First of all thank you to Dan and Chris (and John) for running it again this year and improving the format. I haven't been able to contribute half as much as I've wanted to but it's been interesting to watch. I'm pleased with iSpeed's position (was rooting for its win), and overall I think the top ten are a fairly good consensus of TTF's varying coaster preferences.
While I respect the decision that Alton's coasters aren't included to avoid fanboy votes, is there any other reason why they shouldn't appear in next year's poll? I'd like to think that TTFers, especially the ones that take part in this, are open-minded enough to look at them objectively and sensibly compare them with coasters on the continent. Yes, even Nemesis.
I'm really not keen on this idea. I can entirely see the sentiment behind it, but for one I really don't think people would vote as rationally as they do when AT's coasters are not included. Just as the British factor results in mediocre rides performing far better than they probably otherwise would, the Alton factor would result in the coasters doing stupidly well. I'd place money on Rita coming above Desert Race, and Thirteen coming above Polar Xplorer.
I may be lambasted for saying this, but I've often felt some of AT's rides are judged according to how they once were, rather than how they are presented now - Hex and Oblivion are the prime examples. Hex is allegedly a world class dark ride, yet it no longer has any atmosphere, it's broken, the story is never resolved and the effects never work. Yet most people cling onto this legend of it being the best thing ever.
Oblivion is in a similar situation, although luckily the ride itself performs as expected. But the whole atmosphere of X Sector is muted, the queueline isn't half as foreboding as it once was, the pre-drop sound effect is gone, the whole coaster looks tattered. I think that Krake, with its 2012 theming (those incredible teeth around the first drop) will be more foreboding, and probably a better coaster overall now. Yet again I am sure Oblivion would make it to the last 10, beating many of the current top ten.
Obviously this is all my opinion and conjecture, yet I think its a significant possibility. I don't even think it can be helped - people may think they are being objective and rational, but almost always personal feelings come through. It's always much easier to judge something if you have been on it, and if it's at your favourite park, you ride it fairly often and love it - it will be voted higher.
All that said - the main reason I wouldn't want Alton's coasters included is because the annual coaster poll gives such a good opportunity to look at other coasters and discuss them at length, with relatively little AT discussion. It's so refreshing. Everyone gets behind their personal favourite, and because it's not at Alton, it's usually something you wouldn't expect, or you get a new insight into a park or coaster you don't know much about. We would likely have 2 Alton coasters in the final - 2 coasters we talk about all the time - and as a result two incredible coasters in Europe would be overlooked. Some would argue (myself included) that only one of AT's coasters is anywhere near the quality of the top ten here.
Edit: Also, as Sam points out - Nemesis would almost certainly win every year. Whereas, for the last five years the coaster poll has run, there has been a different winner, even if BM and BF have won twice each.