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Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: May 06, 2006, 08:09:49 PM »


my view select window is late May.

I suppose that was karma for the 300+ housing  lotto number.

I got a May date too (and also had a pretty bad dorm lottery draw).  I think I'll most likely stay in the dorms unless I get bumped again, though. 

Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: May 05, 2006, 02:27:02 PM »
Ack!! Why I am I still getting bumped at 5pm? I thought the lottery ended at 2pm.

I was bumped again today too, and it just said 219 people had chosen.  Did that many people decide to not even pick a room?  I logged in at about 5.15p to re-select.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: May 04, 2006, 04:15:17 AM »
Sadly, for me Harvard football is going to be a step up from my college team now...

Has your college football team had the crap beaten out of it by Harvard for the past 5 years in a row? No? Then it's not so sad.

so true.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: May 02, 2006, 05:58:25 AM »
hey guys - figure this should be the first thread where I report: I dropped off my deposit today at 4:30PM, and will be attending HLS in the fall!!!! ***SOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED*****  ;) ;) :D :D looking forward to meeting you all then, if not sooner!

Cool!   ;D

Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: May 01, 2006, 07:12:06 PM »
I was just bumped, and 109 people had selected when I logged back in to choose again.


Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: May 01, 2006, 06:51:33 PM »
For those of you who have been bumped and logged back in to choose again (sorry guys  :():  did anyone notice how many people it said had already chosen?  Just curious if a lot of people actually waited beyond today to pick...

Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: May 01, 2006, 08:15:01 AM »
if the self-regulation thing is indeed their intention, it seems really crappy. supposedly you know how many people have gone before you when you log in to submit, but that doesn't really mean very much if everyone from numbers say 1 to 400 can choose at any time in the week. and everyone was waiting with baited breath for today

yeah, i agree that it doesn't seem like it will work, even if that's what they were aiming for.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: May 01, 2006, 07:36:31 AM »
so.. say you log on early, nab a room that seems to be available.. but the availability can't change throughout the week, can it, or at least until the lowest numbered person nabs the room? And then.. say you chose a room, it turns out someone logged on later with a lower number and chose it also, so you have to choose another room at the end of the week. by that time, people with lower numbers than you might have grabbed better rooms than what is available after the end of the week. Correct? anyways.. that's the problem i see here, but i'm not sure exactly how they're doing this..

Perhaps this was their intention.  If you have a really high number and try to grab a good room early in the week, you are very likely to get kicked out of it and then have to pick after everyone else is done, resulting in a worse room than people with higher numbers than you got.  In other words, I think it tries to self-regulate by making it more advantageous for people with high numbers to wait (as they suggest in their explanation) rather than risk winding up with the absolute bottom of the barrel picks at the end.  But I don't really think that this is a well-designed system, and I'm not sure I understand it very well.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: May 01, 2006, 07:16:42 AM »
HLS dorms just sent out an e-mail.  Everyone can just pick at any time a la free-for-all, and then you get booted if someone with a better number wants the room you've chosen (and have to pick again).  This whole thing is going to be such a mess.

Incoming 1Ls / Re: HLS
« on: May 01, 2006, 06:00:53 AM »
I can't log in to do the choose room thing. Someone said something about the system wont let you in until those with lower numbers have made their choices. Doesn't make sense to me - how long do ppl have till they forfeit their slot? And how are you supposed to know when to go, aside from checking the login incessantly?

I can't get into it yet either (though I think it likely won't open up to anyone until noon today).  I'm still really confused. Hopefully, the hls housing people will realize that they didn't exactly send detailed instructions and decide to offer a little guidance on the whole thing.  I don't think anyone wants to spend the better part of a week trying to log into the lottery system while 200-300 people with better numbers take their time picking their rooms (or at least I know that I'd rather not). 

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