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Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Sun, 5th Feb '06 4:57 PM


Ok I'm harping again, what else is new? But isn't anyone concerned that there's a quiz in the Top Ten containing questions like "What color is carrots?" and "What color is peas?"?
How does something like that get approved 1)at the content level, 2) at the technical level, and 3) at the player level (it has a 7.0 average rating!!)?
I know, I know, shuddup and relax, it's just a game, take the quizzes you like and leave aside the ones you don't, etc. But I can't help but sound the warning that, if this great site has a fatal flaw, it is precisely this.
2 cents.
Thanks for listening.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3348)
Sun, 5th Feb '06 5:12 PM

I think that the quiz you are referring to was in the Kid's category. So, what really is amazing is that enough people took it to bring it to the top 10!! I actually took a Kid's quiz by mistake once - and hope never to again. I am guessing that there are adults taking the kid quizzes to bring up their averages. Pathetic.

I loved the suggestion that someone made on one of these boards to replace that category with one highlighting quizzes that have a rating of at least 7.5 (you could make it higher to be stricter) with at least 25 people or so taking them.

I have no clue how the computer programming works, but I am sure that the program could handle this - there are all sorts of automated stats kept, why not this?

I would love to see a response from an Editor about this idea.

What I don't like about the Top 10 is that they seem to be there for a defined period of time, even if they are not the top 10 anymore.

Let's highlight the best regarded quizes instead!


Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.4 - Posts: 295)
Sun, 5th Feb '06 5:18 PM

I once took a kids quiz by mistake since I clicked on it from the log-in page. There's no way to tell from there. There's an easy way to deal with this and related problems.

All sploofus needs to do is label each kids quiz. In other words, have the words, Kids Quiz preceed the title such as "Kids Quiz: Famous Mummies of Minnesota." The best way is to build that feature into the create a quiz process. When you choose the kids category, have the words automatically show up in the title box.

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Sun, 5th Feb '06 5:40 PM

Are those actual quotes? It asks what color IS carrots & peas??

I got slammed by some people for saying this before but I really think adults should stay out of the kids category. I thought it was so considerate that that category was added. It just makes it more kid-friendly if actual children have a shot at getting the high score on the children's quizzes.

If answering simple questions doesn't bore you out of your skull (or if it does but it's worth it to you to raise your scores) then go to the fill-in-the-bland category. (Yes there are quizzes there that are harder than 'what color is carrots', but there are enough unchallenging things there to keep you busy)

p.s. To cover 3 points that inevitably come up in this discussion:

1) Yes, sometimes a kid's quiz is accidentally taken when it's on the front page or the top 10.

2) Some members do let their kids play under their (the parents') screen names.

3) I'm not including adults who are mentally challenged in my statements above.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Sun, 5th Feb '06 5:41 PM

My mistake. I remember correcting that quiz, but I must have forgotten to hit the save changes button. I have remade the corrections. Thanks for pointing it out.

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Sun, 5th Feb '06 5:42 PM

good idea MMonkey!

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Sun, 5th Feb '06 5:47 PM

Mindmonkey, you are on to something. I have actually messaged Sploofus about that very issue. It seems like a simple thing, if the Kids' quizzes are not placed on a separate page (my first choice). I am of the opinion that Kids's quizzes are for kids and should have their own leaderboard . Perhaps every Gold member could get two kids' accounts with it-- and those accounts could only place on the kids' leaderboard. I know that my little girls would enjoy that very much. Much more than getting smoked on a Disney movie quiz by an adult!

Jedley, I do wonder *how* so many "kids" took that quiz... but it wasn't so long ago that those types of quizzes were very popular here. "Find the Green Veggie" and "Which One is Not a Food" were regularly seen in the Top Ten quizzes. Oy.

Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Sun, 5th Feb '06 6:01 PM

I agree, my six year old daughter loves to take the quizzes, too, and always looks for her name. I wonder if people would stop taking them if you got no points for taking quizzes in the kids' category. I doubt kids would care about the points as much as seeing their names and scores on the leaderboard.

Mrsgc  (Level: 10.0 - Posts: 231)
Sun, 5th Feb '06 8:46 PM

Must admit I have been caught doing a kids quiz in error. I like the idea of them having KIDS QUIZ in front of the title - it would be easiest way to identify them.

Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Sun, 5th Feb '06 10:49 PM

It s also surprising since the rules state, 'Quizzes in the "For Kids Only!", "Fill in the Blanks", and "Word Play" categories are NOT eligible for Editorís Awards or Top 10 placement.' but then there have been several word play quizes that have recieved editor awards and this is in the top much for the new rules to live by!



Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Mon, 6th Feb '06 12:23 AM

Nodding "yup!" @ Chelle..........!!!
Although my only quiz that made it to the Hallowed Halls of Top Ten was a word Play'un: "Caution! X-Rated!"..I also believed certain categories, such as kiddie quizzes, were exempt from this honor.
Go figure?

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Mon, 6th Feb '06 12:41 AM

Not sure about this but I know Justin wanted to get the SQAG posted ASAP...maybe he has not gotten around to writing the script that would exempt certain categories from Top 10 status - I believe that is currently a script that runs automatically on all quizzes.

As to the EA's - we have discussed this very thing and Justin feels (sorry if I'm putting words in your mouth Justin - feel free to edit my post!) that the Editors have the discretion to override the "not eligible" on Word Play quizzes if we feel they offer a genuine trivia challenge and offer something unique.

We are hoping Justin will change that wording in the SQAG.

Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.4 - Posts: 295)
Mon, 6th Feb '06 12:52 AM

I consistantly find some of the word play quizes to be the most interesting ones on the site. I'm really puzzled as to why sploofus doesn't like them. I haven't seen any "spell the different variations of 'to'" type quizes there in a long time.

I do agree with not letting fill-in-the-blank quizes into the top 10, though.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 6th Feb '06 1:11 AM

The "problem" (not really a problem at all) with some of the word play quizzes is that some may not truly be trivial. For example, anagrams by themselves do not necessarily require any trivial knowledge. That is why the original wording in the SQAG excluded them from Editor Awards. Some more creative word play quizzes do require trivia knowledge.

Sploofus Maximus

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 6th Feb '06 1:14 AM

Sorry. I forgot to add that Sploofus has nothing against the word play quizzes. But Sploofus IS a trivia site - not a word game site and such wants trivia to be the main focus.

Sploofus Maximus

Mon, 6th Feb '06 1:57 AM

Excellent dialogue, and yes - I am on it!


Jedley  (Level: 34.2 - Posts: 278)
Mon, 6th Feb '06 5:41 AM

Sploofus to the rescue! Is there any way to get the mystery graphics wizard to depict your avatar with a flowing cape and a big red S between your rippling pecs?

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