Didn't we have a points system at one time? Something like:
Influence = 2.0
Innovation = 1.5
Creativity = 1.0 (or was it 1.5? I forget)
Versatility = 1.0
Skill = 1.0
Originality = 1.0
That way guys like Gene Hoglan and Sean Reinert wouldn't slaughter everyone due to their skills. Going by that system, Copeland wins with 4.5 points easily with Influence, Innovation and Versatility. Even giving Carey the other 3 criterions only gives him 3.0 (or 3.5) points.
The points system was silently - and rightly, if you ask me - dropped when CRJ took over or shortly thereafter. It's artificial and frankly would mess up the list imo. I understand the intentions behind it though. Since CRJ took over we've more been evaluating all criteria equally but with influence and innovation weighing sort of more, but not in a points way. That way it's less artificial and cumbersome.
Also, to elaborate, I don't want Portnoy raised higher, especially since I hate the guy. I just don't think the gap between his placement and Carey's should be anywhere near that dramatic. 6-8 spots apart would seem fitting, not 17.
Carey is the consummate drummer-as-artist. Portnoy is a wanker who largely coasts on popularity and the fact that he used to do interesting things on the kit, like in the mid 90s. The gap really I think is there to express that. Carey's artistic development and growth, his refinement in his playing, his finesse and subtlety...the same things we love Bruford for. Being an icon or Great in a particular direction of drumming, like THE drummer-as-artist or THE drummer-as-showman (Carey is among 'the' drummer as artists) sort of gives unspoken 'bonus points' in terms of a drummer's list placement, I've noticed (and pushed for, hehe).
Never really realized but Martin Lopez is way too high on this list. No way should he be the highest rated Death Metal drummer (and there really shouldn't be too many DM drummers on here anyway, aside from Hoglan, Reinert and maybe Flynn, but even he lacks in influence and innovation by quite a bit).
You're forgetting Richard Christy
Well the points system could certainly mess things up. As long as influence and innovation are weighted higher, then everything is fine.
Carey is great and all, but so many Tool fans worship him like some sort of deity or something. It's disturbing, and if they bothered to listen to Cobham or Chambers then they'd realize that Carey isn't the 'perfect' drummer.
Christy has mad skills, but he's sloppy as fuck. Although, so is Pridgen, and he's still highly regarded on the skill lists (and I guess this list considering his lack of influence).