I would let the Fun Factor be a bigger part of myy score, and about the bounus point I don't count against it if I didn't award the point like If I found a perfect coaster my score would be 20/19 or what ever would work on my system.
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Point System, well sort of. Before I "rank" my coasters I seperate wood and steel (they are too different I believe) and then give them a rating of 1-5 1 being Excellent! and 5 being Horrible. Excellent means I will re-ride that coaster until I die if at all possible and you can guess what horrible is. Then within the categorys I do my ranking (all excellents are above very good etc.)
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I find that some ride experiences are so different that they can't be compared. Most hypers/gigas get ranked into an ordered list, but I still have no idea where to put X or hypersonic. Wood has its own list as well, but for now, there are only four entries that were worth putting in (Viper GAm., Ghost Rider, Boulder Dash, Phoenix).
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It's virtually impossible to be objective about ranking or rating coasters. There are multiple variables that must be taken into account, but virtually nobody does. For example, if I can ride Montu 10 times in a row without getting off because it's slow at BGT in February, how can I compare that to waiting 90 minutes for Alpengeist because the crew is stacking 3 trains? Obviously it will be more enjoyable for me to ride over and over, and that will affect my "ranking." Similarly, if it's pouring down rain the only time I ride Phantom's Revenge, but I have mulitple experiences on Magnum, how can I compare the two?
I just prefer to note whether or not I enjoyed the ride on that day at that time in those conditions. Going above and beyond that just seems silly.
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My rating system is pretty much on a 1-10 basis. Some coasters can get an 11 if they blow me away.
I basically rate for fun factor. The more fun a coaster is, the higher the rating. If it's rough and the roughness takes away from the fun, the score goes down. It's hard to explain. Whatever though. I just go to ride coasters!
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I'm with Jeff, Mark, and Moosh on this one. I don't like to rate coasters. I just take a ride for what it is, not what it isn't. That doesn't mean that I still don't have my favorites. *** This post was edited by AirTimeMan 4/17/2003 5:06:49 PM ***
I prefer to rank coasters on a 1 (poor) to 10 (best) basis, and as a rule, only one coaster on my list can ever reach a perfect 10.0. The others rank behind the top coaster and are compared to that coaster, not necessarily in speed or intensity, but overall enjoyability.
As far as a "top ten", well, I do that ranking system as well, but I only rank ten coasters. Trying to compare coasters out of my top ten is very difficult to do. I generally like non top ten coasters but find it difficult to compare them against each other.
I have a slight extension of Jeff, Moosh, and Air Time Man's system: Coasters that blew me away, Caosters that I had an incredible amount of fun on, coasters I had a lot of fun on, and coasters I had fun on.
I suppose, theorectically, there could be a coaster I won't have any fun on... but I doubt it.
Once when i was bored I made up a spreadsheet rating all the rides I've been on. I factored in excitement, intensity, theming, pacing, design, presence, train design etc etc. Ofcourse each of these factors were weighted (for ex. Excitement would get a higher factor than lets say...theming) Nitro ended up at #1 with a rating of 8.96/10, with Superman close behind at 8.85. My top wood was Ghostrider at 8.58.
I have my track record in order from best to worst, and I use the "Griswold" scale to rate them. But it changes everytime I look at it (which is maybe once every 6 months) just because sometimes I feel FoF is the best ride on earth, and sometimes it's The Raven, and who knows why I think that.
But I agree with Mark W., half the rides on there I've ridden once. Some of them I can barely remember riding. Now how can I judge that against The Raven, which I rode nearly 25 times in a row? I can't really, but then again it doesn't matter, so who cares.
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