With the lack of variety in the Ladies SP right now, I was tossing about ideas in my head (obviously the adding of points could be done with the SP of any field).
1. In the Senior Level SP, a minimum level (probably L2 for single position spins and footwork, L3 for everything else) should be required for non-jump elements.
2. If a required/mandatory element is completed, an extra point is added to the total score. If it is not completed, the element is not scored at all and -1 replaces it.
3. Extension/flexibility/look of the spiral sequence should be counted to the level of the spiral sequence (IE. Carolina's Spiral shouldn't be able to get the same level as Caroline's.)
4. Allow either two footwork sequences (maybe adding more value to footwork sequences? Maybe letting a L3 footwork equal a L4 Spiral).
5. Allow either a 2A or 3A
--That way the +1 for completing and element would encourage skaters who, say, have a GREAT solo 3Lo but iffy solo 3Lz go for the solo 3Lo because they can get the +GOEs plus +1 for completing the element as opposed to simply a -1 to their score if they popped or UR the 3Lz and got a -1.
-- Allowing the step sequence L3 to equal a spiral L4 (and also counting flexiblity etc. into the spiral level score) would add more variety, because there are plenty of skaters who do not have the flexibility for a nice spiral and simply do a wonky split to a catch foot than backwards not-very-extended biellmann for their L4 when (say in the case of Carolina Kostner) two footwork sequences would look much better.
-- Allowing a 3A in the SP instead of 2A would also work well with +1 or just -1, because it would be a very big risk to try doing the 3A, and skaters would only attempt it if they have a very secure 3A.
-- I believe that a mandatory element that isn't completed shouldn't be scored at all and just receive a deduction (so no base value or GOEs added to the score). After all, it IS a mandatory element. If it's not completed, why should it be scored at all? It was technically missed. I think this would encourage skaters to stop doing a 3Lz or 3F combo plus a solo 3Lz or 3F (depending on what they did on the combo) and instead do jumps they are more comfortable with and wait to do the difficult jumps until they have learned them well.