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H1Z1 Adjudication Info and FAQ -



Dear Community,

While an additional FAQ has been placed on www.H1Z1FightForTheCrown.com providing more information, there are still many members of the H1Z1 community who are interested in more detail about the adjudication process at Twin Galaxies as well as how it impacts the selection process of the upcoming tournament and beyond.

This post is intended to provide some additional answers to questions we received on social media:

If I am already part of a sponsored organization do we still need to be ranked on the leaderboard to apply?
Yes. Every player that participates must rank above 200 on the leaderboard. This is a critical component of increasing H1Z1 pro scene credibility and minimizing the possibility of cheaters participating or gaining momentum.

This is a qualifying registration process for the individual players to become eligible to potentially participate in any Twin Galaxies associated H1Z1 Tournament event.

Every player's submission represents that player publicly proving that they are capable of holding a legitimate status on the leaderboard according to the rules specified. Every submission is adjudicated with scrutiny by the community and available for public view and all are measured by the same process to ensure fair and consistent review.

It is imperative that players always remain in good verification standing with Twin Galaxies to become eligible and to stay eligible for any/all Twin Galaxies related tournaments and events.

If cheating or manipulation of any kind is discovered in a player's submission, that player will be banned for life from the Twin Galaxies site as well as banned from participating in any Twin Galaxies related event, such as H1Z1 Fight for the Crown.

It is important for every submitting H1Z1 Player to understand that Twin Galaxies is extremely serious about proper measurement, qualification and fair play. Twin Galaxies believes that H1Z1: King of the Kill represents a tremendous opportunity for its playing community as an eSport, and is working hard to make sure that a solid system emerges that is focused on rewarding skill and accomplishment over politics or popularity.

We want to encourage the professional playing H1Z1 community that is interested in seeing H1Z1: King of the Kill grow as an eSport to help and support our absolute focus on eliminating cheating behavior and elevating the PRO LEVEL scene within the community as well as to mainstream audiences.

The community can help and have a huge impact by reviewing as many of the H1Z1 submissions we receive as possible and identifying questionable performances and adjudicating so that those performances are not accepted and those players are caught and banned for life.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If a qualifying submission performance is accepted, but then is later found out to be cheated or manipulated, that submitting player will be banned for life. If that player has already participated in the upcoming Fight for the Crown tournament (or any other Twin Galaxies related event) after the date of the cheated submission, they will be retroactively disqualified, which will then disqualify their entire team retroactively and forfeit any winnings awarded.

Teams should be aware of this concern and make sure that every member of their roster has submitted legitimate qualifying performances.

Submitting players should understand that their submissions are always under performance scrutiny. It never stops. We keep all our records public so that everyone can review them even after the fact. We strongly recommend that all performances that are sent to us are legitimate and contain no cheating or manipulation!!!

Can i send a better submission of a higher score even if i already submitted a game?
Absolutely. If you submit more than one score to the same leaderboard, the Twin Galaxies system will always place your highest adjudicated score on the leaderboard.

I just made an account and my submission points is -1
The "-1" represents your FREE submission. When you use it, your Submission Points will become "0" - and then to get more points you must help adjudicate other people's performances by reviewing and voting on them.

How do I earn more Submission Points so I can submit more performances?
Everything you need to know about submission points can be found HERE:

When I tried to submit my performance, I accidentally made a mistake/canceled/mistyped/etc. and now I don't have any submission points. Can I get a refund or replacement points so I can submit? I'm running out of time!
Unfortunately, we can not grant you additional submission points. You must earn them by helping to adjudicate other people's performances. To learn more about that, please follow the link in the answer to the question above.

I'm having trouble uploading my video to Twin Galaxies. What do I do?
If you can not get your video directly uploaded for some reason, we recommend that you upload your video to a 3rd party video hosting service like youtube and then supply video links to your performance in the Submission Message / Evidence Description area of the Twin Galaxies submission form.

