OSE Incentive Challenge FAQ

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  1. Wny log hours, that's just overhead. - Development time is important data for OSE to keep track of for purposes of studying development effort and effectiveness. People who put in time may get addition score on their entries.
  2. It's impossible to track work product if everyone is contributing collaboratively to the same files. How can you score the contributions when there are so many changes and so many entries? Meaningful contributions are crowdsourced. Contributors are encouraged to build on others' work to get further along on their design. The main trunk design is selected by virtue of people actually using that branch. A design that propagates into further designs tracks what it is based on. Whenever somebody takes a design - they must attribute a source.
  3. How do you attribute a source? In the comment for your file upload - or as a folder label in your part tree - you must attribute the file name of the design you are borrowing from. Unattributed files score less favorably than files with attributions. It is the contributor's responsibility to attribute, as we are working collaboratively. Just make sure you follow a file name convention to keep the process seamless.
  4. What is the correct file name convention for saving files? Note that this is relevant only for starting new files. If a file exists, you should aim to upload over it if you want to contribute to that file. You are welcome to fork a file at any time. Forking or continuing a filename counts equally to your score. The first 3 letters are your initials - if you don't have 3, just use X for your middle name. Followed by a dash, followed by one of the 12 module names. Followed by a dash, followed by a further descriptive word/words for the subpart - no longer than 20 characters to keep file names sane. At the end, follow by a dash vYYMMDD


  • Check how filenames can be viewed in the database.
  • Simplify file naming convention and etc as much as possible. It seems that to make it simple - every person keeps their own fork - but they can copy aspects of particular designs that they like from others.
  • Getting copied counts as points for you. Not copying existing work gets a penalty if you arrive at the same or similar feature. We are strict about having you review daily updates before you download any file. You must upload files immediately after you are done with them, as that can help you get points if others build on your work. So make sure you review the daily updates section for a briefing on new developments. You are required to note your developments with a design rationale and picture in a gallery in a style similar to patent disclosures about the innovative content - on top of your gallery of file uploads. So you are transparent about your work product - AND its evolution. A clear product evolution must be visible in your work. If you have gaps because you haven't worked on the project - that's fine - just keep track of all your progress in a temporal gallery of clips corresponding to your submission part gallery.

Key Rules

  • Your work product submission for final judging is your Part library gallery, and a gallery of temporal evolution of your product.
  • Your work is evaluated by how well it works. You must submit your final produce for review by mail for testing to get more points.
  • Points are added on an ongoing basis to a leaderboard. The top 100 contributors will be awarded prizes, with the prize amount proportional to their score divided by the total score of the 100 top contributors. The entire $250k is divided as such.
  • Everyone is on the same team. It's the value of contributions that is rewarded.