Hi all, it seems like it’s been fairly active on ML in the past few months, which is fantastic because it means that it’s easier to play matches, there are more competitors on the platform (maybe indicating a trend of growing popularity for memory sports), more motivation to train, etc.
One issue related to growing popularity is that there’s also now a higher number of very strong results coming “out of nowhere”.
These could be of several types:
experienced memory athlete who recently joined the ML platform and is taking a number of attempts (over a few days/weeks) to get the hang of things and finally post results representative of their strenghts
people changing usernames (it’s not easy to keep track of who is who, even when trying to cross-reference scores using the search function)
very talented new competitors with a steep progression curve.
or, well, people cheating
I’m wondering how others are thinking of this issue. Is it an issue at all, since there’s no “real” incentives (money, prizes, …)? Is the current system of trying to earn points to climb on the leaderboard taken seriously enough so that more measures should be taken to prenvent cheating? Is it enough to have anti-cheating measures for tournaments such as the Remotes?
Using one’s real name could be one mitigating factor, but would likely scare off even honest players.
Needing to send a video to “prove” one’s skills might be a solution, but only if having objective criterias (on competition history, current posted results, …) for requesting it. Or is it meaningless?
What do you all think?
PS: I’m not going to point fingers at specific players and I’m not either saying that it’s the ML team’s obligation to do any more, just being curious about how everyone is thinking about this. I’m not proud of it, but I get occasionally frustrated from not being able to appreciate some of the insanely impressive results posted on the site for what they actually might be worth.