I'm glad I read this thread, not for the main debate but because it has brought home to me that I never would survive the Getaway or similar events. I just can't handle set times for this and that or the community sleeping. Which leads me to a question to Jeri as she said it was important to her:
How would you choose who you share a cabin with? To me, if I had to do it, I really couldn't care less whether I was with people I knew or not - the big thing to me would be being with a crowd that would party (musically) till at least 4 am, if smoking is allowed in any, would wish to be a in a smoker... 11:30pm and lights out.. would kill me. Is there ever any segregation based on those sort of factors?
As for the main point of the thread, while I am inclined to agree with the viewpoint that some feelings of segregation are unaviodable, and I have no experience of this event (which appears to have gone well oveall), I do feel that the attitude "I have an intreset in folk music and got to know about this/someone else through Mudcat" is rather more healthy than "I am Mudcatter".