Looney Labs Icehouse Mailing list Archive

Re: [Icehouse] IGDC rankings idea

  • From"Don Sheldon" <don.sheldon@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateWed, 20 Feb 2008 12:36:31 -0500
On 2/20/08, Jorge Arroyo <trozo@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I think it'll be difficult to find a fair system for such a small group of
> voters.

It's not quite clear what you mean by fair (as that's subjective) but
I agree.  Sadly, I don't believe anyone has the inclination to have a
drawn out discussion until we reach a group concensus.

> > While it's true that one person's vote can have a large influence on
> > the order of victory, it isn't obvious to me that that is inherently
> > bad.  Isn't the point of voting that each person be heard?  Under that
> > theory isn't it a good thing that one person can make a difference?
> All right. Let's apply it to a presidential election. Would you say a voting
> system is good if no matter what everyone does, I can decide with my vote
> who actually wins? Would you say it's fair?

Of course not, but that's not what's being discussed.  You're
comparing New York City to a big apple.  They are similar only in

> If you can't trust the ranking system to be fair, then what's the point?

I think that the winner of the competition was the entrant who was
most favorable to all who cast their votes.  I have absolute faith in
this fact.

The results are unstable*, but fair.

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  *by which I mean another vote or two could have had drastic consequences