---- Detailed Adjudication Info Section Below ---

We have received many inquiries regarding the adjudication system. Some players are concerned that results can be dictated by popularity or that the comment section below a particular submission is indicative of how many votes something gets.

We will try to demystify the process below:

Our system is called the Twin Galaxies Submission and Adjudication Process (TGSAP). For those that are interested in truly understanding the TGSAP system, we have provided a detailed description below:

In the simplest view, the TGSAP (Twin Galaxies Submission and Adjudication Process) is essentially a tightly controlled peer-review system. This means that you submit your score and all evidence you have to support your submission to Twin Galaxies, and Twin Galaxies’ community and organization will review the materials and determine validity. Simple.

Twin Galaxies takes the subject of validating scores very seriously. The foundation of Twin Galaxies is in record keeping and the records that it keeps must be extremely credible and without reproach – therefore TG has spent many months designing a comprehensive and totally unique adjudication system that maximizes the benefits of a peer-review methodology, while simultaneously eliminating many inherent flaws that a peer-review system can have which undermine credibility.

To demonstrate our understanding of the problems and concerns associated with a peer-review system, we will discuss some (but not all) of the items we have identified and thoroughly addressed:

1.) Collusion - This is where multiple users of the system secretly “team up” to deliberately manipulate results and outcomes. There are numerous variations on this theme.

2.) The value of experts vs. non-experts – This is where people with less knowledge about a subject are participating with people who have more knowledge about the subject and there is no consideration or measured differential in the participant’s contribution to the outcome. Since every ‘vote’ is equal, it becomes possible to come to incorrect conclusions if the uninformed vastly outnumber the informed in a peer-review process.

3.) Accountability - In traditional peer-review, participants are merely a part of a total group decision and are not individually tied to the outcome. This leads to less motivation for accuracy, personal investment, or interest in the process. Individuals have no vested interest in the outcome, regardless of their choice during the participation.

As mentioned above, these are just some of the pitfalls of a standard peer-review system. Many record keeping sites today suffer some of these problems and it undermines the credibility of the results that are produced there.

The TGSAP however, is not a standard peer-review system. It is a totally unique, one-of-a-kind system that sets a new standard in score adjudication.

Here is how it works:

SUBMISSION:

Scores can only be submitted by VERIFIED users.

VERIFIED users are users that have gone through the Twin Galaxies’ user verification process, and TG maintains contact information on each user. These users are real people, who have voluntarily submitted their identity and personal information to be able to be eligible to be awarded world records and other forms of public recognition for achievement.

No new world records will ever be allowed into the TG database without full name and proper contact information. TG needs to know who its participating users are, and the participating users themselves need to know that they are competing with other real and serious participants. All user information is kept private and confidential in accordance with our Terms of Service.

When a VERIFIED user submits a score, they are presented with a form to fill out.

This form specifies:

Submitting user’s name
Submission Date
Platform
Game name and Track variation
Score/Elapsed time
Video Upload
Evidence Description

In an effort to accommodate the widest number of methods of score performance presentation, the TGSAP has moved to a format that allows user submission of all forms of evidence with a score claim, whatever that may be, with TG simply providing very strong recommended guidelines for submissions in general.

The “Video Upload” field is where you upload any recorded performance video that you may have of your score performance. This video is part of your overall “evidence package.”

The “Evidence Description” field is the part of the submission form where you are given an opportunity to explain any details of your achievement that you feel supports your score claim.

This field is driven by a fully functional WYSIWYG text editor that is also equipped to allow you to upload pictures, screenshots, supporting documents, and provide video embed links if you are unable to upload the video directly to TG. This is an opportunity to build your case of evidence, head off any skepticism, provide insight or simply brag about what you have accomplished. This is the opportunity to provide as much context as you feel you need to help make sure that anyone judging your claim is as informed as possible.

Whatever evidence you submit is what the peer-review process is going to consider. So it is really up to you to determine what you feel is adequate to present. It’s that simple.

