Competitions are announced at least two weeks in advance, and last for eight weeks. That is, exactly 56 days, not two months. Competitions always begin on the first day of a month at 00:00 UTC.
If you have any issues, feel free to ask in our forums, or IRC channel.
- Once you have made a post with your intention to join the competition, you should be added to a list of participants within the day. Your username will be added to two lists: A score sheet, and a list on the forums. Both lists are publicly visible.
- You must add the Brony@Home team number (212997) to the 'team' field in the Folding@Home program. Otherwise, you will not appear on the stats, no matter what.
- Winners are chosen by the team leader (hiigaran) only, and will be contacted via the private messaging system on the Brony@Home forums. The award process involves all winners sending in a list of the available prizes in order of preference. After all winners have sent in their preferences, the first place winner will have first priority of a prize, if multiple winners chose the same price. The second place winner gets second priority, and so on. At this stage, each winner will be contacted individually, and referred to the donor of their prize. No prize is attached to any award or category.
- The names of the donors will be displayed next to the available prizes.
- Electronic, non-physical prizes such as Steam games and OC drawings will incur no charge to the winner. Physical prizes that have to be shipped may incur a shipping cost on the winner if specified. Generally, smaller items will be shipped at the donor's expense, but larger items, and/or those that are shipped internationally, will likely cost a bit of money for the winner. Each physical prize will have this information, so be aware of this if you choose a prize that does incur such costs.
- Winners will fall under one of three categories. The first category consists of competitors with the highest overall points. The second category is a random draw which favours higher scoring competitors. In this category, starting from 1000 points, competitors earn an extra entry in the random draw for every extra digit added to their score. That is, 1000 points will award you with one entry, 10 000 points will award you with two entries, 100 000 points will award you with three entries, and so on. To be more specific, the base-10 logarithm of your final score will be used, rounded to the nearest whole number, then subtracted by 2. This will give you your probability of winning a prize. The final category will be a purely random draw.
- After the winners in the overall points category have selected their prizes, the point-based random draw winners will be contacted to submit their preferred prizes. Prize selection is similar, in the sense that the winners send in a list of prizes in order of preference. However, priority for conflicting selections will be awarded to the winner who sends in his or her preferences first. Once the final winner selects his or her prize, the same process will begin for the purely random winners.
- All winners have three days to claim their prizes, before a runner up is chosen.
- One prize per winner.
- Latecomers to a competition will still be allowed to participate in a competition, but if he or she registers after the first week, he or she will be excluded from random draws.
- If no progress has been made by a competitor for more than two weeks in a row (in terms of score), he or she will be disqualified. A competitor may however, have multiple periods of such inactivity, as long as none of those periods exceed two weeks in a row. This is to allow slower competitors to remain in the competition without being disqualified.
- Competitors may use as many computers and clients as they wish, so long as they are all under the same username. Entering the competition under multiple names is against the rules, and all usernames involved will be disqualified. Competitors should also have permission to use computers that are not their own. You will not get disqualified for a lack of permission, but you may face issues from the owner(s) of said computers.
- The team leader (hiigaran) is not allowed to join any competition, or win any prizes. This is to prevent any possible disputes that may arise from others who might suspect that he would just take a free prize. Other staff and moderators from the forums may still be allowed to enter, but will not receive special consideration.
- Competitors who have donated prizes may not win their own prizes, nor would they get special consideration or any advantages over others.
- The mathematical formulas that calculate everyone's points are publicly visible on the score sheet, to ensure that any mistakes made can be pointed out by others, for an understanding of how the scoring works, and to prevent disputes.
- Random prizes are chosen by an online randomiser. A link to the randomiser and screenshot of the results will be displayed to prevent disputes.
- Decisions on winners are final. Disqualifications are final. Rules and prizes are subject to change, with or without notice. Cases may be opened for disputes if evidence is present.