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Sploofus Editor
Sploofandango (Editor)  
Tue, 7th Oct '08 3:58 PM

ANNOUNCING…THE PLATIPUZZLE WORD PUZZLE AUTHORING CONTEST

Win Wager Tokens! Impress Your Friends! Amaze Your Family! Be Popular!

The experiment with giving Platinum members an opportunity to author Word Puzzles has proven very successful. The contributions by members have revitalized Word Puzzles with fresh takes and topics. Thanks to all of you authors.

Now we are taking it up a level with a contest. The first 60 Word Puzzles submitted by Platinum members (only one eligible submission per author) during October will be entered in a contest lasting the duration of the month of November. If we receive more than 60 submissions, the extras will be held over for December.

All Platinum members submitting a Word Puzzle for the contest will earn a wager token. At the end of the month, the highest rated WP for the month will win 5 wager tokens, 2nd place will earn 3 wager tokens, 3rd and 4th place will win 2 wager tokens, 5th through 10th place will earn 1 additional wager token. Voting for the winner will be open to Platinum and Gold members. Puzzles will be posted with no names to identify them. Do not let anyone know you entered the contest, as that will disqualify your entry, and please don't post comments about any puzzles until they are finished. If less than 60 puzzles are submitted, editors will add puzzles as usual and those will not be part of the contest.

OKAY! You wanna play! Now what do you do?

PLATINUM MEMBERS --

1. Author a Word Puzzle

2. Submit it to the same editor who has been handling your previous WPs; be sure to say you want it entered in the contest. If you are a new Platinum member, send in a support ticket indicating your desire to start authoring WPs.

3. Take Word Puzzles and vote during the month of November.

GOLD MEMBERS --

1. Play Word Puzzles in November and vote on them (or upgrade to Platinum and write one yourself!)

HOW TO VOTE:

A fictional Sploofus member named Wordpuzzle has joined the membership; to vote on a particular Word Puzzle, send a PM with the name of the puzzle as the subject and your rating score in the text. One vote per person per puzzle. You must show in the Word Puzzle log as having completed the Word Puzzle in order to vote.

The scale for voting is as follows:

4 - Loved it
3 - Liked it
2 - It was so-so
1 - Not my cup of tea

Wager tokens for the winners and for submitting a puzzle will be awarded after the conclusion of the contest.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 4:07 PM

Wow! WAY cool! Can I get vocab questions to go with?

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 4:12 PM

"A fictional Sploofus member named Wordpuzzle has joined the membership; to vote on a particular Word Puzzle, send a PM with the name of the puzzle as the subject and your rating score in the text."

if i understand the above; we are to send a PM to this new fictional Sploofus member named Wordpuzzle showing our vote, but how? will we see a link leading to 'Wordpuzzle's' PM after we complete an eligible puzzle?

call me confused---

~~chyenn~~

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Tue, 7th Oct '08 4:35 PM

There won't be any special link (Editors are running this contest without any new programming necessary).

However, all you have to do to vote is click on any member's name (use your own if you want). Then replace their name in the URL address with the name "Wordpuzzle". When you get to Wordpuzzle's profile then you can send a PM with your vote score.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 4:36 PM

I'm guessing they can put a post here from wordpuzzle and you can click on the name to send the PM.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 4:37 PM

Sorry, Sploofizz, just trying to help out.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 4:42 PM



...Or you COULD add the fictional member "Wordpuzzle" to your "Friends" list, perhaps?
That way, you just click on the "Send a PM" li'l envelope when you are ready to vote.


Tell me, editors......would THAT work???

~Bev



papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 5:14 PM

Hey Donna, Good idea. Maybe your Florida Election Board should've had you around in 2000.. Al Gore would've watched everyone's 401K and Pension a lot better than W.. Seriously, I think a link from here is good.

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Tue, 7th Oct '08 5:24 PM

We will set up a link in a thread when it is time to start voting. In the mean time, start the platinum authoring machine.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 5:48 PM

What if I don't like my WP editor?

Hey Sploofusker...drop the second s.

I crack myself up.

