rng_58's blog

By rng_58, history, 10 months ago, In English

Recently, I feel I've passed my peak as a competitive programmer, and ran out of sufficient energy/motivation to keep the top form and be prepared to win the next contest. I think I've done everything I can do as a competitive programmer, and now it's time to end my career as a professional (mind) sport player.

It was a great experience. I'd like to thank everyone involved in the community, especially:

  • Competitors. It was always nice to compete against you all!
  • Problem writers who gave great problems to the community.

I started my career as a competitive math-puzzle solver in 1999. The first contest was a local one named "junior sansu (arithmetic) olympiad". Since then, I enjoyed this sport a lot for 21 years.

In 2007, I started TopCoder, and it changed my life. The problems were great, and every single match of SRM felt like a once-in-a-life event. A lot of legends were competing there — Petr, tomek, ACRush, then tourist, and many more. I watched them on a screen, like a football boy watching Messi on TV. I dreamed to join them one day, and always stayed on practice rooms on TopCoder Arena and tried to improve. Imagine the moment when I finally reached the Finals, met those legends, and competed with them at the same stage!

Then I became an admin, first at TopCoder, then at AtCoder. Especially in AtCoder, I had a right to decide everything as the leader of the writers' team, and tried to make what I consider to be the ideal form of a competitive programming website. I tried to create a community where the legends and top competitors gather, and compete against each other for solving ad-hoc, math-puzzle-like, elementary, thinking-oriented problems, and newcomers who dream to be the star of the next generation join and practice. I hope you enjoyed the contests!

For now, I'll get some rest for a while, live a calm, non-competitive life, and gradually think what to do next. I'll stay in AtCoder and hope to keep in touch with the community in some form.

Good bye, and good luck to the community in the future!

UPD: thank you everyone for the comments!

 
 
 
 
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    You handle color is mismatched, I guess it should have been red, but it is showing purple.

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      No bro his rating graph is mismatched.

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      yeah,many users having different color than expected.

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        There is a MAGIC tab in your profile. ;) Go click it! UPD: You've done it already lol!

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Me: 2020 cannot get any worse, it's about to end

*rng_58 retires *

PS: Everyone will miss you :)

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Thanks for all that you have done for the community :)

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So long legend! Your efforts will never be forgotten, especially the influence on AtCoder. Stay safe.

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Thanks for all the amazing problems you created or coordinated in Topcoder and Atcoder!

I personally thank you for reviewing my first ever CP problems, starting with TCO '14 CarrotField and then SRM 664 and many more. I learned a lot from you.

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    Your problems were nice too and I enjoyed them a lot. Thank you!

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Good bye rng_58 hope you have a great future ahead.

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I'm sure a lot of people have appreciated (directly and indirectly) and have had their minds enhanced by your hard work and dedication! Good luck in the next steps of your life, and never cease to be proud of what you have created!

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Nah, you'll keep competing.

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As a same-age rival, I have always followed you. I am really proud to have competed with you at so many worldwide championship contests. It was you who most made me eager to win.

Thanks and kudos to your victorious life!

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    Thank you! You have a blank of 4 years so good luck in some more contests!

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Thank you rng_58, have a great life and career ahead.

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Thank you for all the comments on old Project Euler problems :)

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thanks for your work on atcoder! atcoder really helped me getting through breakup on quarantine. infinite respect to you

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Good bye rng_58 hope you have a great future ahead.

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Arigato rng_58

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Not related, but I'm curious to know, after retiring from cp, what will you do for living?

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THANK YOU LEGEND !

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I am not crying, you are crying

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    Damn it ninjas cutting onions in my room again :(

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Thanku.

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Personally, I loved the work you did with atcoder. Be it the short, crisp and on point algorithmic problems or the efficient user interface. You will be missed. You'll always inspire me :)

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Before you leave, can you share your Competitive programming journey with us?. It will stand as a motivation for people like me.

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Thanks for all you have done for the community, Atcoder is something absolutely phenomenal, and it is and will always be one of the best places for competitive programming. Take care in your journey ahead.

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good example of independent,perseverance and worker person, congrats!

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The moment when you were writing on the big screen My C large will fail in the Code Jam. And you couldn't do anything because of time constraints will be memorable :(

Good bye rng_58

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Thank you for everything you did for the community. Atcoder problems were really nice and helped us in improving mathematical topics, particularly combinatorics and string problems.

Good Luck for your journey ahead!!

