Note to general community but specifically to Russ.
The information provided on this thread is in Russ' hands.
We will need to give him time for analysis and a response to the community.
That being said, there is a separate issue at hand that needs to be addressed.
And soon !!
This is the fiasco of collusion from 2016.
This will fester and it will not go away.
And there will be a negative impact to the site !!
And this will become a larger issue as time goes on.
I say this because it appears that the 4 clans involved last year appear to be at it again !!
Even if the new challenges between Easy Riders and their cohorts - Anti-Metallica, Breaking Bad and Arrow clans - appear to be above board, the optics for this site will not be good !!
This will only hurt the site !!
And inaction by site administration will only make things worse !!
I previously, in this thread, requested that site administration conduct an analysis of the 2016 clan results.
And render a decision to the clan community in a reasonably timely manner.
I even stated that a decision one way or the other would be acceptable to me.
What I am looking for is something. Anything !!
Silence on this issue is the worst possible course of action !!
What I think would be an acceptable outcome would be a penalty issued to the participants in the collusion.
Particularly to the clans whose only reason for existence is to throw points at certain clans in order to skew the outcome of a competition, as informal as that competition may be.
Also, a data correction in the form of a points rollback would be appropriate.
If that is not an option, I personally would settle for a flag, say an asterisk, next to the clan(s) involved along with a footnote citing a dubious result.
Others will not agree with me on this.
This may require less effort than a data hammer and achieve the same effect.
Clans that come to mind for this action are Easy Riders in 2016 and Strategic Ultimatum in 2015.
The latter have already been punished for their actions, yet they show as a 2nd place clan in the 2015 standings.
That is an INSULT to every clan that competed hard yet finished behind them in the standings !!
You keep this data for at least 10 years.
I would think that someone viewing this data in 2025 would like to have a clear sense of the competition of the 2015 & 2016 clan campaigns when they view the results.
Once again, I respectfully request a response on this matter soon.
I fully understand stand you have a lot on your plate.
This request is not an IT development proposal , but a referee decision.
And it can be progressed separately from the clan system improvement initiative.
Thanks, Mike (renewed for 2017