## Re: Adjust character counts/point values?

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• ... ... This seeems a much more equitable point distribution. Question, though: why use points at all? Why not just use straight character counts. One
Message 1 of 7 , Dec 31, 2004
--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, angelabrooks@y... wrote:
<snip>
> So here's a suggested conversion chart:
>
> Characters Points
> 1-100 1
> 101-200 2
> 201-300 3
> 301-400 4
> 401-500 5
> 501-650 6
> 651-800 7
> 801-950 8
> 951-1100 9
> 1101+ 10
>

This seeems a much more equitable point distribution. Question,
though: why use points at all? Why not just use straight character
counts. One character = one point, up to some maximum. So if I write
a 351-character comment it's five points under the old point, four
under the new -- why not award the story 351 points and be done with
it?

Marta
• Hmmm... I do think that this conversion chart is definately fairer - although I m sure the ASC had good reasons for doing it that way. But Marta does raise a
Message 2 of 7 , Jan 1, 2005
Hmmm... I do think that this conversion chart is definately fairer - although I'm sure the ASC had good reasons for doing it that way. But Marta does raise a good point - why not just do a literal thing? One character equals one point. Might help in breaking some of those ties!

Resha

Marta <MartaL0712@...> wrote:

--- In MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com, angelabrooks@y... wrote:
<snip>
> So here's a suggested conversion chart:
>
> Characters Points
> 1-100 1
> 101-200 2
> 201-300 3
> 301-400 4
> 401-500 5
> 501-650 6
> 651-800 7
> 801-950 8
> 951-1100 9
> 1101+ 10
>

This seeems a much more equitable point distribution. Question,
though: why use points at all? Why not just use straight character
counts. One character = one point, up to some maximum. So if I write
a 351-character comment it's five points under the old point, four
under the new -- why not award the story 351 points and be done with
it?

Marta

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• ... From: Naresha [mailto:north_shore_fruitcake@yahoo.com.au] Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 6:20 AM To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com Subject: Re: [MEFAwards]
Message 3 of 7 , Jan 1, 2005
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From: Naresha [mailto:north_shore_fruitcake@...]
Sent: Saturday, January 01, 2005 6:20 AM
To: MEFAwards@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [MEFAwards] Re: Adjust character counts/point values?

>Hmmm... I do think that this conversion chart is definately fairer -
although I'm sure the ASC had good reasons for doing it that way. But Marta
does raise a good point - why not just do a literal thing? One character
equals one point. Might help in breaking some of those ties!

I can't really put my finger on it yet, but I don't think the literal thing
is a good thing. And it would actually make ties worse. How would you
break them? There's nothing left beyond seeing which had the most votes.
And how many ties were able to break at that point this year? One, I think.
All the others came down to characters. Yes we didn't have any that matched
character-for-character this year, but it *could* happen.

I think the points also makes it more equitable. Like I said, I can't put
my finger on why, but I'm sensing trouble if we go for actual characters.
I'll switch it to the this point scale this year and we'll see how it goes.

And since it's January, except for open polls, all that suggestions and
changes are closed now.

Now we look at categories. I'll make a separate post in a bit.

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• Well the only thing I can say in favour of going point-for-point is that there would be very few comments that would have identical numbers of characters. But
Message 4 of 7 , Jan 2, 2005
Well the only thing I can say in favour of going point-for-point is that there would be very few comments that would have identical numbers of characters. But I can see your point!

Resha

I can't really put my finger on it yet, but I don't think the literal thing is a good thing. And it would actually make ties worse. How would you break them? There's nothing left beyond seeing which had the most votes. And how many ties were able to break at that point this year? One, I think. All the others came down to characters. Yes we didn't have any that matched
character-for-character this year, but it *could* happen.

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