When will we be able to properly host in-person IFS?
With the COVID landscape continuing, Virtual IFS needs to remain something that people can do while they're limited in their movements or gatherings.
However, in many parts of the world we are able to congregate in relative safety, by personal choice. For IFS though, we still need to do the map puzzle, post a collage of swag, and all the elements of the Virtual event, when we gather in a group at a location.
So the question becomes: Can we make in-person events an option again, with their re-stock portals and activities etc.
When registering for an event, it would be great to select either In-Person or Virtual, rather than trying to juggle both because people want to meet up. That way, if an event is selected as Virtual, it continues as it has been, with all the IFS@Home requirements. If the event is selected as In-Person, it can function along all the original IFS meetup rules, with a group photo, a restock portal, AP requirements instead of recharging etc.
I'm not proposing removal of the Virtual, but it should be an option to do a fully in-person event in locations where it's suitable. For those who prefer Virtual, there's no requirement for proximity to the event, so even if your local area is in-person, you can attend another in a different city virtually.
At some point we need to ease back into the purpose of the IFS events, as the virtual ones have drifted in some places, to the point where it's more about 'getting a point' than actually socializing with the other team.