Tidefan has been doing some offseason technical tweaking to the site. I thought now would be a good time to discuss what needs to be done this year to make participation more successful.
I have to tell you that the drop in the number of voters last season was disheartening, to say the least, even if some of it could be explained (if not excused) by the Dawgs going in the tank. Disheartening enough that I briefly considered discontinuing the poll. I’ve decided to stick with it for another season because I enjoy doing it and because I think there’s some value in using approval voting as the basis for a college football poll.
But that’s another reason for concern I have. One of the underlying purposes of the Mumme Poll is to create an alternative approach which could be adopted to make the Coaches Poll better balanced. Part of that is making it easier for coaches to vote, instead of passing the ballot work off (as we suspect happens with some) to an assistant or SID. But if most of us aren’t interested in casting a MP ballot, who’s to say the coaches won’t display a similar lack of attention?
So I’d really like to hear from you about what you think we may be doing wrong – or at least could have done better – to keep you involved. Please let me know in the comments.