(For scoring rules, please see the scoring
.)How to put together an AO Deadpool list in four easyish steps
:1. Pick 40 notable and eligible[1a] people
that you think will die and get an obituary[1b] from a reputable news source[1c] written about them in the coming year.
is the alt.obituaries deadpool, and obituaries are the final scoring
criterion. Picks that don't get an obituary from a reputable news
source may not be scored. No legit obit, no hit.
Picks may be considered ineligible and rejected for any or all of the following reasons:
- The pick is primarily notable for the manner in which they will die.
If they wouldn't have been notable enough to get an obit independent of their
terminal illness or other fatal condition, they aren't notable enough
now. Relatedly, people on death row are generally not acceptable
picks unless (a) their level of fame is such that their death would
have been newsworthy even before their crime and/or punishment (e.g.,
Saddam Hussein, Phil Spector) or (b) their crime is newsworthy enough
that they have wide name recognition (e.g., Timothy McVeigh, Ted Bundy).
- The pick is related to a famous person and is not independently notable. Picks
need to be known for more than just being so-and-so's wife or
so-and-so's brother. We recognize that this is an increasingly gray
area thanks to all the reality-show idiots (if it were up to us, no one
outside of their friends and family would have ever heard of the
Kardashians). If you're not sure, submit it and the Rules Committee
- The pick is primarily notable for being an "-est." "Oldest
so-and-so," "last such-and-such," etc., picks will likely be rejected
unless they're also notable on another basis or have especially wide
name recognition. Relatedly, supergeezers (110+) will be rejected
unless they were notable prior to, or independent of, their advanced
- The pick is primarily
known for accomplishments at the local or regional level and not well
known at the national and/or international level. Picks at the
level of state legislators, local radio DJs or TV hosts, college basketball stars,
etc., are generally discouraged and will likely be rejected unless they
also have some wider notability. Again, we recognize that this is a
gray area. If you're not sure, submit it and the Rules Committee will
- The pick died in a previous year. Check this before
you send in your list. Don't make us do it. Don't be that person who
has to be told that their pick died in 1987. (Yes, this has happened.)
. . . If you can't find any reliable information about whether someone
is alive or dead, you might want to pick someone else, because if it
becomes known that your pick died in a previous year, you won't get any
points for this year. We call this the Fossett Rule. Relatedly, picks without a confirmed date of death may not be scored.
[1b]2. Put those 40 names in
alphabetical order by last name, followed by a brief description, and number them from 1 to 40.
Not a paid death notice. Not a sentence saying "So-and-so died" at the end of an article about something else. [1c]
We recognize that this is a giant gray area, but think Washington
, The Guardian
CNN . . . ESPN for athletes, Bloomberg for businesspeople, Billboard
or Rolling Stone
for musicians. Le Monde
for the French, the Sydney Morning Herald
for the Australians, Yomiuri Shimbun
for the Japanese. That kind of thing. Not some random blog, Facebook,
Twitter, Tumblr, whatevr. Not some clickbait content-farm site
that any idiot can "write" for (looking at you, Daily Mail Online).
Wikipedia doesn't count as a primary source.
your spelling. (For simplicity's sake, the default spelling source will
be Wikipedia. If your pick doesn't have a Wikipedia entry, that's
probably a sign that you should consider picking someone else.)
Order them last name first,
then first name,
by a brief
than 10 words) description
Then number your list
from 1 to 40.
If you have more or fewer than 40 names,
you're doin' it wrong.
A properly prepared list should look something like this:
1. Bush, George W. (43rd U.S. President)
2. Bush, Jeb (former governor of Florida)
3. Bush, Reggie (NFL running back)
4. Cheney, Dick (former U.S. Vice President)
...etc.3. Put your completed, correctly formatted list in the body of an email as text[3a], with your real name, player name, and contact email address, and send it to email@example.com, with the subject line "[Your Player Name]'s [year] Deadpool List."
submissions must include, ideally at the beginning of the email, your
real name, your player name (the name you want to be listed as on the
website), and an email address where you can be reached. Your list
submission email should look something like this:
Subject: LittleRocketMan's 2020 Deadpool List
Real Name: Kim Jong-un
Player Name: LittleRocketMan
1. Bush, George W. (43rd U.S. President)
2. Obama, Barack (44th U.S. President)
3. Trump, Donald (45th U.S. President)
. . . etc.
Only one list per player, please.
[3a] Not4. Submit your list by 7 P.M. Eastern time (4 P.M. Pacific time) on December 31.
as an attachment or a spreadsheet, or copied and pasted from a spreadsheet.
All submitted lists will receive a response, either acknowledging that
the list is good to go or requesting replacement pick(s). If for some
reason you don't get a response within a day of list submission, please
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