have been removed since the draw.) To allocate 3000 of these to theme camps/artist would be pretty reasonable.
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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by Max Callahan » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:42 am

brcprincess wrote: Yes, BORG messed up. When they saw how many registrations there were for the lottery, it should have been clear that this was going to happen. They should have canceled the lottery before it happened and come up with a different system. They could have avoided much of the heartache. They definitely made some poor decisions. But hey, we all do it. .
The problem is, what system do you switch to? Once you see that you have 120,000 requests for 40,000 tickets what system do you go to that doesn't leave 80,000 requests unfilled.
First come first served effectively becomes a lottery at that point, it's just a lottery where your ticket vendors bandwidth replaces the random number generator.

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Re: The Jack Rabbit Speaks Volume 16, Issue #12

Post by RevDusty » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:08 am

moonwatcher wrote: I am a ticket-less virgin...and the 10K sale was my last best chance to get a ticket. I am not wishful thinking, I am despairing... :cry:
Moonwatcher, you will get a ticket *if* you can buy it later in the year (depends on travel issues depending on how far away you are). Art projects (even small ones) require lots of planning, prototyping, fabricating, etc. and that takes time. Theme camps can take a lot of time. If these people don't have tickets early, they don't do it, because they can't. It's hard enough to get some of these done when you don't have to deal with tickets. I've already seen several art collectives bail, 'cuz it isn't possible when only 20 - 30 % of your crew is ticketed.

But as a virgin, I suggest, you just get yourself there, as prepared as you can be, and help when and where you want to. Because believe me, no matter how much you read or watch, you have *no* idea what it's like...and I am sure you will love it.
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