qpwoeirut's blog

By qpwoeirut, history, 5 weeks ago, In English

TL;DR My rating didn't change and I am very sad.

I recently took part in both Round #698 (Div. 1, since I was orange at the time), and Educational Round 103. My performance in the Div. 1 contest was pretty poor, and I lost 63 rating. This dropped me down to 2090, and changed my rank to Candidate Master. So now the Educational Round that I participated in afterwards should be considered a rated round for me. I think I registered after becoming a Candidate Master (although I'm not completely sure).

However, it seems that some complication has come up with rating changes. I did well in the Edu Round, and according to the TLE bot's rating predictor I had more than enough to get back to orange. But it seems I have been skipped entirely when rating changes took effect. I think this may be related to the temporary ratings rollback for Round #698, since it looks like a lot of people were affected by this.

If you want to check, you can view the Div. 1 standings for the Edu Round and look at all the purple names near the top. Even though they were all purple before the contest, their ratings have not changed. Furthermore, all the purples in the Div. 1 standings (or at least the first 10-ish that I checked) were orange before Round #698, and their ratings have not changed.

Is this supposed to happen?

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By qpwoeirut, history, 10 months ago, In English

This is my first blog so please tell me if something can be improved.

I've noticed that a lot of the blogs and comments on CodeForces are from people asking for help to debug their code. And while I think this is fine, and people ask for help if they're stuck, these comments and blogs take up a lot of space, especially in Recent Actions and Contest Announcements. For people who don't feel like debugging someone else's solution at the time, it can get annoying to scroll through those comments or blogs. I admit that I have better things to do than scroll through Recent Actions over and over, but I'm (hopefully) not the only one and this would help people find what they're looking for faster.

This would also help people who do debug others' code, and the people asking for help. I recently saw someone post the same request for help on 4 different blogs. See here, here, here, and here. Having a specific area for people to ask for help would stop this, and would match people who need help with those who can help them faster.

I understand that the CF team is probably busy during this time, making sure they're staying healthy and making sure CodeForces doesn't crash every contest. But I thought I'd just throw this idea out there to see whether it's possible, or if there's some obvious flaw I've missed. I know tags exist, but many people don't seem to use them and I don't think you can tag a comment.

Feel free to add your thoughts below.

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