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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    Just to give you fair warning: The registration form is now up (although it has not yet been publicized). So if this is not resolved quickly, it will be too late to collect the information.
    There is a PR up that provides a UI for folks to select their affiliations within the FS app itself, so no extra effort needed in the registration process. Obviously folks would then have to be proactive about this selection step. @drevil, not much effort as specced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awitt View Post
    I liked the point system last year and the team size was fine. I suggest changing as little as possible from last year given how much of the rest of our lives has changed. I especially want to avoid changes that would require changing the back end so we minimize the work for obscurerichard. Let him reserve his energy for his family and his bicycle.

    Yes! All of that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahBee View Post
    Those are great points, Carol. Perhaps people in similar situations who are still going into work and have a high chance of exposure should not register to be on a team and potentially drag their team points down. Would you recommend they join friends of Freezing Saddles or Team Slacker? Or is sitting out this year the safest choice?
    Let me start by emphasizing I am not in charge of anything besides registration. This post has a whole long list of who is in charge of what, and you will notice my name is on it only with respect to registration. Thus, I can't give you a definitive answer. Actually, no one can give you a definitive answer--in the immortal words of Steve O, this game "probably most closely resembles organizing a game of freeze tag on the grade-school playground." There are volunteers who are in charge of their specific function, but there is no actual leader.

    That being said, my own view is that everyone should play. Yes, you may miss some time due to quarantine. Then again, you'll likely have extra miles if you are commuting to work by bicycle. (My mileage will be way down this year, because I am no longer commuting or even running errands.) Plus, the point of this competition is not cut-throat competition. There has been some debate about whether it has a point at all. But if it does, it's a) to foster socialization among bikey people (although this year, much of that will have to be virtual) and b) to get people out biking during the winter more than they otherwise would. The operative expression here is "more than they otherwise would." It's a victory if we get someone who never rode during the winter to get out at least occasionally, or someone who biked only occasionally to try for every day even if it's a short distance, etc. You don't have to bike 4,000 miles during the competition (yes, someone did last year!) in order to be part of it.

    And remember, too, that you won't be the only one. Not everyone can work from home. Given the skyrocketing cases, it is a virtual certainty that someone in this competition will get COVID, and that many others will be under quarantine at some time or another. These things tend to even out over time--it may well be that every team has someone in that position. So I wouldn't worry about dragging your team down by participating.

    If you decide you want to be a Friend of BAFS (formerly known as Slacker), let me know and I will delete your registration. You become a Friend of BAFS by signing up for the Freezing Saddles 2021 Strava club and authorizing Freezing Saddles to read your miles, but not registering. Since presumably you have already done those two things, deleting your registration would automatically make you a Friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    everyone should play.

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    I've been back and forth about participating this year. Last year I had a hard time keeping my motivation to ride every day... not in a bad way, just wanted to spend my time another way some days. This year, with no commute, I feel like a total slug, and I have some big ride ambitions for the summer. Can't promise 10 miles daily but I'll try to do something every day

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    Quote Originally Posted by cvcalhoun View Post
    If you decide you want to be a Friend of BAFS (formerly known as Slacker), let me know and I will delete your registration. You become a Friend of BAFS by signing up for the Freezing Saddles 2021 Strava club and authorizing Freezing Saddles to read your miles, but not registering.
    Thanks for clarifying how one might un-register/become a Friend of BAFS. Please un-register me so I can be a Friend. Also worthy of note is that being a Friend of BAFS doesn’t preclude you from participating in any Reindeer Games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahBee View Post
    Please un-register me so I can be a Friend.
    Done!

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    Is there a way to purge the interlopers from the Strava group? I'd like to see what kind of rides other FS participants are doing, rather than randos in S. Florida, or Brazil, etc. Several people currently on the leader board are unlikely FS riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arlcxrider View Post
    Is there a way to purge the interlopers from the Strava group? I'd like to see what kind of rides other FS participants are doing, rather than randos in S. Florida, or Brazil, etc. Several people currently on the leader board are unlikely FS riders.
    Unfortunately, the only way to purge interlopers would be to go one by one and purge people. And then we'd have to guess which ones were really interlopers. For example, someone now in Florida might be someone who was a previous FS participant, and thus eligible to compete. Conversely, someone in the DC area might be someone with no actual interest in FS, who joined just because they saw someone else join.

    And it's just not that critical. Once the competition starts, everyone on a team will join the Strava club for that team, and the leaderboard will begin picking up from the team Strava clubs rather than the main Freezing Saddles one. The ones who appear on the Friends of BAFS list will be those who:

    1. Have joined the Freezing Saddles Strava club,
    2. Have authorized Freezing Saddles to read their miles, and
    3. Are not on a team.

    #2 will get rid of the randos, because they won't authorize Freezing Saddles to read their miles. And we don't really consider it a priority to show standings before the competition even starts.
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