@drathi5 and @getsuga Completely agree with you guys.
@admin Kindly take note of drathi5’s suggestion. It took a lot of effort and sleepless nights to complete the challenge. And what I finally received was a penalty of about 4000 ratings in my very first competition where I should’ve gained about 2k rating points. This is very very heartbreaking.
This is like you earned ₹ 2,000 as first salary as a result of your hardwork.Then somebody stole ₹200 from your house, and police is penalising you and the thief equally by further deducng ₹3800 from your account.
As both the solver and copier are not the culprit at the same level, atleast do not reduce these many points( atleast for new users ).You can reduce some fixed points ( say 1000 points ) in these cases, which may be achievable in a month and
REDUCE POINTS ON SOLVED PROBLEMS BY THE SOLVER ON PROBLEM BY PROBLEM BASIS, NOT ON CONTEST BASIS.
i.e. say -1000 points per disputed problem. This will be a fair punishment on the solver. However, all of copier’s submissions should be cancelled and their shoud be heavier fine on him.
Nowhere in the blog posts CodeChef Code Of Conduct or The Cheating Cases Saga I was able to find out that any other submissions should be affected.
I guess it won’t be difficult in most of the cases to know who is the GENUINE SOLVER?
I don’t know but as I would’ve earned 2k points in this contest, this reduction of ~4k means it will take 2-3 months to get back to same position . This is harsher than even a month’s ban. Questions can be solved anywhere online but participating in a fair competition was also a reason I was at CodeChef for.
At the very least create a method so that one can regain his/her lost points later by proving that he is able to do problems in future contests by himself.
Please resolve this problem as soon as possible.