# A request to all the staff

4 years, 4 months ago

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You're right. I just now tried this one:

https://brilliant.org/community-problem/22/?group=jRizc9UF2e9B&ref_id=101636

I had a rating of 2139, and when I put in the obvious answer of 4 for "What is 2 + 2?", my rating plummeted to 2107. I complained earlier that I thought the rating system was kind of random, but the staff took issue with that opinion. Yes, it is random. I don't pay attention to ratings any more, they're a waste of time.

- 4 years, 4 months ago

These seriously seem like trolls...

Yeah, these should be taken off of the rating scale.

- 4 years, 4 months ago

Hi Everone,

Please see Silas's comment in this thread here. It was not a bug, but it also was not intended behavior. We quietly launched the ability for all member to attach a rating and topic to their problems, and it didn't work out like we wanted too. Please email Silas if you would like your rating adjusted to reflect the unfairness of those problems.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Staff - 4 years, 4 months ago

It's bad enough that Brilliant has a lot of "gotcha questions" like this, where one is forced to spend a lot of time spending careful attention to exactly what is being asked, much more so than actually solving the problem itself. But then to get a big ratings deduction like this, well, I think it trivializes the Brilliant experience. it makes it less of a math forum and more of a game with trolls in it. Mathematics is about problem solving, not about legalistic interpretations of exactly what the question is. I think this is one of the most unpleasant things about Brilliant, and is very likely to discourage my further participation of it.

- 4 years, 4 months ago