# Icons of Solvers

I have never seen my icon in the list of solvers, although I have solved quite a few problems. Is this common to all solvers?

Note by Guiseppi Butel
6 years ago

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That's my experience as well. After I answer a question the count for the number of solvers goes up by one, but my icon is not added, at least from my perspective. However, I assume that others are able to see my icon. I see your icon quite often, which for me is a good indication that the problem is worth spending time on. :)

- 6 years ago

Thanks, Brian. I see your name amongst the solvers.

I am interested in your solution for Shiny side of the Knife. I have an issue with the solution's answer.

- 6 years ago

I got the answer on my second try, but the wording of the question is ambiguous. The issue is the chain of ownership of the knife. If the knife belongs to both brothers and the elder brother is, in essence, forfeiting his half-ownership of the knife then we get one answer, but if the knife belongs solely to the elder brother and he then gives it to his younger brother we get a different answer. This latter interpretation was the one that produced the "correct" answer. So the flagging of the question is warranted, in my opinion. I will post a solution shortly and as a postscript request that the asker of the question make one key change in the wording.

- 6 years ago

What did you get for the number of sheep the younger brother got on his last turn?

- 6 years ago

Yes, it is common to all solvers.

We (currently) do not display you as solving the problem. Is this something that you want to see?

Staff - 6 years ago

What was the thinking behind the exclusion?

- 6 years ago

We actually could probably show you on the solvers list at some point, though I'm not sure if it'll ever become the most important thing for us to spend our time on.

Historically, the reason for the system to not show your image in the list (even though it is added) is that it used to be not uncommon for you to see the same problem multiple times with different "variants" (for instance a problem could show up as 3 + 5 = ? and also 2 + 4 = ?). We decided it is better to never show your name on the list, than to risk showing your name next to a problem that it says you haven't solved yet.

Staff - 6 years ago

Yeah, that is so unfair. I would tackle a problem, and be the first one to solve it, and what do I get? No mention at all! And then the NEXT guy that solves it gets the billing, and then the next, etc. There's simply no glory to be had for being the first one to solve it.

Okay, so it's alleged that others can see that I did solve it first, but how do I know that, anyway?

- 6 years ago

Haha. Well, with problem sets there is a leaderboard with names, date completed and everything. :) Anyway, when I see your icon on a list of solvers I immediately give the problem a try, so rest assured that the rest of us will know if you were first or not. Although, only the icons of the last dozen or so solvers are ever displayed, so once there are that many solvers of a problem the glory of being (one of the) first is lost forever. Fame is a fickle friend. :(

- 6 years ago

I'm just trying to figure out a way to explain to Brilliant staff why our icons ought to be displayed when we solve problems. Did using drama work?

*Sound trumpets! Let our bloody colours wave! And either victory, or else a grave."

- 6 years ago

Drama courtesy of Shakespeare always works. Resistance is futile.

P.S.. Seeing the "u" in "colour" makes my Canadian heart sing.

- 6 years ago

Thanks! I will add that to the list of improvements to make :)

Staff - 6 years ago