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A ticket is something you do not buy to attend a convention. A fan pays for a membership in an sf convention to help cover its costs, because the fannish way is to be an active participant in the sf community, not a passive consumer of entertainment. (A ticket gets you into a show as audience; cons are not shows and their members are not audience.)
"Tickets? We don't need no stinking tickets!" a fannish catchphrase, reflects this philosophy, although fans' use of this misquote from the 1974 film Blazing Saddles (in turn a misquote from the 1948 film Treasure of the Sierra Madre) stems from an unappreciated effort to control masquerade seating at a Worldcon.
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