1. You've contradicted yourself / been unclear multiple times in this thread. When asked for clarification, you quoted yourself with no additional text, and when I asked more questions with specific wordings, you've ignored the request / told me it's the same question.
2. If you told me you priority was given to redheads, and then the list was all blondes, I would say something was wrong. Would you then tell me I'm perceiving it incorrectly? Because this is exactly what's going on: in 2009, at least 4 poets who attended / slammed at local qualifiers and lost (and I can point out examples if necessary) were given priority over me, who did not have access to a venue. Please, if my perception is wrong, clarify it for me.
3. Amy posted a thread where previous discussion about this was completely shut down in quite a condescending matter. It's not a priority, we were told.
4. It's difficult to make recommendations to a system we do not fully understand.
5. The priority system you just posted implies a poet from LA who competes in their local qualifiers and loses is given priority over say, a poet in Iowa city without access. Which then basically implies that the selection process is completely random, because the only thing that matters is your distance from Cleveland. Then if THATs the case, I'd love to hear why 2 Seattle poets were chosen over 2 Illinois poets for a slam in California. (Must be my geographic perception?)