In the ISU thread, RUKen wrote:
I can think of a couple of different ways that might be significant departures from how the Worlds and the skating season as a whole have been structured in the past. I'll just mention some now:
1) Direct entries to Worlds for all reigning medalists from last year's Worlds, most recent Olympics, this year's Euros/4Cs, this year's GPF. That's a maximum of 15, minimum of 6 direct entries per discipline. All federations are entitled to enter 1 skater (or 1 additional skater if they have any direct entries) in preliminary rounds at Worlds. Top finishers in the prelims advance to short program -- however many needed to make up a maximum of 30 in the short? Or 20 or 24 advance no matter what and the total number in the short will vary depending on the number of direct entries.
2) Open entries in a full season of many large early-season events around the world, on the basis of which the top skaters earn entry to semifinal qualifiers (Euros/4Cs?), from which the top 30 qualify to World Championships
3) Open qualifying at Worlds, hundreds maybe thousands enter the qualifying rounds in an tournament elimination structure, top 30 or so advance to a final
I can expand later when I have time. Meanwhile, feel free to share your own thoughts.