'Top' list doesn't have its share of debates? BOV
is no different, to say the least, but we do
strive for a fair system. Below are some comments
and observations made by the voters.
nominations/results are too long or too short. Yup, that's right. Some
thought the playlist was too long while others
thought it was too short. Can't please everyone,
however this year we limited the number of
nominations to 50 per person (so at least those
complaining about it too long will be happier :).
Omissions/Inclusions. This is definitely a hot
topic with nearly all 'Top' lists. Why does Tune
X appear on the list while Tune Y doesn't? Keep
in mind that everyone has unique opinions and
that BOV represents an average of the voters.
There is a chance, though, that tunes omitted
this time around will be included next year.
Some voters decided not to include covers tunes
in an attempt to award original tunes only.
Others loved to hear a good cover and happily
included them in their vote playlist. This is an
example of the kind of mindset some voters had,
which is well within their right.
Voter background. It seemed that about half
of the voters weren't part of the post-1992 scene.
This means that several of the voters had little
preconceptions about the artists or music they
were voting on. In addition, since many of these
voters had not seen the demos where many of the
VARIOUS tunes debuted, there wasn't as much
nostalgic voting occurring. Depending on your
point of view, this may be seen as good or bad.
Personally, I think that it was good since it
forced many SIDs to stand on their own merit.
Low voter turnout. For BOV 2000, we had seven
voters in an invite-only voting system. Using a
public voting system for BOV 2001, we gain just
one more with eight total voters! Go figure.
Although 7-8 voters are enough to make it worth
our time, we'd like to have more for BOV 2002.
HVSC v4.3. In order to reduce voter
confusion, we decided to make HVSC v4.3 the
baseline for BOV 2001. With HVSC v4.5 available
shortly after the BOV results were released, this
may mean that there are a few SIDs made in 2001
that weren't eligible for BOV 2001. The good news
is that these SIDS will be eligible for BOV 2002.
Further, for BOV 2002, we waited until 2003 to
start the nominations.
In the end,
despite all the issues, we believe that the vast
majority of the BOV SIDs are high quality tunes
that many will find quite enjoyable. We're rather
pleased with the results and hope you are too.