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Doobie999  (Level: 90.3 - Posts: 29)
Thu, 1st Sep '05 9:10 AM


I don't see anything wrong with fill in the blank quizzes. They are basically the same as regular questions. I think if anything is worth voting for this is it. So far we Sploofusers have only been able to state our opinion. Lets put the fill in the blank problem to a vote. After I found out fill ins weren't going to be accepted, I realized I had a fill in quiz pending. So I was going to edit it, but I can't do it. It's taking so long for quizzes to be approved, and if Sploofus sends it back for repair it'll be a while till it gets reviewed again.

Come on Sploofus, let the fellow Sploofusers' voices be heard! Lets vote on wether fill ins should be accepted. Polling is there for a reason, lets put it to good use! I urge you to give Sploofus your opinion on this! Who's with me! Darran

Imatfaal  (Level: 96.4 - Posts: 58)
Thu, 1st Sep '05 9:38 AM

I can see what you are getting at ... But I must also admit that I think that both the quiz-setter and the quiz-taker should be more highly rewarded for a well researched and necessarily complex quiz than for a quiz that comprises ten well known quotes/songs etc each with a word missing. Quizzes where the top thirty scores are all 100 pct and all at 30 seconds or less are a very different breed to those quizzes that have only two or three 100 pct correct. Could Sploofus include the difficulty rating as a further factor in the calculation of points awarded to setter and player.

Just my twopenny worth


Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Thu, 1st Sep '05 10:41 AM

Is it for sure there will be no more fill in the blank? "Cuz I just wrote 3!

Englishrose49  (Level: 22.0 - Posts: 38)
Thu, 1st Sep '05 10:51 AM

If Sploofus start looking at every quiz to see if its complex and well researched and awarding different points for some quizzes than others it will take ages to get them posted . What is easy for some people is not easy for others so just keep on having loads of different content quizzes and lets not get complicated ---Christine

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Thu, 1st Sep '05 10:56 AM

OK, I saw that Sploofus has changed their minds on fill in the blank. They are not going to accept scrambles and pick the orange veggie ones anymore. That's ok with me.

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Thu, 1st Sep '05 10:58 AM

It's under the heading Trivia quiz queues (Emiperkins).

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Thu, 1st Sep '05 10:59 AM

Sorry, I mean quiz auditing queues by Sploofus.

Felix-old  (Level: 14.2 - Posts: 244)
Thu, 1st Sep '05 12:37 PM

Although I have used fill in the blanks, Please outlaw it. It will only slow down the new process even futher. As it makes it easy to write really thoughtless quizzes.


Ladymaynooth  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 34)
Fri, 2nd Sep '05 4:13 AM

Felix makes an excellent point in saying that "it makes it easy to write really thoughtless quizzes".

Few fill-in-the-blank (FITB) questions are composed in such a way that there is only ONE correct answer. It takes a skilled quiz-maker to write a foolproof FITB question.

One big problem is that this is an international site but some quizmakers will use British spelling and some will use American. So words like colour/color, sterilise/sterilize, sulphur/sulfur, meter/metre, disc/disk - I could list examples like this forever - will create problems if your answer is one of these words.

Secondly, there is the problem of synonyms. The answer to a question might be "gift" - what if the quiz-player types in a synonym like "present". They are correct but they'll be marked wrong and they'll be annoyed.

Thirdly, there is the problem of interpretation. How do you interpret a question like "Garfield is a ..."? Your answer could be cat, or it could be a former president of America.

Fourthly, FITB tests your typing skills, not your knowledge skills. Make a typographical error and you will be marked wrong even if you get the answer right.

Ladymaynooth  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 34)
Fri, 2nd Sep '05 6:30 AM

Sorry, I had to go before I could finish off the previous message.

Another problem is that sometimes things have different names in different countries. For example, the first Harry Potter book is known as "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" in England and Australia and most English-speaking countries, but is called "Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone" in America.

Punctuation marks can also cause a problem. For example, if a FITB answer was "2001: A Space Odyssey", using a semicolon ( instead of a colon ( could render a correct answer incorrect. Even an extra space in a typed answer can do this.

I am sure that many of you have experienced the frustration of knowing the right answer but getting it wrong because of one of these technicalities.

Personally, I really hate FITB questions.

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