... warning, this thread involves "geeks trying to understand the real
My impression (from inside the hotel in Dallas) was that enough people had
travel problems coming into Dallas, which included "travel problems
returning from dinner in the West End to the hotel on Sunday", that even
knowing how many people had signed up for breakfast before the deluge
started wouldn't have helped that much. There were people who were "staying
at the conference hotel" who couldn't even get to the conference hotel. I
suspect, without knowing, that the adjusted estimates were lagging new
arrivals by about one break for most of Monday and Tuesday.
Hopefully we won't need an Architectural Research Klub ("ARK") in Montreal.
I thought the same thing about Jordi's suggestion initially - "who would
collect the tickets?", but his explanation ("no one, just the expectation
that people put down a ticket when they pick something up") helped. If this
could be tried for the price of five or six spools of "admit one" tickets at
a wholesale store, maybe it's worth doing.
.. but suggestions like this can now usefully go to iad(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org, without
setting off cookie discussions on this list...
--On March 23, 2006 5:32:29 PM -0600 JORDI PALET MARTINEZ
So my suggestion to be reasonable and fair to all, will be to provide
together with our registration pack, a given number of refreshment
tickets, enough to cover the average needs.
The problem with tickets is who do you get to collect them? Presumably
this would have to be hotel staff - at which point the costs will go up as
they would likely need to employ more staff to collect tickets in addition
to bringing out new trays etc. That would probably lead to having to have
fewer refreshment stations and result in longer queues to get those
Something that might help with at least the estimation process that is
currently done, would be to include a breakfast/break sign-up option on
the online registration form. The form already asks about attendance at
the Sunday reception, so why not extend that to the refreshment breaks?
Obviously not everyone registers before hand (what is the percentage BTW?)
but this still might be better...
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