- The Points-Per-Vote Method
- Under this system, we would take the top 50 songs/albums based on how many points per vote they got (they must receive a minimum number of votes, say 3, to qualify). This method would favor albums that a few of us love versus an album that everyone likes.
- The Sudden Death Method
- Under this system, we would take every song/album that finished from 11-20 in each year (and perhaps any other songs/albums that fall outside of that range but received a minimum number of points, say 100) and let the forum vote on just those, in a sort of "11th year" round. This method has a few large downsides, namely that it would require another month for the final round. The spirit of the sudden death round, at least as I imagine it, would be to just vote for your favorites that you've already heard, as opposed to trying to listen to all 100 songs/albums in sudden death. If that were to be the general consensus, the sudden death could probably span just a single week.
- The Sudden Death Allocation Method
- This method would be similar to the normal Sudden Death Method I described above, but instead of everyone voting for their favorites in a list, we are each given a set number of points which we can allocate as we please. This would allow forumers to push for the music they love more strongly. The downside is that it would favor waiting as long as possible to see how others have allocated, in order to maximize your own vote. One way to counteract this could be private ballots.
Also, I just want to make it clear that I'm solely starting a discussion on how the upcoming decade poll should be handled, and that I'm not looking to run the poll.