Study Entrance Closed
Versions are HardLocked and Registration is closed. Thanks everyone for commenting and thanks for all the hosts of any phase to were/are involved.
All hosts have been granted something like 0.6 bonus points for being part of the final phase because now it's becoming more like those reality shows where the cast only dimishes. Put humorously, it now takes "Pi" # of incidents" aka a hair over 3 to be finally disqualified. This means that there is some leeway for blips, but it would take a Series of Unfortunate Events to really get booted off the island.
Current hosts are still requested to post downtimes. This is now the key factor that determines the final decisions. There is less jockeying for positions from the cold logical standpoint now. Remember that if possible slowed service fares FAR better than an outage, which reflects my view of how the industry should work. To recap, outages "start a clock ticking" in which the user begins to doubt whether the host is falling prey to the usual Free Host volatility. If you're doing a backup but the page does eventually load, any number of things can be assumed but it means that the host is there somewhere under the rubble.
The final board can be considered my recommendations for hosts in very approximately the order listed. Recapping the conceptual assumptions of the study:
1. I negotiated some "manager coupons" to even out disk sizes. This is roughly 1GB, which is where I feel the industry will soon stabilize as a minimum with Linkback Only. Plans offered under 1GB in my view are a concession from the user forgoing competitive selection to help a (typically new) host get practice as an educational experience. Plans above 1GB may appear here and there, but eventually it starts entering the Red Zone of overselling.
2. More manager coupons are present to trade default ad placement / post count requirements for ease of output similarity. In this case the very basic level I have is LinkBack, with the additional trade of publicity and "certification" to FWS. Since ad placement / post requirements are instant subjective decisions by host managers, I left them out of the study to prevent aggressive jockeying. At the moment Colorhost remarked they want to move to paid only hosting, hence the special color, but they're still a valid entry for durability.