# I THINK SOMETHING IS WRONG..

Whenever I solve problems of levels lower than my level, my rating of the topic decreases. For example, I have a rating 1600 in any topic, but if I solve any problem of rating 1300 in that topic, my rating goes down {1580}. And It always happens with me. Is it correct or is it a problem with my account?? Am I the only one with this trouble?? If its a problem, I request the staff to please take note of it..

Note by Sanyam Khankhoje
6 years ago

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I'm a new user of Brilliant, and I've noticed that my ratings seem to change randomly, but it sure seems to go down a lot more easily than up. I think the Brilliant staff is still working on this problem. I just wish we somehow get a clear explanation of why our ratings changes, up or down. It's as mysterious as why our credit scores go up or down, it's totally counter-intuitive.

- 6 years ago

Yeah, I had the same problem as you and it's down a lot than up.

- 6 years ago

Thanks for the report, everyone. We will track down the causes.

Sometimes this happens when you have more than one problem open in tabs at a time.

Staff - 6 years ago

Hi Sanyam,

This definitely shouldn't happen. I'm looking into possible reasons for this to happen. I've checked the backend and do not see any case that your topic rating decreased when solving a correct problem (regardless of the level of the problem).

Can you provide me with more information about the correct attempts which resulted in a decrease in ratings?
If you can state the titles of the problems, I would be able to look into specifics.
Did we state that your rating went down? If so, please send me a screenshot .

Staff - 6 years ago

Thanks a lot Calvin, I will try to provide you with more details and revert back to you soon.

- 6 years ago

Dear Calvin sir, since the time I have posted this note , that problem no more occurs with me. I know its hard to believe but it is really happening now. Thanks a lot to you and all other brilliants who actively participated in this discussion.

- 5 years, 12 months ago

I think I have a similar problem, My level always down when I'm away for a long time. I don't know how it happened

- 6 years ago

Your ratings and level do not change due to inactivity. If you give me a period when you were not around and your rating went down, I can trace if any attempts were made on your account.

Staff - 6 years ago

It's been like for 3 times I got the same problem over and over again. I once got to level 4 on all subject except calculus, computer science, magnetism, and mechanism after that I leave it like it be, after about 2 weeks when I open my brilliant again, it's all gone and I came back to level 1 and 2.

- 6 years ago

For the past 3 months, I observed that the long time periods when your ratings did not change are from March 9 to March 28, Feb 16 to Feb 22, Jan 19 to Jan 24.

Furthermore, over the past 3 months, I do not see you crossing over to level 4. The highest rating that I see was in Algebra, where you obtained about 1600 (level 3) at the start of January.

A possible explanation for rating change when a member is not around, is that we updated the answer to a problem which you tried. In this case, you would have received an email indicating the problem, and whether you were marked correct or wrong. However, I do not see this happen for you.

Staff - 6 years ago

Calvin, if you can review the rating of an user over past history, why can't each of us review our own ratings history to better understand what's going on? Furthermore, why can't we better predict or understand what will happen to our ratings before tackling any problem?

As it stands now, I have to carefully keep records of what happens to my ratings with each time I take on a problem. It's been an eye-opener, and consequently it's changing my tactics on Brilliant, and encouraging me to spend less time on it, as I believe that the motivating factors are badly skewed.

- 5 years, 12 months ago

Really? But I really see that happens.

- 5 years, 12 months ago

I think it's about a month ago for the last time it happens. And before it, it's about 2 month or less

- 6 years ago

This thing happened to me a while ago.

But now, anytime I solve problems of levels lower than mine, my rating stays the same.

- 6 years ago

I am having this problem too. My ratings have been decreasing even though I get the answer right.

- 5 years, 12 months ago

Sanyam Stay Cool! [as your name suggests] Don't go onto the ratings. You just try more problems and increase your skill. That's more important. And after all there is a Brilliant team behind this problem.

- 5 years, 1 month ago