RPG Superstar Round 1 Voting Update

Friday, December 28, 2012

When we first discussed the idea of letting the fans vote on their favorite wondrous items, we didn't know what kind of participation we'd get. The response has significantly exceeded our expectations! These numbers, current as of the posting of this blog, show just how excited people are about this contest:

Total number of votes so far: 203,909
Number of votes cast in first hour: 3,762
Number of votes cast by top voter: 3,690
Number of people voting more than 100 times: 505

Your dedication has blown us away, so we'd like to return the favor by offering a little messageboard bling based on your participation. If you're one of the top participating RPG Superstar voters, you will earn a new title that will appear everywhere on the messageboards while voting is open,and display exclusively in the RPG Superstar forums once this year’s voting has ended. The tiers for RPG Superstar voting titles are:

100 votes: Star Voter
500 votes: Dedicated Voter
1,000 votes: Marathon Voter
5,000 votes: Champion Voter

Some fans have expressed concern that they're just sorting the bottom of the pile and not having any impact on the actual rankings of the items that have a chance of winning. At first it's fun to see items that aren't ready for superstar status, but after a while it's hard to keep voting when you see more bad items than good. We've got enough data now to begin culling the herd, so today we're going to drop the bottom 25 percent of items from the voting pool.

Thank you all for your help in this groundbreaking effort, and remember, the more data we get the better the results are, so vote early and vote often!

Gary Teter
Senior Software Developer

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Champion Voter Season 6, Champion Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Champion Voter Season 9

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Pathfinder Companion, Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I love that you guys are dropping the bottom 25%. That will make it quite a bit better and (hopefully) let us see more of the quality items. Good job!

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2011 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7 aka primemover003

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A custom title is an excellent incentive to get involved in the RPG Superstar process, even if you're not competing.

--Vrock the Vote!

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka theheadkase

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Although this will restart the fervor for Have You Seen Your Item :)

Webstore Gninja Minion , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

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Huzzah! Well done to all of the voters (and submitters) out there. :)

Grand Lodge Marathon Voter Season 6

I see there's a "Dedicated Voter" tag, but it's not mentioned in the blog post. What is that, 50 votes?


Feros wrote:
I love that you guys are dropping the bottom 25%. That will make it quite a bit better and (hopefully) let us see more of the quality items. Good job!

Great news! So is everything we see starting today in the top 75% or will that start tomorrow?

Marathon Voter Season 6

What's the "Dedicated Voter" tier?

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

if you hover your mouse over it for a moment a pop up will tell you... in this case 'dedicated' means 500+ votes


Cheapy wrote:
What's the "Dedicated Voter" tier?

It's the one labeled as "Expert" on the blog. You can also mouse over the titles in the user's name to see what they mean.

Lantern Lodge RPG Superstar 2015 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8 aka Black Powder Chocobo

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Darn it... now this is incentive to be a Champion Voter!

/starts clicking more... every minute.

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

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We renamed "expert voter" to "dedicated voter". The blog has been fixed.

Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

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Thanks for thinning out the items some.

Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 8

Great news! Thank you.

Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Clouds Without Water

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Woohoo! Thrilled at the news of the Great Culling!

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Is voting going to be affected when the culling commences (IE are you going to have to suspend voting temporarily while you cut off the bottom 25%)?

Assistant Software Developer , Star Voter Season 7

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cwslyclgh wrote:
Is voting going to be affected when the culling commences (IE are you going to have to suspend voting temporarily while you cut off the bottom 25%)?

They've already been removed.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka motteditor

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So how many champion voters do we think we'll have by the end?

Oh, also I'm thrilled the bottom 25 percent are being culled. Looking forward to seeing more, better items. (And using this tag to figure out how many votes I've cast -- I can start counting at 1,000 once I see my tag change.)

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8

Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Lost Omens Subscriber

I'm aiming for the Zombie Voter tag.
Must...keep...voting.

Dedicated Voter Season 6

theheadkase wrote:
Although this will restart the fervor for Have You Seen Your Item :)

Yup. I know that is why I am starting another period of voting right now. Of course, if you even have a chance of being in the top 32 you shouldn't even be worrying about being in the bottom 25%...

Grand Lodge Dedicated Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8

Thanks for this; I'm re-energized now to keep voting.

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka theheadkase

Whale_Cancer wrote:
theheadkase wrote:
Although this will restart the fervor for Have You Seen Your Item :)
Yup. I know that is why I am starting another period of voting right now. Of course, if you even have a chance of being in the top 32 you shouldn't even be worrying about being in the bottom 25%...

Completely agree, but I'm still worried :) It's my first time entering, and even though I think my item is a good one...

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8

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Fantastic news - Paizo never stops being awesome!

Sovereign Court Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

So cool! Data AND a thinning of the herd. Thank you!

