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04/03/2010 12:15:04 PM · #1
We are happy to finally announce the second season of the DPChallenge League (DPL). Most users probably already know what the DPL is, but for those who don't, it is a way for photographers to join together as a team and compete against other teams using their collective scores. It is a fantastic way to break out of your comfort zone and meet new people on the site and in turn create friendships. It also stimulates the learning factor that the entire site is all about. If you want to know more about the DPL, read About the DPL and the DPL FAQ. Those pages (especially the FAQ) will be updated over the coming days/weeks.

There are a few key changes for the second season and they are as follows:

- Teams can now have a minimum of 7 team members and a maximum of 10 (previously 5 and 7)
- The Calendar of Events will give you a decent overview of the season (it will likely be tweaked to be more readable)
- We will attempt to provide more statistics like individual standings and team/individual awards
- We will impose a mid-season break after 3 rounds to cut down on burnout
- Scoring will be based on percentiles
- Teams will be capped at 80% percentile average to avoid stacked teams (aka Ribbon Hogs)

The most important change here is the use of percentiles for team ranking. Using percentiles over averages has the key advantage of evening things out across challenges, so earning a blue ribbon in Macro holds the same weight as earning a blue ribbon in more abstract challenge like "At Rest" (the challenge with the lowest average score).

Here's the schedule as it stands now:

- April 3rd
- * Season announcement
- * Invitational team creation (season 1 captains have a chance to resurrect their teams)
- * Free Agent Pool opens
- April 5th, open team creation (you must be a Member to create a team still)
- April 12th, first round begins
- May 3rd, mid-season break
- Jun 7th, season playoffs

An email notification will be sent out to all Season 1 participants so that we can get some old teams revived. Let's see if we can't nearly match the same turn out as before, although with 10 players per team now, that may prove to be difficult. As before with Season 1, the number of teams required for a full season needs to be a multiple of 24. If 49 teams are created, 1 will be dropped and 48 will make the cut. If only 47 teams are created, then 23 may be dropped and only 24 will make the cut. Because it would be a huge shame to potentially cut 230 users out of participating, we may adjust the schedule to allow for more teams.

So without further ado, head over to the League page and start poking around: http://www.dpchallenge.com/league/
04/03/2010 12:22:10 PM · #2
Could you provide more examples on how percentiles will be used for ranking and scoring please?

Thanks.

(I went to the DPL FAQ's but it still shows the old scoring system)
04/03/2010 12:24:04 PM · #3
Great! Nice to have the DPL back. First thought: percentiles looks a lot better than average!
04/03/2010 12:25:51 PM · #4
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Could you provide more examples on how percentiles will be used for ranking and scoring please?

Just check the Challenge Entries listing on your profile and use the % column instead of the Avg column. The FAQ should be updated in the coming days.
04/03/2010 12:30:32 PM · #5
Originally posted by langdon:

Originally posted by glad2badad:

Could you provide more examples on how percentiles will be used for ranking and scoring please?

Just check the Challenge Entries listing on your profile and use the % column instead of the Avg column. The FAQ should be updated in the coming days.

Wasn't the old method of ranking teams based on combining their DPChallenge average scores and dividing by the number of team members to get an average? We don't have a DPChallenge running percentile average. For week-to-week, once it gets going, I can understand a formula for weekly scores (using percentile numbers).
04/03/2010 12:34:36 PM · #6
I was a captain in the DPL1, I have a chance to resurrect my team, the DPL Pirates. If you would like to play on a team PM Me and I will Resurect me team and we will play DPL!
04/03/2010 12:48:01 PM · #7
Howdy!
I'm new to the DPL. How long does one round last? is it like the DPC-O where one week is one round?

ETA
As it seems one round lasts a bit longer than a week since it spans the member and open challenge of the week.

Message edited by author 2010-04-03 13:31:00.
04/03/2010 01:01:34 PM · #8
I have a team-in-waiting to post up on the 5th. Since I wasn't a captain in my old team (Team 20D) I can't pre-register.

R.
04/03/2010 01:11:39 PM · #9
I have my team waiting in the wings to sign up, just can not seem to do it!?
04/03/2010 01:16:35 PM · #10
We are in construction, will submit Team Glasseye as soon as it has been confirmed.
04/03/2010 01:20:44 PM · #11
yipeee!!
04/03/2010 01:22:09 PM · #12
Thanks 1.gif langdon and Site Council for all the work you did to bring the DPL back. I'm sad that I will not be able to participate in DPL2 but maybe by next season. But I will be watching from the sidelines routing for everyone.

Again thanks,

Scott
04/03/2010 01:22:48 PM · #13
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04/03/2010 01:22:51 PM · #14
Originally posted by JulietNN:

I have my team waiting in the wings to sign up, just can not seem to do it!?


Not until Monday...

R.
04/03/2010 01:23:40 PM · #15
damn, I just read that bit and was going to delete my post, ya beat me to it!!! =)
04/03/2010 01:30:09 PM · #16
I don't for the life of me remember exactly who was on my old team. But we did win! LOL! Team OOFers, where are you?????????
04/03/2010 01:33:12 PM · #17
Originally posted by Kelli:

I don't for the life of me remember exactly who was on my old team. But we did win! LOL! Team OOFers, where are you?????????


Follow the links to the DPL site and you can look up your old team I believe.

R.
04/03/2010 01:40:42 PM · #18
We're trying to get an Olympus team together. I think we have 4 or 5 that said they're in, so any other Olympus user that wants on the team, PM me asap! :) Terry
04/03/2010 01:46:17 PM · #19
So do the statistics change (percent from last 10 challenges) on the Free Agent list as the weeks progress?
I'm second from the bottom right now but I might be more attractive after this week is over. Oh wait. I don't think that's this week.
04/03/2010 01:58:49 PM · #20
I am tempted to throw my hat in and look for a team. but I am finding it hard to commit to a team effort right now because I am not always in the mood to shoot for certain challenges and feel that if I shoot just for the sake of the team when my heart is not in it, I might be letting other team members down and that wouldn't feel right. just thinking about it doesn't feel right. That being said. If someone becomes desperate for a last person to fill your roster. PM me and I will see what I can do maybe this could give me a little push too..
04/03/2010 01:58:50 PM · #21
Anyone want to pick up a not so good photographer? I promise to do my bestest... :P

To be 100% honest I really don't know how this all works.. I kinda figure it is teams vs. teams but I am not sure how it goes. Anyone want to point me in the right direction to a link telling me how this all works?


04/03/2010 02:00:04 PM · #22
I want to play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
04/03/2010 02:09:03 PM · #23
so what makes up the %'s...I can't figure it out...(on the free agent list)
04/03/2010 02:13:01 PM · #24
Originally posted by Ja-9:

so what makes up the %'s...I can't figure it out...(on the free agent list)

Last 10 challenges in which you participated. The calculation is a sum of the percentile finishes divided by 10.
04/03/2010 02:14:45 PM · #25
I'm unclear on how the percentages are tabulated for the free agent pool as well. If it's based on the last 10 challenges I'm at 59% which isn't bad (in my eyes anyway...lol) if you base it on all challenges entered which includes many challenges getting your feet wet and gaining experience my percentage would drop considerably to something like 36 percent. So which is it?
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