And yet we do. Repeatedly, ad nauseum! It is a SOTA tradition, dug up again every year like a dog with a much-treasured bone!
Just suppose that some genius comes along with a beautifully elegant solution to the problem, a solution so beautiful that we decide we really must use it. What then?
106,243 summits have their scores changed once it is determined how the solution applies to them by individual inspection.
222,040 activations (as of this moment) to be re-scored, with the scores of 5,558 activators changed.
4,118,058 chaser scores (as of this moment) to be changed, affecting the total scores of 5,831 chasers.
That is just the, shall we say mechanical aspect of the change. This would be followed by the psychological aspect. There would naturally be winners and losers. The losers would be very vocal in their disapproval - “I’ve dropped from second to sixth place overnight, WAAH!” Dummies would be spit in all directions, rattles hitting the floor. Think I’m exaggerating? We eliminated a lot of non-complient summits from one Association, got a heck of a lot of bad tempered comment and the number of participants in that Association dropped by a third for a few years before gradually recovering. These things matter to people.
Better to accept that SOTA is imperfect.