How do you figure out the score?

Even if you don’t like mathematics, you can still read our explanation, because the way it’s calculated isn’t very hard to understand.

For example We attribute 2000 points to YES votes and 2000 points to NO votes. During the day, 1800 FMLs were submitted, and 10 were published. To work out the value of a vote given to a rejected FML, we divide the attributed points by the amount of rejected FMLs, or 2000/1790 = 1,12. For the value of a vote on a published FML, we divide the other amount of points by the amount of published FMLs, or 2000/10 = 200. The final scoring scale would look like this:

-An FML that you’ve accepted has been published: +200 points
-An FML that you’ve accepted has been rejected: -1,12 points
-An FML that you’ve rejected has been published: -200 points
-An FML that you’ve rejected has been rejected: +1,12 points

With this system, voting NO on all the FMLs won’t earn you any points, and neither will voting YES on all of them. At the end of each day, everything is recalculated according to the amount of submitted FMLs and the amount of published FMLs, and the points are given to the best moderators, not those who have voted the most.

Sometimes, all of a sudden, my ranking goes down a lot. Why?

The score variances for each moderator are usually very minor. Voting NO on a story that ended up being published can cost you many points, and drop your ranking several thousands of places. Your detailed statistics are there to help you understand how your ranking has progressed.

Sometimes I read stories that are funny and original, but which contain small spelling mistakes, or don’t use the “Today… FML” format. What should I do?

You should know that our team always inspects the FMLs before they are published, and thus it’s easy to add a word or correct a spelling mistake. If you think that the FML can easily be corrected and that it absolutely should be published, don’t hesitate to vote YES.