Voting Rules & Helpful Hints

1. All answers must be ranked IN ORDER starting with the best or greatest. Always assume best or greatest if the question does not specify.

2. All of your answers will be "top" 1, 5, 10, or 25 depending on the question's popularity and the number of potential likely answers to a person knowledgeable on the subject. All of your answers will be weighted using the following scales:

Top 5 (10-7-5-3-1) (10 points for a 1st place vote)
Top 10 (20-16-13-10-8-6-4-3-2-1)
Top 25 (50-45-41-37-33-30-27-24-21-19-17-15-13-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1)

3. You may vote as many times as you want in the all-time, the current, or the new sections; however, each time you vote in the all-time section, and also in the current or new sections IF YOU VOTE TWICE WITHIN THE ALLOTTED TIME PERIOD (weekly, monthly, or yearly), your previous vote will be cancelled (i.e., subtracted from the current total) to ensure the integrity of the rankings. Once the time period ends in the current or new sections, the rankings start fresh and you are encouraged to vote again and this obviously does NOT cancel your vote from the previous time period. you do not have to fill out the entire number of answers to each question (i.e., you may list only 8 out of 10) and you can go back later (anytime in all-time question and within the specified time period in a current or new question) and complete your answers.

4. Once you are registered you may vote in any category, however, we would encourage you to vote on only those sports that you are knowledgeable on to ensure the accuracy of the rankings.

5. Research is not required, but it is encouraged. Try a search at google, yahoo, or MSN; or go to (or which will list informative links at the bottom of the subject matter's page.

6. Be sure to answer the question as indicated in the parentheses so that your vote will register properly with the computer and ensure that your vote will count. For example, for best all-time football team (year team name), write in the full year and full team name (example: "1976 Irondequoit Indians" and not "the '76 Indians").

7. In sports such as swimming (and to a lesser extent track and field), where world records are frequently broken, the suggested criteria for ranking the all-time best athletes is NOT the fastest time or the greatest distances (i.e., the current world record holder). Rather, to be fair to the 20th Century athletes, we suggest that the criteria used are the athlete's accomplishments (i.e., events won, especially major events), length of career, and how much better the athlete was than his or her competitors (similarly for all-time teams).

8. To suggest a new category or an additional question to an existing category, go to "Suggestions".

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