Land Grab. verb.
Land grabbing is the practice of sending someone in early to mark out and occupy camping space until the rest of the camp gets there.
In the back blocks of Burning Man it’s fairly acceptable, as long as you don’t take more than you need.
When it’s in the more hotly contested open camping spaces closer to the esplanade, or when you try and steal land that was assigned to a theme camp, it’s incredibly rude.
At regional burns, where space can be at a premium, don’t try it. There’s nothing worse than angry neighbours who’s spot you stole, and angry organisers, who’s carefully laid plans you have messed with.