As someone who believes there is a long history of corruption and vote-rigging in the ISU, I have to say this explanation of the CoP is far too biased to be useful. This line alone, "Anyone who has a rudimentary understanding of Code of Points scoring knows that Sotnikova's score was impossible without rigging the results," basically says, "If you don't think that Sotnikova's score was achievable without rigging the results, then you cannot possibly understand the basics of figure skating's CoP," in my opinion. There are people who *do* understand the CoP who feel they can justify her scores. I believe you set up an adversarial tone that negates much of the work you've put into your analysis. You also present several personal opinions as if they are facts - I think that also sabotages your argument.
I think one of the big problems with some posters on this forum is, if you disagree with their stance on the ISU and the perceived judging issues, then they think you are just mad that your chosen skater didn't win. For me, the issue with judging has absolutely nothing to do with who was favored. The corruption that I perceive taints a fantastic, beautiful sport that I love to watch. If a skater I preferred was unfairly credited to get the win, I would still be upset. When I'm behind an athlete, I want to see them succeed on their own merits. If they lose the big moment, then I congratulate whomever stepped up to take the prize.
There was an article on thewire dot com entitled "Why People Think Adelina Sotnikova's Figure Skating Gold Medal Was Rigged," that went into a lot of detail about the scores and the choreography and had some revealing charts about the judges scores. While you could tell the writer's slant, I thought most of the analysis presented was unbiased and quite helpful explaining how the scores may have been "rigged."
I loved Sotnikova's skate. I loved Kim's skate. Kostner was an absolute delight. I hate seeing these magnificent athletes maligned because something seems very wrong at the judges' table. I do believe that whatever is wrong with the judging has been there for a very, VERY long time and comes from the officials at the top. But that's a discussion for a different thread!
Just to be clear - the above comment is my opinion. It may differ from yours, but they are my conclusions from my research and perspective.