# Solving self-submitted problem ?

In the past two weeks I have noticed that the user who submitted/shared a problem had himself solved the same. I am not protesting against it but I only confused thinking on it. Any reason ?

Note by Nishant Sharma
4 years, 11 months ago

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In fact, the common consensus amongst students who have submitted problems, is that they want to see when their problem is used, and various statistics around it.

I don't think it is a concern that a student who submitted a problem gets to view it. Sometimes I even compare the solutions submitted during the week against that of the original proposer, and might even choose to feature the proposed solution in preference to others, especially if it has a better writeup/approach. In these cases, they do get awarded the points for submitted a solution (even if they did not get to view the problem in the week!)

These are a few of the perks of contributing to Brilliant, and I'm strongly in favor of increasing them. There is no reason for penalizing students that contribute to your weekly experience.

Staff - 4 years, 11 months ago

When you submit a problem, you have to include a solution. If that's the best solution by the end of the week, then it is featured.

- 4 years, 11 months ago

I think you got me wrong. What I meant was the user who submitted a problem and which has been featured in a problem set, also appeared in the list of users who solved it correctly and not they whose solution featured.

- 4 years, 11 months ago

Everyone in the same level sees the same problems. I have to imagine it would be a lot of hassle to program the website to not allow those users to solve their own problems.

- 4 years, 11 months ago

I mean the user gets points for solving it correctly as well as for the submitted problem which has been featured. How lucky the user must have been........

- 4 years, 11 months ago

Maybe the Brilliant staff award fewer points for submitting a problem than they would otherwise, in order to compensate for the fact that the user will easily solve the problem they submitted. For example, if the Brilliant staff want to award 1000 points for submitting a problem which is valued at 300 points, then the user will only get 700 points for submitting the problem, the expectation being that they will claim the other 300.

- 4 years, 11 months ago

Also, not all the problems someone submits are at their level - for example, I submitted a level 3 problem and I never saw it be featured, so I didn't get points for solving it.

- 4 years, 11 months ago