I fully agree with you. It was that turn-based model that I was referring to when I said,
meeotch wrote:... and I don't even want to think about how many weeks it would take to happen via the forum, though it could be a really fun interesting experience, like playing chess via the mail.
My point was (and I didn't necessarily detail the specifics of what I was thinking) that it could potentially take a REALLY long time. To keep things moving along, you'd have to impose some sort of time limit for the next person to draft. If you're taking all interested parties, I'd think that you'd have to say that one has 24 hours from the last person's turn for you to make your pick. I know I couldn't possibly do it with any more guaranteed speed than that, since as a parent of 2 kids with a job that doesn't really allow for checking in online from work, I have a few hour window in the evenings that I can do my thing, and that's assuming no emergencies come up. And since there is actual money and value being dealt with here, you can't just pass someone up and say "Tough beans, you miss a turn." Life happens, and sometimes people lose their internet access for whatever reason for a few days.
A typical draft that I've been involved with deals with a set in the 20 - 30 dollar range, and while I'm just throwing a number out there that may or may not be in the ball park, I'd guess we're talking a 150 - 350 piece set with probably at least around 100 unique parts / color combinations. So to extrapolate based on my figure of 24 hours per selection, you've got a draft that could potentially last 2 - 6 months. That would require a lot of dedication on the part of the facilitator to keep who ordered what organized for that long. And if you're planning on using your selected parts for a current project, forget about it, since it could take quite a while before you get them. You'd be better off going through Bricklink.