So today, like a few tens of thousands of other burners, I was after a ticket to go burn in the desert. I got in line promptly at 10am, and got the initial queue position of 2008. SWEET, I thought.
But no, there were server problems on their ticketing vendor’s side of things, and that resulted in the queuing system misbehaving and generally punting people way back in line.
So what I did, after waiting for a number of hours was I figured out how to retrieve my old queue position in line, and get my ticket.
Here’s what I did, and what you can, too. This only works on Firefox.
1) Pull up a blank page, and go to the URL about:cache. That’ll pull up the cache entries page where you can look through your browser cache for old URLs you’ve visited. Search the memory cache and then the disk cache for the string “key_queue=” — this will be found in URLs for the Burning Man ticket page links. You’ll want to find all of them, and collect them.
2) Then take the URLs you’ve collected, and load them into your browser. I was able to get immediately to the ticket purchase page doing this, and bought my second-tier ticket.
This worked for me. It might work for you, it might not. But I thought I’d share.