Originally Posted by The Llama
Another idea for the pile. For each of the BGB events, make it mandatory that the participants do one of the "project of the month" projects. This does two things: one it helps with the PotM, obviously, and two it evens the playing field a bit since you can't just pick the thing that gives you the highest points.
It also allows for points competition since most of the PotM's I've seen (in my short time doing this) are CPU projects. So this month, we could have made everyone do Rosetta and the GPU project of your choice. Kind of win/win.
Now, FINALLY, I read something that makes SOME sense.
Yes, whomever runs these contests needs to accomplish 2 things... one is even the playing field for higher participation (Ci rules and such in autoracing) and 2 has to pick tasks that anyone can run... so Nvidia only GPU tasks can't be used etc. Everyone doing the same thing and one optional thing is fine, provided the one optional thing is picked from an approved list... otherwise everyone (for instance) picks PrimeGrid automatically for GPU tasks.
Leveling the playing field is problematic because it's simply CPU based
for the most part, but some folks have many systems/CPUs that can compete well against singles...
This kind of thinking is productive and beneficial to all concerned and promotes a long and healthy atmosphere of cooperation and pure fun. (NASCAR, INDY, etc).
I am 100% for assigned predetermined tasks so long as they are available for everybody to run (like on my old 1.6ghz laptop with no GPU). Even then, this being OCN, I would expect the majority have at least one system with a usable GPU in it... but that's a pure guess.