OK, folks, Week 5 is upon us, which means it’s time to get a handle on what we’re up to with the Mumme Poll.
Beginning this Sunday at 9:00 AM until Monday at 9:00 PM, you are asked to cast your first ballot if you want to participate in voting this season. Keep in mind that while this is a dry run in the sense that I’m not tallying the votes this week, you must send me your ballot this week if you want to participate the rest of the year.
The reason for this is that it’s tied to how I’m going to keep track of making sure we have the same people participating each week. I expect somewhere between 60-80 of you to vote and I simply don’t have the time to check each e-mail address every week to verify that we don’t have people trying to jump in and change the mix of voters. The mechanism I intend to use to track the voters is to rely upon a reply chain in our e-mails: you’ll e-mail me your ballots and I’ll reply with an OK if the format of your ballot is correct, or a suggested correction if it isn’t. In turn, you’ll reply to my e-mail and we’ll play it out that way each week of the season. That way, all I’ll have to do to confirm the validity of your participation is to see that you sent me a ballot this week.
So don’t forget to vote. I’ll post reminders on Sunday and Monday. Send your ballots to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just a brief reminder about the ballot format. Here are the rules:
- Vote for twelve teams, no more, no less. Any ballot that doesn’t contain the names of exactly twelve different schools will be bounced back to you for one shot at correction. If you can’t get this right, your ballot won’t be counted. Oh, D-1 schools only, please.
- Clearly indicate which five of the twelve schools are the ones that you think are the five best in the nation. I would suggest putting their names in all caps, or with asterisks. If I can’t figure out your designation, I’ll bounce your ballot back and ask you to clarify. Again, if you can’t get this right, you won’t see your vote counted.
- Other than the top five group as a whole, don’t rank your teams in your vote. The whole point to this exercise is to get away from trying to split hairs between the sixth and seventh best teams in America when you cast your ballot.
One more thing I would ask you to do only with this first vote is to tell me in your e-mail what your school affiliation is. I won’t post that information on an individual basis, but I do think it would be useful to let anyone know what the overall breakdown of our group looks like.
If you have any questions about this, please raise them in the comments and I’ll respond. Again, thanks to all of you who are going to participate in this little experiment of mine. I hope it’s a blast for one and all.