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Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 6:13 AM


I was looking at an old quiz and saw that someone had left a comment about an error on one of the answers. The comment was made politely and I have corrected the answer.

Only a couple of concerns. First, I wish I had seen the comment sooner. It has been out there since August and I didn't know. Would it be a good idea for authors to be automatically notifed a comment was posted or would the more prolific writers have their inboxes overflowing with messages?

Second, I wish I could reply to a comment so I could let everyone know the error was corrected.

What do you quiz authors think about these ideas?

Maurlin  (Level: 211.1 - Posts: 2660)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 6:31 AM

I definitely agree with having the author notified about each comment. I realize there is a box to check giving the message poster an opportunity to have the author receive the message. I'm surprised that your polite quiz taker didn't choose to let you know aboiut his/her discovery of an error. It still would be helpful for authors to know what is being posted about a written quiz.

Scrabq  (Level: 76.7 - Posts: 167)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 6:35 AM

And, on the other hand, when a comment reveals an answer to a question, then the quiz taker should not post the correction on the quiz, but go directly to the author and post a private comment.

Maurlin  (Level: 211.1 - Posts: 2660)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 6:42 AM

Littlefoot41 (Sherry) had a great suggestion: "There should be a choice: 1) for just the author to see, 2) for just the public to see or 3) for all to see."

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21556)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 7:19 AM

I believe and have long believed comments should NOT show unless they can be sent directly to the author-been discussion in the past whether checking that box made any difference as to whether the "correction' which are not ALWAYS correct go only to the author or hang "out there" for all to see-perhaps this has been addressed and is okay now.If I have what I believe to be a correction or even a suggestion which does not ring positive always pm the author. Very recently sent an author a pm calling to her attention a spelling error. Checked it myself and she was right and I was Wrong. Then sent her an apology and asked to to ignore my first pm. She was a good sport about it-Linda

Sploofus Editor
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 8:05 AM

Just a reminder that if you notice a quiz comment that you feel should be removed, just send in a Support ticket. The editors will be glad to remove any untoward comments.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21556)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 9:54 AM

What is the logic behind letting comments "show" in the first place?? if there is a logical reason it escapes me-Linda

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 3:21 PM

Linda beat me to the punch. I agree.

I see no reason whatsoever to have ANY option to post a comment at the end of a quiz. They serve no purpose whatsoever - you can't see them before you take a quiz anyway - so it's not like they lead you toward or away from taking a quiz.

In fact, from my computer anyway, I can't see any comments unless I take the quiz, rate the quiz, leave the quiz, click on it again and get the page that says you've already taken the quiz - and then look at the bottom of that page. Good grief! What's the point?

The only one who is in any way interested in comments are the quiz writer him/herself. So leaving the option to leave a comment really should ONLY be a link to send it to the writer, good, bad, or correction needed.

Then if you want to encourage people publicly to take a quiz you think is exceptional, that's why we have "The Hit List" room.

I think public comment posting under a quiz as it is now is just all negative with not even one positive purpose.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 3:23 PM

I apologize for being wrong about seeing the comments before taking the quiz. I never noticed that before.

But I still believe they serve no positive purpose.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21556)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 3:28 PM

You said it better than I did, Jank. I suspect removing comments as a "blanket" policy is among the things editors cannot do-individually yes-all-no-Linda

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 3:32 PM

I think all they'd have to do is turn off the feature altogether. Probably wouldn't take away the ones already there, but no more would be added.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21556)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 3:53 PM

Most likely again something only Justin can do when he "gets to it" LOl Linda

Dwayla  (Level: 191.2 - Posts: 150)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 4:10 PM

I think ALL comments should go to the authors. I don't go to each of my hundreds of quizzes to see what others have written, but love to get the comments in my email box, so I can respond and say thanks!

I've had mistakes and thankfully people have been nice and it's all been worked out and a quiz corrected. I had one up for awhile with three problem comments and finally someone sent a comment to me. If it had been done three months ago, then all the others wouldn't have had to put up with the mistake.

I rarely read the comments when I take a quiz, but don't mind them being there. Just see no purpose in it.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21556)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 4:20 PM

Dwayla, could not agree with you more. Really try to send quiz authors positive comments and appreciated getting them when I was still writing quizzes. Currently those private comments are the only feedback quiz writers get to encourage them to keep writing- any comments "out there" have been purposeless and often hurtful from the get-go. Cannot for the life of me figure out why this "feature" was put in place with the "new and improved" 2.0 Wasn't there in 1.0 but one could still send "private" comments or suggestions to an author-Linda

Kimoira  (Level: 198.2 - Posts: 1189)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 6:55 PM

This has been an ongoing issue since Day One of when 2.0 was released. I first felt it when I made a comment to a quiz writer thinking it was between the two of us and saw that it was broadcast for the world to see.

When I read threads like this, devoted to getting something changed in the Sploofus format, I feel badly for the people posting and expecting to get any action taken to correct their grievances.

It's obviously not happening .Sending Support Tickets or clicking the Report-a-Bug links don't get results either.

Editors apparently have a limited capacity to change format if any, and we don't hear from the site owner as to what improvements or changes are anticipated for Sploofus. It is really unfair to the membership here to keep things in such a state.

I can only hope along with everyone else that things take a turn for the better and soon.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21556)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 7:14 PM

Well said and much more politely put than I usually express myself-thanks-Linda

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