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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:17 pm 
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hey folks! so I was thinking about ways to combine the balance of independent rounds with the fairness of long-form grading. basically, a way to make it so you don't get screwed by one bad round, but you also don't get avalanched to the point where there's no point actually participating 'cause you know who's gonna win. this has been a long-standing goal of mine (for those of you who remember them, Trivial Pursuit, Treasure Hunters, and Red Rover were all attempts to solve this problem, with varying degrees of success.) and I think I've come up with a fairly elegant solution and I wanna try it. I promise I will do my best to see this contest through to completion. anyway let's get into it!

so the round structure's fairly standard: I give you a criteria, everyone still in the contest posts a card, and then I deliver a purely objective ranking of those cards. basic stuff, no need to rehash. what matters is the scoring and elimination. basically, each round will have what I'll call the Danger Zone, which is the bottom of the rankings. the size of the Danger Zone is equal to 1 plus the number of players in danger that round: if, say, 2 people are in danger, then the Danger Zone is the bottom 3 slots. if you find yourself in the Danger Zone, one of two things happens: if you're safe that round, you become in danger for the next round. if you're currently in danger, though, you get eliminated. danger only lasts one round: if you stay out of the Danger Zone in the next one, you go back to safe. basically, if you do poorly twice in a row you get bumped, and "poorly" gets defined more and more broadly as the contest goes on. we may have quite a few rounds where no one manages to get eliminated, but as that happens the Danger Zone gets bigger and bigger until it winds up eating a bunch of folks and resetting. or eating a couple folks and staying big. none can predict the Danger Zone. oh also first place can never be the Danger Zone. that rule's just there so the endgame doesn't break.

for the sake of my sanity I'm going to limit this to 8 entries, although I may run the contest again if I like the model. for fairness I'll leave sign-ups open 'til Monday sometime, then randomly pick 8 folks to compete. please don't enter if you don't think you'll be able to compete in all 8 rounds, although the design's reasonably robust to drop-outs so it's not the end of the world if something goes wrong. still, though. please at least try. (it may actually go more than 8 rounds, but hopefully not by much.)

Round 1: Criteria

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:19 pm 
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I'm always up for multi-round contests. Count me available.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:23 pm 
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Sounds interesting. I’ll join.


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I'll have a go!


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خمسة هنة أستاذ

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I'M IN IF WE HAVEN'T COUNTED TO 8 YET


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A wild LIBE appeared!

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Libe wrote:
A wild LIBE appeared!

noooooo
i love you libe but not as competition :V


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theatog wrote:
Libe wrote:
A wild LIBE appeared!

noooooo
i love you libe but not as competition :V

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May have just missed it. :/


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If you expand the test size, I too will join.

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He said he would pick eight people at random.

I'm in, should the gods of randomness allow me to be so.

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Random? I like those odds.


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