I've seen some chatter about this in different threads, and since its something I could have some influence over I thought I'd make a place specific for it.
At Prime we let in a certain amount of people for a limited amount of time and then cleared the room for the next set. This was generally complained about, and so we decided to change it up. At Aus and South we went for the trickle method. However we had noticed that many traders stayed in the corral for the entire event. Its really partly our fault, we had fun games happening in there, and there was always the possibility for someone to drop a good pin on the table.
Before the East event we talked about some possibilities, and ultimately decided rather than going back to the clearing the room between groups method we would try having some of our enforcers watching and asking people to leave if they seemed to be hanging around for a long time. Even so I still noticed a few faces I recognized come back to my table over a long period of time. Its an event we enjoy, and we will be tweaking it as times goes on, please do share your thoughts on how it went.
I appreciate you all saying we should organize areas for you to trade with each other, but PAX is really about the community. We heartily encourage you all to organize your own meetups and trading events. There are a ton of places where you could do that and not be in the way. Queue room always has some space after opening, there are out of the way hallways and alcoves, etc. You could make it a regular thing, every day at from x-y traders can meet up at a certain place to swap pins and stories which is what the buttoneers do.
Anyway, thanks for all the trades and those of you that said hi. It was great seeing everyone.