I love the community puzzles, but I wish we could see a difficulty rating for the puzzle before starting. I know there’s no real penalty for abandoning a puzzle you start, but I like having a rough idea of how much time I will need to spend to solve something before I invest the time to read all about it. When I’m looking for a quick challenge to get my blood flowing in the morning I don’t want to waste time reading the Hard puzzles that will likely take me days to solve.
The original Single Player Puzzles are grouped by difficulty into Tutorial/Easy/Medium/Hard. It would be nice if we could have ratings for the community puzzles too.
Here are a few ways this could work:
- People who solve a puzzle could optionally assign a difficulty rating.
- The min, max, and average lines of code (or characters?) for accepted solutions could be displayed. This could be very misleading, but would be a fun statistic to view regardless. Given enough samples I think it would be a decent indicator of how complex some solutions became.
- Display the number of unique users who viewed the puzzle divided by the number of unique users who solved the puzzle. Right now we can see the number of solutions only, but we don’t know if the puzzle is brand new, or was ever a featured weekly puzzle, so it has no context.
- Admins assign a rating