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SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« on: April 24, 2017, 12:34:11 PM »
Hi everyone! The sale is almost upon us and once again, we are ready to take the raw heat and turmoil of it all and chill it down with some cold, hard data analysis. We had awesome participation last year, so this year if you're willing, please answer as many of the questions below as possible.

If you can, please get the timestamps from your browser cache as they will be exact.  Some instructions on how to do this are below. If you can't, and can only give a rough estimate that's fine as well, and we will treat it accordingly in the analysis.  Feel free to post information from the sale and then update it later with the result, make separate posts, whatever works for you. If you don't remember some things that's fine too, anything will help.

Thanks in advance, and good luck with the sale!

[UPDATE] We now have a google form that you can use if you prefer. Though if you have already entered some information in this thread, indicate something at the beginning of the form that we can use to match it up, like usernameXYZ or usernameXYZ's friend.

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Questions

What time were you given access to the form?
What time did you submit the form?
What was the first queue number that you saw?

How many downtown hotels did you choose (0-6)
How many non-downtown hotels did you choose (0-6)

What option did you pick if your preferred hotels weren't available? (closest to the convention center, lowest available rate, shuttle route,  disregard my request if choices aren't available)
What waitlist preference did you pick? (yes, no)

If you get a notification, what group were you in? (May 1, May 8.)
What was your result? (#1 choice, Other downtown hotel on your list, other downtown, Top choice non-downtown, other non-downtown, waitlist, nothing.)

[UPDATE] Added a separate option for your #1 choice, this matches the options in the google form.
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Finding your form access and submission timestamps

Right now we only have instructions for Firefox and Chrome. If you have trouble with the instructions or are using a different browser like IE or Safari please don't sweat it, we don't want to add any more stress to your day. Rough estimates are very helpful too. (If you do find an easy way to get the information from other browsers, please let me know and we'll add it here.)

This is based on information supplied by the always helpful [member=3710]SteveD[/member] and [member=3729]racheva[/member] last year. We will update it if there are changes for 2017.

In chrome you can type chrome://cache in the address bar.

on the page, search (<CTRL> F) for cci.onpeak.info/addRequest?q=
This will be the form entry cache file.

search for cci.onpeak.info/thanks
This will be the form submission cache file

Firefox has the same type of cache search if you type about:cache and then select "List Cache Entries" under Disk.
Then do the same search as above.

When you find the cache entry you are searching for, just click on it to see the time information.
This will work for both Chrome and Firefox.
For example, the file should contain something like this:

Quote
        HTTP/1.1 302 Found
        Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
        Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:10:44 GMT
        Location: /addRequest
        Server: nginx/1.8.0
        Vary: Accept
        X-Powered-By: Express
        Content-Length: 66
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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017, 01:31:58 PM »
I got a reply from the Unofficial SDCC Blog on Facebook and they said that when you submit the form shouldn't matter this year, only when you get access to it.

Not sure if this has been confirmed either way but it would make things a lot easier if it only matters when you first get in.

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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 01:42:49 PM »
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I got a reply from the Unofficial SDCC Blog on Facebook and they said that when you submit the form shouldn't matter this year, only when you get access to it.

Not sure if this has been confirmed either way but it would make things a lot easier if it only matters when you first get in.

That matches how things worked last year, and CCI has stated it very clearly this year, so that should be how it works. We still want to look at it though, if nothing else it might be interesting to see how the average time taken to fill out the form has changed from last year. (And there's always the small chance that something goes awry.)

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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 03:41:08 PM »
Isn't getting access to the form randomized? I am so confused by it all. You get in the waiting room, get a random spot, and once you get in.. that is the time stamp for your chance of a hotel? So if you have a high number in line you basically already SOL?

I haven't been able to score a hotel for the last 2 years now lol. I'd like to get at least "something" this year but they are just making it more and more a luck of the draw thing.


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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2017, 03:55:27 PM »
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Isn't getting access to the form randomized? I am so confused by it all. You get in the waiting room, get a random spot, and once you get in.. that is the time stamp for your chance of a hotel? So if you have a high number in line you basically already SOL?

I haven't been able to score a hotel for the last 2 years now lol. I'd like to get at least "something" this year but they are just making it more and more a luck of the draw thing.

It is randomized. You may see a queue number, but (assuming it is the same as last year) that indicates your place in one of many lines, not overall.

For the 2 timestamps, "What time were you given access to the form?" is when you are taken out of your queue and are able to access the form that you fill out. This should be the most important factor in getting one of your desired hotels, and we will want to see how this timestamp affects your chances of various outcomes.

"What time did you submit the form?" will be the time that you successfully submitted the request. If things work the way we think they will, this should not matter but we still want to check that.

If you're interested, you can see the writeup we did from last year based on the data we collected from the forum.

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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2017, 09:13:22 AM »
Quick update. The instructions for checking your chrome or firefox cache should still work this year. Please give what information you can, thanks in advance, and good luck with the results!!!

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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2017, 09:16:33 AM »
reminder to check you history!!
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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2017, 09:17:36 AM »
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Quick update. The instructions for checking your chrome or firefox cache should still work this year. Please give what information you can, thanks in advance, and good luck with the results!!!

Can you link to those please?

N/M, just saw them at the top of the page. Sigh...

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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2017, 09:18:24 AM »
IN:
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:00:56 GMT

OUT:
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:06:28 GMT

How many downtown hotels did you choose (0-6): 6
How many non-downtown hotels did you choose (0-6): 0

What option did you pick if your preferred hotels weren't available? Closest to the convention center at any price
What waitlist preference did you pick? Yes

If you get a notification, what group were you in? (May 1, May 8.) N/A
What was your result? (Top choice downtown, other downtown, Top choice non-downtown, other non-downtown, waitlist, nothing.) N/A
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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2017, 09:19:11 AM »
I got in at 9:08:47  :'(
My roomie got in around 9:03 something.

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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2017, 09:19:33 AM »
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Finding your form access and submission timestamps

This is based on information supplied by the always helpful [member=3710]SteveD[/member] and [member=3729]racheva[/member] last year. We will update it if there are changes for 2017.

In chrome you can type chrome://cache in the address bar.

on the page, search (<CTRL> F) for cci.onpeak.info/addRequest?q=
This will be the form entry cache file.

search for cci.onpeak.info/thanks
This will be the form submission cache file

Firefox has the same type of cache search if you type about:cache and then select "List Cache Entries" under Disk.
Then do the same search as above.

When you find the cache entry you are searching for, just click on it to see the time information.
This will work for both Chrome and Firefox.
For example, the file should contain something like this:

How do I do I do it for IE?

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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2017, 09:22:43 AM »
but the times in the cache only represent the time a person submitted?
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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2017, 09:27:08 AM »
Got in to the form at 9:00:56
Submitted at 9:04:25

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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2017, 09:28:01 AM »
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but the times in the cache only represent the time a person submitted?

The one that looks like this cci.onpeak.info/addRequest?q= will be the one that indicates when you got selected to go to the form.

cci.onpeak.info/thanks will correspond to when the form was successfully submitted.

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Re: SDCC 2017 Hotel Request Form Lottery - Submission Times
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2017, 09:29:00 AM »
I checked my cache and

Form Entered 9:01:26
Form Submitted: 9:01:45

Now lets hope I get one of the top choice hotels :)