As someone who has done the linking and talking about it to my network, I can tell you that it doesn't always work. I've lost votes by bringing it to my friends attention because they've seen the combatants and have favored the character my opponents have picked. I've had friends and other posters straight up tell me they are voting for the other guy.
It doesn't always work, but it sometimes works, and I'm saying it never should be the thing that decides the fight. At the very least, it should be minimized.
I can try to convince them otherwise, but ultimately I have to be cool with it.
Therein lies the problem, though. When you are trying to convince them otherwise, it is an inherently unfair situation because the other guy isn't there to rebut you. Or maybe some third party poster would have a really good rebuttal and you're depriving that person the chance to get his point across. Either way there is a severe danger of unfair bias.
No emotional blackmail is being done...not saying you are accusing me (or anyone else) of that...unless you are lol.
No, nothing as dramatic as "emotional blackmale." Just a danger of creating bias and unfair tactics that can and should be reduced.
The talk has generated interest in Fight Club which can't be a bad thing.
Which is why I'm not asking for a "don't talk about fight club" rule. I'm asking for a "keep the fight inside the arena" rule.
People will have their bias no matter what. People will vote for their friends or favorite characters whether they see it on SKYPE or on the board. It can't be stopped.
I understand that bias cannot be eliminated. However, bias can be reduced significantly by implementing this rule. Just because you can't get rid of a problem doesn't mean you shouldn't try to minimize it. Otherwise, it's like saying you can never feel really warm in -20 degree weather so then there's no point in putting on a coat! No, you put on a coat so you can feel more warm if not absolutely warm. My proposed rule would make fight club more fair if not absolutely fair.
And if the other person isn't on SKYPE to defend their character...well nobody is stopping people from reading what's within the actual thread.
The problem is that the other person can only fairly defend his character on the thread if he knows what arguments he has to defend his character against. The only way to ensure that is to require all the arguments be made on the thread, period. Otherwise, my opponent might be convincing people on skype with arguments I don't even know to rebut because I don't know he's making them! That's not a fair thing to allow.
I can tell you right now that the favors thing was exaggerated. I lost votes by linking the fight. I had friends (like Jesse) tell me they were voting for Beserk. I didn't hold it against them. Besides, I don't have 28 favors (or whatever it was) to call in.
In that case my proposal would still improve fight club by taking "you called in favors" away as an excuse. It's win-win. And for all you know I voted against you for no other reason than Berserk asked me to. And he did ask me to, just like I've asked him to vote for some of my champions. Let's just remove all doubt about it by saying no one asks anyone to vote for their character except on the thread.