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YOU DARE ME: Follow-up Poll

First of all, I want to thank everyone for their feedback and response regarding Calico's Dares. The poll to discuss the theme for next year is still open, for those of you who missed it and still want to vote. The poll to talk about how to nominate for "You Dare Me" and how those nominations are tallied is closed, because I want to do a very specific follow-up.

As you can see from the not-so-very scientific LJ poll, most people were very happy with the process I'm using, which is calculating your dare to me based on a book's year-to-date (YTD) totals, and in the event of a tie, using the current month's totals as a tie-breaker. The biggest suggestion I received for this system was to provide some kind of list so that people knew what books had been nominated in the past, which might give them ideas and/or help them decide which books to campaign for.

But I also received an alternative suggestion to the way I'm doing things, and I liked it so much that I wanted to run it by you guys to get a feel for your thoughts. aliciaaudrey came up with this:

Instead of using YTD total nominations to determine what my dare will be in a given month and using the current month totals as a tie-breaker, why not reverse that?

So I'd use the current month's tallies to determine my dare, but in the event of a tie, I would refer to YTD totals to break the tie. If that still results in a tie, I'll just pick.

The plus side to this suggestion is that campaigning for books wouldn't be wholly necessary (though it isn't now, really), but I wouldn't need to provide a list of books nominated and the total nominations they've received thus far. You wouldn't have to remember what you voted for in the previous month. You could just nominate whatever tickles your fancy during the nomination period and see how it shakes out.

Mind you, in either scenario, you 1) don't have to vote for the same books every month (and therefore don't have to remember a thing) and 2) you don't have to campaign for your selections if you don't want and 3) you're still nominating books that you want ME to read, not vise-versa (but you are welcome to nominate books that you want to read with me).

So as with many things that tickle my fancy, I decided to put this to a vote. But I should make one thing clear: the poll is essentially my way of soliciting feedback. It is not a democratic process. In the end, I'm going to go with whatever feels right to me and whatever I feel is most fair to those who are participating. I, of course, will share with you my decisions, inform you of changes, so that you have the option to participate to your fullest ability, but in the end, it's up to me.

I know that's an obvious thing to say, but when I originally conceived of "You Dare Me," I planned on taking the top 3-4 vote-getters and going with the title that interested me the most. Not necessarily the title with the MOST votes. Since then, I've been leaning towards the most votes method of selection while using my own whimseys to break the ties. However, I try to be as clear and upfront about stuff as possible, especially when it comes to things that YOU get to participate in. So it's likely that whatever option gets the most votes will be the way I do "You Dare Me" for the rest of the year; however, I just wanted to prepare you for the fact that I'm allowed to disregard that too. ;)

So now that you have the sinking feeling that your vote counts for NOTHING AT ALL, let's vote anyway! It really will help guide my decision-making. To be clear, we're still talking about letting you 1) nominate from my entire TBR collection and 2) only nominating up to three different titles in any given month. Please vote your preference, not what you think others want or what you think would make my job easier or any other such nonsense, okay?

And while it's obvious, if you're not participating in "You Dare Me" and don't plan to, just skip the poll. :)

Poll #1884572 Book Tallies, Yo.
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 19

When it comes to tallying the nominations for You Dare Me, which method would you prefer I use?

View Answers
A book's year-to-date cummulative totals. If there's a tie, use the current month's totals to break it.
11 (57.9%)
A book's current month totals. If there's a tie, use the book's year-to-date cumuulative totals to break it.
8 (42.1%)

Thanks so much for your feedback, and if you want or need to share something that's not covered in this post, comment away!


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 13th, 2012 05:41 am (UTC)
I am not sure what you do if the book doesnt have more than one month cumulative totals, I guess Whimsy gets to come out and play :)
Dec. 13th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
Are you referring to option two, current month totals, and what happens if there is a tie? I go to YTD totals, and whichever one has the higher number wins. If a book's current month and YTD totals are the same, it's doubtful it'd win.

But on the bright side, I won't be adding new books to the TBR. By time I post the nomination request for December, y'all are going to be TIRED of seeing the same titles over and over! :)
Dec. 13th, 2012 08:41 am (UTC)
I actually didn't vote because I'm honestly fine either way. :D So instead of skewing the vote, I'd rather let people who actually feel one way or another about it have their say.

I also totally forgot to vote on the first poll. Woops. I did vote on the theme thing though. I couldn't pick between SF 101 or Ladies first -- both sound super awesome.
Dec. 13th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Hee hee... no worries! So long as you feel your voice is being heard, it's all good. :)
Dec. 13th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
I guess I'm concerned that using the year-to-date tally only as a tie-breaker will make it basically irrelevant. I would still much prefer to use the YTD tally first, with that month's vote being the tie-breaker.
Dec. 13th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing! That'll help me make my decision if the votes are really close (and they are).
Dec. 13th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
I kind of like aliciaaudrey's idea so I voted for that. But, really, I'll be fine with either method. ;)
Dec. 13th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Good to know!
Dec. 13th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
I have a strong preference for the original plan - using YTD cumulative votes. Otherwise, I know my obscure favorites don't stand a chance, ever.
Dec. 13th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
That's a good reason to stick with the original plan! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Dec. 14th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
Just go with whatever works for you :)

And now to read the other 21 blog entries by you that I haven't had a chance to peruse yet(and hopefully, to comment on at least a few of them).....
Dec. 14th, 2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Woot! I look forward to your comments!
Dec. 15th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
and I got a bad headache after I got through one entry... Here's hoping tonight's attempt goes better!
Dec. 15th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Oh dear... I hope my entry didn't cause the headache!
Dec. 15th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
My kids are the reason for all my headaches - your blog is one of my distractions from them :-)
Dec. 14th, 2012 11:52 am (UTC)
I didn't vote, because it really doesn't matter to me either way :)
Dec. 14th, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
That works! :)
Dec. 14th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
I voted for the original plan because I like campaigning for books. Either way would be fine with me, though.
Dec. 15th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for your feedback! This has been very enlightening!
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