….Rules have been updated and this was posted on Facebook group last night….
Let's cover some of the questions that have been asked over the first few days of the 2021 MPC.
Rich and I have did our best to make sure we covered everything in the rules but we can’t foresee everything. One question was about rule 8.3. Here the rule as written:
Rule 8.3 - Submit as many of the 6 letters as you want for the week, but only submit your best score for each letter. For example, if you grabbed a letter early in the week, but found a better score later in the week, only submit the best letter not both.
What it means:
We draw 6 letters. You can submit a single street for each letter drawn that week BUT you are not required to do all six. You can choose to do one letter or you can do all six. The choice is yours. The confusion seems to be with the next part. Make sure that you are submitting only one (1) street per letter per week. That is a maximum of six (6) street names per rider per week.
WHY - because for all intent and purposes, this year the admin job is essentially a 1 man job. If all 38 riders post all 6 letters each week, that’s already 228 posts per week for the admin to keep up with. While this rule may suck if you find a street name with a better point value after submitting, just remember that we put all the letters back in for the next drawing so there is a 1 in 26 chance that it will be drawn again.
Long story short - we want ONE street sign for each letter(s) you plan to submit for the week. Make sure you are happy with its point value before submitting because we will only use your first submission with the one exception being that your submission was not accepted. You will then be allowed to resubmit for that letter.
Rule 9.1.4.x Letters and or words of the street type (abbreviated or fully spelled out) will not be accepted. (Rd, Ave, Lane, Blvd, Cir, Hwy, Pkwy, Way, Trail, etc.).
We have also received questions about 18.104.22.168 and have realized that it was a leftover that was specific to a previous challenge. (MPC 2019). This rule has been removed.
- REMOVING - Even if the actual name of the street includes the letters and or words outlined in 9.4, those will not count towards the score. (Example: Avenue A in Bethlehem, PA would remove the word Avenue leaving only A, which is below the minimum length and not acceptable to submit)
There are posts about street names that have street type/suffix in the name and does this count or doesnt. Example - Whispering River Hollow RD. River, Hollow and RD is on the USPS suffix page. The street type/suffix is RD. So RD will not be counted but River and Hollow would be BUT If the name was Whispering RIver Hollow - then Hollow would not be counted. If the name was Whispering River - then River would not be counted.
Rule 9.2 - Name of a City, town, etc on the sign does not count. For example, the “City of Las Vegas” somewhere on the street sign is not used for scoring.
What we are saying here is while looking at street signs images we found signs that have the name of City/Town/County at the top of the sign. This is part of the decorative design used on the sign used in some areas. This is a decorative element and is not part of the street name. Please refer to the provided example image.
Rule 9.3 - Name of an area on the sign (Downtown, Historical), also not used for scoring.
What we are saying here is while looking at street signs images we found signs that have the name of Downtown or Historical District at the top of the sign. This is part of the decorative design used on the sign used in some areas. This is a decorative element and is not part of the street name. Please refer to the provided example image.
I think I have covered all the questions that I have seen in a few posts and emails. If I have missed your question - please comment on Facebook group or email the MPCadmin.
Remember this is for FUN….