Well, folks, we had ourselves a time, didn’t we? From well over 200 idols-and-things we now stand at 16. You can look back at the first round (day 1 | day 2) and the second (day 1 | day 2) to get an idea of how we got where we are now.
Because it’s impossible to have nice things, the results have been a little adulterated, but not so much that we can’t still enjoy the last few rounds, and then we can crown a Corenament champion and bestow upon some very confused Japanese girls an honor they neither want nor appreciate!
The schedule going forward is going to look like this:
- Sweet Sixteen: March 22 & 23
- Elite Eight: March 24 & 25
- Final Four: March 31 & April 1
- Final: April 3
In the battle to be Best Idol, only one can win, but we all get to have a good time!
Oh, and the matchup types are going to start to get weird, so watch out for that.
The Sweet Sixteen
I’m actually not going to publish this yet, because I’m going to leave an important decision up to you all: As you either figured out on your own or heard along the way, there was some low-level vote manipulation going on for Round 2 (and probably elsewhere, too, but not quite as impactful). That rankled some folks, including me, because while the Corenament is just for funsies, it’s still something that we’d like to be doing for our amusement, not to get off individuals with nothing better to do.
What we have before us are results for half of Round 2 that mostly seemed to come out the way they would have naturally, and results for the other half that were definitely messed with and would come out differently if not for the outside intervention. I don’t have absolute numbers for sure, but my feelings are based on a general understanding of who shared stuff and who didn’t, and what “normal” voting looks like, and where were the intervals of massive, sudden, inexplicable increases, and how those distributions played out across the board (like I said on Twitter, I’m paying attention).
So I’m offering you this: For Day 1, I’m leaving those results alone because they’re fairly close to “normal,” even if the associated numbers are wacky; for Day 2, on the other hand, I have a somewhat arbitrary-but-really-the-median-of-a-range-that-math-says-makes-sense adjustment that I can make to each of those polls, and several of the outcomes would change as a result. Do you want me to “correct” the situation, or do you prefer to move ahead as is? Which results might change is probably obvious, and it’s not a large number, but.
To avoid more vote rigging(!), I won’t be adding a poll
Go ahead and comment, and I’ll work with what feels like a consensus. Either way, we’ll return to Corenamenting on Wednesday!