1st March 2009, five years and a few days from now, we launched CodeChef. It has been a fascinating journey since then. It couldn’t have been anything else!
It is our anniversary month. And anniversary is a time of celebrations. And we did celebrate. You too joined by taking part in our Trivia contest and showed us how much you love us. It is also a time for assessment and introspection for what has been done and what we intend to do. Let us start by doing the mandatory and the mundane of listing down what we did in the last one year so that we can conceal what we did not:
And all this apart from the usual monthly and college contests, responding to your emails, procrastinating on most, reading the flak and the feature requests that we keep getting on various forums. That was quite a bit of work!
On a more serious note, listing down the things done is quite a task in itself. It is also extremely easy to bask and get carried away by mentioning all things glorious. However, it is only the mistakes, the failures and the mishaps that happen that keep us grounded and make us strive to improve. It was not entirely a dream run as it may have seemed until now. Be it the numerous intermittent hiccups during and outside of the contests (yes, we are still acclimatising to the new setup) or the infamous goof-up, there were not-so-bright days for us as well. Apology is only a way to convey that we care and that none of these were intentional. It does not undo the damage that was done. And we did learn from each one of them – we now know how not to do things. However, there are a lot of pending things on our plate that we have not been able to dish out including this, and one of them is also dealing with the cheating cases – still something that we are figuring things about.
No report card is complete without the backing of the numbers. So let us present some figures that will put the highlights of the year gone by in some perspective:
So, here we are after an year of moments of joy, pride, love, affection, glory, kudos, accolades… and after all the bragging, it is time for us now to be humble.
None of this would have been possible without some invaluable contributions and we take this opportunity to thank the special set of people who made this possible:
Now, letting the accolades and critiques of the year gone by to sink in, let us also give you a peek into the future. So far, with now a biggish team of seven, we have mostly been firefighting and trying hard to make this platform better. We have been working on feedback, bugs, feature requests and also trying to be as responsive as we possibly can. Over this period we have realized the limitations that we have put on ourselves. While interacting with you all at various forums, we realize that there is a whole community out there willing to help us in this endeavour. And since this entire platform is being driven by the community, we intend to open it up to you to start contributing to the development of this platform soon. How and when is something that we still need to ponder and put our thoughts together. But we believe that the community has been doing a fantastic job of carrying it forward and they can probably do a much better job and help us drive its progress much faster. We will continue working on your feedback and we intend to take each and every point mentioned in this list and fix it.
The fifth year has given us some very good memories to cherish, and we hope the sixth will offer even more and that you all will be alongside us through the thick and thin, as you have always been.
In anticipation of a bright year, let us drop the ball and let the party roll in.