With FMC now being held in a mo3 format, is it still 10 points for participating? Maybe it should changed to be like 3BLD/4BLD/5BLD: 10 points if you have at least one success, or three legitimate DNFs.

Or maybe the participation points should scale with the number of successful attempts? But then you'd have people gaming the system with three crappy 60-move CFOP solves that take only a few minutes to write out, netting them over twice as many points as a successful 7BLD solve…

My pet idea is to have a two-tiered system of points for FMC:

each success: +4 points

each solve that is at most N moves long: +4 points

sympathy points if you get all DNFs: also 4 points I guess

N = 40 is probably reasonable. Even beginners should be able to get ≤40-move solutions half of the time if they spend the whole hour on the attempt. (Experienced FMCers wouldn't have any trouble finding sub-40 solutions in 15 minutes, but chances are, they probably would do a proper attempt instead of a rushed attempt anyway.) Under this system, an experienced FMCer would get 24 points after spending three hours on all three attempts, while someone just farming points would get 12 points in ten minutes. Still sounds a bit unfair, but the current system was even worse in the past years, with many people submitting ≥50-move solutions that probably took only two minutes to write, while getting 10 participation points.