Boo! Shadow forecasts on SciCast

In time for Hallowe’en, we’ve added Shadow Forecasts and other features to help show the awesome power of combo.

  1. Shadowy: when linked forecasts affect a question, we show “Shadow Forecasts” in the history and the trend graph.legend
  2. Pointy: the trend graph now shows one point per forecast instead of just the nightly snapshot.
  3. Chatty: Comment while you forecast.  (But not while you drive.)

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College Bowl Leaderboard

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Here are this week’s scores for the individuals with highest points. Scores are the actual gains on College Bowl questions that have already closed during the contest. Updated 5/21/14 at noon EDT.

Team Leaderboard is coming soon.

User ID Points Team
sflicht 1240 Harvard University
ctwardy* 1184 George Mason University
Question Mark* 248 Duke University
jkominek 118 University of Colorado
MerrySeeker 71 California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech)
HAL9000 68 University of California Berkeley
rrich 54 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
saurabh_02 42 Texas A&M University
2493c162162b15c8 25 Northwestern University
iconreforged 8 Duke University

*Not eligible to win.

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We’ve Given Everyone More Points!

As the number of open questions on SciCast increases, some users are finding their points stretched too thin.  We want our users to make forecasts when they have the interest and knowledge. To make this possible, we’re giving every registered user an extra 4000 points, and starting out all new users with 5000 points.

This change will not immediately affect any person’s rank on the leaderboard, though it might offer new opportunities to move up or down in the rankings. If you have run out of points or are extremely short on points, you now have the assets you need to make more forecasts.  Please use these new assets and opportunities wisely. The overall accuracy of SciCast’s market forecasts is improving, and we all want to see a steady continuation of that trend.

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