ロータス wrote:The leader of this years challenge changed it to 1 day because people believe that people quit because -7 days for one missed day was too much. They talk about it in the 2019 discussion post.
Sedge wrote:ロータス is correct; this rule has changed this year. The reason for the change was discussed in the 2019 thread - there were some participants who did not like the 7-day rule - and at the beginning of the rules post I noted that there would be changes:
Oh, but if that's the case, then other points in the opening post should be corrected instead:
a) Time required to study each day
section, point 6, still says the penalty is of "7 days"
section, point 1, says: "Thus, if you do miss/skip a day, you must study the next day, you cannot take a break and study 7 days later." This sentence only makes sense under the old rules, because previously people could miss a day and then be like, "urgh, that's negative 7 points, so I guess that's a week-long break that doesn't matter too", even though this was not true.
c) Changing or adding languages
section, point 9, shows a calculation where the penalty per day is of 7 days
(It was this inconsistency that made me post my correction above. I didn't follow or read the 2019 version of this challenge at all.)
I was cool with a penalty of -7 days, although I did think it was surprisingly brutal too.
By the way, let me say this just now, I have only about 40% confidence that I will actually finish my generic (Taiwanese + Greek) challenge. That is, I think it is more likely I'll "fail" than not (if we define "failure" as less than 300 days, i.e. less than ~10 months). In fact I have only about 70% confidence that I won't
give up near the middle in the summer. Nevertheless I'll try (even 40% is reasonably close to 50%).
(For Mandarin, my confidence is about 95% for a final score of >300 days, and I'm not gonna bother with a give-up-in-the-middle number.)