TL;DR Version – Voting will be changing so that a portion of the votes for the winning kit are retired. This preserves ownership, ensures shifting influence in the voting pool, and answers the question of when votes expire (they don’t – but they can be used up)
The voting structure for this whole contributor-funded kit reviews venture is simple:
$1 contribution = 1 vote
But looking back after the first round of voting, it may be too simple.
This setup works fine for one vote, but it runs into some snags when projected forward into future votes, for three reasons.
First, some have voiced hesitation to jump aboard because they feel their preferred kit choices will never be selected. A totally fair criticism. And while some genres will just not be represented, because I don’t consider myself equipped to review them as they deserve (see cars, ships), there’s something to be said for armor, or for smaller scale aircraft, for example. I mean…if half of the total votes are always going to break in favor of the big 1/32 prop, what hope does a new 1/72 jet kit have?
Second, as contributions rise, there could also be a rising sense of disownership. 20 votes goes a long way in a pool of 100 votes. It goes substantially less far in a pool of 500, or 1000.
Third, there’s the question of when votes expire. After a set number of cycles? A year? Seems pretty vague in my opinion.
To address these snags, and shore up voting to be more equitable for everyone, I’ve decided to shift things up a bit. Bear with me, here, as we’re going to be venturing into math.
$1 contribution still equals 1 vote
The actual voting will remain unchanged. If you contributed $20, you will have 20 votes to distribute as you see fit. And you can keep voting until your votes are retired.
Retired? What the…?
The change comes after the votes have been cast and a kit selected. If the kit(s) you voted for does not win, the votes roll over to the next voting cycle.
But what if the kit you voted for wins? Well, that’s where it gets interesting.
Vesting and Prorating
Let’s work with those theoretical 20 votes. It makes the math easier.
Say you put all 20 votes toward the kit that ends up winning. At that point, those 20 votes are vested. They – in the form of that original $20 contribution – are going to support the kit you wanted to win. You are, in essence, supporting a review of a kit you want to see reviewed.
Say the winning kit nabs 200 votes (again to make the math easier). And costs exactly $100 to source. That leaves $100 left over.
Of that remainder, 10% – in this case $10 – would be directed into the Raffle Fund, which is exactly what it sounds like.
The remaining amount would then be prorated back as votes. In this case, that amounts to $90, or 45% of the votes. Out of 200 votes, 90 votes would be prorated. So if you put your 20 votes to the winning kit, you would get 9 votes back.
What if you end up with a fraction? Say you put 10 votes against the winning kit and were looking at a return of 4.5 – the fraction would also be rolled into the Raffle Fund, so you would get back 4 votes.
To put it as a formula:
- V = Vote total
- K = Kit cost
- N = Number of votes you put toward the winning kit
I suck at writing out formulas, so my apologies.
To see how this would play out in practice, let’s use some numbers from the first round.
A contributor, we’ll call him Steve, gave $20, and put 10 of his votes toward the winning kit, the 1/32 Fly Hurricane. The Hurricane won the voting with 168 votes. And cost a total of $74.67 to source.
That leaves a remainder of $93.33.
Of that remainder, $9.33 goes into the Raffle Fund, and $84 gets prorated back as votes. 84 votes equals 49.99% of the vote total.
So how does that work out for Steve?
Well, out of those 10 votes for the Hurricane, Steve would get 5 back (10 x .4999 = $5), and 5 would be vested in the Hurricane.
The 10 votes he committed to other kits would flow back to him as well, leaving a remainder of 15 votes to use going into the next round of voting.
Bleh. This sounds complicated. Why bother?
Again. Three reasons.
- First, it establishes when votes expire. And that’s when they win (and even then, you get at least some portion back).
- Second, it prevents voting from getting stale and returning predictable results. I don’t want these reviews to be the “1/32 Scale Prop Show”. This method ensures shifting vote pools over time, which keeps things interesting.
- Third, the complication is on me. If you’re voting, nothing changes. Submit your votes. If you’re among those who vote for the winner, you’ll find out after the kit is sourced how many of your votes will flow back to you. You’ll also see what percent of the upcoming review you “own”.