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addedentry From: addedentry Date: November 5th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
You may also remember fivemack's Invariants quiz, in which points went to questions, not answers. A question to which everyone or no one knew the answer got nul points (too easy to set!) The most points went to a question pitched just right, i.e. with 50% correct answers.

But I digress.
simont From: simont Date: November 5th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
That's a scoring system also used in games of induction (well, at least, those organised enough to have a scoring system, i.e. not Mao). Typically each guessing player scores based on how efficiently they guess the rule, and the rule-setter scores in some way that's based on the spread of the guessers' scores, so that (as you say) they're encouraged to set problems at a difficulty level that differentiates players from each other. Of course setters' and guessers' scores aren't directly comparable, so everyone has to take a turn at setting before you can sensibly work out who won.
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