Path: news.mathworks.com!not-for-mail From: <HIDDEN> Newsgroups: comp.soft-sys.matlab Subject: Re: MATLAB Central Spring Contest Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 19:48:04 +0000 (UTC) Organization: The MathWorks, Inc. Lines: 37 Message-ID: <g04u5k$41$1@fred.mathworks.com> References: <fv82i0$nql$1@fred.mathworks.com> <fvthcn$82i$1@fred.mathworks.com> <fvu2lr$j89$1@fred.mathworks.com> <fvu4c8$jkj$1@fred.mathworks.com> <fvucs2$d4v$1@fred.mathworks.com> <fvuln8$m57$1@fred.mathworks.com> <fvv9u4$eo9$1@fred.mathworks.com> <fvvmj3$5rt$1@fred.mathworks.com> <g000v3$gg9$1@fred.mathworks.com> <g00t34$kj5$1@fred.mathworks.com> <g00unh$dnk$1@fred.mathworks.com> <g02jgr$a2d$1@fred.mathworks.com> <g036ef$i42$1@fred.mathworks.com> <g04n6g$1j7$1@fred.mathworks.com> Reply-To: <HIDDEN> NNTP-Posting-Host: webapp-05-blr.mathworks.com Content-Type: text/plain; charset="ISO-8859-1" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit X-Trace: fred.mathworks.com 1210448884 129 172.30.248.35 (10 May 2008 19:48:04 GMT) X-Complaints-To: news@mathworks.com NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 19:48:04 +0000 (UTC) X-Newsreader: MATLAB Central Newsreader 1184557 Xref: news.mathworks.com comp.soft-sys.matlab:467726 I do also second the idea of returning to twilight for the last hour of the contest. In addition, I would suggest to switch to a new testsuite for this last hour. This would give algorithmic improvements a better chance against highly tweaked code. However, one should abandon the idea that this last hour in twilight will leave time to optimize any code to the new testsuite, because the queue will fill quite quickly, I think. Regarding the tweak bombing, it is not "them" that are spamming, it's us. Thus, all we should need is a kind of agreement how many entries per person are considered normal participation, and at which number of entries spamming starts. Thus, if we agree on only submitting only about 100, 200, or 400 entries, we don't need a CAPTCHA (still I would welcome one). Of course, one can still use different aliases for submissions, but we all are free not to do so. Nevertheless, the queue will still get pretty crowded close to deadlines. Same is true for obfuscating, we should simply don't do it. My impression of the current contest was, that obfuscation was less frequent compared to earlier contests, although it appeared to result in slightly faster run-times. In this contest, I liked the 1000 node contest; it is much better than the 1000 character contest, because there is no need anymore to obfuscate in order to reach the character limit. Maybe it should be considered to extend the first twilight a little bit to allow more time for the development of different algorithms. Regards, Stefan aka srach