And in the "shoulda-coulda" category, I also had an untimed one with smooth (for me) F2L, friendly OLL, and a PLL skip that I guess would have clocked-in somewhere in the 14s.I might be moving the plateau again at last. Crushed my Ao5 with a 19.32. That would indeed be my first sub 20 Ao5.
@SpartanSailor / I do agree to your points, hey, I'm one of those examples!I was just headed this way to see if we hit page 1000... looks like it!
Regarding the WCA over 40 category... I’m obviously biased, but I do think that will draw some more favourable participation. Much like in running, the “Masters” category is usually over 40s, but they have age groups for a reason. With cubing, I’m not sure the same age issues apply, but certainly there are elements which do apply regarding speed. If nothing else, it would generate some additional interest. Locally, and I assume this is widely true but recognize I should not assume, the vast majority of participants are under driving age. Meaning, parents are there. I see them all sitting around... many of whom twist and play with cubes casually and comment that they’re never going to be as fast as these “kids”. But I would bet they would get involved if there was a Master’s category or over 40, or whatever it’s called.
If privacy of information is an issue, i think that’s easily managed... they have LOTS of information about us each time we register for an event... such as our home, billing addresss, CC info, etc... clearly adding the one piece of info that I’m over 40 isn’t placing me at any greater risk than I already am simply by having a WCA account. FWIW....
Best of luck @Selkie at your new WCA position and if you need anything from the members at large, you know where to find us old guys! LOL
True, but you don’t have to share it. That information can be kept away from the public and only used “behind the scenes” to determine appropriate category.Birth year is needed to determine whether each result was achieved when you were 60 or 59, etc.
Very true. I’m not sure how to avoid that directly. Forgive my ignorance, is that a widely held concern? I ask because it seems in any other sport, they use age categories with 5 year increments and if I wanted to know someone’s age... well, it’s actually published on the results. What is the underlying resistance to having one’s age made pseudo public? I’m not trying to be antagonistic, trying to understand the issue better so I can think on different possible solutions.This sort of thing has already been discussed before during previous discussions. One concern that people have with using actual ages is that a person's age can be somewhat deduced if they attend enough competitions, by seeing when they switch classes.
Personally I don't see a problem with exposing birth year info, for example in WCA exports, as long as (a) it's opt-in only, (b) excludes minors, and (c) includes only the year, which is a good enough compromise for rankings but of little use to identity thieves.True, but you don’t have to share it. That information can be kept away from the public and only used “behind the scenes” to determine appropriate category.
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