I'm hoping we can collaborate in putting this together. For now, I'm going to brainstorm a list of issues that should go on here. Leave your suggestions for other issues that should be added, and most importantly, I need your help in summarizing past discussions on these issues. Also, I need help writing a "diplomatic" intro about how new participants should familiarize themselves with these...uh..."heated" topics before jumping in...
The Planning Committee members have repeatedly discussed this very heated topic since at least 2002. We've discussed giving complimentary tickets to the following groups: team leads, to our medical volunteers, to our board members, to DJ's, to people in a band who perform for free, to people who perform in anything for free, to members of really cool theme camps, to people who have been participating in any significant way not mentioned above.
The members of the Planning Committee have changed over the years by the way, as people's jobs, lives, and priorities always change. We have always voted to NOT give out comp tickets to ANYONE. (We do not pay anyone to do any part of the planning of this event, and that includes board members). Our reasoning comes from the fact that so many people participate in so many significant ways, that to select one group and put them above the others would be one or all of the following: 1. Unfair - who is to say what group is more significant? If I say the board is more important than the theme camps, is that really true in everyone's mind? 2. Scope does not match - we're not Burning Man where people spend two weeks or two months before or after setting up/tearing down. Cannot compare the two events in terms of volunteerism and paid crew. 3. If you give comps to all groups who think they should get it, you'll probably end up with 500 free tickets and will need to raise the price of the ticket just to break even. Does that really make any sense at all? <Feel free to add more arguments here>
[*]Dogs Many of us own dogs and are dog lovers. This event involves a lot of people interacting in many ways and a milliion distractions; we have found through experience, that it is simply not an appropriate place to bring your dog. I realize that you are a really responsible dog owner and that your dog is good. However, it's impossible to allow only "good" dog owners and "good dogs" and not allow "bad" ones. Who is to say that you are a good dog owner and that I am a bad one? The reality is, in the last three burns before the dog ban went into effect, the number of dog bites went from one to four - and that's just the ones we heard about. We banned dogs to eliminate the dog fights and the humans breaking them up, who invariably, get bitten. Please go to every Regional website and Burning Man's site, and let us know who still allows dogs to come. You'll find that none do. (I could not find a single one that still allows dogs) There's good reason for it.
(I'm not even sure if these should go on here?) I think any topic that has come up repeatedly should go on here. Definitely these two. Also, I would add: children under 18.