||Why does TopCoder require us to register seperately for the Google Code Jam competitions ? or this is a requirement from Google's side ?
Why dont (or shouldnt) the existing TopCoder ratings be used and updated for these competitions ?
I am aware that many non-members also participate in these events but I would be surprised to know if there are greater than 0.5% of them who do not become regular TopCoder members after GCJ.
Using the same ratings (just like TCO) for GCJ would also help in comparing the coders. For example: we can directly find out the ratings of members who qualified and advanced (the min cut-off, etc).
How close are the advancers' GCJ ratings as compared to their regular TopCoder ratings (for TC members ofcourse) ?