Hi Codeforces Community,
Are you rated 2100 or higher? If yes, then it must be frustrating waiting for rated contests. I thus, bring to you a serious (not troll) proposal for Div 1.5 contests and some small changes in contest setups. Note that, I have also prepared a contest and know very well how hard it is to come up with interesting and novel ideas, so this is by no means a blog where I'm just criticizing setters that they are not setting frequent contests.
Why Division 1.5?
The frequency of Div. 1's is extremely low is compared to Div. 2. Moreover, coming up with the last problem of a Div. 1 round is extremely hard. If you have got good enough ideas (up to let's say Div 1 D), you still get to make the contest!
How does it benefit the contestants?
Well, more contests are always fun!
How does it benefit the setters?
Read the answer to the 1st question.
Let's make it rated for up to 2600.
But you know, anyone will become red, blah blah blah, rating inflation blah blah!!
It would still be hard if you're competing with GM participants. The number of participants who this division excludes is somewhere around 80-100. If you're already experiencing a huge delta in these rounds (let's say < 10 rank), you would get somewhere around rank 50 in a Div. 1 contest, which is still sufficient to reach 2800.
Two more things:
1.) Lots of contests these days have 6-7 problems. Can we just settle for 5 problems per division like the good old days? Solving many problems in a contest feels like a chore and it would mean more contests in which you can spread out your problems.
2.) Please start taking individual problem proposals, if a setter only has a good Div1C idea, he can still combine it with other setters' problems for a contest. And what will that mean for us? More contests!! Yay!.
Feel free to suggest anything in the comments.