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2014 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka Arkos

Thanks for posting these stats! With 1,440 one-minute intervals in every day, 203,909 votes cast means that we've done the work of what one totally insane person could do given 141.6 days and an endless decanter of coffee.

Now I'm curious about whether we'll hit one entire year of voting before the round ends!

Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 8

After some voting I am definately seeing a difference. New items are more frequent and quality is a bit better.

Dark Archive RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8 aka FaxCelestis

Arkos wrote:
endless decanter of coffee

I think I found my entry for next year.

Sczarni RPG Superstar 2012 Top 32 , Champion Voter Season 6, Champion Voter Season 7, Champion Voter Season 8, Champion Voter Season 9

How many marathon voters atm?

Silver Crusade Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Interesting!

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6 aka Breelo Babblebock

Next stop.... Champion Voter! I'm pretty sure I'm not the person with 3690 votes.


This is very welcome news!

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9 aka surfbored

Very cool, thank you!

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Dedicated Voter Season 9

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Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Just about to start another stint, so to all the items I am about to see...

Congratulations in making the top 75% !!

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

Last time I checked there were about a dozen people with the "Marathon Voter" title. I expect that number might go be going up.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 16, 2012 Top 32 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9 aka Epic Meepo

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I admit it. I'm just posting to see my new voter tag.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8

Gary Teter wrote:
Last time I checked there were about a dozen people with the "Marathon Voter" title. I expect that number might go be going up.

I'd say that's a pretty safe bet :)


Pathfinder Card Game, Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

Very cool idea Paizo! Kudos to the hardcore voters out there!

Dedicated Voter Season 6

Dotting to see my tag :D

Then back to voting to see if I'm still in the game ;P

Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

Eric Morton wrote:
I admit it. I'm just posting to see my new voter tag.

Yeah me too. :)

EDIT: doh! best get cracking... although currently that puts me in the company of only 504 others. :)

Also thanks for these numbers. I am no mathemagician (I took trigonometry three times and eventually got up to a C grade), but I am always curious about this kind of data. As a marketing tool alone, it is must be giving y'all tons of usable info. :)

Most votes?
How many people voting?
Minimum for accurate sampling?
Most votes in an hour? (I do know enough math to say that this is 61).

I also hope you will consider running a workshop on this at PaizoCon. Not only on how you chose the method, the possible number of outcomes, but what trends you saw develop because of it.
(except I cannae make PaizoCon this year. :)


I am pretty positive I've voted well over 100 times, but I don't see a tag. (I just voted over 20 times and didn't see a new item but only had one repeat in those 20.) Am I missing something, too new to the boards, etc.?

Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

Zeeboo wrote:
I am pretty positive I've voted well over 100 times, but I don't see a tag. (I just voted over 20 times and didn't see a new item but only had one repeat in those 20.) Am I missing something, too new to the boards, etc.?

Your alias may hide the tag.

Marathon Voter Season 6, Marathon Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8

Curaigh wrote:
Zeeboo wrote:
I am pretty positive I've voted well over 100 times, but I don't see a tag. (I just voted over 20 times and didn't see a new item but only had one repeat in those 20.) Am I missing something, too new to the boards, etc.?
Your alias may hide the tag.

I believe that is the case.... I think the tag only shows up on your primary.

Marathon Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7

cwslyclgh wrote:
Curaigh wrote:
Zeeboo wrote:
I am pretty positive I've voted well over 100 times, but I don't see a tag. (I just voted over 20 times and didn't see a new item but only had one repeat in those 20.) Am I missing something, too new to the boards, etc.?
Your alias may hide the tag.
I believe that is the case.... I think the tag only shows up on your primary.

OK, I'll try posting without the alias, and sure enough I'm dedicated.

Thanks!

Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Marathon Voter Season 8, Marathon Voter Season 9

There is drop down menu under the text box (left of the preview/cancel/submit buttons :)

Sczarni RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka CalebTGordan

Wow, pretty cool!

Dedicated Voter Season 6

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Oh my, time to get cracking again! :) I'm totally seeing a difference in the items I'm voting on now. Way more new items...it's really heartening.

I'm also hoping this means a better chance to see my (still MIA on my end) item. You know. Unless it got culled... but fingers crossed that's not the case! ;)

Thanks for the stats, guys! And the new tags are nifty, too.

Star Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 8

Thanks for culling the heard. It definitely makes me want to vote more.

RPG Superstar 2012 Top 16 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

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Great response to feedback. Thank you, Gary and team. And wow, have I really voted that many times? It barely felt like 400.

Dedicated Voter Season 6

nice time for me to vote some more. Thanks for the removal of 25%.

Star Voter Season 6

I'm so nervous that I was eliminated. Anyway, I hope to get to star voter.

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