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POLL: Should using auto-fill be considered tantamount to using helper?
 
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Should using auto-fill be considered tantamount to using helper?
Yes 92% [ 11 ]
No 8% [ 1 ]
Total Votes : 12
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jeka
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Joined: 12 Jul 2010
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Hello.

The reasoning behind considering using auto-fill the same as using helper is that if auto-fill is used, it may reveal cells where only a singe option is available, thus giving away (potentially) parts of the solution "for free".

The counter argument is that finding these cells is merely an exercise in word-search, or in this case - digit search, and does not require application of logic, and as such does nothing more than eliminate "manual labor" from puzzle solving.

What do you think? Should it be considered equivalent to using helper or not?
Forsy



Joined: 18 Sep 2014
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jeka wrote:Hello.

The reasoning behind considering using auto-fill the same as using helper is that if auto-fill is used, it may reveal cells where only a singe option is available, thus giving away (potentially) parts of the solution "for free".

The counter argument is that finding these cells is merely an exercise in word-search, or in this case - digit search, and does not require application of logic, and as such does nothing more than eliminate "manual labor" from puzzle solving.

What do you think? Should it be considered equivalent to using helper or not?

Are we allowed to use autofill now and it will count as part pf the daily leaderboards? It's not a guarantee, but I'm certain this would be a huge factor in speeding up completions once someone learns to use this tool.
Thank god I didn't learn about autofill till now - could easily lose out on so much skill building
Forsy



Joined: 18 Sep 2014
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Yep, FAR too easy.
You might lose a few seconds at the start by setting up autofill and selecting yes to confirm, but the bonus of seeing the colored boxes minimizes thinking time. I hit a 28sec easy after 2-3 tries of autofill, it would be a complete joke to historical times and efforts of real sudoku completions.

This was on easy. Imagine the time savings on expert. It's at least a 20-30second time cut
 
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