billymac wrote:DH: Count me in favor of another sweet 16 when the time comes!
Hate to dilute the thread too much, but let me add that I'd be in favor of another "best of" poll for two reasons:
(1) As much as I love the classic sports paradigm of a tournament, it's really geared to picking a single winner. That's fun, and I remain very interested to see which episode emerges here. But I think we all agree that it's next to impossible to really pick "a" best episode of this show. It's impossible for most of us individually let alone for the collective "us".
(2) This tournament excluded the finale from consideration. While I honestly don't think its inclusion would have made any difference, I think it would be nice to do a different kind of voting game where each and every ep is eligible.
I'd propose one of two formats: everyone naming their individual top 10 episode lists (no order required). The 10 episodes named most often would then comprise the forum's top 10.
Everyone simply vote for every episode they rate "perfect" (or a 10 on a scale of 1-10). We could require a quorum of 50% of total voters naming an ep on their list in order for it to comprise part of the final list of "Perfect Episodes".
This method appeals to me because it allows each voter to recognize as many episodes as they deem worthy of special distinction and eliminates the extremely difficult task of trying to rate apples as better than oranges in order to achieve a single or limited number of best episodes. The final list could consist of only 5 episodes or 22 episodes, however many that at least half of the voters rated as perfect.