Thanks for the rundown, Mathman.
I don't like the flutz rule. Well, maybe I would if it were applied in a tough way - i.e. skaters would normally get (!) get (e) but it seems that is not the case.
Even though I'm not a skater, instinctively, a true lutz seems like a very great accomplishment and it kind of bugs me that those who cheat don't get called on it. (Even though some of them are my favorites )
Fine with giving the 3a higher base value.
I don't know about the GOE business. GOEs are still there. Maybe that was meant to take away some discretion and prevent crazy inflation. That seems okay.