posted on Nov. 24, 2014, 11:06 p.m.

This is a thread for feedback regarding the DMOJ or the contests hosted on it. Have a comment, issue, or request that you don't know where to post? This is probably the place!


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    TommyX  commented on Oct. 2, 2015, 3:43 p.m. edit 2

    So I found this: people very very good at programming have an increased chance of being obsessed with anime. Seriously, that's too much anime themes in these problems. I know ppl like cute girls. Just keep that to ur self

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      Xyene  commented on Oct. 2, 2015, 8:04 p.m. edit 2

      Here's a different take on it: last year, we hosted 9 DMOPCs + 3 DMPG divisions, 6 problems each. That's 72 unique problems in one year. We could be spinning the yarns of Alice and Bob month in and month out, but apart from not being even remotely interesting reading, it wouldn't be interesting writing either!

      So I'd argue it's not about being obsessed with anime (we're not), but finding something fun for inspiration when tackling problem setter's block (6 problems a month adds up quickly, both in time and in ideas). Also, we understand that anime may not be everyone's cup of tea, which is why we seldom go further than basing names for the DMOPC off anime. In the case of contests like Halloween '14 and STNBD, please note that these contests, unlike the DMOPC, are not affiliated with DMCI.

      At the end of the day, we could be writing epics about Alice and Bob, quickly run out of ideas and have the quality of future DMOPCs decrease. Or we could be writing about topics we like. The choice is simple.

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        quantum  commented on Oct. 2, 2015, 8:16 p.m. edited

        I think we all know here that you are just trying your best to find ways to sneak anime references into the problems... Clearly, there are millions of other names you could have used, other works you could have referenced, but it was all anime that came in.

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          bobhob314  commented on Oct. 2, 2015, 8:29 p.m. edited

          For once I want to smooch Quantum

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          FatalEagle  commented on Oct. 2, 2015, 8:21 p.m. edit 2

          Maybe in the future we will have a problem like "Kurtz and Hurtz".

          Reading in English class is boring. You never want to hear another word about Kurtz ever again. You decide to train your firemaking skill by building bonfires... of copies of Heart of Darkness. Given $N$ books in the school, you can steal each one without anyone noticing if you use $t_i$ units of time. If the school day lasts $D$ units of time, what level will your firemaking skill be at 3:05PM?

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            bobbotboy  commented on Oct. 10, 2015, 2:59 p.m.

            I like that idea. Should do similar problem with Things Fall Apart and Hamlet as well

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      awaykened  commented on Oct. 2, 2015, 7:38 p.m. edited

      I think it's the opposite, that instead, people who watch anime tend to be good at programming. Perhaps you should go watch some anime. Maybe you will experience exponential growth in programming skill :)

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      bobhob314  commented on Oct. 2, 2015, 4:43 p.m. edited

      Bro this is FatalEagle and Xyene we're talking to, watch ur disrepect or get rekt