While I agree that the leaderboards should be fixed, it's kind of like trying to fight dogs pissing on fire hydrants. With people hacking times and whatnot, it's not really a winnable war...
I'd say if you are really into the leaderboards, just compete w/ people in your friends list. That's what I do anyway... But I don't expect the leaderboards to ever be fixed, much less have a character organization that it really needs.
Well it depends on what the problem is. If the client just re-uploads a time that have been deleted on the server side, then you would probably have to set "blocks" on times. Example: any time under 0.7 seconds would not be permitted to be uploaded from the client and if you got say 0.02 or any of the likes it wouldnít be saved client side at all. If it is already saved then you could let people replay the time or have it forced to 0.001 less than A+.
This would at least take away the accidental aspect of it all. (People who got those times due to bad luck)
The hackers could then just set 0.7 on every level, but again this would seem a tad suspicious as well and individual banning would probably be needed.
Iím hoping that it is just a matter of having time to look into it. As we are looking at 250 levels or so needs checking. If one of the Team Meat guys had to do it then it would take anywhere from 1-4 work days. And I understand that they dont really have the time.
Overall I would be more or less ok with it if people hacked times that put them into say top 10 after a purge. As most of not all of the top players have tons of stuff on Youtube. So if one guy goes from being a nobody to rank 2 over night, then people will know that something is up and especially if he got no replays of his own to show for it. This would also be way easier to track if the leader boards were clean to begin with.
There are tons of other features I would like to see added to this in general. Like having your record time show while you play a level, separate boards for Meat Boy and the other characters, Replay file showing the time of the run. Replays not being off by 0.1 second. Replays being easier to navigate etc. etc. But for now Iím just asking for a leader board purge of some sort.
I'm trying to not bitch at the problem here, but to find a solution and help out if I can in any way. :)