Since scoring has seemed to take on the most discussion, I'll address that.
Some of the suggestions have merit, but you also have to remember simplicity is very
important. Since neither JWW or I want to spend all day tallying points or whatever.
In terms of a weighted system, or points per win (more points for beating better players), we used a system like that for the Revised league in both '07 and '08. At the end of the year players were ranked by win %. Then each given a point value. So if we had 50 players who completed a game the best player would be 50, the next best 49, an avg player would be in the 25 pt range, and the worst would be 1. So If you beat the best you'd get 50 but if you beat the worst you'd only get 1, etc. I think it was pretty accurate, but in terms of results it wasn't much different then just using straight up win% so it didn't make sense to do the extra work for little benefit.
Take this years league and top players trying to get into the playoffs:
(as of last posted standings)
Gamerman - 12-1
Zhuk - 7-1
LL - 7-1
DutchD - 6-1
RD - 6-1
JWW - 8-3
Please demostrate a scoring system that will come up with a differend (better?) ranking of players. Are these not the top 6 league players (in some order)?
Also the "NEW" scoring system cannot penalize players for only playing the minimum and cannot reward players who can play 20+ games (ie X points per win).
Please note, I'm only using the currents standings and these 6 players as an example, I'm not trying to single anyone out.
If there is an argument of who should get in, there should be, we have 4 players with 1 loss and not yet at 10 games.
IMO, it is very hard to get to 9, 10 wins, even if you try and cherry pick opponents. It is also hard to not play people. You still need to post in the looking for a game thread, and anyone
can respond. Based on the standings I just posted, I find it hard to believe that none of the top 6 have played each other. I of course know for a fact that many of the top 6 have played each other. And don't forget there is still the playoff. The bottom line is you are going to have to play and beat "good" players at some point.
Now I certainly understand the issue of delaying a win/loss to help your playoff standing, but IMO that is a different issue then scoring/ranking.
We won't expand the playoffs. JWW and I already talked about it and we want each seasons playoffs to end as quickly as possible. With 6 players (with byes), or 8 we honestly porbably wouldn't finish until Summer. That's just too long.
I could see a scenerio where we go back to Major and Minor Leagues. As Zhuk mentioned, we'd do something like 8-12 for the minor, and 12+ for major. That way players that do play tons of games aren't necessarily punished for playing lots of games. Afterall I want to encourage games to be played and not have a bunch of people that just paly 8 and go 7-1 and then sit out hoping to make the playoffs.
I also want to give poepl a shot at something if they start out 0-2 or 0-3. At least those players could play and try and rebound and maybe get into the major league playoff with a 9-5 record or something.
A deadline for games might be considered, but there will be no judgmet system. Niether JWW or I want to try and figure out who is winning some 15 rd game. Pehaps we come up with something simple like most VCs at Nov 1 wins or if you took a Capital (if both players agreed when they started the game will end on Nov. 1). But even that has flaws. But again remember we want the league to be simple, and JWW and I are not looking to take on more work for ourselves. Like all of you guys we do have other priorities.
The 72 rule. Not to post a loophole to our own rule, but it is only a violation if your opponent posts bump. If you agreed to take on a game with a weekend player or someone says that they can only post on certain days, that is fine. JWW and I are not going to be checking game threads.
Keep the ideas coming (Please stick to rule suggestions)
But also post potential solutions if you have them with the thinking that JWW and I want to keep this simple and easy to maintain.