18 years ago
Now is the time to determine how to vote. Here are some thoughts from
"I would like to propose a change to the voting system now, before the
As I understand it, the voting system used for the last few contests
follows: Each voter pick 1st, 2nd, and 3rd favorites. 1st = 3 pts,
2nd = 2
pts, 3rd = 1 pt. This probably works pretty well most of the time,
infer from your comments about the writing contest results that you
difficulty. On contests that have a large number of entrants and a
number of prizes but not necessarily very many voters, it may be
to distinguish the winners, especially after the top few positions.
a 1st place vote counts for so much more than a 2nd, and a 2nd counts
twice as much as a 3rd -- this makes it harder for a voter to
between two closely matched contestants.
Let the voters assign a score from 1 to 5 points to every entry.
total score wins.
This allows the voters to fine-tune their votes a little more. If the
thinks that two entrants are equally deserving, he can give both
the same number of points.
Variation 1a) The total number of points that each voter may award
no more than 3 times the number of entries (For the present 14
each voter could award up to 52 points). This will prevent "grade
inflation" where everybody gets nothing but 4's and 5's. If the
wants to give one entrant a high score, he would have to lower the
I don't know if your voting software is set up to handle this. If
difficult to change on such short notice, I would be willing to accept
e-mail ballots and I would do the tallying with a spreadsheet. I
up a new e-mail address just for ballots. I don't have an entry in
contest, so I should have no conflict of interest.
Alternative Proposal 2:
To allow for more distinction, especially among the lower places, I
we allow each voter to pick up to 5 choices. Then even out the
that the 1st place votes still count for more, but not by such an
overwhelming amount. Example: 1st = 8 pts, 2nd =7 pts, 3rd = 6pts,
5 pts, 5th = 4 pts."
With respect to the voting software, it was my intention to have a
summary page so that individuals could cut-n-paste their votes and
then post them on RMR with comments. Some have said they missed being
able to comment.
Let's wrap up the voting discussion (this thread) by Friday so we can
start voting on Sat - Fri, winners announced on 5/29... then GOWI onto