Chli sums it up perfectly, and I know it will likely be the case for several others as well. A lot of workers in the US are free just for the first day of the year, even - another reason we try to get regional/global challenges up a day before, if people wish to participate on that first day. Another caveat is that all of these challenges run for a year in length. They occur over multiple holidays, providing many chances for competing forum members to take a trip if they wish. This might not be the case with this particular challenge, should 3 members who are not held down by other commitments fill up their lists do so, then the rest of the forum is out of the competition. Yes, and if they were valid there (which I feel some were) then why not here? I did make changes where I felt it was wanted and appropriate. However, it’s only really the first point of the three in what you quoted that applies to both. In mine, and the other annual challenges, there is no need to be so immediate with what counts and doesn’t. But in this challenge the point was quite explicitly made that you must.