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Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 9:21 AM


Evidentally his intent to embarrass me with a comment was intentional as he has blocked me so that I could not send a response. I have had no prior interaction with this player so I don't have a clue as to why he would, accept for the fact he knew he was in the wrong to post the comment in the manner he did on my quiz.

I know the forum may not be the appropriate way to get the message to him and most likely this will be deleted, but hopefully he will see it before that happens. I have been with Sploofus for almost two years and I have never, ever had a negative experience and have no idea what his gripe is with me.

You have been with Sploofus for quite a while and I'm sure you know all about the nuts and bolts of the site. This would include adding a comment to a fellow Sploofuser's quiz.

Why in the world would you feel it necessary to add your criticism as a permanent message to my recent quiz for all to see? (A PM would have been a gentler, kinder way to get the message to me.)

Did you do it to embarrass me in some way for whatever reason?

Or did you do it to satisfy a need for one-upmanship with a fellow Sploofuser?

Whatever your reasoning "Bradd", it was unnecessary and completely out of line to make your point in the way you chose...and actually quite rude. I hope others will look at your comment and feel as I do about you and your comment.

An error on my part, which most people won't notice or even care about even if it were noticed, did not warrant such a comment.

I don't care who you are or who you know within the system, or again, why you chose to embarrass me, but I will say....Shame on you!

Sploofus Editor
Sun, 25th Jan '09 9:28 AM

If an inappropriate remark is added to a quiz, you can have it deleted by sending in a support ticket and referencing the quiz and remark.

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 9:30 AM

Try not to take it so hard, some people leave unpleasant comments, that is a reflection on them and not your work. I know that when I write quizzes or kerblunks etc I can't please everyone. I get told it is too easy and then I get told it is too hard. I just write what I want to write.

Don't worry, some people don't understand tact, or if they do they don't use it


Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 9:51 AM

Thank you Sploofusionist...I did not know this was now an option!

Caramel1  (Level: 125.9 - Posts: 21553)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 10:33 AM

Believe I sent in a support ticket several days ago. My issue at the time was that I usually post the Featured Player. Since 2.0 arrived there is no place to put your given name-realize some folks don't want to give that. It would be nice to RECOGNIZE folks by using their given name . It can be done and is simple once one knows how. I noted that perhaps other folks were as "clueless' as i was when I rejoined. So many other things like the one addressed in this thread you have to keep repeating yourselves. Even the manner of how one submits a support ticket is hidden and many people like myself were clueless about it and used the Green Bug and got no results. Realize centralized updated directions involve programing and until someone reprograms we have what we have. I suggested posting by the editors of general " How-Tos'. my suggestion was Salty Dog as that is basically the only forum people read much-with exceptions (don't get your panties in a bunch ). Doubt that is a reasonable thought either as unless a thread is controversial or otherwise "juicy" threads move into oblivion very fast. This is only one of the main issues out there everywhere which I think ought to have a solution but don't-Linda

1mks  (Level: 208.0 - Posts: 5864)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 11:10 AM

I am so sorry. I have never seen a reason to put a negative comment about someone's quiz. What a jerk! Don't let it bother you. You have done a lot of really good quizzes. Don't let one small minded person get you down.

Caramel1  (Level: 125.9 - Posts: 21553)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 11:16 AM

Question. Why do ANY comments show-good or bad? Anything you have to say about a quiz should be for the eyes of the author-sorry this happened to you-Linda

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 11:24 AM

When i first started Sploofus and quizzes, I had never talked with anyone. When I saw the options to rate quizzes, if there was a mistake, I would always rate it "needs work" because I thought if I PMed the person with the mistake and they corrected it, I'd have the chance to go re-rate the quiz then with the correction, which would be a high rating usually.

Didn't take me long to realize that this was not an option.

After months, I wandered into the blog area and learned how people felt about ratings and comments.

At that point, I realized that if you write it and the quiz is quality, it gets a high rating, no matter if there is a typo or small mistake. It takes a lot of time and knowledge/research to even write one and that's good enough for me.