While Twin Galaxies will recommend that you present a rock-solid case of indisputable visual evidence that leaves no doubt that your score performance is valid, the fact of the matter will be that if you do not want to (or simply can’t) submit a video of your score performance and instead only provide screenshots and other evidence, that is your option and the peer-review process will determine whether or not the case you have presented is compelling enough to be considered valid.

Once all of your evidence is entered/linked/uploaded, you will click the SUBMIT button and then the adjudication process begins.

ADJUDICATION:

(Please note – The adjudication system is multi-layered in its complexity. In order to explain it, we are going to describe the user experience first, then discuss the mechanics behind it in the form of Q&A after. Please bear with us.)

The User Experience of Adjudication –

When you click the SUBMIT button, all of the evidence you have provided (including video) is compiled and transformed into a stand-alone special kind of forum thread that resides in a forum section called SUBMISSION REVIEW.

This forum can be viewed by anyone, but only VERIFIED users are able to participate in it.

The SUBMISSION REVIEW area contains all incoming submissions that need to be adjudicated. These submissions take the form of individual threads.

Your submission thread will contain all the evidence information you provided in a simple and organized view. Your score performance video (if one was provided) is front and center and easily viewable.

At the top of each submission is a poll mechanism that asks a simple question:

Is this a valid score?”
[ ] YES
[ ] NO

All individuals from the VERIFIED community can now review the evidence you presented and cast their vote.

If when reviewing the evidence, there are questions or concerns, a participating voter can utilize the discussion thread that is part of your submission thread and directly raise those questions or concerns with you and other community members.

You are able to respond and participate in the discussion as much as desired. If more evidence is required to satisfy voter concerns, you will be able to add it to the submission thread (however you will not be able to alter the original submission materials) until the voting period closes.

When the voting period ends, the submission thread is closed and the final results are computed and the score is either ACCEPTED into the Twin Galaxies database, or it is REJECTED.

If the score is ACCEPTED, the now-permanently-closed-submission-thread is moved to the ADJUDICATION ARCHIVE, under the ACCEPTED category as a permanent record and visible reference of the adjudication – and the newly entered score in the database is hot-linked to this permanent record for all see.

If the score is REJECTED, the now-permanently-closed-submission-thread is moved to the ADJUDICATION ARCHIVE, under the REJECTED category as a permanent record and visible reference of the rejected adjudication result.

A submission, whether ACCEPTED or REJECTED, is permanently documented for all time.

That is the user experience. Very simple and straightforward.

The Adjudication Mechanism:

Wait a minute. How are you preventing collusion? If it is just a simple YES/NO vote question, people can just get all their friends to vote one way or the other and win every time!!
Collusion is prevented by a multi-layered stack of interacting thematic measures:

Asymmetrical adjudication qualifiers
Information deprivation
Emergent vote weighting
Dynamic Incentivization/Penalization

Asymmetrical Adjudication Qualifiers –

At the moment a score is submitted, the TGSAP looks at a wide range of relevant dynamic system parameters (for instance, total submission rate/site activity/adjudication response times/etc.) in order to decide what the specific computational measurement requirement will be for a successful adjudication of that submitted score.

This means that every adjudication is dynamic in terms of what it will specifically require from a voting participant calculation perspective.

For instance, just one of the many parameters considered by the TGSAP are how many total participant votes it will take to “close” a particular submission. This will vary from submission to submission. It is impossible for anyone to know this information or predict it.

Although these computations are dynamic and produce variation, they are all based on a set of algorithms that are unilaterally applied to all submissions so it is fair and consistent.

The intention of this computational system is to make sure that peer-review requirements are always in-line with the total activity of the Twin Galaxies website, so that there is always a systemic correlation between participation and adjudication requirements.

The added benefit of this method is that it makes collusion extremely challenging, because it is no longer a function of just brute force group voting. Someone seeking to collude will have to develop a system to figure out the algorithms and patterns, and that requires direct experimentation on our system to see how it responds. This testing allows Twin Galaxies to detect user accounts trying to do this.

