Posted on Nov 03 2016 04:43 PM
We will not be publishing all the individual votes, those that want to share can do so at this forum. The past years more and more people have been emailing us their list, processing all that data from various sources like SG101, email and Facebook turned out to be too time consuming. This is why we decided to move to Google Forms. It saves us a lot of time and hassle. Processing that data is already a lot of work that takes me hours to complete.
In the beginning of NSSR about 50% of the votes came via SG101. If you look at the very first thread of the 101 lists in that hread you can find a lot of individual lists. The last couple of years the numbers of votes coming in via SG101 has declined. Nevertheless the number of votes coming in via email more than made up for that and for every edition we get more and more lists in. The new way of voting made it a lot easier for people to submit and for Halloween turned out to deliver us more votes than previous years.
No radiostation in the world shares all the individual votes for a list. This is very valuable information for the station and for the competition. If I was to share ALL individual lists for the Classic Top 101 people would have a list of 446 tracks that have been voted for and basically have a list with the 446 best classic surf music tracks. Anybody could easily start a radiostation with that information. Same goes for the 905 Surf Revival tracks that were voted for last year. I have a background in commercial radio in The Netherlands (commercial station with over 3 million listeners) and have been in the radio bussiness for a long time. NO radiostation will EVER share that sort of information.
As for the number of voters, that's another thing I will not exactly share. Why? Because if this year there will be let's say 265 votes and the year after that 198 votes people will say the list is less representitive and less valuable. That is nonsense and is not the case if you have hundreds of votes but a band that drops out of the list will be disappointed and start complaining and bitching the list is not representative. Same thing if I was to give the number of votes a track receives. If last years number one received 88 votes and this years number one receives 60 votes people will say this years number one is not as much a number one as the year before. Believe me, I have been there during my time at commercial radio.
Also the number of people that voted for a track does not say a lot. You gotta keep in mind it's not only the number of people voting for a track but also the position in their Top 10. Ten #1 positions generate more points that thirty #8 positions.
So those are the reasons.
But to give you an indication, the number of votes are a couple of hundred and to be able to enter the list a track needs to appear in at least a dozen lists or so. If your personal Top 10 includes 10 tracks nobody else votes for none of those tracks will enter the 101, they will all end up in the bottom regions of the list with 446 (Classic) or 905 (Revival) tracks. And to respond to your question Ruediger, tracks with two or three votes will not enter the list either.
So, is that a reason for you not to vote?
By not voting you are sure your favourites will not end up in the list.
By voting you at least give them a chance.
Still deciding not to vote? So be it.
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Last edited: Nov 03, 2016 19:39:20