In an effort to change up the monthly answering competition, I introduce the 'King of the Castle' format.


Day 0: Nobody is Regent. The Game of throne begins.


Answer a question posted before March 31, 2019. Get an upvote. Add it to the answer below. You become the 'Regent'.


Whoever is the 'Regent' at the end of November wins the competition.

Dethroning: If your upvoted answer is invalidated (question is closed, answer loses its votes, is determined to not fit the old question criteria), you are dethroned and the previous Regent retakes the throne. If there is no previous regent, the throne is vacant.

Please add a comment below if clarifications are required, and indicate if you're keen to compete.

  • Is it just a matter of being the last Regent at 23:59:59 on the last day? – JoErNanO Oct 16 '19 at 6:56
  • Does the answer need a positive votes saldo or are upvotes (even if fewer than downvotes) enough? – Willeke Oct 16 '19 at 10:07
  • So as @JoErNanO said, it's basically pointless until the last day? – Xnero Oct 16 '19 at 18:18
  • Hmm. I presumed people would want to compete during the month but fair point @JoErNanO. What about if we changed it to 'most successful answers' (upvotes). @ – Mark Mayo Oct 16 '19 at 20:01
  • @Willeke positive value. Should have a score of 1+ – Mark Mayo Oct 16 '19 at 20:01
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    We need to find a way to reward something other than answering for the sake of getting one upvotes IMHO. We need some form of increasingly harder metric to beat within a fixed timeframe. Gotta think this over. – JoErNanO Oct 16 '19 at 20:29
  • @JoErNanO how about the first regent only needs 1 upvote. Second person requires a score of 2 to unseat them . 3rd requires a score of 3 on an answer, etc – Mark Mayo Oct 16 '19 at 20:31
  • @MarkMayo I thought of that. Problem is it becomes very hard to beat very quickly: how many competition answers got more than 5 votes? 10 votes? I think history shows most answers stay at 1-2 votes. Especially for old question answerathon. We might have to tweak the calculation formula sightly. – JoErNanO Oct 16 '19 at 22:18
  • Becomes hard to beat, but that might encourage you to try more with multiple answers. – Mark Mayo Oct 16 '19 at 22:37
  • @JoErNanO perhaps you need - if x is the current score, you need (x+1)/day of month, which makes it a little easier as the month progresses – Mark Mayo Oct 16 '19 at 22:38
  • How about not making it a monthly event but always ongoing? No need to go for higher rep. Just a pride thing. – Willeke Oct 17 '19 at 4:03
  • @Willeke not bad, could just make an ongoing 'Regent of Travel' for whoever sucessfully answered the last oldest unanswered question. – Mark Mayo Oct 17 '19 at 20:26
  • @MarkMayo, that is the last who posted their upvoted answer. So you may need to put something in the rules that only the most recent answered (or is it upvoted) answer counts. – Willeke Oct 19 '19 at 8:15
  • @Willeke correct, true. It'd just be in the wording, but not too hard to do. – Mark Mayo Oct 20 '19 at 5:47
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    Or we do it based on the day only, rather than the time. First person to meet criteria on the day gets it, and you can't usurp until the following day? – Mark Mayo Oct 23 '19 at 20:30

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