I know that some of you guys are tired of me bitching about scores and the way that they are calculated and reported, but I have discovered something that brings my blood to a near boil. I have noticed that several authors have scores reported as being well over 8, and some even in the 9s.
What I would like to have explained is how that is possible. For one thing, it would have to mean that the stories get principally votes of 10, with maybe one or two 9s thrown in. Okay, I will agree that this is theoretically possible, but very unlikely. As long as one deals only in whole numbers, then a single vote of 9 will bring a score down to 9 no matter how many 10s there were. If one allows decimal fractions in the voting calculations, then I will concede that my complaint is invalid, but somewhere, I got the idea that the initial calculations at least are all done with whole numbers. What is the real scoop?
Furthermore, if the scores are adjusted by the method suggested in the FAQ, then all scores have to be lowered by the same amount, independent of how long the story might be. In other words, a story the equivalent of 1 chapter long would have the same knockdown as a story of 150 chapters. I can't see that happening. For example, my stories are usually 10 chapters or 30,000 words long, which is what I think is appropriate for them, and my score runs about 7.0 to 7.7. Does it mean that if I pad the story out to 100 chapters, my score would run 7.5 to 8.2, for example?
I see stories with the high scores and I can't help wondering if there is some sort of favoritism being shown. If there is, just say so, and I will shut up. Otherwise, I would like an explanation.
I don't expect to hear from Lazeez on this, except to maybe throw me out of SOL, so someone else will have to enlighten me. Please do so.