As some pointed out, Deadly Stream polls force you to vote for all questions. That's why last year I added a "decline to vote" option, and did this year as well, just a little late. Sorry for those who didn't see it, and abstained from voting.
We chose the timeline based on data suggesting that forum activity peaks in the month of December, that's why we did it a month early last year and again this year. We can change it though so it is less confusing and includes all mods for a whole year.
I agree that separating the mods into K1/TSL categories is better. We will bring that back next year.
Perhaps a separate WIP voting could work, with certain requirements for the WIP. It could encourage some forum activity.