I was wondering about Brilliant's practice of sometimes adding an image to the top of a problem if one is not already there. I'm guessing that it's done so that the problem is a little more eye-catching, which I can appreciate. But in some cases--particularly in geometry problems--the image that is added is a diagram illustrating the figure described.

Sometimes a diagram is called for (I supplied the image for Follow the Fold), but in other cases I'd like drawing an accurate diagram to be part of solving the problem (such as in Particular Pentagon Point).

I don't suppose there's a good way for problem-writers to be able to approve edits made by Brilliant staff? Or maybe some other way for edits to happen with the problem-writer's input?

Thanks.

Note by Matt Enlow
5 years, 4 months ago

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Hi Matt, thanks for your feedback.

As you mentioned, we do add images for problems to make them more eye-catching, especially if they tell a story. For geometry problems, we are of the opinion that diagrams should generally be attached, as that yields a much higher view rate and attempt rate, since the problem is more approachable (or at least easier to mentally visualize).

It is an important skill to be able to draw proper diagrams, to help understand the picture. As such, even if we provide a geometry diagram, it might not be drawn to scale. In particular, for your problem "Particular Pentagon Point", we hid an important observation that would have arisen, had someone drawn an accurate diagram.

You have control over the edits made to your problem, and you change the wording anytime. It is currently not possible for you to manually change the image, but you can email me if you want the image to be replaced, or taken down.

Staff - 5 years, 4 months ago

Incidentally, check out the comments under Particular Pentagon Point... I think some people are suffering from misconceptions stemming from the diagram provided!

- 5 years, 4 months ago

Fair enough. Thanks.

- 5 years, 4 months ago