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    my grandfather's chess algorithm can beat your grandfather's chess algorithm...

    i was thinking we should have some sort of contest, be it AI related or what not. webmaster, would you be so kind as to organize something to that extent?
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    This is not a bad idea, but there has to be some considerations. It should not be so difficult so that only the most experienced programmers can compete. Also, the time allotted for the development of the program should be long enough so that College students can fit it into their schedule.
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    Look up my Empire thread on the gaming board

    It's C#, but shouldn't be too hard.
    Problem is I 'd have to create the rest
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    Since we have so many varying skill levels, I also propose we have different divisions of it...

    These would, of course, be up to the entrant to decide upon, since there's no real way to actually rate how you code. However, if it's obvious that someone doesn't belong in whichever bracket (nvoigt entering beginners level or something), whoever's running the contest could move them to an appropriate bracket.

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    Re: my grandfather's chess algorithm can beat your grandfather's chess algorithm...

    Originally posted by doubleanti
    i was thinking we should have some sort of contest, be it AI related or what not. webmaster, would you be so kind as to organize something to that extent?
    Set the deadline for December 31, 2001. That way, I'll
    have time to learn stuff...
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    How about we set some guidelines before we set a deadline?

    What about prizes?

    What about limitations?

    What do people normally do for programming contests?

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    Why bother id just win all of them... so give it up already.

    i usualy would not have time to do such a thing but it sounds like a good idea but since im startin college soon your almost guaranteed a chance to win so go for it...

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    I dunno, those look a little strict...

    I'm not thinking an obfuscated contest, just a good C contest.

    I know SilentStrike has been in one, but I've never heard of any around here...

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    Talking This would be sooo cool....

    Oh man, this is such a good idea. One can only do so much homework before he needs to whoop his peers' asses in a codin' contest!

    you know it's true, don't deny it

    hmm....I guess the rules would be fairly simple; something like:

    Keep code to the least amount of lines as possible, but 400~500 being the max. If there's some function that gets half the job done for you, you can't do it - therein lies the fun so like, if it's to reverse a string, you could'nt use strrev(). Also, there should be a different project for each level, but all having the same theme. So something like:

    beginner~reverse a string without strrev()
    intermediate~reverse 2 strings using recursion and no other loops
    Uber Coder~reverse 3 strings using stacks, recursion, AND an alphabetical sorting algorithm, and no loops (besides the recursion )

    Then have the deadline as whenever, and no late code accepted. The only problem is that we're all in different time zones...let's use Eastern time to make it easier on poor me. I'll setup the FTP stuff, you just FTP everything to the server that I setup, and use your name as the filename (and make it .txt, please. I don't want people to have to download all of the source. That way we can all view eachothers' code.

    Oh yeah, and one last rule. If you do something like overwrite somebody's file to make them look bad, your vB account gets deleted, and you're outta the contest or something. (Remeber - FTP logs!! )

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    For beginner programs you can give them some logic puzzle to figure out.

    Intermediate programs would resemble an actual applications but console, but using advanced data types, for example (red-black trees).

    Advanced programs would be an actual application using a graphics API such as a simple game or business application.
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    i like th idea. There doesnt have to be a prize but how about something like an Amazon voucher (com or uk depending on winner)
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    How would the winners be determined?

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    A Judge would have to decide the winners. Probably Judge Judy would be the best.

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    >Probably Judge Judy would be the best.<

    She's too mean. Since programming is a Man's
    domain, the judge should be a Man.

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