A Judges Scorecard

We compile everyone’s feedback at the end of a bout.  There will be a majority opinion and dissenters can write a minority report.

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10 Responses to “A Judges Scorecard”


  1. 1 Dave K. May 10, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    Woo hoo, Mike’s first post! Love it!

    Not that I necessarily agree with your assessment of our readings but, my guess is that moving any further north on your chart puts us into 300+ pages territory, too.

    Give and take, Mike, give and take.

  2. 2 Dave K. May 10, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Oh, and try to remember to use categories for your posts… don’t worry, I have to work on it too… you can always go back and edit/add categories… but I added yours for this post already.

  3. 3 Dave K. May 10, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Mike, did you just create a visual version of our Judges Scorecard? I think you did! We need to incorporate this into future books as well… perhaps we can institute an interactive 2×2 grid that plots and displays the aggregate of our votes? Hmmm… let’s explore this!

  4. 4 Dave K. May 10, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    OK, I just noticed that the two books above the Quality of Writing mid-point were the ones that I chose… are you trying to kiss the administrator’s ass with this? 🙂

  5. 5 bobbyjones May 10, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Yeah – I like the idea of a scorecard that we fill out at the end of a bout. We could have a majority decision and a minority report.

  6. 6 bobbyjones May 10, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    There is a problem with the X axis however. The way I set it up, you want to be in the middle I suppose. A better measure might be what motivates us to action. Left-hand side of the spectrum would be pure drivel, the other a clarion call to action.

  7. 7 bobbyjones May 10, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    Alright – I changed the graph. Thats better.

  8. 8 Dave K. May 10, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    So, how do we actually incorporate this? I don’t think polls, or interactive files are allowed in this blog. We could everyone rate a book on two scales- 1 to 100- and plot the results. Not as interactive as I’d hoped, but it would work…

    If we dare to venture into the fiction space, we might even consider a third axis of fiction to non-fiction, where 1 is Harlequin romance and 100 is Encyclopedia Britannica. Just another thought…

  9. 9 Matt H. May 10, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Ok.. nice chart you Dilbert Geeks! If a book is Motivating does it really need to be a Quality read? I mean we wouldn’t want one to equate it to a trip to the dentist but that is a long way from Hemmingway. And I did feel that End of Oil was a more compelling book than you’ve given it credit for. What about a third access for how much we are able to learn from the book?

  10. 10 bobbyjones May 11, 2007 at 9:09 am

    OK – perhaps a better title for the X axis is “timely and useful knowledge imparted” like a text book or encyclopedia.

    This thread is ellucidating the debate we’re having; it’s not really fiction v non-fiction, but good writing v austere lectures or worse technocratic diatribes.

    The ideal book in this model is one that subltly persuades through prose and at the same time enlightens the reader on the human condition.


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