What we cannot and must not do, is rescore the existing table. This would change past achievements and make no sense at all. Also, even if only implemented from the present time, it would disrupt and spoil the pursuit of a personal goal for many participants.
So the current system should continue, with the same criteria for attaining awards.
In fact we have two current scoring systems: Points in the six scoring bands, and the uniques - one point per summit on an “all-time” basis. Similarly, this should not be disrupted, because it is popular and people are plotting their own progress in this table.
Any new system, in my opinion, would have to be a third scoring system running alongside the other two, for reasons above. If a proposal gathered sufficient concensus amongst asociations and participants, then there may be an option to run it for a trial period (say 12 months) so that its merits could be assessed.
I have a couple of ideas, one where the six scoring bands are distributed logarithmically and are the same for all mountains and hills the world over, and another where points = ASL height of summit, and can be awarded for every activation - so repeat activations within a calendar year are rewarded.
I personally dislike the complicated formula systems, as key features of the programme need to be easily and widely understood in order for it to be a success. Additional information such as route, difficulty, starting point etc would be problematic as who would do the work to add this complicated information to the ARMs, Database, website etc?
So my suggestion to anyone wishing to have a new scoring system is to put a formal proposal together, publish it on here and allow SOTAwatch users to debate the advantages and disadvantages. If a clear proposal with a clear concensus comes forward from that process, the MT would have no option but to consider running it in parallel for at least a trial consultation period.
Previous discussions amongst the Association Managers have failed to deliver an agreed proposal, so the challenge to create one with popular support is a difficult one. But if it can be done, we will be listening.
73, Tom M1EYP