The bottom line is that it is extremely hard to manipulate what you cannot predict – so a potential cheater/colluder will need to put a ton of effort into figuring out how to predict this stuff.

And remember, this is just ONE part of the TGSAP. On to the next part…

Information Deprivation –

Due to the AAQ, every submission is different from a computational perspective. In order for someone to be sure that a collusion will be effective and manipulate the peer-review process, the parameters of the final computation must be known. For instance, it is pointless to get 10 of your friends together to vote in unison on something if the required amount of votes to achieve a result is 100.

The TGSAP is designed to obscure any/all computational information when it comes to the voting process. This means:

• Users never know how many total votes must be cast for any particular submission to “close” and be computed.
• Users never know or see what other users have voted.
• Users never see where the vote “currently stands” while the voting period is open.
• Users never know how long any particular submission will remain open for voting.
• All of this information and anything else that relates to it is obscured.

All a user ever sees, is the submission evidence, what THEIR vote currently is, and whether or not the vote is still open or if it has closed. That’s it.

When a vote finally does close, users never see who voted, how many votes it took to close the vote, OR what other users’ votes were.

Again, information deprivation adds to the difficulty of any collusion or manipulation – but this only the second mechanism that is at work… below is the next preventative measure…

Emergent vote weighting –

This mechanism not only further disrupts collusion, but it also addresses the inherent peer-review issue of the value of experts vs. non-experts – the aforementioned issue where people with less knowledge about a subject are participating with people who have more knowledge about the subject and there is no consideration or measured differential in the participant’s contribution to the outcome. Since every ‘vote’ is equal, it becomes possible to come to incorrect conclusions if the uninformed vastly outnumber the informed in the peer-review process…

Every VERIFIED TG USER ACCOUNT has a parameter added to it.
This parameter is titled CREDIBILITY.

To cause differentiation and disrupt vote equality in a peer-review system, TGSAP will factor into its algorithm each participating VERIFIED users’ CREDIBILITY RATING (CR) during the adjudication process.

What this means is that when you vote on an adjudication, you are voting with your specifically established individual CR within the system.

When you correctly adjudicate a score, the TGSAP will award you additional CREDIBILITY POINTS for being correct, which in turn raises your CR and makes your vote on future adjudications WORTH MORE.

However, if you incorrectly adjudicate a score, the TGSAP will deduct CREDIBILITY POINTS from you for being incorrect, which in turn lowers your CR and makes your vote on future adjudications WORTH LESS.

For clarity, here is a simple example:

· A user named JOHN SMITH submits a Ms. Pac Man score of 800,000 points. He provides whatever evidence of the score he has, screenshots, a description, and a video performance.

· You have a current CR of 50.

· You see JOHN SMITH’s submission and review the materials. Based on what you saw, you believe it to be a credible submission, so you vote ACCEPT, and then go about your business on the TG site (posting to forums, whatever.) The voting process remains open.

· A couple days later, you see that JOHN SMITH’s submission is still being voted on / adjudicated. You go back to the thread and see several comments below the submission that raise questions about the submitted recording. You think that the questions being raised might be valid, so you decide to change your vote to REJECT, and then go about your business on the TG site (posting to forums, whatever.) The voting process remains open.

· The next day you come back to the Twin Galaxies site, and see that JOHN SMITH’s submission is still under review and there are even more comments on the submission thread. You read them and think to yourself, I really believe that this score is valid – and so you change your vote BACK to ACCEPT, and then go about your business on the TG site (posting to forums, whatever.) The voting process remains open.

· A few hours later, JOHN SMITH’s adjudication process closes, and the votes are algorithmically computed, factoring in all of the participating users CR weightings.

· It turns out the score was ACCEPTED.

· You receive notification confirming your correct vote. You receive 3 CREDIBILITY POINTS.

· You now have a current CR of 53.

Generally speaking, the amount of points you can “win” by being correct, will always be smaller than the amount of points you stand to “lose” by being incorrect. So it is much harder to build CREDIBILITY within the system than it is to lose it.

