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  •  I wonder if it is because of the voting. (5+ / 0-)

    They do a complicated, special program written for, vote count.  All members rank their choice.  The winner is chosen more fairly but in a considerably more complicated method than a simple, first past the post, winner take all.

    I saw a table describing this phenomenon but it didn't look so good.  It was very hard to see.

    •  "Locus" used to call it ... (4+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, Limelite, 88kathy, Oh Mary Oh

      ... the "Australian System" of voting -- meaning aggregated numbers etc.

      My memory says it was pretty widely used by the early 80's. The 50/50 trend started to develop then, in my very non-scientific survey -- made twenty years later.

      Growing up, I recall the Hugos as a phenomenon of the biggest S-F convention, with lobbying going on for many months, rank favoritism, and winner-take-all ballots.

      You could be dead-on correct!

      The fan pool was very small compared to now, and I lived in the remote backwaters.

      the more we are told we cannot do, the more "serious" or "courageous" we consider the messenger -- HA!

      by MT Spaces on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 08:31:26 AM PDT

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