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||Posted: Mar. 02 2008, 09:06
Heh, well, you'll find out soon enough! Once everyone meets in Bilbao, it'll be pretty obvious how many people have come from our party. We don't want to go through the process of announcing who's coming only to have to say "Whoops, no, sorry, Bob from Birmingham got his travel arrangements in a mess and can't make it" - it wouldn't be terribly nice for that person. I did make that perfectly clear at the time the draw closed. We also ideally ought to check with Universal to make sure there are no duplicates.
But ok, I can understand your concerns here. It's the first time we've done anything like this, and I think it's fair to say that we're learning a fair amount about how it's really best to handle things.
We were allocated 10 places. Our main concern at the time we got them was actually starting the draw and making sure that people had a reasonable amount of time to enter. We were still at that time trying to work out how many of our own team members were coming and whether we needed anyone else to get anyone else on board to help. That issue of help in particular was one which we debated over a lot - obviously some ticket winners might have been willing to help with certain things, but unless we actually asked people if they would, then picked based on that, we'd have had no guarantee of anything.
So...as it's worked out, there are four of us from the tubular.net team going, plus someone who's been helping us make various arrangements (and who, I should add, has given us an incredible amount of help). The remaining five places were offered in the draw.
I think that things are now pretty much finalised (though we won't have everything confirmed with Universal until tomorrow), so if the winners want to make themselves known to the world, they can do so!
I hope that the way we've done things feels fair to everyone. We've tried to make it that way. There have been a number of things that have made that very difficult, not least the lack of time.
I should also remind you that I've done precious little else apart from work on this for the past few weeks. I've spent days on end calling Universal every few minutes and talking to answering machines, and so has Tim. If you want to decide what happens to things like this in future, I'd suggest you do the same thing. We were under no orders to give any tickets away like this at all - it was our decision to do this and give people a chance at coming. I realise that the chance was fairly small, but it was the best we felt we could do. If people are going to make us feel that this whole competition was a mistake, it's hardly going to encourage us to do a similar thing in the future.