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2009 Coasterpoll Results

Martyn B

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I understand with the likes of SLC's and Boomerang's (or any common clone), as they are proper clones of each other, but a ride like Dragon's Fury is completely differen't.

Many people go on about it being one of the best coasters in the Country, and like I said, from what I remember, it used to rank relatively high, thats why I find it a bit odd.

Its a weird decision but oh well, I just hope it doesn't catch on, as soon we may find Odyssey is classed as a standard SLC, or Tatsu as a Superman clone!

No harm done, I'm not slating the poll, or the creater, I just found this decision a bit odd, thats all..
 

Jools

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They should include the standard models like Whirlwind, but not Spinball & Dragon's Fury etc, but at the end of the day it does say "Favourite", so if your favourite ride is Dragon's Fury, put Fav XSC2000/3000 at the top. Zimples.
 

gavin

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^It doesn't quite work like that though. The grouped coasters always rank very low. People just don't see them as a "serious" option when considering their polls. It falls into the "it's a clone, so it can't be that good" category, even though the realty is that there could be some fantastic coasters in that grouping.
 

Gazza

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Martyn B said:
I too think its a bit unfair to not include Dragons Fury as a seperate coaster. Especially as it used rank quite high from what I can remember. Was it not 60th, or 61st one year? (Random I know, but that just seems to ring a bell...)
I remember in one year it was actually the #2 coaster in the UK!

Anyway, there is room on the poll, Just group the Mega Lites :)
 
rollermonkey said:
^Because, over time, there just isn't room to include them all.
Is there some kind of limit to the number of coasters in the poll? If there isn't, I don't get it, why not just make Dragon's Fury (or something else that should be seperated) seperate?
 

Martyn B

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Going back now on whats been said about Eagle's Fortress; I think there should be some kind of minimum amount of votes a coaster can have, before its entry to the poll is deemed worthy.

13 people saying a coaster is great, isn't a good enough judgement/review of a coaster, where as say if there had to be a minimum of 50 votes per coaster, that would give a better view of how the coaster is rated. I hope that makes sense!
 

jayjay

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Martyn B said:
Going back now on whats been said about Eagle's Fortress; I think there should be some kind of minimum amount of votes a coaster can have, before its entry to the poll is deemed worthy.

13 people saying a coaster is great, isn't a good enough judgement/review of a coaster, where as say if there had to be a minimum of 50 votes per coaster, that would give a better view of how the coaster is rated. I hope that makes sense!
They do, I can't remember how many it is though. 10 or something?
 
When those 13 people are well-travelled, seasoned coaster enthusiasts, then yes, I believe that that's legitimate enough to form a ranking.

When you read a movie review, chances are you give a lot more attention to what Roger Ebert thinks than the review from the Southern Hickster Daily. ;)
 

Gazza

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Martyn B said:
13 people saying a coaster is great, isn't a good enough judgement/review of a coaster, where as say if there had to be a minimum of 50 votes per coaster, that would give a better view of how the coaster is rated. I hope that makes sense!
I mean if you were to ask for a 50 vote minimum, then that would pretty much lock out every coaster in Australia from ever getting a look in for instance.

I thought the whole point of the MH poll is that it's not a popularity contest, and stops well ridden coasters from overshadowing less ridden ones just because they are easy to get to (Eg like what happens in the Golden Tickets)

I mean if somebody has ridden two coasters, and prefers one over the other, who are you to argue unless you have ridden the same two?

And at the end of the day, its still an ordered list, so you can use the info how you want. If you wanted to do a 50 vote minimum top 20 it would be the same order, except it wouldn't have Eagles Fortress, Katun*, Piraten, Kawasemi, Pyrenees, Canadian Goliath or Tele2 Insane.

*A top 10 without Katun ?!!?!???!, Blasphemy
 

rollermonkey

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Yes, there is a maximum number of ballot lines, and I know last year (2008) we were right up against it. Mitch did some tweaking of his program in between, and opened up more possibility. We had some leftover space this year (2009), but as I mentioned, with new coasters coming every year, something's got to give.

Yes, I would expect the mega-lites to get a grouping sooner or later.

Mitch has set the minimum for inclusion at 2% of the # of ballots recieved. It used to be a fixed number, (I believe it was only 5 or 6 until 2007) but he liked my suggestion that the number should be flexible with the growing number of ballots being recieved. This year, that magic number was 13 riders for the steel ballot. Between 10 and 13 riders, was 'the grey area' and those coasters got an asterix (*) in place of a rank number.
 
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