I just applied the forgiveness policy to your rankings for the first time. Since the final policy is different from that posted on the Rules page (I will update it as soon as possible), I thought I would share with you what I did this weekend:
1.I did another round of corrections for "too fast" answers. Some people may find their rankings well below what they were on Friday. Remember: take your time, read the questions carefully and thoroughly - and you will not see such a change happen to you.
2. I adjusted the forgiveness policy and applied it as follows:
For up to ten days in a quarter, we will adjust a player's quiz record as follows:
- A missed day will not count as a zero score; instead you will be given a score equal to 2/3 of the average of all your previous answers in the current quarter. In other words, we will pretend you took the quiz and performed at 2/3 of your usual level. I do not give you 100% of your average because that led to too big a boost in the scorings, effectively penalizing those players who did not miss any quizzes.
- A zero score will be replaced with a score equal to 2/3 of the average of all your previous answers in the current quarter. See explanation in first point.
- If you missed or scored 0 points for less than 10 days (let's refer to the balance of those days as "FD" or "forgiveness days"), then we will identify the FD # of days with the biggest delta between your weighted score and the maximum possible weighted score (you had a bad day). We then add to your weighted score for that day 75% of the difference between the maximum possible and your score.
Finally, the adjustments that I made today for "bad days" or lowest rankings are only provisional. I will run these adjustments again at the end of the quarter (you may have even "worse" days ahead), but this will at least give you a sense of how the forgiveness policy will affect you. If I waited till the end of the quarter to apply any of these lowest ranking adjustments, those who missed lots of quiz days would suddenly be ranked well ahead of others who played each day and scored at a similar level.
So....again thanks for your patience as I apply increasingly sophisticated rules to the quiz data, to handle increasingly "subtle" requirements from you, the players.