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You will be missed. :")

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I am curious what rng_58 has been doing besides competitive programming — and I could not find the information online.

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just when I thought 2020 couldn't get any worse

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Thanks for your awesome work. I have really enjoyed and learned a lot of insights from your problems since the beginning of my competitive programming life.

Bon Voyage!

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Your skills !!!

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Well, not that I know you very much or anything. I'd like to thank you for all your efforts of making Atcoder consistent, strong and better in each contest! I wish you the best for the future.

I hope 2021 will be better for all of us.

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Thanks for all you've done :)

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    Thank you! It was a lot of fun to meet you and discuss various things during onsite events!

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It's very proud moment for us too , we were part of your era .

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I can motivate you .... rng_58 !

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It was great to compete alongside you, starting back in the days of TopCoder High School years ago. Best wishes, and hope to still hear from you from time to time!

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Thanks for all your effort for CP. I learn many knowledge and skill of creating problems from you! Thank you very much!

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    It was very nice to meet you in Nanjing last year. And thank you for writing nice tasks for AtCoder!

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Goodbye. Thanks for Atcoder problems and for being one of the top 0.000001% CP legends

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Your Atcoder problems were amazing thanks great legend.

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Thanks for those atcoder problems. Wish you good luck for the future.

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I started my career as a competitive math-puzzle solver in 1999.
I was just born around that time.

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"We will always remember us this way!" Good luck with your future endeavors.

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Good luck for your next journey.

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Logged back in to Codeforces just to post this. Sad to hear that you're retiring, rng_58!. I really admired you since the good old TopCoder era (ah, really miss it now). Your problems were so interesting and inspired me to become a problem author myself. Thanks for reviewing and coordinating my past SRM problems (wow, it was ~ 8 years ago!)

Best wishes and good luck for your next journey, Makoto! :)

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    I really miss that era too. I enjoyed a lot to discuss various problem ideas with you. Thank you!

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i miss u rng_58... your retiring news is sad news for me. Hope you have a great future ahead...

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Thanks for everything that you have ever done for this community, you are a true legend. You brought us really quality problems spelled with capital Q and the platform with the most awesome problems — even if AGCs often made me feel depressed I always enjoyed participating in them much more than anything else. I came to cf right now just to check out Prime NY Contest — not to feel ;__;, and now even memes are making me emotional xd

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fun fact #1: Now this is officially most liked blog(2020) on codeforces. What a way to give sendoff. Thanks for your amazing problems proof

fun fact #2: Five new blogs entered to top 10 in December of 2020

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    Just look at the margin between first and second it's a hard one to beat

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    I am not sure what you count as 'active', however this is the actual list of standings for most liked blogs.

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Thank you for all your contributions to CP and good luck in your next endeavors!

I really enjoyed working with you first as an author and then as a tester back in the old TopCoder times! I guess I always liked your taste in problem selection and I find it matching mine quite a bit :)

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I remember watching Petr, tomek and Snapdragon on Topcoder (about 15-20 years back), wondering how people starting out can get that good. Clearly, you've demonstrated what it took to achieve that level of (legendary) success. Maybe one day you could coach a university team to win the ICPC, or create a masterclass in problem writing :) Good luck with your ventures!

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I have just started my journey. Though I don't know you from long time but still feeling sad. Please tell me about the best thing which motivated you throughout.

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There are two 'competitive's in the title

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Goodbye rng_58!

We will never forget your great contribution to CP community!

Good luck and enjoy your new life!

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Good luck and have great future time, rng_58, the champion and the legend. Thank you for great problems and community impact.

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I don't know what to say other than that thank you so much for your great contribution to competitive programming, and enjoy your life after retiring.

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rng_58, All we can say is "Thank you very much!!!".

_ From newbie :(

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Although I don't know much about you (the main reason is maybe that I didn't spend a long time as a competitive programmer) , the story above really touches me. It encourages me to keep working hard on competitive programming and to learn from many people like you.

I believe that many people including me feel a little sad for hearing this news because you created many amazing problems and did a lot for competitive programming. Everyone will miss you. Goodbye rng_58 and hope you have such a great future that just like your life as a competitive programmer!

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Thank you

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You're a living legend. :)

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This is the most upvoted blog in CF

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    One day you'll also be at this stage my friend. Keep working hard. I believe in you!

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Thank you , rng_58 have a great life and care ahead.

Edit: Please don't downvotes bcoz I am not doing any criminal act , I am just greeting him for his future upcoming life !! :(