That would only apply to falls on jumps.Or the second half bonus be omitted for a fall.
Yup. It's usually some combination of higher base values for the program as a whole, higher average GOEs on the successful elements, and higher average PCS. It's important for these reasons to be clearly communicated to the general public.The issue is not insulting the general publics sensibilities. If someone falls twice and bests the skater who fell one once, there must be a clear easily understood and demonstrable reason.
Even if there are changes to the fall penalties, or changes to the specifics of base values or GOEs or PCS, there will still sometimes be occasions when the best skater falls more than once and still deserves more points overall than the next-best skater, who fell once or not at all (or once in the short program and was far behind going into the long).
Sometimes the next-best skater will fall the same number of times as the best skater, and you'd have to go down the ranks by several places to find someone who didn't fall, despite not being nearly as good overall.
So it will never be possible to devise rules that will make it impossible for a skater who falls more than once to win. At best, the rules can make it less likely by penalizing multiple falls further and by building in some kind of reward for "clean" programs.
But what looks clean, or what looks disruptive, to casual viewers will not always be the same as what judges focus on. So I think it's important to communicate better to the viewers what else the judges are looking at and not give the incorrect impression that lack of falls is/should be the most important consideration.
But not so simple as to include only skills that are obvious to the untutored eye and ignoring everything that's important to accepted definitions of good skating.The system can be kept simple or made painfully complex. Simple is generally better
It would be just as simple to just make a loud/large font announcement to the public at all events to the effect that Skaters earn credit for the difficulty and quality of everything they attempt, they lose points for mistakes both obvious and subtle, and falls do not negate the value of everything else completed in the rest of the program.
That's a fairly simple statement -- if it were repeated often enough, people would stop expecting number of falls to be the most important determinant of who deserves to win.
This topic has come up most often in relation to the men's event for that reason. But it still applies in other disciplines.