*Short version: men are allowed to rotate a maximum of three times in a legal lift: in a traditional 5ALi, both of the man's feet are facing forward and he gets three revolutions from there. If he is in a spread eagle position at the takeoff, he has one foot going forward and one foot going backward. In a technical application of the rules, when his backward foot releases and steps forward, that's actually his first 1/2 revolution. The clarification established that if a man has one foot going forward and one foot going backward, you count his rotations from the front foot.
One additional short note: One of the flaws in IJS (IMHO) is that it attempts to quantify absolute differences in difficulty between various elements. In reality, however, various elements are differently difficult for different skaters. When you factor in the relative difficulty of the various features, it really muddies the idea of absolute difficulty. For example, a nice base-GOE LSp1 is more difficult than a base-GOE CSp1, but the opposite is true at L4. The SoV has become more nuanced over the years to reflect some of these, but it does not - and can not and will never - reflect the relative difficulty of various elements for particular teams. The first team that I saw perform a 5RLi was Hinzmann/Parchem; it was easier for them than a 5ALi because of Parchem's shoulder injuries. (FWIW, I once asked Parchem about the absolute difficulty of 5ALi/5RLi and he thought 5RLi was significantly easier, even without the effects of his injury.)
The ISU seems to have attempted to come up with a formula that balances TES and PCS for Men and attempts to balance it for Ladies, and they've capped and tweaked the base values accordingly. The strength is enforcing a uniform value for all competitors, not internal algorithms by judges.
Any judging system that assigns difficulty -- diving, snowboarding, gymnastics -- has to create the same values for all competitors. Within every system that does this are individuals for whom what is considered difficult is easy and vice versa.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
I don't like that the 8 rev feature for spins can only count once per program now. It was a good motivational feature for skaters to work on speed and control of spin positions.
I guess with the DV feature capable of counting multiple times, we are back to a million DVs for each spin. At least there will be new DVs.