At metal4africa we are known for always doing things a little differently. Well, where is the fun in just sticking with the status quo? Especially if we can have fun whilst also being productive!
This is how we’ll be making some important choices moving forward. You are invited!
As we enter 2017 we also enter a brand new decade of metal4africa and our longstanding events tradition of SummerFest and WinterFest. One of the key features of these events has always been to also host at least one guest band from outside of the Cape Town region; somebody we don’t get to enjoy too often, or somebody who would hopefully enthrall many acolytes of the metal ways into instant fandom.
Of course, we’ve been relying on the services of our trusted Selections Committee for many years to dictate who should appear on the M4A Stage from event to event, and by all accounts, they’ve been doing a great job. However, there comes a time for evolution, and with this new chapter where we begin our second decade, it seems like a great time to introduce some new ideas (or finally, one that has been in the pipeline for a while already). It’s time for the all-powerful Selections Committee to relinquish some of it’s hold and the public interest to draw more closely to this vital function.
We want to hear your opinionWe regret to inform that in all of our years, we have never placed much belief in online polls. The results often smack of non-feasibility and there are too many loopholes for abuse. Also, many people participate in online polls who actually have little or nothing to do with the purpose of the outcome, but are simply following a prompt, a bribe, or just doing a personal favour for a friend. We can’t find justification to allow our decisions to be guided by such a method.
However, that is not to say that we don’t believe in the concept of a poll. We just don’t believe that online is the way to do it for our purposes. Polls are actually among some of the most useful tools out there if their power can be harnessed effectively and within the relevant context. We are about to launch our first poll – and it will determine who you want to see perform at the following metal4africa event: WinterFest’17 on 29 July.
Let’s make it fun, but lets keep it sincereJoin us for a night of free and fun entertainment! We’ll host a party with no entry charge, complete with a great DJ playing awesome metal, some games, and a couple of cash prize giveaways. What have you to lose? Welcome to The Toll Poll.
Your invitation is to a free event, but to participate in The Toll Poll, this will be a game similar to a raffle. In order to eradicate meaningless votes through abuse where people fill in fistfuls of freely available ballot sheets under fictional names, the public in attendance will not be given free access to ballot sheets. You will be required to register for your ballot sheet, at a nominal cost of R10. For every 20 ballot sheets registered, we will do a cash prize giveaway throughout the course of the night! This is not a fundraiser event. We’re giving most of the money right back, right there on the night (save for a small portion to cover printing of the ballots). It is a genuine method of getting your valued collective opinion and to gather it accurately. You pay your toll, you get to join the poll. We’ve also decided to go this route because it indicates that the voices expressed through this game are serious about what information they are giving us. Furthermore, one out of every 20 people will get a massive refund on their toll with the lucky draws. If you don’t want to play, feel free to join us anyway for drinks and a chat, no strings attached.
How the voting will work
To ‘secret’, or not to ‘secret’?We say “not!” Remember, this party is not a gig. It is more of a social affair, so lets make the most of it.
Although this choice is entirely up to you, we feel that it will add a fun element to the night to rather not simply arrive and immediately fill out your ballot in privacy. You may do that, of course, but the same as our Selections Committee has always had to speak it out among each other to reach a responsible choice, why not let the public also engage in this activity? Our DJ will also host mini features of all the nominated bands at regular intervals during the night, so if you guys stick around and chat, maybe you’ll discover something you didn’t expect in one of the nominations you might have otherwise dismissed. Imagine you’d already given in your vote, but regretted it later…
Top 12 predetermined nominations
Each ballot sheet will have a list of 12 predetermined nominations (courtesy of our trusty Selections Committee) for bands who have been considered viable choices. These we call the Top 12
The Wildcard: lucky for some, unlucky for others
Then a 13th position will remain blank. This 13th spot represents where the public may fill in their own nomination – perhaps a band the Selections Committee has failed to add, but in your opinion are worthy of an invitation to perform in Cape Town at the next M4A event. This will be The Wildcard.
3 votes, plus a fourth with The WildcardYou will be allowed to vote three times on your ballot sheet, however, each vote will carry a weight. Instead of voting with an ‘X’, each of your votes will be represented by a number. The numbers are ‘1’, ‘2’, and ‘3’. The number ‘1’ will represent your most favoured choice for the slot. For your second favourite, vote with ‘2’, and your third by using ‘3’. You will not be required to order all of the bands on the list – we only want your top three in order of priority. If you vote just using an ‘X’, but vote for three bands, this is also fine, but then each vote will be given equal weight. This would be unfortunate because it is an opportunity lost, so please use the numbers rather. The fourth vote, The Wildcard, is where you may insert your own choice in the open field.
Scoring of the votes, and the power of The Wildcard
All of the ballots will be counted, and each band voted for will be allocated a score according to their level of priority given by each voter. The highest score across the board will become our priority to try and get to the next event. But all is not lost for the others. If we cannot confirm a booking with the highest scoring band for whatever reason – perhaps they are not available for the date, etc – we will then automatically move to the second highest score, and so on. We will secure the most desired available band for you.
The Wildcard has a lot of power (that’s why we emphasize it with italics). It can change everything, not only for the more immediate event, but for the one which follows that one as well. Let’s say for example, The Wildcard choice happens to be one very popular choice of a band who the Selections Committee has overlooked to include in the Top 12. It is entirely possible that one band listed in many of the voters Wildcard choice can win the overall highest score. In such a case, this band will be recognized as such and take the highest priority. Should The Wildcard fail to deliver an overall winner, it will still achieve that popular public choices can be formally recognized and included into the following event’s ballot sheet as one of the Top 12 selections.
Future ballot sheets and top 12 picksBands who attain the highest scores from the current voting cycle will be ranked accordingly and included again into the following event’s Toll Poll, unless they get unseated by a nomination enjoying a higher score from The Wildcard vote. It is possible that The Wildcard can unseat more than one band from the current cycle’s nominations list. In other words, the entire power of this choice is being shifted to the hands of the Cape Town heavy metal loving public. M4A is your event. It’s high time we gave this kind of power to your voice.
Revealing of the results
We will have to reserve some rights to public discretion in this matter. Counting the votes is likely to be an arduous and time-consuming process. With SummerFest’17 so near on the horizon, we will likely only know the final results after that event as we can shift our focus to that process. However, we will publish the winning band in our formal news feed only once the winner has been determined, contacted, and confirmed for WinterFest’17. Should the winner not be able to confirm a booking, we would not like to contact our runner up on the basis of them being your “second choice”. For the purpose of transparency and authenticity, the full results will only be made available to registered voters via email newsletter, also at an appropriate later time. We may choose to approach this differently in the future, but it’s new to us as well, so this is the chosen path until we’ve discovered better.
The first ever introduction of The Toll Poll will take place at The Rabbit Hole in Durbanville on Saturday 21 January, with formal proceedings beginning from 20h30. Entrance is free. Join the official facebook event page.