The discussion seems to be if falls on jumps should result in lesser points for skating skills/transitions/etc. I agree that transitions should be deducted if the skater typically does transitions out of that jump but fails to do so because of a fall (because they shouldn't get credit for something they don't execute)... but for skating skills, I don't think it's a matter of skating skills if you fall on a quad -- I tend to refer to skating skills as the non-elements skating (even though it obviously requires blade ability to execute jumps). But on that note, I'm curious as to whether falls on non-elements in a program (V/T Worlds FS, Hanyu Worlds FS last year) should be more severe than falls on elements (because doing a fall on a quad should be more understandable than falling when stroking around, right?); and on that note, a fall in footwork or spins should arguably be 'worse' than a fall on a jump, but more forgivable than a fall when stroking around.
Take Volosozhar/Trankov's Worlds FS which was superbly executed but had an obvious fall... and on a non-element at that.
Skating Skills 9.50 9.50 9.00 9.25 9.50 8.75 9.50 9.50 9.75 = 9.39
Transition / Linking Footwork 9.00 9.25 8.75 8.75 9.25 8.75 9.25 9.25 9.50 = 9.07
Performance / Execution 9.25 9.25 9.50 9.50 9.25 9.25 9.50 9.25 10.00 = 9.36
Choreography / Composition 9.50 9.50 9.00 9.25 9.25 8.75 9.50 9.25 9.50 = 9.32
Interpretation 9.25 9.50 9.25 9.50 9.50 9.50 9.25 9.50 9.50 = 9.43
It's fine that Interpretation and Choreography weren't affected since the fall wasn't significantly disruptive and the choreography didn't suffer. But SS shouldn't have been higher than 9.25, IMO... certainly not 9.75 (it seems only a few judges actually penalized their PCS with the fall). They even scored a 10.00 for Performance/Execution -- with a fall! To me, a non-elements fall (even if it's deemed a 'freak' fall), should arguably receive a deduction off Skating Skills, Transitions and Performance/Execution.