2020-01-18 19:04 Tianyu Zhao

The WCA Results Team (WRT) is looking for new devoted and trustworthy team members!

Do you like numbers? Are you the type of person quickly spotting typos or inconsistencies in restaurant menus that others miss? Does it drive you crazy when people lack precision with data? If yes, then you might be a very good fit for the WRT!

The qualities that you should bring to become a WRT member include:
- You must be very responsive and be willing to work on WRT tasks regularly.
- You should have a good sense of detail and you must be able to handle data precisely and consciously.
- Since the WRT operates on the WCA results database, you have to be a very trustworthy and reliable member of the WCA community. Ideally, you are already a WCA staff member or you have a recommendation from one.
- You should have a basic understanding of what a (relational) database is.
- Existing experience with SQL (MySQL) and programming are beneficial, but not strictly mandatory.

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2020-01-01 14:17 Tianyu Zhao

Dear WCA Community,

We had another successful year of cubing and developing the WCA as an organization in 2019! We would like to take this moment to share the highlights of what we have accomplished this year with all of your help.

WCA competitions were introduced to eight new countries and there were over 27,750 new people who competed officially for the first time. This year, our competitors broke barriers and achieved 61 world records, 205 continental records, and 3,760 national records.

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2019-12-26 01:05 Tianyu Zhao

Dear WCA Community,

The WRC would like to inform you about the versions of the WCA Regulations and Guidelines, which are going into effect January 1, 2020.

You can review all changes in this comparison on GitHub. You can click on “Files changed” to see the complete files of the Regulation and Guidelines, where all changes and additions are marked green and removals are red.

Simplifications

  • Clock pins are allowed to be distinguishable. (commit | discussion)
  • Fewest Moves: Only the 18 basic moves, <x, y, z> rotations, and wide moves are allowed in solutions (no bracket rotations). (commit | discussion)
  • The name for "combined round" has changed to "cutoff round". (commit | discussion)

Accountability

  • Required: scramble signatures. Either the scrambler or a scramble checker must certify that the puzzle is scrambled correctly for each attempt. Although competitions must make a full effort to use scramble signatures for all attempts, results cannot be disqualified solely for a missing scramble signature. (commit | commit | discussion)
  • Strongly recommended: the WCA Delegate should record a reason for each granted extra (e.g. on the back of the score sheet). (commit)
  • Strongly recommended: Organizers should attach O-rings (or equivalent) to all timer buttons to prevent accidental resets. (commit | discussion)

Miscellaneous

  • 3x3x3 With Feet will no longer be an official event. (announcement | commit | discussion)
  • Fewest Moves solutions are considered public. (commit | discussion)
  • Multi-Blind: If a duplicate cube is found and during an attempt, the cube may be re-scrambled using an extra scramble. (commit | discussion)
  • Clock stands may be used to place the Clock vertically at the solving station at the beginning of the attempt. (commit | discussion)