I totally agree with you. However upstanding and honorable most UW students may be, I know their admissions office assumes that everyone will fairly and honestly abide by the seat deposit rule, which means you simply have to state your intention to attend. So while I'm on hold, some jerkoff might tell UW he's going even though he is really holding out for perhaps Michigan or a higher choice. I don't know why Wisconsin doesn't make people put their money where their mouth is. If you like the school and want to attend, be willing to put some money down and prove it. But don't jerk around other people that are truly willing to commit.