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Oct 9, 2012
edit: Forgot a thread tag, can a mod edit that?

Some of you may have heard about this already. From what I understand, it was introduced (or at least first discovered) some time around 2014 and was a weird regex crossword puzzle of sorts. I can't find many articles about it beyond 2014, so I guess the excitement wore off.

But it is still alive, albeit in a different form. How do I know? I got the random invite last week while googling stuff on PolymerJS. Here's a screenshot for proof, fwiw:

(yes that code was wrong, don't judge me, I fixed it)

The way it was structured was that it gives you a basic narrative about being a minion infiltrating the evil Captain Lambda's organization, and you have to do a bunch of code challenges to continue up the ranks. You could do each challenge in either python or java, and you could test your code on a set of public tests, though the nature of each test was hidden. There were 5 levels, although level 2 consisted of 2 challenges, and I assume the rest had more than one challenge each as well. I don't know about the rest of the stages because... well, I'm locked out, and I don't know why. I did 3 challenges well before their individual time limits. But when I went to submit the fourth, I couldn't. When I refreshed the page, I was locked out even though I had more than 2 days left on that challenge. My assumption is that there was a 1 week time limit overall that I wasn't aware of. I have no idea.

But anyway, I'm not here to lament my loss. I was curious if any other goons have encountered it, or know someone who has. I'm curious to know what the hell it was. Were people really given a interview if they finished all the challenges? If you did do it, was your challenge structured the same way as mine?


Jun 28, 2014

hello :)
whats happening

Nov 19, 2005

by Nyc_Tattoo
I thought it was just a game

Oct 9, 2012
No its an actual coding thing, despite the silly storyline.

let i hug
Dec 25, 2011

Finish through level 3 and you'll get an option to send your info to recruiters, and you can optionally keep going. Level 4 is suddenly spirit crushingly hard though.

I did it and my info did indeed go to real recruiters and I was contacted by them to set up a real round of interviews. You actually get to skip one of the rounds of screening (which is basically just a tech challenge in the same vein).

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