First, allow me to thank the Nova League team for all the effort that makes this awesome league possible. I’m sure no one will disagree with me saying that we all enjoy it a lot !
Second, I’d like to raise an issue about the polls : the way they’re made, only a handful of lucky participants have an actual say about the time settings that are chosen. Let me explain :
- one chooses an amount of time for the time setting type one has previously chosen only.
- hence, when a time setting type is picked by the community, only those who chose it have a say about the amount of time, because those who preferred another time setting type picked an amount of time for the latter only.
The result is that the poll is biased in favour of the time setting type preferences, to the detriment of the amount of time preferences.
One way to fix this is to divide the poll in two parts :
i. pick the time setting type ;
ii. pick the amount of time for every possible time setting type.
I think this is fairly easy to fix, as it only requires a few additionnal questions (which already exist, btw : it’s just that not everyone gets to answer them).
Also, there’s an overall problem with the vote system. The way it currently works is pretty much like a majority one-round election system (such as in the UK). In the end, the chosen settings may get picked by a minority (e.g., 30 - 20 - 20 - 18 - 12). The largest minority, true, but a minority nonetheless. One way to fix this would be to allow voters to pick any number of possible settings. The time setting that would gather the largest number of votes would be chosen.
This way, picking several settings indicates that one is indifferent to them, and does not want those one did not pick. Personnally, I think I would pick Fisher and Byo-Yomi, for example, thus indicating my indifference towards this choice, but rejecting other possible settings. Some would have a strong preference for Fisher, and may pick this setting only. Others would be radically indifferent and pick every possible setting.
This way, the chosen setting would not be the one the largest minority picked, but the one everyone actually agrees on. The problem is that I do not know whether such a system exists. I’ve created a google form to check, and I think that a multiple choices question allows that.
Anyway, thanks for your attention !