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Aristotle  (Level: 72.7 - Posts: 191)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 2:02 AM


When someone writes a comment like: "Hard" or "Tough" on a quiz, do you think they enjoyed being challenged or just didn't like the quiz? Also, are their comments likely to put players off from taking a quiz? I don't want to dumb down my quizzes, but I do want to make sure as many people as possible take them. Any advice would be appreciated.

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21557)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 2:10 AM

I really wish for the Authors' sakes Justin would remove those comments that SHOW. Believe if I remember correctly in 1.0 all comments were for the author's eyes only. Those comments would be fine if they said
"difficult but lots of fun" or 'hard but fun" but just those single word ones might keep someone away and I would submit a support ticket and ask them to be removed IMO Linda

Carreau  (Level: 234.7 - Posts: 140)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 8:36 AM

Linda, I agree. A couple times I've asked to have comments removed when someone has pointed out inaccuracies in my quizzes, then refuses to be specific about what the inaccuracy was. Not only does the negative comment show for everyone to see, but my rebuttal is seen only by the offender, who tends to ignore it.

Aristotle  (Level: 72.7 - Posts: 191)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 11:19 AM

I don't mind if the comments show, I just wish people would elaborate a little bit, so I know if they loved it or hated it. But that might be opening a whole other can of worms!

Caramel1  (Level: 126.0 - Posts: 21557)
Tue, 7th Apr '09 11:40 AM

If people would only comment directly after taking the quiz and as you say elaborated or were positive in tone-don't believe anyone would care if comments show. However, there are many people who think you are incorrect when you are not. I currently am the Tournament as 2 of my former "selves". On one of my quizzes I entered their were comments entered after taking the quiz that one of the names in a question was incorrect and they gave the correct name. They were, of course, right but since the profiles of those 2 selves no longer exist, had to ask for editorial help to correct the question because as Carmel1 cannot access them any more than anyone else Did appreciate the many nice things that people had to say but believe that the problem of giving away answers or just being nasty for nastiness sake would be eliminated if no comments SHOWED at all. If it is worth your time to point out something you believe to be an error also worth your time to pm the author directly. Most quiz authors-know I did when I was writing them- will be grateful for that as no one likes a spelling, typo, or factual error in a quiz- Linda

Buchanan  (Level: 80.7 - Posts: 339)
Fri, 10th Apr '09 11:06 PM

I agree with caramil1 response.I rarely do a quizz or kerplunk when the "difficulty" gets harder than #3

Aristotle  (Level: 72.7 - Posts: 191)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 2:21 AM

Thanks for your comments! Would have said so sooner, but been away for a few days.

Thinman  (Level: 107.8 - Posts: 8)
Fri, 4th Sep '09 9:30 PM

I'm curious. Why would you not take a trivia test based on difficulty? It seems the challenge would make it more fun. Are we being penalized for low scores. If so, I'm in a world of hurtin' cuz I've gotten some really low scores. But they're fun!

Amyt  (Level: 132.5 - Posts: 240)
Mon, 7th Sep '09 9:48 PM

I think people might give a quiz a lower rating if they didn't do well on the quiz--not necessarily always judging the quiz for its contents. That's just an idea---Amy

Thinman  (Level: 107.8 - Posts: 8)
Tue, 8th Sep '09 5:24 PM

You may be right. Personally I would never score a quiz low unless I think I could come up with a better one and I don't see that happening. I actually do score the hard ones higher because they're not easy.

Bluegardenia  (Level: 48.3 - Posts: 31)
Fri, 30th Oct '09 10:17 PM

Yes I think the more difficult the quiz the more likely I would be to take it. Also I too wish people would expand on their comments. So far people have left me comments that do reflect how they felt taking my quiz. Say "hard" or "difficult" expresses nothing about how people felt about actually doing the quiz. I have noticed too that some people get very upset if they feel you have made a mistake...and sometimes I think we all do so I appreciate people drawing that to my attention..but getting mad?? sheesh LOL

Garrybl  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 6611)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 10:17 PM

Because I prefer to do tough quizzes I always think describing a quiz as tough is a compliment -- but I normally try to add a congratulatory word too.
I'll try to make sure to do that in future.


Kaufman  (Level: 254.1 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 31st Oct '09 11:31 PM

A quiz that is too easy is almost certainly a turn-off in my opinion. A quiz that is too hard ... it depends. If it is presented well, provides insights into new things I want to know about, etc., it's an utter pleasure.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 3rd Nov '09 11:50 PM

I think a lot of people don't elaborate on their "tough" or "hard" comments because of the fact that it's there for all to see. Maybe they would say more if they knew it would be for the author's eyes only.

Vocaltaffy  (Level: 119.1 - Posts: 106)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 12:27 AM

Spelling, Dictionary meaning, and 80s Trivia quizzes are my favorites, regardless of difficulty. When an author writes a quiz well, accurately lists the facts and answers correctly, it will earn a high rating even when I score 0% or 10%. Content length and spelling (for me, it really counts!) matter, too. Not all well-written-but-lengthy quizzes rate high. Sometimes, when a quiz' content length is too long, my enthusiasm tends to wane; this sort of quiz disrupts a certain rhythm I get when taking it (think of it as a kind of 'zone'). I agree with someone up there- the 'well-read nature of a quiz figures highly, too. Recently I took a quiz where you have four correct spellings and one incorrect-you have to pick out the misspelled word. In one question it came down to these two words: GAROTTE and GARROTE. I chose the former, knowing the latter to be a correct spelling. I failed! then, I looked up both words on; sure enough, BOTH appeared! Which says something for the level of research, even a last-minute check that the author might want to do (a few 'called me out' on a misplaced fact; I researched it first, then corrected my error).
Whew! that was more than I'd planned to write! If you're still reading this, I suppose it's because you share the same desire to take some fun, well-written quizzes.
Thank you for lending my text your eyes; I'll see you on the other side of Sploofus!


Buchanan  (Level: 80.7 - Posts: 339)
Sat, 2nd Jan '10 11:44 PM

I've had comments similar to Hard/Tough and I've called them on it and usually the response was,"I mean it was good".I think the responder maybe from a different part of the world and thats their way of describing it.In your case,I don't think it means anything rude but believe me I've had comments that there was no question that they were down right rude and nasty and I don't think there is any reason for that kind of response. We are here at sploofus pleasure and fun and there's no excuse for rudeness.I blocked a snot nosed person. buchanan

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