Let's discuss contest proposals

Revision en3, by imachug, 2021-01-24 00:22:40

Hello, Codeforces!

The current state of affairs is that running your own a contest on Codeforces is quite difficult. First, Codeforces doesn't accept single-problem proposals, so if you don't have many CP friends and can't make 6 good problems, you're out of luck. Second, many trash problems get proposed, and the coordinators have to spend much time filtering them out and then explaining why these problems were rejected. This status quo is bad for everyone, both participants and problem setters, so I'm thinking of a way to fix the situation.

Here is my idea. People generate trash problems because, when just a single of their problems is rejected, the whole contest is in danger, so problem setters 'bruteforce' problems to plug the hole. What if we help problem setters to propose just a single problem, and then problems from different people could be merged into a contest? This would reduce the fraction of bad problems because setters won't propose them just to fill holes.

The question is about bypassing the bus factor--coordinators. I think there are many 2300+/red users who could help moderate problem proposals. There are many people from Div 1 who like competitive programming but write Codeforces rounds not very often, perhaps because of Codeforces style or timing. I think such people would be ideal moderators: they have experience, they won't cheat and they are ready to help.

In TL;DR form, the idea is to help testers and problem setters find each other to reduce the burden on Codeforces coordinators and run rounds more often.

What do you think?

Tags #problem, proposal, contest-proposal


  Rev. Lang. By When Δ Comment
ru4 Russian imachug 2021-01-24 01:05:21 0 (опубликовано)
en9 English imachug 2021-01-24 01:03:52 0 (published)
en8 English imachug 2021-01-24 01:03:19 432
ru3 Russian Alexdat2000 2021-01-24 00:33:01 1 Мелкая правка: 'наторов. Ддостаточно ' -> 'наторов. Достаточно '
en7 English imachug 2021-01-24 00:31:51 10 Tiny change: 'bus factor---coordinato' -> 'bus factor—coordinato'
en6 English imachug 2021-01-24 00:31:16 1 Tiny change: 's factor--coordina' -> 's factor---coordina'
ru2 Russian imachug 2021-01-24 00:31:03 65
en5 English imachug 2021-01-24 00:28:21 8 Tiny change: 's and run rounds mo' -> 's and run quality rounds mo'
ru1 Russian imachug 2021-01-24 00:28:05 1610 Первая редакция перевода на Русский (сохранено в черновиках)
en4 English imachug 2021-01-24 00:26:23 59
en3 English imachug 2021-01-24 00:22:40 105
en2 English imachug 2021-01-24 00:15:30 1475
en1 English imachug 2021-01-23 19:26:13 49 Initial revision (saved to drafts)