Re: General Rules and Categories - Must Read!
Supporting: the leads list is there to know who not to vote for. You do pick a character, (that is not on that list) and they are counted by individual character. It just wasn't feasible to list them all. I'll try and clarify this in the threads.
Rant: hmm, I'm just going to try stuff.
Let's say we have a 1-hour comedy movie and a 10-hour comedy series. Some viewer sees both, and finds the movie to be very funny for the full hour. The series, well, it was also very funny for the first 2 hours, then reasonably amusing for the next 5, and merely okay for the rest. If he or she were asked "which is the better comedy?" there are numerous ways go about it:
- The movie was very funny the entire time, while the series tapered off; therefore the movie is better.
- The movie only provided one hour of entertainment, while the series was just as entertaining for just as long and provided extra entertainment on top of that. Therefore, the series is better.
- Viewer could attempt to extrapolate the movie out to 10 hours, and try to decide if that plot, with those characters and humor style, etc. would have been able to be better over that span of time than the series would have.
- Viewer could pick the best 1 hour segment of the series, and compare that to the movie.
- Viewer could pick out the best moments of the series totaling roughly an hout and compare using that.
- Viewer could just say the question cannot be answered.
- Viewer could try and employ some combination of these things in some kind of awkward weighted system.
- Viewer could go with "the gut," which more than likely is subconsciously predisposed to one of the above.
Even if some might seem more reasonable to you or me, or some of them outright silly, really none of these is any more right or wrong than the other, because it's all up to individual interpretation. Putting it out there and expecting some sort of consistent basis for comparison amongst the public would be silly, and in a sense would somewhat randomize the results depending on which philosophies turned out to be more prevalent.
Of course, we could just say the heck with it, who cares about all that, and put it all out there and let all the various interpretations mix and see what comes out. But (1) chances are this very debate of how to compare the two will come up and cause a healthy degree of drama that could have been avoided. (2) When the results do come out, some group is going to be irritated with the other(s) for skewing the votes in a way they percieve to be unfair. If the better or more popular short watches beat out the better or more tv series in a bunch of categories, those who compare them in a way that tends to favor series will be annoyed at those that tend to favor short watches. Vice versa if the short watches are in there and just get trounced. If they're left out of most categories to begin with, the worst thing that happens is those that favor the movies are annoyed with the system but can't really take issue with the voting that happens within it.