I think it would be in the best interests of all concerned to leave the rules as they started. 14 of 15 team members accepted the rules as written and were very careful to follow them.
Everyone on every team was fully aware of the 3 gallon minimum fillup required each 28 days. Everyone was also fully aware that if there was no fillup that it woud cost their team 5% of their EPA average. Any one of us knew full well the consequences of not having a proper fillup.
I have gone over the 3 teams current fillup data and EPA vs their starting EPA and at this point in time 5% would show no difference in the standings for this period.
A team is a team!! When we start leaving out the results of one or more team members, it just doesn't seem right. They may even have worked harder than others on their team. Good or bad, a team is a team.
I voted one because I believe competition within the team is always a good thing. It's more individual and exciting to bump heads with the people you are working with in order to help everyone get ahead.
I myself have no problem making 3 gallons per month . So I could vote for option '3'. But I wont, due to the reasons below.
Some people might not make 3 gallons per month, due to efficiency, or newly created electric cars, and so on . So, how about :
(1) Members with no 3-gallon fills in the last 28 days will use the following system : Competition EPA = (90-day average * 0.5) + (Last fill * 0.5). If the last fill was < 3 gallons then just use : Competition EPA = 90 day average.
For the 'mileage' for the team calculations, use (90-day mileage) * (28/90) -> average mileage per 28days.
Any sub 3-gallon fill = 5% team penalty for that cycle.
This is better than the above, because, it gives some 'weight' to your more recent fills, while giving a penalty based on the 90-day average. After 2 more competition cycles, the 90-day average will be similiar to the most recent fill.
So, how about option 4? (Not as extreme as 1 or 2, which will result in 1 or 2 team members consistently being dropped (whoever is lowest in the team). These people will no longer bother to be part of team, most likely?
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Miles displaced by e-bike since 1 Jan 2008: 62.6 (0 kWh used)
I'm with CO ZX2 on this one: Leave the 3 gallon minimum rule as it is. If that is an ammendment to the rule #3 in post 1 of this thread, with "5% penalty" replacing "disqualification", then that's the one.
It's finally sunk in to me that the weekly updates are not worth any 'points' or bonus to the teams' final 4 week standing. The 28 day tally will not be an accumulation of each week's team ranking or position, but will be based on the whole month. Any weekly penalty for not using 3 gallons that week will be moot when the 3 gallon per 28 day event period is satisfied.
I don't believe that any of us will be able to abstain from three gallons of fuel over a lunar month. If any of us are not wasteful enough to use 3 gallons a week, we should be congratulated. If any of us do not use three gallons a month however,....