In 2017, maxwelldeux did something wonderful for the forum. After taking community feedback, he turned the Official Challenge Series into the Challenge Olympics, presenting monthly awards and honours for those who do well in the Official Challenges as well as a leaderboard that tracked and ranked every single participant (in each challenge for the year) in terms of how high they finished on each challenge's OP leaderboard. This gave extra motivation for the vast majority of participants who were never able to watch enough films to ever a win a challenge as their efforts would still be recognised.
In early 2020 amid the height of Covid-19, maxwelldeux requested help with running the Challenge Olympics Awards and Leaderboard. Throughout 2020, I helped max to manage the awards by updating information into his amazingly detailed spreadsheets. Towards the end of 2020, max announced that he was no longer going to run the Olympics and Leaderboard. With nobody else volunteering to take the task on, I said that I would maintain a leaderboard (but no individual awards), although in a reduced capacity that gave points for finishing in the top 1, top 5, top 10 or top 20 of each individual challenge.
Thus, the 2021 Official Challenge Leaderboard was born. With 100 different users finishing in the top 20 of at least one challenge in 2021, the leaderboard might seem like a success, but I have wondered myself just how often others refer to it. The thread seldom attracts replies from other users and I don't know if this is the case of other users having nothing to say or simply not caring about the results.
Updating the leaderboard each month isn't a lot of work. But it is some additional work for me each month (around 30-45 minutes). The extra work is not so much the issue, but I have also begun to wonder if having a leaderboard is hurting the Official Challenge Series. Some of my concerns include watching diversity diminishing as a result of participants trying to watch challenge doubles/triples (films eligible for more than one challenge) and less unofficial challenges in operation than ever before, possibly because most participants are fixated on challenges that they can score points for participating in.
Not to dwell on the possible negatives, I am interested in challenge leaderboard improvement suggestions too. I don't have the spare time or Excel spreadsheet skills to do something as complex as the Challenge Olympics that maxwelldeux used to run, but I am happy to hand over the challenge leaderboard reigns to someone else if there is somebody interested in including more data than I have tracked myself this year.
So, please vote in the poll or reply to this thread. The poll is anonymous, so if you are all too scared to tell me outright that the leaderboard sucks, you can inform me anonymously.
But that's only one of two topics that I would like to discuss.
Incentives for Hosting
Ever since we decided to expand the monthly challenges to three per month, we have never had a shortage of volunteers to host. Until now. Despite challenge participation being stronger than ever, it was a real task finding challenge hosts for November and December. Hosting doesn't take a lot of time unless you include extensive bonus challenges, and even while under the pump at work this month and last month, I have managed to give the OPs of my November and December challenges an update almost every second day. I do feel though that some incentives would not hurt. On the same account though, I don't want folks volunteering to host just in order to gain the incentive and then only updating the OP once during the entire month. Here are some ideas that I have come up with myself. Some would rate as a minimal incentive, some would be quite massive; I'm totally open to ideas. And we could continue with no incentives too. Some of these ideas are tied into a leaderboard existing, so obviously aren't doable if we vote to ditch the leaderboard.
- Everybody who hosts gets to recommend a film. Every participant who watches the host recommendation gets a bonus point on the leaderboard.
- Every challenge that you host earns you a bonus point on the challenge leaderboard. This should equal a maximum of 12 extra leaderboard points.
- Every challenge that you host earns you a bonus challenge suggestion for 2023 (this is usually capped at three suggestions per participant).
- Every challenge that you host earns you a bonus 3-vote when voting in the final poll for 2023 challenge ideas.
- Every challenge that you host earns you a bonus 2-vote when voting in the final poll for 2023 challenge ideas.
- Every challenge that you host earns you a bonus 1-vote when voting in the final poll for 2023 challenge ideas.
- Whoever hosts the most (how do we determine this?) gets bonus votes in the final poll for 2023 challenge ideas.
- Whoever hosts at least two/three/four challenges earns bonus votes in the final poll for 2023 challenge ideas.
Apologies for leaving this thread until so late in the year but work has been very stressful and time-consuming of late.