Thanks for digging into the wiki. I really feel like this entire debate just serves to highlight the limitations of the criterion model for comparing and assessing voting methods. How about we ask the real question: “What is the best voting system overall?”
Yes, it would be great if a system passed every criteria while remaining totally immune to strategic voting and other unwanted side-effects. No, there is no system that passes that bar. No, not all criteria are equally important, and no, not all systems that may fail a given criteria are actually susceptible to that issue in real life.
For STAR, if a majority exploited bullet voting in a close race there are a number of ifs that would have to align perfectly in order for it to work and not backfire. Most of those ifs are out of the control of the voting block who would use them. The strategies might work in a few close races or slim edge cases. Still, the scenarios where it even could be tried are complex enough to confound election scientists and theorists, Not very accessible, not exploitable, not worth the risk for voters.
(Cliff notes: If you think it’s complicated you are overthinking it. Just vote your conscience.)
The reality is that strategic voting under STAR Voting is essentially a low stakes game of Russian Roulette in which the worst case scenario is still more fair, accurate, and representative than Approval voting under a best case scenario. A quick glance at any VSE chart shows that it’s also more accurate and WAY more strategically resilient than Score Voting (which does have other merits, but still.) Voters want to vote their conscience. With STAR they actually should.
The central point from rkjoyce above is that STARs runoff accomplishes nothing since Score is already perfect. Bollocks. Score Voting is great from an academic perspective, but in the real world it gives an advantage to those who tactically vote, and the strategy is clear and apparent to people who choose to look into it. -Give your favorite a top score, but also give your preferred front runner a top score too- The reality is that this strategy not only means that Score can devolve to Approval, but that, like Approval, both systems give a very real advantage to the perceived frontrunners. And who are the perceived frontrunners? Spoiler alert. The establishment and media picks that have raised the most money. In short, the system plays favorites. And it’s an easy fix.
So… back to wikipedia, once we are done fact checking their charts, how about we encourage them to include VSE and other more “big-picture” metrics for evaluating voting systems? Equal Vote encourages enthusiasts to consider 5 pillars: Honesty, Accuracy, Simplicity, Expressiveness, and Equality. A good proposal should be well rounded and not just pass some criteria while train-wreaking in other areas.