We just wanted to let you know that our points system itself is not changing, but we’re planning to make a little adjustment to the timing of when traces are scored. It should only increase the number of points you earn; here is just a quick breakdown of what’s going on.
Right now, we know everyone hates being the second player on a cube, tracing it correctly, and then receiving a low score because the trailblazer missed a bunch of stuff. This can be even more frustrating if your trace is still immediately added to the consensus, since your accuracy will update but you’ve been cheated on those points forever. The main reason such circumstances can arise is because the scoring program has been running before consensus updates with your trace. As part of smoothing out the discrepancies between what you see in the Activity Tracker, Review Mode, and the points you actually receive, Chris will soon adjust scoring to calculate your points after consensus updates with your trace. You will thus never miss points for adding stuff as the second player if the TBer missed it. It does open an opportunity for second players to overcolor and receive erroneous points, but since this is a less common problem, we hope it’s a fair trade.
TLDR: you will still receive points instantly as the second player (or third, or fourth…) player on a cube, but in terms of the split-second calculations and adjustments that happen in the database, second-players will now have a much higher likelihood of being fairly compensated for their traces, and poor TBs will have less effect. None of these changes will result in you getting less points. Only more. More. Mooooarrrr!
If you have any questions, let us know here or in chat!