I agree, extremely well said, Mike,...and the point is well taken. The fact remains, though, that on all of these sites, the members choose to participate in these contests. To most every person involved, they do so to have fun and interact with other members of the forums. For the contest to take place, there has to be some sort of scoring system or method used to determine a winner. Sure, we could all just say, "well, my team had more fun that yours so we are the winners". In fact, I suggest we just try that method and see how far it gets us.
We all know how that is going to turn out. So, the question then becomes, "If we are going to hold a contest, is it important that it be run equitably for all concerned?....Or are we content to have a built-in bias favouring some participants over others?" The indisputable fact it that using the NWTF scoring system, without some sort of modifiers in place to even the playing field for everyone, gives some participants an advantage in the contest before it even begins.
If everybody, or at least the majority, is happy with that reality, that is absolutely fine. Let's just continue to go with it the way it is and not worry about it. However, my point is, and will always be, that there is a cut and dry way to even the playing field for everybody and make the contest equitable. I haven't quite figured out why there is so much resistance to doing that in these contests, but hey,...it is what it is.
Regardless, I will continue to "fight the good fight" to make everybody realize that it doesn't have to be the way it is.