I do occasionally write a comment PMed to the writer, something like "Great quiz - enjoyed it. FYI, if you're interested, there's a typo in question 2. Thanks for your work."

I know some people are so prolific with quiz writing here and some are pre-editor time that they may just not care to make a correction. I've taken several Most Popular quizzes that had mistakes, so apparently it doesn't really bother most people.

So mistakes/typos no longer bother me at all.

And I've never seen more than 2 or 3 factual mistakes.

Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6605)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 11:25 AM


I sort of agree about comments (praise is nice to put for the general public, criticism should be private).
But until the system changes so that ticking the comment box makes a comment private not 'public but also sent to the author' idiots like me will try to write a private comment and see it appear in public too.

Tsk9653  (Level: 113.2 - Posts: 1466)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 11:49 AM

The "improved" 2.0 Sploofus makes it difficult to leave a private message about a quiz. This is one of many ways in which 1.0 was preferable to the still not ready for prime time 2.0.

I used to privately e-mail authors about quiz mistakes. I personally take accuracy very seriously. Since it is no longer easy to send a quiz-related PM, I usually don't bother trying to get the error corrected.

Caramel1  (Level: 125.9 - Posts: 21553)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 11:55 AM

SIGH... lets stick to this topic. Do like it when we agree, TSK-Linda

Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 1:10 PM

I think some posted comments about quizzes are appropriate. Such as "Fans of _____ will love this quiz" or "Better to stay away unless you're very familiar with _______" or "This quiz is so fun, take it even if you don't know a thing about the subject". If they give someone a more educated guess about whether they'll enjoy the quiz, I think that's the proper intention of such comments.

Cujgie  (Level: 170.5 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 1:20 PM

In defense of Bradd -- I just now took two quizzes as a test. For one quiz, I checked the box that the author would get my rating in a PM. For the other quiz, I didn't check the box, and so expected to see my rating as a public thing. BOTH ratings ended up being displayed for all to see. It seems that a quiz taker is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't (check the box).

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 1:45 PM

Checking the box ALSO sends the message to the author as a PM, not instead of.

Cujgie  (Level: 170.5 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 1:50 PM

So then there is no way to PM only?

Cujgie  (Level: 170.5 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 1:53 PM

i.e., one can't PM only when rating at the end oif a quiz? One has to PM the author via his/her profile?

Caramel1  (Level: 125.9 - Posts: 21553)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 1:54 PM

Ken, really thought that the purpose of the "Hit List" was to praise good quizzes-agree hardly anyone reads it or posts to it any more-Linda

Tsk9653  (Level: 113.2 - Posts: 1466)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 5:20 PM

Cujgie: Precisely; hence my comment about one manner in which 1.0 Sploofus was superior to 2.0 Sploofus

Cujgie  (Level: 170.5 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 6:15 PM

Bradd and I were both new members during the last months of version 1.0 when checking the PM box meant ONLY the quiz maker received that information (such as a typo being present in the quiz). I didn't realize until now that that had changed in version 2.0. I have never gone back to the beginning of the quiz (it used to be at the end) to see if my "PM" was recorded for all to see,

Bradd  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 43)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 2:34 AM

test test

Bradd  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 43)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 2:51 AM

I have tried three times now to respond re this thread but my response is not getting through. The "test test" made it, and I hope this will also, but I'm not hopeful. It might be my server or God knows what. I'll try again tomorrow. Please reserve judgement until then.

Just had a thought - my original response (which took an hour) was via the email QOTD. Maybe that's why. Too tired at the moment to do the whole thing again.

Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 3:37 AM

I agree with Garrybl. Praise the good work, if a mistake has been made obviously it is not intentional so it is best to send a private message.
If I have ever needed to contact someone re an error I hace looked for their contact details elsewhere, not on the quiz I am doing.I have recently had a similar incident and so know what you feel like.
Know that you are not the one with the problem.... they are!

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 1:13 PM

Sing along....

