I think it should be 2019 for several reasons, but the main reason for me is that since it was conducted in early 2019, some of people's rankings were based on rides they took during 2019, meaning the poll isn't strictly limited to 2018 or earlier experiences.
Am I making sense?
1. El Toro 2. El Toro 3. El Toro 4. El Toro --- I'm not good at ranking...
JG-77 wrote:some of people's rankings were based on rides they took during 2019, meaning the poll isn't strictly limited to 2018 or earlier experiences.
But that would be a VERY small percentage considering most parks aren't open in January and the poll doesn't include any 2019 coasters. Even if we called it the '2019 TPR Coaster Poll" we would not say it was based on rides taken in 2019 because that would be mostly false information.
This makes sure there is no ambiguity as to which poll is the latest one, which IMO is more important than properly representing the year of the latest coasters included in the poll. Often times the latest coasters may not even appear in the "top" lists (2018 is likely an exception due to Steel Vengeance), so this is the lesser of two evils when compared to "Announcing the TPR 2018 Coaster Poll!" in... Spring of 2019.
Just my two cents. I see the pros and cons for both though.
robbalvey wrote:I don't disagree with you (and secretly side with you on this if I was forced to choose) but here's my Devil's Advocate rebuttal...
Had we called the 2017 poll the 2018 poll and people who searched for the results and found them towards the end of 2018, people would have instantly said "Where's Steel Vengeance?" (Because people are idiots and don't read.)
Go with your gut. If you go with the other option simply because you're trying to avoid idiotic comments you're just going to end up with the option that you don't like as much but still tons of idiotic comments from people wondering when the 2019 poll is coming out since it's 2019.
How many years have you spent trying to idiot-proof everything on TPR and the socials? How is that working out for you?
Give up and go with the one that you like. I'm leaning towards the same option since people will read the title and immediately know that it's fresh content (which makes them more likely to check out the list regardless of what platform it's on).
Last edited by coasterbill on Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:50 am.
I voted 2019 because of the habits I have. I don't watch the Oscars and I know they are last years films but my fingers just automatically type this year when I search for them and that's before your picture reminded me that they are named after the airing year, not the movies. I think I'm the same when I want to see the results of other awards as well.
I think I do that for a lot of things, in the TEA example, I think the only reason I don't see the wrong year is that it's here in the TPR forum. I think if I want to see some awards results and just quickly open google, I'm going to automatically type the current year into the search bar subconsciously with the name.
Our 2018 Annual Report is like that at work (comes out in spring 2019, but talks about 2018). I guess you could go with the "2018-1019 Coaster Poll." Other than that, I think "2019" might be best, being as last year's was just a "test run," anyway.
I know it's not a poll option but have you considered some kind of "2018/19" or "2018-19" listing? I'm pretty sure some sports leagues that overlap the calendar year list some results and data as the 2017/2018 season etc.
I voted for 19, but I guess in my mind 2018/19 covers both the year the poll was tabulated for and the the year the results are reported in. Just a thought that I thought I'd throw out there.
Another sports analogy but I believe most NBA and NHL teams use just the year in which the championship was won on their title banners(with a few exceptions) rather than the years the season spanned. And I like it much better that way.
98 Bulls rolls off the tongue a lot better than 2017-2018 Warriors.
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