July 27th, 2009


This is not practical

neonelephant was telling coraa and jmpava and i about the problem with the Twilight fans at ComicCon (which before anyone gets on my back, wasn't an inherent problem with them being Twilight fans.) We'd been unsure about how the presence of a lot of Twilight fans would prevent other people from getting to see their own panels, and in retrospect it's a rather obvious issue. ComicCon, like most cons, doesn't put a lot of effort into clearing the rooms between the "smaller" events (where "smaller" is a _very_ relative term.) Which means that if there's a panel you _really_ want to go to, the "best" thing to do is to go to the previous panel in that room, and just stay there. And if there's an awful lot of fans who really really REALLY want to see a panel, well they're just going to camp out for hours ahead of time and no one else is going to be able to get into the room for the several panels before the one they're interested in. Which is full of double-suck, because not only are people who _want_ to see the panel not getting to see it, the panelists are stuck talking to an audience that by and large probably isn't that interested in the topic.

The simple solution to this is to clear the room between panels of course, but not only does that take extra time, it also kind of screws over anyone who actually was interested in seeing two of the panels in a row. Of course sometimes life just sucks. Sometimes there are two panels you want to see at the exact same time. Sometimes there are two popular panels back to back in different rooms, and if you stay all, or even partway, through the first one you won't be able to get in line for the second one early enough to get in. What this solution would do is just make it so that every panel was in a "different room" from every other panel. You'd just have to plan around which panels you _really_ wanted to see, and which you'd like to get in if there's room but could live without.

coraa suggesting ticketing as another possible solution, at least for the really popular events, which is a pretty good idea, but it immediately brought to mind Ax's solution to the really big events, you can wait in a long line for a couple hours to get free tickets, or you can pay $20 upfront to get "better" tickets and skip the waiting in line. ("Better" meaning closer to the front, which may or may not actually be better, depending on how loud the speakers are turned up =P)

So here's my totally impractical without ubiquitous computing solution. You have an auction for tickets for all the popular panels, or possible every panel at the con. Collapse )

Anyways, i'd be interested in the results of such a system, but unfortunately it's not even going to be technically feasible for several years at _least,_ and might not be considered acceptable in a PR sense even after that.
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Elsewhere it was sunny and in the 90s today. When i went out rollerblading it started out hazy and in the 70s, and by the time i was done it had "progressed" though partly cloudy to cloudy, and was down to somewhere in the 60s. Solar-powered donaithnen does not perform well under those circumstances =/ Got about 9 miles done, and rather slowly at that =P

Don't suppose anyone wants to trade weather?