I'm sure the survey's will play a big part in what they do. If 90% of respondents say "I'm not coming til 2022" then chances are they won't bother. If 90% say they would come mask free, vaccine free, then I'm sure they would take that into account. Either way, probably looking at a decent percent on either side that will be upset about any decision and Gencon needs to accept that.
My guess is most are in that middle which is probably masks if still needed, vaccines recommended, but not required and reduced crowds.
Ultimately there is only so much they can do. The only way I wouldn't come to Gencon this year is if I thought the weekend was going to be one big long will call line. Then I'd probably pass.
IIRC the survey was about the events, masks, temperature checks, vaccinations and outdoor planning. They didnt mention will call or the exhibit hall. Obviously the more checks you do, the longer it takes. And the morning stroll into the exhibit hall, which I avoid anyway due the crowd, would have to be seriously looked at.
But I dont think people should be upset by Gencon trying their best to get a handle on what attendees think. Whatever they choose, you need to accept it and then decide whether to go or not go.
Unfortunately this year Gencon goes before origins....though they did ask whether people would go if it got moved to later in the year. So I guess that's possible.
I just think Gencon needs applause for thinking about this NOW and getting policies in place long before the event. People will be mad if they only find out in July what the show policies actually are.
And yes you cant make everyone happy. But I think they are at least trying. People at least have a direct Avenue for feedback.