With approximately 16 announced, rumored or possible candidates in the running, I thought it would be fun to pair off the candidates in a Sweet 16, seeded into 4 brackets of 4, single elimination tournament, and open each round up to your voting. Winners advance.
(for you non-sports fans, “March Madness” is the name given to the annual NCAA basketball tournament of 64 teams. After the first two rounds, the remaining teams are called the “sweet 16”.)
I chose the candidates and did the seeding based (arbitrarily) on this article on 538.com. To pare the field down to 16 I threw out two guys I never heard of. I’d tell you their names, but I’ve already forgotten.
It doesn’t seem possible to have multiple polls in a single thread, so for this round I will create 8 polls. Each will have 2 candidates, and each will be titled something like “Democratic March Madness - (region) Semifinal”. In this round, the match-ups will be #1 vs #4, and #2 vs #3.
Everyone stop bitching about the seeding. No one’s forcing you to vote.
Let it be a fun distraction during the doldrums. We could do one every quarter or so leading up to the real votes early next year (when I’ll run my official contest) during these doldrums where it’s really just the chattering class making waves.
One non-seeding quibble I have with how these are set up: It’s impossible to tell, either from the thread title or the mouseover, which one is about which candidates. It’d be better to put the names in the title, or at least in the body of the post. Polls don’t show up in mouseover.
No “should.” It doesn’t go without saying. I know nothing about sports and I have no idea how this process is supposed to run. I saw the polls and voted in all 8 before I opened this thread and scrolled down enough to see this post of yours. If I’d seen your admonition up front, I would have voted only once. Sorry if I goofed up your process, but how was I to know, if you bury the instructions?
The only way I know of to vote multiple times in a poll is with sock accounts, which is already against the rules of the forum, and doing so just to vote an extra time in a just-for-fun poll would be an awfully frivolous way to get oneself banned.
I was under the mistaken impression that it was possible to vote twice in the same poll (I thought i had done so inadvertently myself). If that’s not possible, so much the better…ignore my admonition and carry on.