I submitted some testing long/short algos to the latest contest, just to see how the contest/paper trading works, and I was unpleasantly surprised that the algos don't have the 'Hedged' badge.
After closer inspection, it seems the reason they're not considered hedged, is that on some days they have 2 or 3 positions (out of 150 per side) left open because the stop order to liquidate all positions wasn't entirely filled before the end of the day. The stop order was placed a couple of hours after the open (I do this to reduce losses on days the algo is clearly wrong).
Is it really a big problem that a couple of one-sided positions remain open? And if so, any suggestions what to do about it? Is stop usage considered a bad idea for long/short algos?