I didn't mean for my language to be denigrating. It was my intent to say that the difference between the old and the interim systems, from a statistical point of view, was small and unimportant. (Oh wait, is that what "denigrating" means?).
I agree that neither of them answers well to the charge of permitting judging bias.
About the quid pro quo, my next point was that, in contrast, the difference between an ordinal based system and a points based system was <em>not</em> mere twiddling but really had content, whether for better or worse.
Never mind. The real reason that I am responding here is to ask what EDB means.
Respectfully and disagreeably yours,
Mathman (anxiously awaiting his next writing lesson).