Global Scoring Time Window
|Opened on:||Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 23:13|
|Last modified:||Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 20:17|
The four month window for global score calculation may have had good reason for the selected time frame when Foldit was in its early days, with few players.
With a fairly consistent 150+ folders online at any time (and I have no idea how many are truly active but client not connected), it may be time to rethink whether that time frame is maximal. We have about doubled the number logged in since September. From what I am hearing from newer players, as soon as their <15 & <150 scores drop off the window, they are (with the current recalculation) dropping severely in rank compared to newer players whose < scores are still in the time frame.
For those players - the ones who have stuck with the game, the ones we really want to keep - it's very dis-heartening to have your global ranking drop like that.
Also, the four month window with the recalculation just done is imposing a severe penalty on the hand folders for the almost 3 months that it became very difficult to hand build without the protein turning into cement. Those players (and yes, I am one of them) just lost the tail end of their good scores in the recalculation, and haven't yet had a chance to recoup.
There are many different ways to calculate global rankings, and I do like the concept that there is a window… new players can aspire to the higher ranks when there is a level playing field of sorts.
I would suggest, however, that the window be extended to 6 months. That would help mitigate the situations above. Going forward, it would also make it easier for any folder, when real life intrudes, to feel more confident that taking a break would not mean that they may not be able to recover their ranking within a reasonable time frame (which may actually provide incentive for them to return).