Been out of the office all day, then got back to find all hell had broken loose and other stuff so I haven't replied to the Ditmar comments yet for the entry I made this morning.
However, I wanted to say that I didn't actively canvass my votes (which to me makes my votes that I did get *awesome*! Thanks so much!) other than on my blog. And so firstly, that means that the near record turnout is thanks to Sue Ann, I take no responsibility for it, and that we should hire her to raise the turnout to the Ditmars.
Secondly, I have read all of the comments. And I think that it's likely that a lot of people voted for GUFF without knowing *all* of the candidates personally. And that they were happy to pay $10 to vote for the one/two candidate(s) on the ballot that they did know and thought would do a good job representing them at Eastercon. Because that meant that at least for them they though the result would be a good one.
Why then, do people take the Ditmars more seriously than that? If everyone voted in just the one category that they felt familiar with, or for one piece of work on the ballot that they really liked, and we got say 300 votes, would that not even out the so called "bias" in the voting for those who voted for something they liked rather than the work they knew to be the "best" because they were familiar with everything nominated, or eligible to be nominated? Wouldn't more votes, even if they were less informed, worked to even out such biases, across the board? Given enough ballots?
And further, I note that people commented that they didn't vote because they didn't read everything in the year and thus felt underqualified. But ... there are more categories than just these to vote for - there are awards for achievement and contribution to the scene and for artwork and so on. I'd like to see if we could get more people to vote, even if just in one cateory on the ballot, whichever they felt comfortable with, leaving the rest of it empty. Last year we put together the eligibles list and at the very least, I'm sure it had artworks in it (did it?) and it would only take minutes to look through and see which you liked. Or fan writer - many of this year's nominees were nominated for their blogs, which probably most people read.
Let's see if we can get a better voter turnout for the next Ditmars! I bet we could if we tried.