All he is saying is give Bradd a chance.

I'll hold judgement until he pipes in. I did PM him yesterday and told him essentially mean people suck. Let's see how it goes.

Newyorkgoomba  (Level: 211.4 - Posts: 58)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 2:12 PM

I took that quiz and saw the comment....come on, some of you are so thin skinned....I personally believe errors should be noted, particularly if writer has habit of not researching or spell checking their quizzes and there was nothing embarassing in the way Bradd phrased his suggestion....I highlight errors both to authors and public, some quizzes with multiple errors are the real embarassment...and only serve to promote misinformation and disinformation...have a beautiful day, and be chillin' not illin'

Caramel1  (Level: 125.9 - Posts: 21553)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 2:21 PM

RIGHT ON-quiz writers should indeed be publicly flogged-give me a break!!! Linda

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 2:44 PM

I would prefer that someone send me a PM, instead of posting an error on a quiz. I will see the PM and fix the error much more quickly than I will see the message on the quiz. Then after I see the message and fix it, I have to send in a ST asking for it to be removed, which takes time away from the editor who otherwise could be sipping a Singapore Sling or Mai Tai.

Caramel1  (Level: 125.9 - Posts: 21553)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 2:51 PM

Steve, hope you know I was being sarcastic in my last post. Linda

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 2:51 PM

It sounds like he was trying to make it private....I haven't read the comments he left but I'm sure this will all be cleared up soon.

Cujgie  (Level: 170.5 - Posts: 754)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 3:09 PM

Tuzilla, version 1.0 separated PMs from public comments. Version 2.0 does not. I didn't know that until this thread, and maybe Bradd didn't know either. And, now that I've taken the quiz and have seen Bradd's comment, I agree with NYGoomba -- what did Bradd say that was so terrible?

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 5:36 PM

Seems to me that it should be the quiz author's decision about whether or not the comment should remain displayed. If the quiz writer wants it gone - it should be gone. Apparently a simple Support Ticket does that.

I do agree that I wish there was no public comment option. I sure cannot look at my quizzes (even tho I haven't written one in quite awhile) and check to see if they all have comments I want removed. But it is good to know that the editors will remove whatever comment you want gone.

And when I leave a comment (which is rare) I always do it by PM if it involves a potential correction.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 26th Jan '09 5:46 PM

The problem is all the people who quite reasonable think clicking the box will keep their message private. Maybe you should have to click the box to make it public?

Bobbsey  (Level: 153.0 - Posts: 252)
Wed, 28th Jan '09 6:40 AM

embarrassment new york, with 2 rr's just checking

Bradd  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 43)
Sun, 1st Feb '09 9:52 AM

(excuse the delay - bad week)

Firstly, I apologize to Summertime for commenting on her quiz and not letting her reply. That should not have been done that way, but it was not done on purpose.

Here's what happened:

A few months ago, I made a comment on one of her quizzes which elicited from Summertime what I took to be an over-reaction and which I read as decidedly unfriendly. I replied and included a bit of humor to lighten the situation. Her next response was even longer than the first and, not wishing to prolong the conversation, I decided not to go on with the thing. The site offers ways to deal with other members that are seen as a problem. The member can be blocked. I took that option, blocked Summertime, and avoided taking other quizzes by Summertime.

Well, I did finally take a Summertime quiz, made a comment I thought would enhance the accuracy of her quiz, but I completely forgot I had blocked her. Had I remembered, I would have unblocked her or not made a comment at all. It was not my intent to "embarrass" her, but I recognize that she may see it in that light. In any case, the problem was caused by me and, again, I offer my apologies.

Thank you to those who suggested confusion over the latest version may have contributed to my causing the difficulty, but that was not the case.

I will be especially careful in the future NOT to comment on any quizzes by Summertime.

Bradd  (Level: 190.3 - Posts: 43)
Mon, 2nd Feb '09 11:03 AM

(forgot to complete my last sentence from yesterday)

...since she remains blocked by me.

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