as the 2020 season is coming to a close and we are all terribly excited to see who is going to win that close race at the top of the 2020 competition, here is the thread for the next round of this all-encompassing, difficult to manage deadpool.
The general rules:
Send me 50 main team names by pm or just post them in this thread, if you want, from now on until Dec 31st 2020, 23:59 GMT.
You can choose one joker with double points - and you can also submit up to five substitutes in case one of your 50 dies before the end of the submission window. You may also choose new subs before the game starts if they die.
Just give them in the normal "First name", "Last name" format
You don't need to number them before! No need to give birthdays! And only note their claim to fame if there might be confusion, for example:
Kamala Harris (wrestler) - Update 2020: Well, this one is dead.
Kamala Harris (US senator) - Update 2020: Well, this one is soon president.
The scoring is [year of birth] - 1900 = score. So someone born in 2001 will get 101 points in case of death
You may submit the following people: living, not having set a precise date of death (by execution, dignitas, or whatever), at least 18 years old on the beginning of January 1st, 2021, and being somewhat notable.
"Somewhat notable" means: they should at least be notable for something else aside from being terminally ill. "Something else" being something that has an effect on society. Terminally ill activists are okay if they've done at least something generally beneficial, a campaign, a book, or a winning court case. If they're only in the news because of their tragedy or because they need our sympathy I will not accept them. So no "cancer mums with cancer kids", no "terminally ill fans", no "ordinary person in a coma because of a car crash". This also counts for brothers/sisters/children of notable people - unless they are so notable that every relative is also notable by default, like the House of Windsor, or maybe the Bush family. Unfortunately, it is me who will decide if the person is famous enough. Previous BBC coverage will usually convince me.
More details: Notability is getting ever more diffuse nowadays, it is a difficult thing to judge. Some more guidelines: Media personalities and such will be accepted in any case if they have a social media account with more than 100.000 followers. So, as a contrast to last year, Criscilla Anderson is now a valid pick! A person that gets rejected in the DDP will also be rejected here - no exceptions. Family/friends of people, i.e. reality TV appendages like Litsa Menounos: Yes, they will be allowed if they actually play a meaningful part in these shows, as Litsa Menounos did. No, they will not be allowed if they only accidentally get an imdb entry because of an accidental appearance, or because they say a few sentences in a documentary.
Also: "Oldest Person of XYZ" will always be allowed - even a completely irrelevant person (in the grand scheme of things) will be accepted if they are the oldest person of their country, or last survivor of World War II, Korean War, etc... Usually those people do not give many points, but maybe 5 pts is better than zero? And they are of a certain "historic relevance", you know President Tyler's grandson, and such. Anyway, I will allow them.
Substitution phase: On the 1st of July 2021 GMT you may switch 5 old people still alive for 5 new ones for whom all the above rules also apply.
When is a hit a hit: If the person permanently dies in 2021 (GMT!) and their death gets noticed in written form by qualifying media outlets within 2021 or the first seven days of 2022.
The QO rules are: Everything accepted by the Derby Dead Pool 2021 plus The New York Times.
I will also submit a team and will do so two posts below by December 15th at latest and hide the names with "XXXXX XXXXX" and reveal them on January 1st. Main reason for not already submitting right now is that I want to avoid the situation of 2019, when I ran out of subs and then filled the gaps with "new" names, especially Edmund Capon, who revealed his illness mid-December. So I hope I will not run out of subs if I submit a little later.
As in last year, I will also make use of the substitution window, but only use 2 names. After all, there's always a pretty broad consensus of a couple of names (example 2019: Ivan Milat, Michael Sleggs, Tom Long), so I wouldn't steal anyone's names by picking those who are universally known anyway. Also, I will substitute on the 30th of June, so you can see my two names.
I will not read your submission emails until January 1st (I think you can check that) to prevent the impression that I might take a name from your posts for other deadpools. This also means that I might discuss borderline acceptable picks with you on January 1st or 2nd. We will have to talk then. If you're unavailable, I will replace a disqualified name with one of your substitutions. Remember, the disqualification in some cases might come only after the DDP committee has decided, so maybe not before the 2nd week of January.
If you post your team right in this thread, you save me some work but also give away names. If you pm me, please make sure that I know what the mail is about in the header "Death By Numbers", "Team submission" or something like that.
If you have other questions, you can also ask in this thread!