This part of the TGSAP is what will allow the experts (people that care) to separate from the non-experts (people that don’t care) over time, and simultaneously make those experts votes count MORE during adjudication than the non-experts.

Any user that does not put care and attention to their voting decisions so that they are on the correct side of most adjudications, will quickly see their CR drop and quite literally their vote will start to not matter within the adjudication computation.

This system will naturally balance itself and it removes one of the inherent problems of peer-review where all votes count the same. Within the TGSAP, all votes do not count the same, and anyone within the TGSAP that maintains a high CR is someone who has consistently been correct when reviewing submissions. This person has become an authority. Becoming an authority cannot happen by accident.

Dynamic Incentivization/Penalization -

The nature of the TGSAP encourages users to build and maintain their CR. The more you correctly adjudicate, the more points you receive, the more your voice matters in the process. You cannot buy, cheat or manipulate your way into a high CR at Twin Galaxies. You must earn it, and everyone in the community will know that.

Through this system, you will be able to demonstrably prove your knowledge and authority in regard to video games. Your CR will literally be backed up with documented proof of your track record and decision making. Your authority on the subject will be respected, and it will be deserved.

No other organization in the video game industry offers you this opportunity. No other organization is comprehensively recognizing achievement both on the player and adjudicator sides of the equation.

The score performances going into the Twin Galaxies database are the most heavily scrutinized in the world.

All of this opportunity works to incentivize the community to not risk the pitfalls of collusion or cheating of any kind.

Anyone caught cheating/colluding may be banned from Twin Galaxies for life.

Q: I DON’T CARE ABOUT ALL THIS ADJUDICATION STUFF. I JUST WANT TO SUBMIT MY SCORE. WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE IN ALL THIS?
TGSAP requires that VERIFIED users that wish to use the system maintain a positive SUBMISSION TO ADJUDICATION RATIO.

This means for every score performance that you submit, you must have CORRECTLY adjudicated a certain number of other people’s submissions.

Please take note of the word CORRECTLY.

Adjudications are not instant processes, and can take time – so it is recommended that you participate in adjudication as much as possible.

If you want to submit scores to Twin Galaxies and receive the recognition, benefits and status of having an entry into the database, then you must be willing to participate and contribute!
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  1. ssdninja's Avatar
    Since there is no credibility floor to submit at TG what stops people from simply voting yes on every submission to quickly gain submission points? This is especially important for people with no other vested interest in the community other than submitting a few scores.
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  2. TWIN GALAXIES's Avatar
    There is a CR floor of 950 that will turned on in 24 hours.
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  3. FreeMasonCHEETAH's Avatar
    I have a question here. We are planning to play in other countries. We have five people to prepare. Are we five people in the same team? Or is it possible to have 5 people at random?
  4. TWIN GALAXIES's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FreeMasonCHEETAH
    I have a question here. We are planning to play in other countries. We have five people to prepare. Are we five people in the same team? Or is it possible to have 5 people at random?
    Not sure if we understand your question?

    You can create your own team, however all 5 players must be in the top 200 on this leaderboard to be eligible to play in the tournament.
  5. FreeMasonCHEETAH's Avatar
    Thank You ! Sir!
  6. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TWIN GALAXIES
    There is a CR floor of 950 that will turned on in 24 hours.
    I already clicked Thanks for this but wanted to make a statement:

    This number is not arbitrary. You start with a baseline CR of 1,000 and if the first vote you cast is incorrect, you take a 5% hit and go down to 950. That means even if you botch a vote right out of the gate you still get time to redeem yourself and still get to submit and adjudicate. However, it would take seventeen correctly adjudicated submissions after that to get you back up to 1,001 at which point you could 'afford' another incorrect vote and keep submitting and adjudicating.

    That being said, I have a question: If you drop below 950 is there anyway to recover from that? I'm not concerned because conscientious voters who have been bitten by some anomalies in the system in the past have had their CR reinstated if the anomaly can be identified and corrected.

    Furthermore I support the notion that this is serious business and your future ability to participate hinges on your correct adjudication.

