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Awesome: 'PAX Prime 2011 BYOC Info/FAQ - SOLD OUT!' by chaosisorder
Well, reading through the whole thread you would find all of these complaints have already been recognized and taken as further suggestions or explained as to why the process is different this year. Also, apologies have been made that people who wanted to get in could not, so personally, I think it's rude of *you* to come in this late and demand a personal apology for each person who missed out without being respectful enough to read the thread first.
Much like PAX itself, this is a limited event that sells out. If you did not get a space, that means someone did, who also wanted it.
The email blast was decided against because that made it sell out too fast (back when we thought a week was too fast). Its just announced on the forums and twitter (Both the Prime_BYOC account and the Official_PAX account) so it doesn't instantly sell out and those who *want* to be in the room get a shot.
If an email blast is sent then it would have sold out in hours.
Yes the BYOC accounts name was changed but if you were following it already you should have still gotten the updates from it.
I gave a few days notice when the post went up (also broadcasted to twitter that reg was live soon). We have never given an exact date to when it will go up (just "soon") because we don't know until it happens
Sorry to those who might not get in this year but be on alert for next year, cause it will sell out even faster then.
-or- that you can't sit on the link for a few days before releasing it into the wild.
I realize I am apparently in the minority here, but it's very frustrating to see this happen two years in a row despite my efforts to avoid problems in the first place.
We tried that last year.
People figured out the URL code to get to the reg site so we just made it live anyway after people were posting on the forums about it.
The email was only sent this year as a heads up that 3days were selling out (and might have before BYOC went live). Just so people would get their 3day passes so they could do BYOC when it goes live (also it said in the email it would be announced on twitter/forums when it went live). There hasn't been a general email that says BYOC has gone live since... 2007? Or 08? Its always been on the forums/twitter since then.
If you want the most accurate and immediate info check the forums and twitter.
Also if you keep getting the server too busy error on the forums... wait a few min and try again. It has never been down for me all day.
Ninja edit: like when I was making this post.....
. guess I missed out this year.. like first time in a few now ..
usually have my sites up and watching this .. but head cold last week.. put me in a stooper.. that and I seem to remeber it always landing around first week of June.. *shrug*
enjoy BYOC all .. at least I got my cool spec's and Nvidia blanket from last year to pull me through
It will start getting earlier and earlier in the year now... mostly due to the 3day passes selling out so soon.
WTF guys? Do you expect people to watch the forums?
There hasn't been an email saying BYOC was live in a while now. The last email notification that it has gone live was back in.... 2007? The only exception to that was the first PAX East which had issues selling out since people didn't yet know the awesomeness of BYOC
For the past few years its been launched on the forums and announced here & twitter.
Watching the forums/twitter is more or less a requirement now since BYOC is selling out faster and faster each year (just like PAX). This year BYOC sold out in a week.
Sorry you didn't get in this year but for future years you should watch the forums and/or sign up for twitter and follow Prime_BYOC (and Official_PAX for that matter). You can set them to email you (and even SMS you postings, although id disable that for PAX if you aren't in BYOC).
That was sent out a few weeks after it was live because registration slowed down, that was not an initial announcement that it was live. By that point at least 350 seats were sold. Kinda moot cause Shortly afterward the room was shrunk to make space for our stage of awesome and registration filled up.
Highly unlikely for email notification on initial registration. That decision was made to give the people who stay on top of things the best chance to get in otherwise BYOC reg would fill up too fast and there would be even more people upset that they couldn't get in. Although that just delayed the inevitable since things go so popular they are selling out in record time. Thats just the way things are going with PAX in general. (This year 3 days sold out in 22 days, BYOC in a week. It will be worse for next year).
Just watch the forums around the may/June timeframe for prime and/or I *HIGHLY* suggest you sign up for twitter if you want instant notification of things going live. Like I said you could get sign up for notifications and not even use the account again.
Each of these responses has been respectful, expressed regret that BYOC cannot grow to meet the demand, and given helpful tips on getting seating next year. I'm not sure what you are looking for, but I don't think you're going to find a mea culpa for something where no error was made.