There are many issues in this topic. You can debate about how many rows should sit, and where should standing start. A bit of a tragedy of the commons I suppose. If all sit, most people get a better view (though the very tall get a better view when standing, at the cost of others.) If all stand, all but the tall and front row get an inferior view, they won't see the fire spinners or base of the temple at all.
But what's amazing is that in a cooperative community as Burning Man is supposed to be, that one person would stand and block the view of scores behind him even after they ask, hopefully politely at first, and then so many times it becomes an annoyance of itself. Sure, you might have your rationale about why it's moral for you to stand for whatever reason, but once you realize that you're blocking so many, that so many want you to sit, how can you be a member of the BM community and instead give the finger to those behind you as the standers in front of me did.
It's clear that as the requests continue, the standers feel even more charged to "stand their ground" since to sit at that point would be to admit they were wrong. I tried comedy, which can diffuse even such situations, to no avail.
It's not true that everybody stands at the burn of the temple. Where I was the crowd all sat, except for the stander, who for me was right in front of the core of the temple. To see it burn I would have had to stand in front of others.
I suppose the rangers could draw two lines, one for sitting, another for standing. 10 rows of sitters, then as many rows of stand or sit as desired. That might help. If you want to get there early and stand, go to the outer circle and let sitters through until the sitting area is full.
BTW, I posted pictures of the assholes in our section. If anybody knows there names, I would be quite interested, check out the images on this page at http://eplaya.burningman.org/viewtopic. ... 9&start=10