So I applied for this philosophy conference that I really want to attend. They told me that the decision on whose proposals will be accepted will be made in May. The problem is that this conference is scheduled for the same two days as another conference that I have been considering. The other conference doesn't carry a risk of me not being accepted. But the final date to apply for it is April 22.
So do I risk it and wait for the decision on the philosophy conference? Or do I make the safe choice of withdrawing from the philosophy conference and going with the easy alternative?
I can't apply for the safe conference and then let the organizers of the panel down. I have organized panels myself, so I know how annoying it is when people withdraw because something better came up. I can't do that to organizers.