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NCC competition - final round

NCC competition - final round

This is the final round of the 2007 NCC competition. Like previous years, this last round will be based on the yearly stats. However this year, I included a new twist in the last round: The score will not just be based on how well you guess the correct stats, but also how close you are to the perceived stats. In other words, each answer you provide will give you 2 scores: one based on how close you are to the real stats, and one based on what the participants think might be the best answer.
For the real stats, the replies you give will be compared to the official yearly stats that Marcel will post some time next week once the competition is closed.
Note that this week can give you a lot of points. So even if you are behind, nothing is lost yet. Furthermore, the perceived stats may make it difficult for the "specialists" to get optimal replies for each question. Another difficulty for the "specialists" is that the server only has half a year worth of messages left. So it’s too late now to download all messages for 2007.

Now here are the questions:

1) What’s the number of messages posted in 2007 and not deleted shortly afterwards (e.g. the number of messages as reported in the stats). The person with the closest reply will get 15 points, the second one 14 points .... If 2 people give a reply that is equally close to the correct result, then the first to have replied will be considered closer.

1") I will calculate the average of all the replies given for question 1 and I will also award points based on how close people are to that value. Once again, it will be 15 points for the closest, 14 points for the second ...

2) What has been the busiest thread in 2007? Please give the full title of the root message of that thread. Just give one answer. I will award points on whether your answer is in the top 5 threads, 5 points if you got the busiest thread, 4 points if you got the second busiest …

3) What person posted most root messages in 2007? Just like in question 2, points are awarded for an answer that is in the top 5.

3") Just like 2", you get points based on how popular your answer for question 3 was.

4) Who posted most messages in 2007 in NCC overall? Just like the previous 2 questions, you get points for a top 5 reply.

4") Just like previously, you get points based on how popular your answer for 4 was.

As always, send your replies only by email to riddler.the@gmail.com.
Only reply to questions 1,2,3,4. The scores for 1", 2", 3" and 4" will be based on your answers for 1,2,3 and 4.
You have one week to reply.
Good luck!

The real Riddler Don't mess with him or he will mess with you
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Re: NCC competition - final round

Good...a chance to get back in this game. I'm in.
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The competition is over

The competition is over. Now that the yearly stats are posted, I will take no further replies. I will post the full replies one of the next few days when I get the tme to write a fully report.
In the meantime, let me tell you that Bab Carroll has by far won this round and that there has been changes in the overal top 3 with one of the top people having scored rather badly this round and dropped out of the top 3. For the moment I will leave you to guess who that is.

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riddler wrote:

> with one of
> the top people having scored rather badly this round and dropped out of
> the top 3. For the moment I will leave you to guess who that is.

😞

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who do."
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riddler wrote:
> The competition is over. Now that the yearly stats are posted, I will
> take no further replies. I will post the full replies one of the next
> few days when I get the tme to write a fully report.
> In the meantime, let me tell you that Bab Carroll has by far won this
> round and that there has been changes in the overal top 3 with one of
> the top people having scored rather badly this round and dropped out of
> the top 3. For the moment I will leave you to guess who that is.
>
>

*cough*Hamish*cough*

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Re: NCC competition - final round

Jay,

> *cough*Hamish*cough*

You called ?

H.

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riddler
> In the meantime, let me tell you that Bab Carroll has by far won this
> round

Oh I must've been close - I only got the root messages question wrong
and was very close with the total number of messages *sigh*

Michael
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can't take my trousers off."
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Haitch wrote:
> Jay,
>
>> *cough*Hamish*cough*

>
> You called ?
>
> H.
>

Huh? I was coughing

It's warm here and my allergies are being agitated by the rollercoaster temp

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In <JM8hj.17474\$k06.635@kovat.provo.novell.com>, MichaelC wrote:
> > In the meantime, let me tell you that Bab Carroll has by far won
> > this round

>
> Oh I must've been close - I only got the root messages question wrong
> and was very close with the total number of messages sigh

I think I got the four right and was fairly close with the first -- but
the "what other people thought" bits might well scupper both of us 🙂
I wouldn't be too surprised if I dropped right out myself!

Alternatively I wouldn't be surprised if I dropped a right howler and

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Ben,

> I think I got the four right and was fairly close with the first --

I messed up one of them - "Busiest thread" - Michael and his knees ......

guess we just have to wait for the Riddler to get some time and put us
out of our suspense.

H.
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Ben
> but the "what other people thought" bits might well scupper both of us 🙂

Indeed!

> Alternatively I wouldn't be surprised if I dropped a right howler and