leigh8959 wrote:Anti-darkwad Nazis: if you really care about getting lights on people don't yell or get mad. Just be polite and try to understand where the "poorly lit" darkwad is coming from. If they have no lights, politely suggest they get three small red lights, one for the front and back and one for their bike. There is no reason to get upset or zealot-like. Nor is there any reason to try to get everyone to conform to your view.
Politeness is nice, but often those (burgin) dark'tards have no concept of bringing lights at all.
So even if they're well-informed, they have no supplies to make good on their new-found knowledge. So at the burn I give dark'tards finger-lights to help light them up. Usually this lasts until about Wednesday night, after which time I'm so sick of the shear number of those idiots I encounter that the charm wears off.
But those are the dark'tards I actually happen to see
The real problem are the dark'tards that I nearly or do
crash into. The real
playa hazards. Last year (2012), I literally ran into some unlit biking burgin, and the resulting collision bent up the other guy's bike. As this was pre-Thursday, so I was still in a helpful mood, so after we untangled ourselves, I gave him the lighting lecture and pulled off some lights from my bike (I had some extras) and gave him some to fix onto his own. Hopefully, he didn't encounter anyone else in the same way.
But in the majority of dark'tard incidents -- which occur later in the week-- my mind isn't on being polite. Rather I'm trying to skid to a stop or swerve out of the way to avoid some shadow
wandering the playa in the night. In those
instances I'm cursing their name and wishing for a Dark'tard Thresher
mutant vehicle to rid the playa of that plague. This is usually by Thursday night when the real influx of idiots enters the playa.
Maybe along with the swag you get at the gate they could also give people a simple lit-up pendant. Of course I expect that would lead to some MOOP... but at least then people could stay somewhat lit up.