Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

More Cheryl on Hugos

Cheryl has more to say about this year's Hugo Awards to which I have little or nothing to add.

I think Cheryl's "X% or Y nominations, whichever is less" threshold to replace the current 5% minimum is a good idea and would be willing to support such a proposal at this year's Business meeting. I'm not troubled about the Y absolute getting out of date in a few years. (If it does, we can change it again.) I think possibly 25 is the value for Y, but I could be talked into other numbers. At a $40/supporting membership (which thankfully looks like it will be the price for the 2015 Worldcon), a floor of 25 would mean "buying" a Hugo nomination would cost you at least $1000 in any of the categories where you can reasonably expect at least 500 ballots to be cast, and that's still enough money in my opinion to discourage most people from even trying it. Also, while it's not impossibly expensive to "buy" a Hugo nomination, "buying" a category win is impractical. Any nominee that looks hopelessly out of place will be swamped by the electorate in an instant-runoff voting system. Nobody with enough interest in the Hugo Awards to want to "buy" a category is likely going to invest enough money to buy a "knockout" (more first-ballot votes than all of the other nominees and None of the Above combined).
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