A lot of suggestions and arguments can be made to reach solutions for various problems, but I don't think that last point made a lot of sense in reference to the issue at hand (though, I get that it comes from what east said heavily and repeating your worries/problems).
People may be reluctant for a lot of reasons, but the number and names of teams that come from Southern Tier can be figured out every year just by looking at the states list if people really cared about that (as you say, it's ~2 or 3?). The number of teams that go is standardized under scioly anyway. Typically, the only contention about that if anything is the number that go from states to nats, not from regs to states I'd say. I get what you mean in the sense that someone definitely may point oh, why does this other region get to have the majority of its region go, but I can't say I can speak as well for competitors anyway who might think that. You could play the numbers any which way, I could suppose there's actually 10 teams, so it would be fair, but I don't know that, do you? If you don't, then it's kind of a moot point unless we want to work to figure it out. I know you mentioned about them MAYBE only having 4 teams, but you even admit you don't know that because it came from the wiki (which itself may not be perfectly updated :/).
Are you strongly worried about too few teams being sent from other regions, or too many being sent from Southern Tier? To have 3 teams sent, I believe they need a minimum of 20 teams (typically it's # of teams/10 + 1), which isn't so few. Maybe they only have that many, but that would be 15% of the region minimum, which isn't that extreme compared to others. If this proves to be wrong, please find out, and it'd probably be good to report to the States sups, unless the point is you expected other people on the site to figure it out. If that was the case, then that may not happen because even older volunteers from NYS on the website may be busy with other work.
Also, when you pointed out that east and others were taking things too seriously, you made the same fallacy by saying no, others were taking things more seriously if anything. I could then go to argue everyone is taking things to seriously, if you want to go by that logic, but that wouldn't really mean much. Assuming that was your point, then yes, let's move on. End of the day, we can suppose a lot of things, but I'd rather do stuff that's more action-oriented. But note if they (say the Southern Tier tourny runners) are not willing to respond to email, it's tough to realistically spend time trying to drive there, send mail, etc pushing at that issue so hard. There's already a lot of issues with test writing and the set up of tournaments alone. It is definitely an important issue, like many. But like for myself, I'm busy with college, writing tests, etc, and even I haven't had time to post the NYS results onto the Wiki even though BroNi has already sent them to me. I might have time this weekend, but people do get busy, so I hope that much is understood. I think it's preferable with this sort of thing to propose and identify solutions to issues in addition to the problems. If I had to choose between these things I'm currently doing and trying to push some unresponsive tourny runner, I'd rather be working on writing tests, proctoring, grading, etc because I think on my own part that'll be a more efficient use of my time.
Hope this was informative and helps the conversation progress! Looking forward to seeing how states goes as always, I know it's upcoming, so hope teams are working hard.
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