In reply to G8ADD:
Really interesting Brian and I would love to know more … but this thread is about the implementation of rules and guidelines in SOTA.
In particular, in the General Rules (described as The SOTA Bible …) Rule 3.11 is as follows :-
A scoring system relating to the height of the Summit ASL must be implemented unless this is clearly and demonstrably impractical (see below). Each Summit is worth a certain number of points, dependent upon its height ASL. Six height bands are defined, expressed in
metres ASL and optionally in feet ASL, the values of which are determined on an
Association basis. Height bands for an Association are determined by the Association Manager and must be shown in the Association Reference Manual.
Points are awarded to both Activators and Chasers as follows:
Band 1 1 point
Band 2 2 points
Band 3 4 points
Band 4 6 points
Band 5 8 points
Band 6 10 points
The height banding must be constructed in such a way that it encourages operation from the highest peaks in the Association. Therefore, Band 6 should only apply to a small proportion, say 10%, of Summits. Conversely, a reasonable number of Summits must fall into Band 1 to encourage lower level participation. Again, as a guideline 10% of Summits is acceptable.
The guideline is ‘say 10%’, I made the observation that in G we have 3 in Band 6 which equates to about 1.5%, and very different from other associations, some, for eg. EI have implemented this guideline very accurately. Only in the name of consistency do I make the point and no other reason.
If the consensus is leave it be, I can live with that but I would then urge a change in Rule 3.11 of the General Rules to remove any reference to a guideline.
My reason for raising it at this moment is this, IF the G summits list is reviewed (and maybe changed), it would be better to review all aspects of the G summits table and iron out ALL anomolies rather than do some of it now and some later. I was merely ‘thinking ahead’.
As for how I would subdivide the bands. I’ve never thought that far ahead, I see no point in indulging in solutions before the problem has been agreed upon! However I would say that if the guidelines in Rule 3.11 were implemented then G would have about 18 summits in band 6, you can work it out from that.
PS and I’m glad you changed your mind on the other thread, well done.