I am a big fan of rec.gov and the 'new' online system. It's quick and easy to use. It removes most ambiguity with confirmation emails and being able to log into your account. You know where you stand at all times.
Ease of use and convenience have increased use to beyond the 'hard core' boater to be sure. While this this does reduce the chance of an individual pulling a permit I have to think it's good for the boating community. I would also suspect (no proof) that more cancellations are being picked up and used because visibility has increased.
What they need to do is go to the weighted lottery that they talked about last year. I believe (someone correct me if I'm wrong) that would increase a person's odds if they have applied consecutive years for the same permit and not drawn. This would help people that have faithfully applied every year and never drawn which are the ones that deserve it if anyone does.
I was wondering whatever happened with the weighted lottery and found this update. It looks like we have to wait for the next contract with their provider. If we are lucky it might be in place for the 2017 lottery for the Selway and MFS?