December Lunchtime was conducted recently (29th Dec), and what I saw prevalent in most of the problem statements was that no explanations were given for the sample cases.
I will be blunt and honest here, I am a 2nd year CS undergrad from a Tier-4 college in India,
I am the best competitive programmer from my college ( I know…we are doomed, TCS zindabad! ).
I already feel stupid enough after reading the 3rd Problem statement in a Lunchtime problem, and today CodeChef exemplified it by making me feel even more stupid, which is a good thing, If I get to learn, but what happened today was different, I did not understand the problem statement itself, I tried asking questions to the admin in the comment!
I agree that it’s my fault that I am not as “proficient” as the “elite-I-wont-explain-so-dont-bother-asking” problem setters want me to be.
But the least they could do is try explaining there own Sample Test Cases, even though they are self-explanatory for the problem setter, they might not be for everyone, We are here to learn and make mistakes not get agonized over not understanding the problem statement itself because no explanations were given.
Hope the @admin takes note in this regard and ask the problem setters to leave an Explanation, it’s polite.
Let me know if anyone else also felt the same.