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Sploofishy (Editor)  
Wed, 19th Nov '08 1:23 PM


Because we need to finalize the Result WP before it goes live, we will stop taking any more votes for any of the puzzles at 7 p.m. EST today.

Just a quick reminder, to be eligible to vote on any particular puzzle, you must:
1. Be a Gold or Platinum member
2. Have completed the puzzle

Until the 7 p.m. deadline, please keep up the great job you all have been doing of not discussing any particular puzzle. After that, feel free to let loose...

Around the same time that the Results WP starts, everyone who entered will receive a PM letting them know the results. Plus, we will award the wager tokens at that time as well. We have 34 people to get through, though, so don't panic if we run a little late.

We promised at the start that we wouldn't officially say who wrote what, but the authors can reveal themselves if they wish.

We are talking about possibly doing another round and are interested in hearing feedback on this first round. We're most interested, of course, in the mechanics of the system rather than the WPs themselves.

Thanks again to all the authors and voters!

1mks  (Level: 208.1 - Posts: 5864)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 2:48 PM

I personally thought it was a great idea and lots of fun. Maybe we can do it again sometime since there are new people coming on board all the time.

Bigdavy  (Level: 128.4 - Posts: 525)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 4:05 PM

I agree, I think the contest was a great idea and I hope it can be repeated in the future.

I liked that all the contest WPs were back-to-back and not alternated with non-contest WPs. Too bad there weren't enough entries this time to fill the entire month.

Editors, I'm curious to know how the votes were tabulated. If it was the mathematical total of all votes for the WP, being compared with the other WPs, it seems like this would penalize a WP where fewer people voted. Is the score calculated in relation to the number of people who actually voted on that WP (to determine the average score for that WP, for example)?

Apologies if this was already covered in another thread.

- bigdavy

Sploofus Editor
Wed, 19th Nov '08 4:43 PM

The score was an average. The total number of points divided by the number of people voting for that particular puzzle. The number of voters varied from the mid-thirties to the mid-fifties.

Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6608)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 5:25 PM

Good system.
I was interested to speculate on what you'd done.
As a side issue I'm guessing more people who voted on a quiz would give it a high mark than a low one (if you didnt care you might not vote)... so the 'winner' might have only 20 people not 40 voting for him?
I tried to vote for them all but I'm sure if I forgot it would have been for a quiz I felt neutral about.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 6:02 PM

I really enjoyed it and found it interesting to "guess" who wrote what, as folks to have a style. I'd love to see it again, maybe every two months?

The one thing I would like to see is a change in scoring from a 1-4 scale to a 1-10. I think it would be easier to really pick out outstanding puzzles vs. ones that were good but not terrific. Any thoughts on that?

Sploofus Editor
Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Wed, 19th Nov '08 6:13 PM

I guess it won't hurt to reveal the following. There doesn't seem to be a particular correlation between the number of votes and the ranking. Two of the current top three ranked puzzles tied for the most votes collected, but the puzzle at the bottom was in the top 5 in that regard. If anything, people were more enthusiastic to vote early in the contest, and subsequently slacked off a bit.

As for how people voted, no puzzle averaged below 2. Over 60% of the puzzles averaged above 3. And the top 3 puzzles were popular enough to average over 3.5. Good job, whoever you are!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Wed, 19th Nov '08 6:15 PM

And I mean that. I have no idea who wrote those top 3 puzzles.

Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 7:26 PM

The contest has been fun, for all the reasons already stated. I think its great to have the tokens given to the authors as well. Might be a good idea to give something like that for non-contest WPs as well.

Maurlin  (Level: 210.9 - Posts: 2660)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 9:53 PM

I'm all for having the contest repeated! I also agree about having a greater spread of numbers.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Wed, 19th Nov '08 9:58 PM

I think it would be fun to do it again. ( I want a do over anyway ).
It seemed some folks had trouble with the voting, but I thought it worked great.

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