As for the topic in general, I think the OP has still not explained why serious preservationists only need apply to his invite. Also if you look at the topic all caps are used. This is considered shouting or for when something is "serious business". Finally, its well known that meeting strangers right off the net can be downright dangerous. Theres just not enough in the original post as to why this person wants to meet and also his asking literally anyone to reply causes suspicion. And again why so discriminatory for serious preservationists? Is there any such thing as a non serious preservationist? Like a joke preservationist (maybe George Lucas himself fits this) I think the snarky remarks are a reaction to that.
No, the snarky remarks are just a symptom of the crass society that we live in and which is just exacerbated by the impersonality and alienation of internet.
Yes, I capitalized and stipulated that I only wanted to meet with serious preservationists because the purpose of the meeting would be to discuss preservation as opposed to just a gathering of forum users to "hang out" which, I agree, would be strange. Not enough in the original post to explain why I want to meet? ... to discuss preservation? You know, you complain that I "shouted" the stipulation about serious preservationists and then you complain that you don't understand the purpose of the meeting! I'm starting to think that it would still be unclear to many here if I had written a 5000 word post going into minute detail. Suffice it to say that if you can't figure out the purpose of a meeting of "serious preservationists" then relax because it has nothing to do with you. Perhaps that's why my title was so blunt, and yet apparently despite all the objections, still not blunt enough.
Yes, meeting strangers from the net can be downright dangerous for children. Any adult with any common sense at all and the self-preservation instinct that they were born with can handle meeting a stranger in a crowded public place with hyper-security such as Disney World. I keep forgetting that Americans walk around thinking that they are in a Wes Craven movie.
As I proposed in my previous post let's move on. Forget the meeting at Disney World. I've moved on, accross the country.
I think I've explained myself enough, and I'm not going to go into more details here. Aside from the other reasons not to, this thread has convinced me of the utter futility in discussing anything here. Anyone with any sense will understand that life happens off-line too and will also understand, or at least imagine the reasons why I may want to discuss this there. I direct the next statement to such people: anyone interested enough that they think that at some point in the future they may want to meet to learn more (could be tomorrow at NYC Comic-Con or it could be months from now, I don't know), then PM me.
Otherwise, let's let the thread die and keep all communication between interested parties by PM so that we don't upset the non-interested parties who can't resist endlessly picking apart the OP as if it's some sort of document for the ages like the Magna Carta.
Lastly, sorry to hear that Star Tours gets such lousy reviews! But I'd still like to see it if I could. And I bet, as outdated as the technology is, we'll be nostalgic for it after Lucas finishes ruining it.
Also, some good ideas were mentioned about an OT.com con. That would be much more worthwhile going to than the propaganda-fest that is the official cons. Not only can we have productive exchanges on preservation but we can have a nostalgia celebration for the days when the Holiday Special truly was the most embarrassing Star Wars artifact on film... Now the Prequels in and of themselves, and the sad defaced state of the OT make the Holiday Special look downright respectable, Bea Arthur and all!