Politeness (in the sense of being a sheep, not in the sense of being concerned about other people’s feelings) is a huge problem. Most organisers seem paralysed within the smugosphere; they’ve left the big tribe of mainstream-ness, and that seems to have used up all their courage, so now they dare not rock the smaller boat… (bit of a mixed metaphor there!)
And the standards are lower, since there’s no selection pressure, and nobody expects to win. And efficiency is actually frowned upon. As is innovation.
“We ain’t ever gonna survive unless we get a little crazy.”