Me.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 5:55 PM

Chick, you crack a lot of us up. I'm truly sorry about the cubbies. Sandy

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 5:56 PM

That's great.......I have one already done and now just have to type it up. FUN! At least you will chuckle at mine.

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Tue, 7th Oct '08 6:11 PM

Just to remind everyone. Do NOT let anyone know you have written one, or anything about it. This is not the Olympics. There will be no East German judge. It is about being anonymous, presently them anonymously, and people voting fairly.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4193)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 6:14 PM

I know Smoke already said this, but wow, cool! I think this is a great idea. I'd like my extra wager token dipped in chocolate, please.

-- Geri

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 6:14 PM

........uhhhh, I guess I won't do one......I will have to think a long time on this......

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 6:16 PM

I'm chuckling at your avatar 1mks!

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 6:18 PM

I think I already have a bunch of wager tokens going to waste - but I can't find them. Someone recently mentioned where to see how many you have but I can't find that thread either! Anyone know how to see how many wager tokens you have?

revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 6:25 PM

Well, foo! I'd have held up on mine, had I but known!

Now I'll have to actually think again....

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 3778)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 6:26 PM

Excellent (Monty Burns hand rubbiing)

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 6:27 PM

Geri, Dipped in chocolate !!!!!! What I did with my five tokens last November was a sin.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 6:33 PM

Suzer - My wager tokens (or lack thereof - I have zero - are displayed at the top of my page. So I bet I must have set those preferences. Ya gotta go to Site Settings in My Sploofus and choose to see them.

And, I'll take any extra that you have!! I'll trade you 5 Showdown tokens for each wager token. Man, I wish we could do that!!

Anyway, this contest sounds really cool, but I can never think of anything to write about. I actually have one in the pipeline at the moment; I guess that one doesn't count, right?

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 8:13 PM

1mks - your avatar looks like the yoda of cats....

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 8:16 PM



maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.3 - Posts: 2671)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 9:10 PM

I still don't understand how we're supposed to cast our votes. Maybe it will become clearer as we get closer to the event.

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Tue, 7th Oct '08 9:23 PM

After you take the puzzle, go to wordpuzzle's profile page and send in a PM with your vote.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 9:28 PM

Splain to me, how to get to the word puzzle's profile page.

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.3 - Posts: 2671)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 9:30 PM

Does that mean we'll learn the identity of the WP author immediately after we take the WP?

lisap369
Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 9:34 PM

Bill.. are you asking in jest? if not.. wordpuzzle is the name of a sploofus member.. that "person" has a profile page.. just like you

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Tue, 7th Oct '08 9:38 PM

When you are voting, please refer back to this thread and the rating scale to ensure that you are not giving a 1 to a puzzle you intended to rate as a 4 and vice versa. Thank you.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Tue, 7th Oct '08 10:47 PM

Sploofunky, you should drop the "n".

Geesus I'm good today.

Me.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Wed, 8th Oct '08 6:57 AM

Well sploofus finally persuaded me to go platinum.
Nice fundraising action -- though I felt a little endplayed into doing this because of what others might be doing.
Regardless -- it helps sploofus coffers so I should not complain!


sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 8th Oct '08 7:14 AM

yay ! glad your plat and looking forward to your puzzles!

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 7570)
Wed, 8th Oct '08 7:23 AM

A peppermint pattie to the editors for this suggestion. This should get our minds off politics for awhile.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 8th Oct '08 4:16 PM


Woo hoo! Mine is in the works.

Susan

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.3 - Posts: 2671)
Wed, 8th Oct '08 10:17 PM

I reread the instructions and I now grok them! I''m off to write a WP. What a super idea! A Platinum Star (much better than a gold one) for the Editor(s) who came up with it!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Wed, 8th Oct '08 11:08 PM

A reminder from the instructions:

Do not let anyone know you entered the contest, as that will disqualify your entry,

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 8th Oct '08 11:15 PM

I entered the contest.

Now what?

Me.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Wed, 8th Oct '08 11:16 PM

We talking bout Cubs tickets again? I'm SO confused.

