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Definition of Advantage (for Puzzles) #176
I sent something to the following on the Delegate list on Feb 5. Here is a a refined attempt to define "advantage":
The definition avoids defining an "ideal" version of the puzzle by referencing the original version. However, the "original'' version of a puzzle may come with some features that would be considered advantages on other puzzles. These should still be considered advantages for that puzzle. In particular:
In addition, the following is always considered an advantage:
Not All Advantages Are Bad
Just because something is an advantage does not mean it is "bad" or "unfair". The task of Article 3 is to characterize the features/advantages of a puzzle that are officially permitted.
In particular, it may be reasonable to allow advantages that do not allow any competitor solve the puzzle significantly faster in practice (i.e. conveniences that do not affect a competitor's speed or ability).