First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who has spared some time to read this.
Now that I have your attention, I’m sure all of you are familiar with the oldest and THE most famous problem on this site that is clubbed in the Beginners section: H1 (haven’t? Here: https://www.codechef.com/problems/H1).
Admit it, you’ve spent a good amount of time thinking of a strategy to swap those tiles in an efficient way that works towards the solution and not away from it.
But recently, I was just checking the submissions and OH BOY what I saw. If you sort the submissions by ascending time, literally every submission to the problem IS EXACTLY THE SAME! except the first two, which are the fastest.
Surprisingly though, THEY ARE BOTH THE SAME TOO!
And all the next submissions are just blatant copies of another code that’s hundredth of a second slower, and this continues for a number of pages.
One guy even went so far as to change the whitespacing to avoid the “strict” plagiarism check employed by CodeChef.
Blatant whitespace submission:
Every other code is a copy of a glorious piece of code that someone worked so hard on and spent their precious time on.
So, what is bugging me out: Did these guys work in groups or does CodeChef not check submissions anymore after a contest is over?
Thank you for listening to my rant. Forever-2-Star out!