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    Posted: 12 Jan 2014 at 11:43am
Hey Folks!

The 2013 Eclipse awards are here... almost... :)

I have a formula in place that I like for picking the winners going forward.   Still, I'm not sure that using it exclusively is the right thing to do for 2013 given that no public formula existed at that time.  But I did say I would use the formula for 2013, so I kind of should... so.. here's what I'm planning.

The formula will be used to determine the 4 nominees in each category.  I will be working on an in-game voting mechanism that will be posted with the Eclipse nominees no later than 1/20/2014.  I will also be posting the formula I used publicly at this time as well.  This formula will be the gold standard for 2014 and on - no more voting these things in (which will make an exciting year end scramble for Eclipse points next year, IMO).

Only stable groupings active as of 12/31/2013 with 100+ races run will be allowed to vote.  I will scrub the votes for duplicates, but please make my job easy and simply vote once - I really do have a decent idea of who runs what stable, and I have better uses of my time than to audit data.  Also, please vote your conscience - a lot of these categories really should be cut and dry. 

Voting will conclude on 1/31/2014.  At this time, I will blend a combination of player voting (66 2/3 %) and formula voting (33 1/3 %) to determine the winners.  I will explain how the formula voting will be blended in with the player voting when I post it; explaining it now would make little sense.

Winners will be announced no later than 2/14/2014; I will talk to Squirrel and see if she has the time to have a presentation show.   

Yes, I am aware that we are running later than the real Eclipse awards, but look on the bright side : next year we can announce these on 1/1/2015.  So being late this year to be fair with the winners is probably the right thing to do... :)

Thanks guys!


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