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When I started working on Codebrawl, I had a bunch of ideas to make sure everything would keep running smoothly. Most of these were wrong and most of them have been changed since. One of my ideas was that the entries should be anonymous until the contest ended to make sure it wouldn't become a popularity contest. This is probably the last one standing.
I've had to jump through quite some hoops to get this working, since I couldn't link to the Gists (which would give away the contestants' names). For example: we're fetching and storing the Gist contents to show them, rather than just including the Gists in the page using the javacript snippet Github provides. Another issue is that the voters can't clone the solutions to have a play with them, since giving out the clone urls would give away the Gists' ids.
What do you think? Would it be better to just give out links to the Gists and allow the voters to clone and play around with the code or do you think this would affect the entry scores?
I think linking to the Gists is best.
Since you can just copy the code and search for it on Github, you can find the original Gist in about 10 seconds, why exit Codebrawl to do that?
I don't think it will become a popularity contest IMHO
@kensodev Thanks for your reply! Right now, you don't have to exit Codebrawl to see the code though, we fetch it from Github and show it in the page ourselves. :)
I think it should stay like it is. While I don't think results will be based purely on popularity, seeing the names will color your impressions of the code. That it is technically possible to circumvent the anonymity is not important, as I guess there is no need to protect from malicious voters who want to vote for their favorite. Rather, the anonymity helps to ensure that every entry is treated with the same amount of attention regardless of its author.
I think the no names when voting has to remain. Sadly we have too many people in the community all-too-eager to stroke other peoples' egos.
I agree than anonymity is better.