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User who posts ongoing contest problems

In the past we agreed on a policy to not allow questions from on-going contests. This is enforced. With zeal. Personally, I shoot first (=lock/delete), and interrogate survivors afterwards. The one ...
Jyrki Lahtonen's user avatar
23 votes
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Someone is cheating on current USAMTS problems

I certainly appreciate the fact that some people care about cheating in various online contests (exams, entrance tests) enough to make an announcement on meta when there is an ongoing competition. And,...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Should we change the "contest problem" policy regarding soft deletes?

The current policy is good and works. There are many people diligently looking at the contest problems and once a candidate is identified it isEDIT its answers are quickly (soft-)deleted. Let us ...
Lord_Farin's user avatar
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How likely is it that a question with 2021 is from a current contest?

Unfortunately, OP’s concerns are right about the first link. I have written the Euclid contest yesterday. Today, after looking at the title of the first link posted by the OP, I remembered the ...
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I am requesting the moderators to delete that post

For reference, the Contest Problem Policy. In order take action, moderators need two things: A link to a publicly viewable list of problems. A link to a publicly viewable set of rules which ...
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Is it within policy for instructors to edit post text to remove questions from active exams?

As I am the moderator who dealt with those questions, let me address this issue: first and foremost, let me note that, as an instructor myself, I am sympathetic to the desire to prevent cheating. It ...
Xander Henderson's user avatar
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About "question deleted by user"

Do these guys have no shame asking ongoing competition qustions? Some people simply don't. Whatever it takes to get ahead, I guess. Cheating has always been a thing in any form of competition - ...
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USAMTS 2022-23, third round

This is a community wiki answer with the text of the problems - do not hesitate to edit it, if needed. 1/3/34. In the $8 × 8$ grid below, label $8$ squares with $X$ and $8$ squares with $Y$ such that:...
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I found 3 questions asking about an ongoing contest.

While it is indeed despicable if someone takes part in a contest and cheats in this way, I am surprised everyone seems to agree that questions should be closed and accounts should be blocked. But calm ...
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Is it unfair to post a live journal problem?

Is it unfair to post a live journal problem? Yes. Don't do that.
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USAMTS 2022-23, third round

This is a community wiki answer - do not hesitate to edit it, if you have suitable additions. We could even prepare some searches (as suggested in a recent discussion) which should be able to return ...
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Why do we care about monitoring for CodeChef problems?

So please enlighten me as to why we (or perhaps more specifically our moderators) should be expending any effort enforcing CodeChef's rules. All that the contest problem policy requests from ...
Misha Lavrov's user avatar
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About "question deleted by user"

While "it is likely impossible that [you] have time to look at each question on the ongoing contest," I recommend picking the Questions you choose to invest in with consideration of the following: (1)...
hardmath's user avatar
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Why do we care about monitoring for CodeChef problems?

There's no harm in drawing more attention on such contests. The meta post you link says that "This contest has attracted attempts to cheat in past months." Those programming challenges are very ...
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Is it allowed to ask questions from Project Euler here?

Here is the stuff I put at such questions, when I notice them. The important part is a letter (email) from one of the P.E. people; two kids had posted P.E. problems on MO the same day they were asked. ...
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Is it allowed to ask questions from Project Euler here?

I vote: No, do not ask questions form Project Euler on Math.se. Instead, follow the rules of Project Euler. But Math.se will not stop you from asking. Of course, Math.se will also not stop our ...
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What kind of context is good to add to a contest math question?

One way for the asker to show effort on a taxing contest question is to Work out a simple(r) case This is also good advice towards solving the question (straight out of Polya's How to solve it). A ...
Jyrki Lahtonen's user avatar
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How to ensure that an active contest question is locked until the contest expires

In these situations please flag your answer, and we will take care of this.
Asaf Karagila's user avatar
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How likely is it that a question with 2021 is from a current contest?

To answer the titular question:   The likelihood that a question with 2021 is from a current contest is $1-\dfrac1{2021}$. Well, we all know that this likelihood was already quite high even before ...
user21820's user avatar
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What kind of context is good to add to a contest math question?

There are variations when the person posting the question is lying. People are aware of ongoing contests. This is one reason I ask for a source of the problem. At least once, some kid posted a problem ...
Will Jagy's user avatar
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Do problems from competitive exams for colleges count as "Competition Maths"?

Yes, your question is a contest question because it is from a contest. Even if the contest is not explicitly about math, it is still a contest problem. You still need to disclose the source, explain ...
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How to better ask problems from known contests?

Users do not necessarily search on AoPS to see if a solution to their problem has been posted there. In my opinion, it should be fine as long as it meets our site's quality standards. It may even be ...
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Steps to avoid cheating in an International mathematics olympiad.

You seem to want a "sidebar" with the "most active people on the site", but read these points of the site's Contest Problem Policy: Publicly accessible source where we can verify ...
hardmath's user avatar
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What is the utility of the contest-math tag?

As with other tags, contest-math can be used for: $\bullet\; $Indicating that a question is of this type (whatever that is). $\bullet\; $Helping those who want to ...
GEdgar's user avatar
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How to ensure that an active contest question is locked until the contest expires

Although it isn't as comprehensive in hiding the content as deleting would be, I've taken the liberty of editing ("defacing") the Accepted Answer. Once the contest is over my edit can be ...
hardmath's user avatar
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Is it allowed to ask questions from Project Euler here?

We also have a contest policy. It states that questions from on-going contests are not allowed, but questions past their due date are ok. Admittedly that policy was developed with national/regional/...
Jyrki Lahtonen's user avatar
3 votes

Contest questions today (3/14)

I wouldn't enter any mathematical competition involving the gentleman in that picture, because I know I'd be bound to lose. $\ddot{\smile}$.
Rob Arthan's user avatar
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Area 51 Proposal: Mathematical Challenges

My puzzle questions in math.se are Evaluation of a slow continued fraction and Evaluation of a continued fraction ... If problems such as these are welcome in math.se, that is great. But if not, ...
GEdgar's user avatar
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What is the utility of the contest-math tag?

Promoting my sentiment (see the comment under main) to an answer so that others can also express their disagreement by downvoting and/or commenting. In my opinion math contests are the events, where ...
Jyrki Lahtonen's user avatar

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