New Beta Feature: Scythe Complete Bonuses!

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Now, when you Scythe Complete 100 cubes in the same cell, you earn 5,000 points once the golden completion announcement appears in chat.

This message is mostly for our Scythes, but other interested parties are welcome to read along! Why? Because it concerns something we know most of you like… bonuses! In this case, a totally new form of bonus.

Ever since introducing the Scythe Complete function on Eyewire, we’ve been aware that unless you’re specifically focused on earning that set of badges (or you just loooooove painting cells purple), going on a Scythe Complete mission has cost you your place on the leaderboard. For a long time, we’ve tried to develop a system for bestowing points based on Scythe Complete efforts, something similar to how we give you points for reaping a cube. Now, the moment has come!

Each time that a cell is fully completed and you get that bright yellow chat announcement, you have the possibility of earning a 5,000 point bonus for your Scythe Complete participation.

How it works:

  1. You, a Scythe, see a rather turquoise-looking cell. Or maybe a cell that’s only the palest of purples. You review branches on that cell until you’ve given your SC vote to at least 100 cubes, independently from how many cubes you’ve reaped.
  2. When the cell is ready to be checked, an admin goes over it (minimally, if all cubes have already been SC-locked). Once any lingering issues are addressed, and any erroneous SC votes have been removed and adjusted (we’re working on providing you with feedback, stay tuned!), the admin completes the whole cell.
  3. If you still have 100 SCs across the completed cell, then about 5-10 minutes after the completion announcement, you get that nice 5k.

Things you might be wondering:

What happens if I use Scythe Complete to just lock some cubes out of play, like with a big merger?

This is why we’re only giving you the 5k bonus for each cell after it’s finished; in that scenario, the only SC votes that should be on the cell are there for saying “these cubes are good” and not for performing alternate functions. So in terms of guesstimating your SC votes on a cell, just think in terms of what you’ve counted as “good.”

Why aren’t there tiers? Doesn’t this mean I lose the incentive after SCing 100 cubes?

There are no tiers because we want to a) encourage as many Scythes as possible to SC, and b) minimize SC votes that are given just to obtain the bonus. If we did have tiers, it would be unlikely but still feasible for a pair of Scythes to mass-complete all available cells without leaving opportunities for other Scythes to do the same. We still encourage anyone who already SCs whole cells to continue doing so, as long as you stay in communication with fellow Scythes about which cells you’re on and use the complete parents/children function with some awareness for what others may be doing. On recent cells, the highest proportion of Scythes who SC seem to do 100 cubes or less, but if we notice an upward trend in that number because more Scythes have been incentivized, then maybe we’ll reconfigure the threshold.

What happens if I know I’ve SC’d 100 cubes, but based on later activity on the cell I lose some of those votes?

We suggest treating “100” as a baseline, not an absolute goal. Given the nature of Scythe Completing, it is entirely possible that 100 SC votes at the beginning will have become 90 at the end. If you do closer to 150, you’ll give yourself an automatic buffer.

Speaking of guesstimating, it would be way easier to track my SC votes on a cell if I had some kind of real-time total that went up or down…

There are two reasons we’re calling this a beta feature. The first is that we are going to build you that sort of tracking mechanism, but it’s not ready yet. We’d still like to have the bonuses going on a trial run in the meantime. (And you’ll probably also wind up with a way to learn how many 5k completion bonuses you got since you last logged in, so that you never have to wonder if you really got that many TB retros.)

I think 5,000 points is nice, but it’s too much/too little for the amount of work involved.

Luckily, that’s the second reason why we’re calling this a beta feature! Based on Scythe feedback we’ll consider eventually changing the bonus amount (just like the cube threshold). Based on beating what we project you could earn by playing or scything regular cubes, we think it’s a good ballpark figure, but we’re open to suggestions.

What if a cell is too small to even give 100 SC votes?

For a cell that small, right now we’ll set the bar at 50 instead of 100, and you can still get 2,500 points.

That’s the plan for now! Keep your eyes peeled for the next cell finishing up, and 5,000 points can be yours!

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