Originally Posted by Brian McIlmoyle
Originally Posted by zapplez
Its not easy knowing ahead of time, especially if you cant drive or often have erratic work schedules. The purpose of a tenative is to show your interest in the event.
I myself, have something similar to a ~90% chance of going to a game after saying tenative, most of the time it leads to confirmed.
And btw, one of the previous comments made a metaphor to leaving an item on hold in a store. A confirmed status is this, not a tenative. I dont mind if someone confirmed before me and takes my spot. Thats fair. So Im not preventing anyone else from going.
yes but... you are adding to the "false count"
Organizers can't count on you being there... so they don't need to hear about it.
If you don't expect a "tentative" to hold your spot... then of what possible use is it to anyone?
"tentative"... regardless of your intent, comes off as "i'll come if nothing better comes along" which belittles the hard work of Hosts and Organizers.
This is a "hobby" so obviously real world issues can get in the way.
But I think that we all have to hold ourselves to high standards of integrity, Say what you will do, do what you say. If you can't commit, say nothing.
These are friends and collegues putting, in many cases their own money, and certainly their own time on the line, They deserve nothing less.
Saying tenative, is an informal commitment of going to this certain airsoft game if able. That is what it means to me, and Im not trying to defend others that abuse this. Anyone that posts an tenative to wait and see if another game gets more players is just dishonorable, and I dont approve of that.
But in response to your question of the point of posting a tenative, its to give the host a rough idea of what size of the teams will be. Its hard for everyone to know if they can or cant go one month in advance, but an host can get a rough idea, as opposed to the host only finding out all the info a few days before the game.
edit : Also, tenative is a temporary status, one that exists for a time before the date of the game. There should be no tenatives a day or two before the game , only confirmed and people that cant make it.