Two things that have never felt synonymous – fairness and the DD fan community (or DDM to be exact).
Recently on the DDM board, there was a contest to go and see Roger at one of his DJ gigs. For me, the contest was for a gig overseas, and therefore – I knew that there was very little chance I’d be able to scrape together a trip at the last minute, and so I decided not to enter the contest. The chances of winning are very small, and if I had won (which has never happened), I would have been furious about not being able to go – not to mention the fact that if I’d won, quite literally I would have been taking the opportunity from someone else who was able to attend. I didn’t pay much attention to the thread about the contest after that, until Jim from GSG Entertainment put up a thread titled “Fairness” on DDM. Apparently some of the winners of the contest ended up not being able to attend the show, and as a result – Jim felt the need to remind all of us that we should only enter contests if we think we can go.
First of all, this is not a “new” problem. I know PLENTY of members who enter each and every contest to see if they can win. Many of them say “I’ll figure it out later if I win”, and when it’s pointed out to them that if they do win and aren’t able to go – they basically have taken the tickets away from other people who can – the response is typically something to the extent of “I pay for membership here, it’s my “right” to enter, and it’s nobody else’s business if I can’t use the tickets.” Quite honestly, I think this attitude runs pretty rampantly throughout the community. Our fan community has always been “dog eats dog”, and it’s really kind of tiresome at this point for me. I love the band, and I love the idea of a fan community, but the game playing that goes on is a huge turn off for me at times.
I responded to Jim’s post – primarily as an assertion that it happens all the time, much in the same way I’ve done here. The thread is now 5 pages long, so it’s obvious the topic has hit a nerve. Many post saying that they would never enter a contest knowing they couldn’t go, and many seem to want to debate what is really “fair”.
The subject of people who win multiple contests came up – several believe there should be a limit as to how often one can win a contest. I would probably agree with this, although I don’t know how much of a problem this really is when it comes to contests for signed CD’s and things like that. However, I *do* see the same folks winning meet and greets at shows (when you purchase a ridiculously expensive VIP ticket – you enter a drawing for a chance to have a super rushed meet and greet with the band). Now to be “fair”, I have to say that these days – it could very well be the same people buying VIP tickets over and over again, so of course it’s the same group of people entered into the contest to win. I only know that during the shows in 2005, there were some “EXTREMELY” lucky people who won multiple times. If I had that much luck, I’d be buying lottery tickets, that is for sure. Regardless, even within this discussion, there were more than a few that felt there shouldn’t be a limit on how often someone can win.
Our community is made up of people from all walks of life. There are married, single, gay, straight, wealthy, poor, struggling….all different people from all different backgrounds, sets of circumstances, and different places all over the world. Each of us have our own ideals and our own “rules” that we live by. Where I wouldn’t ever think to worm my way up to the front of a GA show, cutting in front of people who had been standing there all evening – others seem to believe it’s their given right to do so. Some believe that being fair means playing by the rules, yet others believe you’ve got to take matters into your own hands and make your own luck. Fairness doesn’t even enter into it. What is really “fair”, and does it really matter? Let me know your thoughts!