I was surprised (and laughing) at how many people took this seriously. I thought that this was way more obvious than last year, but I guess not.

- Politeness was how many times you used "please", "sir", "pardon", "apprecia*", "may I", "thanks", and "thank you" in past posts. This is poking a bit of fun at the people who are unnecessarily polite like this.

- Imagination was how many times you posted an image tag in past posts.

- Coins was how many distinct "coins" you mentioned in past posts. A coin was reckoned as any three-letter acronym (so Satoshi got several from things like "FYI" and "CIA"), as well as any word ending in "coin" (like "Bitcoin"). It was

*distinct*coins, so if you posted the word "bitcoin" 100 times, that'd still only count as 1.

- fMerit was calculated according to the posted algorithm. That algorithm is, as nullius pointed out, the min of three runs with different seeds of a linear congruential pseudorandom number generator using the glibc constants.

- Virtue was the edit distance between your name and "Lauda".

- Karma was as described.

Part of the joke with Conway's Game of Life is that since the game is turing-complete, figuring out whether a given configuration terminates equals the halting problem, which is undecidable in the general case. (Though it's maybe not actually undecidable with only an 8x10 input board.) The other part of the joke is that it's just

*so*ridiculous to decide rank in this way, but I guess a lot of people didn't pick up on that...

I had kind of wanted to actually have a running game-of-life board in JavaScript on everyone's profile, but I didn't have time.

(BTW, when are we getting Conway-GoL-Coin? It's Turing-complete! )

**Top 20 in Coins**

Code:

| Gleb Gamow | 1867 |

| BitcoinNational | 1849 |

| gjhiggins | 1675 |

| Phinnaeus Gage | 1541 |

| philipma1957 | 1444 |

| HYPERfuture | 1384 |

| Cryddit | 1341 |

| Spoetnik | 1247 |

| Amph | 1177 |

| TotalPanda | 1175 |

| Lauda | 1110 |

| iCEBREAKER | 1087 |

| ocminer | 1066 |

| cryptohunter | 1033 |

| placebo | 992 |

| DeathAndTaxes | 988 |

| Wilikon | 978 |

| smoothie | 959 |

| killerjoegreece | 945 |

| Vlad2Vlad | 917 |

| BitcoinNational | 1849 |

| gjhiggins | 1675 |

| Phinnaeus Gage | 1541 |

| philipma1957 | 1444 |

| HYPERfuture | 1384 |

| Cryddit | 1341 |

| Spoetnik | 1247 |

| Amph | 1177 |

| TotalPanda | 1175 |

| Lauda | 1110 |

| iCEBREAKER | 1087 |

| ocminer | 1066 |

| cryptohunter | 1033 |

| placebo | 992 |

| DeathAndTaxes | 988 |

| Wilikon | 978 |

| smoothie | 959 |

| killerjoegreece | 945 |

| Vlad2Vlad | 917 |

**Top 20 in Imagination**

Code:

| ChartBuddy | 69193 |

| Gleb Gamow | 13372 |

| Phinnaeus Gage | 7228 |

| philipma1957 | 6410 |

| Meuh6879 | 5869 |

| erikalui | 5575 |

| Wilikon | 5056 |

| dogie | 5050 |

| Fakhoury | 4708 |

| adamstgBit | 4555 |

| killerjoegreece | 3921 |

| ismart1 | 3823 |

| BADecker | 3745 |

| Zilara12 | 3705 |

| NotLambchop | 3557 |

| Joca97 | 3231 |

| sabotag3x | 3106 |

| cryptonit | 3032 |

| cypherdoc | 2715 |

| tokeweed | 2697 |

| Gleb Gamow | 13372 |

| Phinnaeus Gage | 7228 |

| philipma1957 | 6410 |

| Meuh6879 | 5869 |

| erikalui | 5575 |

| Wilikon | 5056 |

| dogie | 5050 |

| Fakhoury | 4708 |

| adamstgBit | 4555 |

| killerjoegreece | 3921 |

| ismart1 | 3823 |

| BADecker | 3745 |

| Zilara12 | 3705 |

| NotLambchop | 3557 |

| Joca97 | 3231 |

| sabotag3x | 3106 |

| cryptonit | 3032 |

| cypherdoc | 2715 |

| tokeweed | 2697 |

**Top 20 in Politeness**

Code:

| DirectDice | 8317 |

| philipma1957 | 7304 |

| Gleb Gamow | 7095 |

| Phinnaeus Gage | 5729 |

| lightlord | 5649 |

| zazarb | 5273 |

| irfan_pak10 | 5117 |

| minerjones | 5019 |

| smoothie | 4957 |

| JackpotRacer | 4257 |

| Betcoin.AG | 4016 |

| CoolWave | 4010 |

| notlist3d | 4009 |

| ocminer | 3854 |

| URSAY | 3727 |

| secondstrade.com | 3699 |

| condoras | 3602 |

| Muhammed Zakir | 3552 |

| qiwoman2 | 3535 |

| roslinpl | 3491 |

| philipma1957 | 7304 |

| Gleb Gamow | 7095 |

| Phinnaeus Gage | 5729 |

| lightlord | 5649 |

| zazarb | 5273 |

| irfan_pak10 | 5117 |

| minerjones | 5019 |

| smoothie | 4957 |

| JackpotRacer | 4257 |

| Betcoin.AG | 4016 |

| CoolWave | 4010 |

| notlist3d | 4009 |

| ocminer | 3854 |

| URSAY | 3727 |

| secondstrade.com | 3699 |

| condoras | 3602 |

| Muhammed Zakir | 3552 |

| qiwoman2 | 3535 |

| roslinpl | 3491 |

Gleb/Phinnaeus wins the award for best Bitcointalker overall!