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# Leveling Down despite Solving?

I was viewing other peoples' solved problems and viewing about 10 problems, solving 7 of them (all Algebra). Yet, my rating in Algebra went down from 2037 to 1998, just because they were others' problems. -.- Bug?

Note by Ahaan Rungta
3 years, 2 months ago

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It's not a good issue, when only by viewing problems, our rating decreases. I often take a copy of the problems to solve later (I'm not available in front of my pc always), but my rating decreases. This must be changed. · 3 years, 2 months ago

I do the same. I print all the problems on monday mornings, so I can take my time solving them whenever I have free time between work or travelling from and to home. Unfortunately some weeks are so busy I don't have (or want to spend) enough time to solve the problems.

With the current system I have to judge in advance how much time I'll have, something that is impossible to do. It takes away a bit of the free and relaxing nature for me.

Not to the point that it becomes a problem, but it's still a shame. · 3 years, 2 months ago

I'm going to assume the rating system is based on the same as in AoPS For The Win!. So viewing a problem would be like spectating a game, which should result in no loss. Now attempting a problem is like being in the game. So if you get the problem wrong, then you should lose rating. If you get the problem right, you should gain rating. I think the rating system should be changed to the one i described above. · 3 years, 2 months ago

Actually, though, by viewing a problem you are giving yourself the opportunity to solve it (and may well go away and have a good think about it). Giving a wrong answer is not the only indication that you have attempted a problem. I think your suggestion is less good than the actual system. · 3 years, 2 months ago

The current system discourages people with irregular workloads from even viewing problems. This is by far worse than people not answering questions, in my opinion. · 3 years, 2 months ago

When u view a question or sumbit a wrong answer, your rating would decrease · 3 years, 2 months ago

But I got almost all of them correct, so I should be gaining. . . · 3 years, 2 months ago

Using the rating values that you stated, I see that you viewed 4 problems and answered the first 2 of them correctly, and didn't answer the last 2 (at the point of 1998). On Nov 17 (before the new set came out), I see that you looked at 9 problems and answered 5 correctly. In that span, your rating decreased by 54 points.

Because you were looking at much easier problems, getting them correct doesn't give you a big increase in rating, and wasn't sufficient to cover the large escrow from problems that you did not manage to solve. In fact, the second problem gave you a negligible increase in rating. Staff · 3 years, 2 months ago

only green answer is correct. · 3 years, 2 months ago

Same thing happened here.When i solved a physics problem which was at a level higher than i am presently now i got promoted to higher level in physics but got leveled down in number theory part.The Brilliant team should take care of this. · 3 years, 1 month ago

The same thing happened to me a while earlier, after which I stopped solving other people's problems. This thing has kind of demotivated me to go beyond my live challenge. This is sad. · 3 years, 2 months ago