I need to start gathering opinions on ST5. It's almost hit its 1 year mark, so it probably needs to start up pretty quick. I need some opinions on what I should do to make it better than last year's tournament. There are some things though to figure out. I've got some of my opinions, but I want to run it over with you guys and see what the overall opinion is in the IS. Should we go for 256 again? There were more than enough people who signed up and extra as substitutes. (It's an iffy here for me. It can be hard to control) Should the tournament be set up as random pairings or should we go with the bracket format? (The bracket format ended up being a wee bit hard for some reason. Maybe it was due to some people failing to finish their battles) Should we hold another predictions tournament with the prize as a one time custom title choice of the winner's choosing. Unless a person has a badge, then there is no point. (This would become easier if there are random pairings. orochi won this last year and because he had a badge which let him create a custom title already, nothing changed. I think running this would be a good idea as it'd bring more attention to the tournament, bringing in more participants. Surgo's Perl program worked okay for this, but it was suited more for random pairings). Should this wait until all of the trials for the new Platinum pokémon (Namely Shaymin-S) be finished or should it start right away without any problems? This affects when ST5 will start up. When the tournament starts up, shall we close off tournament registrations, wait for all tournaments to finish up, then run ST5 as the only active tournament? This will reduce confusion possibly. Should all active members of Smogon, regardless of post count or whoever is hosting, be allowed to join? Member status will still apply on joining. This would require the negation of log requirements and let the word of the players be trusted. This might churn a problem if this is the case. Then again, people who just registered can join unlike last year. I'm sure there are some other questions/things that can be asked and debated on here.