I’ve recently started participating in the ‘CodeArena’ 1-to-1 fight. However, not a single opponent has ever managed to submit even a partially correct solution in any of the fights I’ve participated in.
Some days ago, while ‘fighting’, I saw my opponent compiling his code and then submitting it only to get a WA in all the test cases. The problem was far too easy to get a WA. I tried to locate his submission after the fight, but couldn’t find it.
My suspicion increased when I looked into their profiles. All of them “hasn’t added any details yet.” Each profile name has the syntax: <first_name><last_name>, sometimes followed by another and/or a random number.
Eg. Yesterday, I fought against someone called Niranjan Kumar (https://firstname.lastname@example.org). Problem was Choosing the Judges; a standard DP problem. My opponent compiled his code, then submitted, and obviously got a WA.
After contest ends, I find the problem, view the “All submissions” page and… Wow, my opponent is non-existent.
I admit I am new in Hackerearth, and I must not bluntly accuse someone; but am I really missing anything?
I can not tell if every account is legit but I remember losing to an opponent once, I just missed some minor edge case and got WA in a few test cases, so after the arena fight ended I had a one-one to conversation with the opponent in inbox about what I missed.
Here is a screenshot of the conversation(I have hidden the name of the sender for obvious reason)
But then again this is just one case, I too have my suspicions for the exact same reason, of the matches I have played I lost only one of them and rest were either wins or draws(and this is considering that I am bad at Competitive Programming, so there is no way I could have won most of them). So, are those accounts legit or just some bots playing around? I don’t know but hope someone can put better insight.
I think there are some bots competing against us. I just looked into my fight history on CodeArena. I have had 9 fights till now and 6 of the opponents have their name as per the syntax you described. Also, I looked into the submissions on the problem page and their submissions weren’t there. Also, none of them has a profile picture and they haven’t submitted a single solution yet according to their profile. I have won 5 fights and all of them are against 5 opponents out of these 6. The fight against the remaining 1 out of these 6 was a timed out. For the rest 3 opponents, they have at least some information on their profile and their submissions even show up on the problem page. Also, none of those 6 opponents is following anyone but 4 of them have some real followers. Strange!
18 fights, and I still haven’t encountered a single coder, whose username doesn’t follow the syntax…
I recently fought with someone. When i tried to check their profile , this is what i saw.
Hey, wait… There should be an ‘@’ before ‘mukul.chandra’
Still, no details filled…
yeah I have same doubt as I never lose any match on code arena
Most of the time its bot,but we do get real coders sometimes(i got hemant once(obviously lost to him ))
Wow, so even getting paired with a human opponent depends on luck !!!
yeah,i also noticed that today