    Thank you for this.
  7. Desidious's Avatar
    Can any H1Z1 player provide us non-H1Z1 players with a list of ways that could be labeled as cheating so we are better able to adjudicate these records. It would definitely make me more willing to devote my time to helping these hundreds of submissions coming through. I'm getting message from players asking me to help adjudicate but since I don't always have a lot of time I need to understand the "red flags". If anyone could help it would be much appreciated.
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  8. FreeMasonCHEETAH's Avatar
    I have one more question. To participate in the competition, the list of leaderboards must be registered. Is it possible to recognize only one leaderboard with a lot of kills? I wonder if I can win a quick victory of two and a quick victory of five.
  9. FreeMasonCHEETAH's Avatar
    I clicked Submit and this error message pops up.
    Please solve the problem.


    FreeMasonCHEETAH
    , you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:


    1. Your user account may not have sufficient privileges to access this page. Are you trying to edit someone else's post, access administrative features or some other privileged system?
    2. If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation.
  10. TWIN GALAXIES's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by FreeMasonCHEETAH
    I clicked Submit and this error message pops up.
    Please solve the problem.


    FreeMasonCHEETAH
    , you do not have permission to access this page. This could be due to one of several reasons:


    1. Your user account may not have sufficient privileges to access this page. Are you trying to edit someone else's post, access administrative features or some other privileged system?
    2. If you are trying to post, the administrator may have disabled your account, or it may be awaiting activation.
    You need to VERIFY your account. Please click your name that is up on the menu toolbar and you will see how to do this.
  11. FreeMasonCHEETAH's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TWIN GALAXIES
    You need to VERIFY your account. Please click your name that is up on the menu toolbar and you will see how to do this.
    Please call +13154021021 from the registered number to get the pin
    I called to see the message but I was away. What time do you try to call?
  12. Rogerpoco's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Desidious
    Can any H1Z1 player provide us non-H1Z1 players with a list of ways that could be labeled as cheating so we are better able to adjudicate these records. It would definitely make me more willing to devote my time to helping these hundreds of submissions coming through. I'm getting message from players asking me to help adjudicate but since I don't always have a lot of time I need to understand the "red flags". If anyone could help it would be much appreciated.
    Getting a lot of those messages as well.
    I don't even know what H1Z1 is...
    Crowding up the adjudication board pretty bad tho...

    Mebbe there should be a separate section/board for the players of that one game to adjudicate on each other?

    I'm missing seeing a lot of scores, H1Z1 has became a virus, clotting the boards...
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  13. cuda's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerpoco
    Getting a lot of those messages as well.
    I don't even know what H1Z1 is...
    Crowding up the adjudication board pretty bad tho...

    Mebbe there should be a separate section/board for the players of that one game to adjudicate on each other?

    I'm missing seeing a lot of scores, H1Z1 has became a virus, clotting the boards...
    Your comment resonates with me as currently H1Z1 submissions are running at between 30-33% of all submissions.

    Obviously because of the deadline placed on getting a score adjudicated and accepted to be in a position that allows entry to the competition.
    Could be a good thing with all these new members and exposure for the site, but at the moment it is notably slowing down other subs and clogging up the boards.

    Also the requesting for votes is to me covered in the rules as per pic. ( I have limited knowledge of the game and being asked to upvote something and they will do the same for my submissions makes a mockery of the whole adjudication system IMHO)
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  14. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar
    I'm not concerned about slowing down other submissions. This is truly a good thing to increase traffic and membership here. If there were a major retro tournament coming up and a wave of arcade platform submissions came in it would still slow everything down.

    There should not be a separate place for these submissions. They're just as much a part of TG as anything else. This large wave of H1Z1 submissions will subside after the deadline which is in less than a month.
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  15. bensweeneyonbass's Avatar
    Also if you really don't want to see them then you can review the Submission Review forum by platform, skipping the PC platform altogether.
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  16. Desidious's Avatar
    I agree, the filter system is a godsend.
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