Me.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Wed, 8th Oct '08 11:30 PM

I just tried to vote for todays puzzles but
just couldn't figure out how to do it....
Is this someone's idea of a joke????

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.2 - Posts: 1025)
Wed, 8th Oct '08 11:33 PM

Contest starts in November.

Can't vote until then.

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Wed, 8th Oct '08 11:44 PM

Thanks Ron....
Now I can't make up my mind
if I'm stupid or not....
Why didn't I know that????

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Thu, 9th Oct '08 6:55 AM

Rowlanda thought she was in Chicago for voting.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Fri, 10th Oct '08 10:39 AM

Bump.

Please remember to indicate on your submission that you want your WP entered in the contest. If you did not indicate this at the time of submission, you can still send a message to clarify matters via your WP editor link. Thank you.

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Fri, 10th Oct '08 10:49 AM

Sounds like fun. Thanks!

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Fri, 10th Oct '08 11:14 AM

bump

Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Sat, 11th Oct '08 2:25 AM

Thanks for bumping this up, Bbear!

Come on people, get crackin'! Think of those juicy wager tokens just waiting for you! You'll never get this kind of odds in the lottery! You can't win if you don't write!

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.6 - Posts: 1332)
Sat, 11th Oct '08 3:19 PM


""Sploofusionist (Editor) - After you take the puzzle, go to wordpuzzle's profile page and send in a PM with your vote.""

here is the link we will need use to vote:

http://www.sploofus.com/profile.sp?pu=wordpuzzle

Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Sun, 12th Oct '08 6:22 PM

Thanks Chyenn!

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Mon, 13th Oct '08 8:23 PM

But do not start voting until November 1st. We will make an announcement and repost the link at the proper time. In the meantime, all of you platinums should be writing. Several are in, but there is room for several more.

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Tue, 14th Oct '08 9:25 AM

Bump

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Wed, 15th Oct '08 4:38 PM

This is so totally cool...now I won't have to wait two weeks or so to wager every time!

Now if I could just think of one...



Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Tue, 21st Oct '08 11:10 AM

Just checked our entries - there are still spots left.

Remember since the entries will be anonymous when they run, it's completely risk free. If it does poorly, no one need ever know you did it! So, come on, take a chance.

Also, you're guaranteed at least one wager token and have a good shot at winning more.

If you have deleted the Private Message link your editor sent, just send in a support ticket and we will make sure you receive a new one.

bigdavy
Bigdavy  (Level: 131.3 - Posts: 529)
Tue, 21st Oct '08 1:52 PM

If someone enters, how soon do they get the wager token? After they submit their puzzle, or when it runs, or ?

Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Tue, 21st Oct '08 4:48 PM

Bigdavy, we went back and forth on this a bit and decided to hand them all out at the end, just in case somehow someone clever enough can figure out that a player got an extra wager token when there was no other explanation for it. So, it the interest of maintaining anonymity as much as possible, we decided to award them when all the puzzles have run and the votes counted.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Thu, 23rd Oct '08 10:01 AM

The deadline is fast approaching! Platinum members: if you have not yet submitted your WP for the CONTEST, there is still time!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Thu, 23rd Oct '08 11:14 AM

Remember, all Platinum members who submit a WP for the contest will earn a wager token. Have fun writing!


Sploofus Editor
Sploofusaurus (Editor)  
Thu, 23rd Oct '08 4:54 PM

All Platinum members CAN submit a Platipuzzle under their own name as well as a contest-entry.

Just PM your editor with your entries, and they will make sure your contest WP goes into the collection, and your Platipuzzle gets programmed into the list in the regular way.

If the WP is a contest-entry, please specify that on the PM.

I will be contacting my Platinum members again, to make sure that ALL know about it.

Looking forward to seeing your entries, good luck with the contest!


garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Thu, 23rd Oct '08 5:12 PM

Dear Editors

Just a thought but maybe someone should contact all platinum members to let themn know about writing WPs....
Its the most fun I've had as sploofus member so I think everyone might like it.



Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Thu, 23rd Oct '08 8:39 PM

Barry - All platinum members have indeed been contacted by an editor. While you have nobly taken up the banner, not so many others have. It would certainly be great to have more WPs by platinum members in general, and especially for this competition.

Folks, we cannot have Barry winning by default, now can we? Submit your competition WP, and give him a run for his money!

Signed - His personal overworked editor

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Fri, 24th Oct '08 10:40 AM

I'm going to add some personal fun to this contest.

I have an index card taped above my computer. Each day when I complete a WP in November I'm going to write down the name of the puzzle and my guess as to who wrote it. Of course I won't say anything online until the contest is over. I hope all platinums have submitted an entry as that will make my personal task more of a challenge.

If you haven't sent in your word puzzle yet, the deadline is just around the corner -- but there still is time.

At the end of November I'll see how accurately I was able to guess the authors. (I know; I obviously have too much time on my hands these days!)



kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 24th Oct '08 3:17 PM

I'm a little confused by the last couple of posts - I thought that we were not supposed to know the identity of the people submitting - but now we know Gary has?

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Fri, 24th Oct '08 3:29 PM

You must mean Barry - and maybe he did and maybe he didn't - only his hairdresser knows for sure!

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Fri, 24th Oct '08 4:29 PM

You are not supposed to know which puzzle is which.
But you might draw an inference about who is likely or not to submit a puzzle; and your inference might or might not be correct.

Safest might be to rank them all a zero in case your closest competitor overtakes you...but wait a second that might not work.....

Or maybe rank the worst best ... (unless THAT is your closest competitor). Oh dear, better settle for giving the best qualified your vote -- oh wait a second we do that on Nov 4th.

Barry


Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Fri, 24th Oct '08 5:14 PM

All Platinum members are eligible to submit a WP for the contest. If you are currently a Gold member, you may still upgrade to Platinum and submit a WP for the contest, as there's still time to get your entry in. If you have already submitted a WP for the contest, DO NOT tell anyone, as that will disqualify you. If you are having difficulties writing your contest WP, remember your editor is there to help you. Thank you.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 26th Oct '08 2:09 AM

bump -=-- I think the 31st is the deadline. Just a reminder.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sun, 26th Oct '08 4:36 PM

Information about this contest has been consolidated into a thread in Hotwire. Please consult this thread so that you're clear about all the rules: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=118319&cID=1

If you have questions, you can post them to another thread in Hotwire designed for that: http://www.sploofus.com/bbs_detail.sp?post=118332&cID=1

Authors and budding authors, there's still plenty of time to write a WP and submit it by the deadline. Remember, everyone who enters gets a wager token!



Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Thu, 30th Oct '08 3:49 AM

The deadline for submitting your contest WP is Midnight, Oct. 31, Sploofus time.

Although the deadline is approaching, there's still time to submit a contest WP. Join in the fun!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Thu, 30th Oct '08 5:01 PM

Don't be shy, give it a try!
Let your imagination fly
Your ideas will multiply!

We still have some spots left for contest WPs, and there's still time to get yours in!





Sploofus Editor
Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Thu, 30th Oct '08 6:18 PM

One more thing. Don't be surprised if your regular editor isn't the one who enters your puzzle. We've set it up so that no one other than your editor will have any idea who submitted the puzzle.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 30th Oct '08 11:37 PM

bump

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 31st Oct '08 9:02 AM

The deadline for submitting your contest WP is Midnight, Oct. 31, Sploofus time.

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.3 - Posts: 2671)
Fri, 31st Oct '08 9:22 AM

The idea about having an editor other than your regular one listed is a great idea. I waas actually looking at the Novermber Contest WPs and trying to recall which editor handled which Plat member's WPs so I could figure out the actual author..

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Fri, 31st Oct '08 10:33 AM

Bump. Midnight tonight, folks! As of yesterday there were still a few spots. Editors: are you full up?

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Fri, 31st Oct '08 12:09 PM

bump again


Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Fri, 31st Oct '08 12:14 PM

Still room for more! Guaranteed at least one wager token!


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