Just thought I'd post my piece preemptively this year.
Okay, here we go: the annual Gen Con Make Housing Fair Again discussion:
- Someone points out the current system is unfair citing their particular case as evidence. This is not in any way biased.
- Various people suggest tying housing to other measures of need/value/merit including years of attendance, events run, personal need, etc. By sheer coincidence these suggestions just happen to be measures that would favor these people.
- Someone suggests doing away with housing entirely.
- Free market vs. communism discussion occurs. Shockingly enough no one makes an Ayn Rand reference.- Someone points out that it's possible to have a good Gen Con experience without a downtown hotel. No one listens to them.
- People point out that some people need a downtown hotel room due to kids, disabilities, etc. When someone responds that going to Gen Con itself is not a need they will be met with an angry response about "my vacation" that does not actually address the point.
- The admins, having been quite for most of the discussion, issue a warning against personal attacks.
- A month after the convention Gen Con sends out a series of customer satisfaction surveys. The results from the thousands of attendees who fill these out guide the convention's future decisions instead of the comparatively fewer angry people on the forums. Our argument has solved nothing and serves merely as a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing.
- After billions of years, the sun becomes a red giant and expands to several magnitudes its current size. The first four planets are engulfed. Earth and with it humanity die. Competition for downtown housing drops to an all-time low.
There, I saved you some time.