Previously I'd proposed an Answerathon. As a quick summary of the proposition, based on my original post and the community's feedback:
- Starting on a predetermined date, the community is challenged to answer unanswered, open questions with a nonnegative score. You stay in the competition by posting answers which receive at least one upvote each day.
- If you miss a day, you're out of the competition. The competition ends when everybody is out. (Feel free to continue posting answers, though!)
- We'll keep track of the total yield of the competition, seeing how many questions we can nail down throughout the Answerathon.
What I'd like to focus on in this thread is the details of the competition. Specifically:
- In my original post, I proposed that we have individual leaderboards for each category. However,
Isaac Moses counter-proposed that the entire competition only focus on one individual tag. The only way I see this working is with at least one of the following additions:
- We use a tag or a series of related tags that is broad enough that people won't feel left out for being unable to answer (ex. halacha, the series of tags that cover all of Tanach, etc.)
- Depending on how many questions that leaves, we prepare a backup in the case that we run out of questions (hah).
- Looking for suggestions on which tag or tags to use.
- Should there be an incentive for participating, or should we leave it as "the competition is its own reward"?
- What should we do about Shabbos? I see four potential solutions here, but none are particularly good ones:
- Count Saturday as part of the competition, as users can post answers on Motzaei Shabbos. Follow-up problem: how do we count days? If we use SE time (UTC), then the US West Coast gets knocked out on the first week.
- Saturday (based on UTC) is excluded. All answers posted on Saturday do not count. Follow-up problem: this discounts all answers posted on Sunday morning in Australia.
- Days are counted from sunset-ish, UTC. Shabbos is excluded, and answers posted on Motzaei Shabbos are counted as part of Sunday. Follow-up problem: this discounts all answers posted on Friday afternoon in the US. Granted, people are probably getting ready for Shabbos, but still.
- Days are counted based on local time, calculated from sunset. Follow-up problem: we don't know where users live. How do we know which day an answer's posted on?
Late Breaking Questions
- How should upvotes be considered? Should we require that the upvotes be the same day as the answer? Should we be a bit lenient for answers late in the day? Should we give a blanket rule that all answers qualify if the upvote is on that day or the following one?