Update (Sep 20): There is now a new topic on the revised point system. You can read it here:
Today we have made few changes to our Point system, with following goals in mind:
- Ensure that contestants with consistently high rating get rewarded even more
- Higher penalty for excessive entry submissions which receive low ratings.
- Provide a level playing field for new users and existing users when it comes to earning additional points.
Here is a highlight of the changes.
Contest Participation: Now contestants will earn flat 40 points for participating in a contest. Earlier, users could earn additional points by submitting more entries to the contest, however we believe that model was a bit flawed and created wrong incentive for users to submit more entries, even if they were not high quality entries.
High Rated Entries: We have increased the points for 5 star and 4 star rated entries to 50 and 40 points respectively.
Low Rated Entries: We have also increased the penalty for low rated entries. Two star ratings will deduct 10 points, and 1 star ratings will deduct 15 points. For example, if you submit 20 entries to a contest, and 10 of them receive 1 star rating, you will lost 150 points in that case.
Winning a contest: You will earn 100 points for winning a contest
Earning a bonus: If you receive a bonus from CH for any of your entries, you will earn an additional 75 points.
30 Day Leaderboard
We will also be launching a 30 day leaderboard on the site. This will show the top 25 contestants who have earned most number of points during the last calendar month. These users will receive a substantial amount of additional bonus points. This provides a level playing field for New and Existing users on the site because the Leaderboard bonus will only be based on their last 30 days of activity.
On the other hand, the bottom 25 contestants (who lost most points in a month) will lose additional points, and a participation warning. They will be given an opportunity over next 30 days to improve their rankings.
We recognize that the CH ratings may not always be consistent, however we feel any other mechanism to gauge quality would lead to more subjective outcomes. We will also implement additional guides for contest holders to ensure they use a consistent criteria for rating of entries.