Also, suggesting other things that have worked, like programming one (out of six) elevators to be an express to the top floor was immediately over-generalized to an assumption that all elevators would be so programmed, and that people with wheelchairs would be told to take the stairs.
Discussing Elevator Party Host training -- half an hour being briefed on how to host an elevator party, and something primarily designed to ward off the "my job is to boss people around" mentality of "security" -- seems to have somehow morphed in some people's minds into "hundreds of hours of specialized and expensive instruction on how elevators work." News flash: "Training" doesn't always mean "vast amounts of time" and "expensive." A short briefing on how things should be handled is "training," too, and having Tom Whitmore give you the low-down on how to deal with elevator lobby crowds is, or should be, an eye-opener.
I shouldn't be surprised. It's Fandom, after all, which is full of people who will over-generalize and assume that of course anything done will be done badly. But I also was taken slightly aback as the assumption that time always equals money, which essentially equates People points (volunteers) with Money points. Anyone who has played If I Ran the
I'm feeling old today; what I'm seeing is a younger generation of fandom having to learn the same lessons I learned twenty years ago, and rejecting advice from old fogeys who obviously know nothing at all about genre conventions and can't possibly understand how challenging it is to run an event in the Fairmont. Sigh.