Every year I start to do this poll but end up getting frustrated and never finish. I can sort out all the rides I rode and didn't ride and if I rode them this year or not. No problem on that part. I just find it impossible to rank rides.
I have favories I love to ride (Phoenix, Thunderhead, Jack Rabbit (KW) and others I'll ride it once and that it Rolling Thunder, Hurler (both of them) etc. I just can't seem to rank them 1-whatever. Especially coasters I rode like 5 years ago.
I know you can have many with the same ranking. I just don't want to have 25 or more coasters ranked 1-10.
Any tips on the decision method?
I know what I like but have no clue how to rank them?
Perhaps just deciding on your 10 or 20 favorite woodies and then ranking them? I've only been on like 23, and have clear rankings. I had Swamp Fox as my favorite(purely sentimental reasons), and then just went about going, okay, which coaster would I rather ride after getting off of that. I did rate a few the same #, but not many.
For the Wood poll, it was rather easy, since I haven't been on that many. For the Steel poll, it was harder, and as I got down the list, I thought of the cool rides that i've only ridden once, a while ago, but thought they were fun, and probably won't get down to them again for a few years...and wondering where to rank them...as well as my wild mouses and other bottom-feeders (think Viper at SFGAdv)...just wondering how to order them is tough too. I just went one way down the list, saw it, thought it was ok, and then submitted it.
Dan - submit a ballot for your top 10 or 20 for now. Then, in the next year take some time to make a list of your wooden coasters and rank them. That way you'll be ready when the ballot comes around bext year. And once its done and you keep a copy, each year all you'll have to do is make small changes to your ranking for the ballot.
I have a problem with the steel poll, because the only real standouts I've been on were B:TR, Hulk, and Vortex. The rest just seem to mesh together, and I don't want to rank 20 coasters or so at 4. I just did the Wooden Poll this year.
I would first group them into about five or ten tiers, it should be pretty easy to do that. Then within each tier look at each coaster and decide if you would rather ride coaster A or coaster B. Imagine Phoenix and Thunderhead sitting side by side on a perfect day with no one in line. If you had to choose one, which would it be? If you choose A, rank that above, then continue down the list. Pretty soon they all fall into order.
Also when ranking, try to remember all the details. Are the seatbacks hard or soft? Do they have a single lap bar or individual ratcheting lapbars? Are the ride attendants hostile or friendly? Details like these may help you choose one over the other.
Jeffrey Seifert said: Are the ride attendants hostile or friendly? Details like these may help you choose one over the other.
Funny, the LAST thing I would consider when rating a COASTER are the things I liked or disliked about the PARK they're in....I think it's unfair to Gwazi to downgrade the RIDE because of the park's *horrendous* operations policies...ditto for Tsunami, which had dispatches every 5-6 minutes or so. When it comes to rating the rides, I really try to consider ONLY the track, the train, the layout, etc., those factors that are *intrinsic* to the ride experience, station to brakes...as always, YMMV...;)