I thought I might provide you with a few updates as Tidefan and I do some offseason tweaking to the Mumme Poll.
- I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but the site has been taken down temporarily so that Tidefan can apply some judicious rejiggering. He’s excited about what he’s doing, so I am as well.
- I’ve hinted at it previously, but the expansion of the voting pool gives us the chance to modify the ballot process. My goals are (1) to simplify the vote and (2) to have a model that is purer from an approval voting standpoint. Along those lines, the 2010 ballot will have ten slots instead of twelve and will only allow for a first place designation to break a tie in the top slot. I don’t think we’ll see too many ties with the move (the most ties we saw last season came in the final post-bowl ballot, which had by far the smallest voting pool), and really, when you get down to it, how much do ties outside of the top slot matter?
- The biggest complaint by far that we received last season was over obvious omissions from someone’s ballot of a team that should have been there by any logical explanation. In our defense, there simply wasn’t enough time to review 200-600 ballots to check for votes like that. So one thing we intend to implement this season is public access to all of the votes. Sunshine and peer review will, I hope, have a positive impact on this problem.
If you’ve got any complaints or suggestions about what you’d like to see in the 2010 edition of the Mumme Poll, lay ‘em out for us in the comments.