# Solution posting option in Brilliant

First of all, I must say that I am impressed by the changes and the new features that have been introduced in Brilliant. But I also found some changes to be unnecessary or rather irritating. For example, I recently saw that after I solve a problem, before writing my solution, I see the other solutions that are posted. As a result, many people can copy the solutions of others and make it look like theirs. I think that the old solution posting system was best. Well, this is my opinion but others may think differently. I would like to listen to the views of other people on this topic!!

Thanks.

Note by Prasun Biswas
5 years, 8 months ago

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The problem for me is the following. When I solved a problem on the old solution format all I would know is the number of solutions posted before I decide to post my own solution or enter the discussion. Writing up and checking a solution can be quite time consuming, so if a couple of solutions had already been posted and I believed my method to be fairly standard I would just click on enter discussion, often to find no solutions resembling my own. But the half hour or so it often takes to write a solution just isn't worth it if you think there is a high probability that a similar solution was already posted. Therefore I do believe that you need to be able to see the currently posted solutions before you start your own. But I also agree that this leads many people to copying, and the only way around that is to not show the currently posted solutions before you start writing your own. We have a problematic paradox. The only solution I can think of (and it's far from perfect) would be that brilliant provides another box (like the hashtags) when writing a solution where you state your vague method, to the extent of just puttting #casework or #generatingfunctions or #PIE. Then, these hashtags are what is visible to you before you start writing your own solution, which allows you to make a more educated guess on whether a solution similar to yours has been posted while not revealing the solutions themselves

- 5 years, 7 months ago

Well, you have got a point. Your solution also seems good.

- 5 years, 7 months ago

I agree with you and I think there would be more originality and independent thinking if solutions were not shown before you wrote your own solution. Its nice to see when a bunch of people arrive at the same solution using different methods. Its good for someone who wasn't able to answer the question to see multiple approaches of attacking the question so they can pick out the on they think is most useful for them.

- 5 years, 8 months ago

I understand what you say, but the new change is extremely good. Every system has pros and cons, but the thing is you cannot put worthy people into disadvantage just due to some copy-cats. Those who want the solutions to be collaborative and quality, won't do it. People need to understand not to copy and post solution unnecessarily, till Brilliant finds another way out (:-D) .

- 5 years, 7 months ago

What I want to ask is what that copy cat will gain by wasting so much time copying the solution that has already been posted? He wouldn't be voted up since a similar solution exists.

- 5 years, 7 months ago

We made this change intentionally. I'm interested to hear what others think.

Staff - 5 years, 8 months ago

If you write a problem, and you realize (embarrassingly) that the answer you typed was wrong, how do you change it? To get around this problem, I just left a note on the problem telling solvers how to 'fix' their solutions, but it can get a bit complicated.

- 5 years, 7 months ago

True story. Its annoying

- 5 years, 8 months ago