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Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 11:44 AM


As you know I like to write an occasional kerblunk, I say write to be honest I mean craft, it is an art after all. Anyhow, I am rather confused with regard to the unwritten rules that are so indelibly put down in stone.

I am not here to finger point as I do tend to use my feet as surrogate hands. That said, I have become an innocent victim of international censorship. That is ok, seventeen years of therapy will help me come to terms with that.

I did create a kerblunk that contain many sayings that may or may not be more familiar in the United Kingdom. I know for a fact that some of these said sayings would translate to others who may not lay their hat in the green green pleasant land of home.

Anyhow, it seems that my questions were not clear enough for all to understand.

I was unaware that we should all know the answers before we take a quiz.

And without getting on my high horse, I take a lot of kerblunks and enjoy them all, whether they are American sitcom based or the ever so popular greatest hits of the Aztecs.

So if I write a kerblunk that is based on English slang (forward slash) idioms, I will not give more information or change questions.

I am a maverick, I go where the wind blows, and not where the chair’s shown.

That is my rant over.

Caramel1  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 21613)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 12:10 PM

I used to write quizzes on TV shows-repeatedly got them sent back for not specifying US TV. Then started specifying on my movie quizzes as well. It seems to depend a lot on what editor looks at them if you need to do that. As for the "takers" remember there are a--h--- on both sides of the pond-I enjoy your Kerblunks, David- Linda

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 12:26 PM


Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 12:30 PM

David, have you submitted a support ticket and discussed this with an editor? I'm guessing you did before posting here.

Maybe the thing to do is to submit another ticket and see what can be done. Refusing to change your quiz as suggested might fall under "cutting off your nose to spite your face."

It seems like it would be pretty hard to write quizzes and puzzles that would be of equal knowledge in all countries represented on Sploofus.

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 12:44 PM

My nose is intact Pat, well as good as it can be, I am not looking to cause a problem, I was venting like a er hmm a venter. So is ok, I will just smile and dance my way through another kerblunk and I have replied to Kerblunk problems before but felt I had no need to this time

Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 1:26 PM

I love doing kerblunks and sometimes I am quite good and others quite useless!! I find the ones that are very much for those of you across the pond quite difficult, for example we call candy chocolate and some of your candy bars are completely foreign to me, as are a lot of the tv programmes. Nevertheless I give it a go. I really like it when there is a Kerblunk that relates to my side of the pond, and even wrote one on cricket (which I have to say sailed through the editor with no problem).

I think it was such a shame that David's was criticised for what appears to be being 'too English', we pay our money to belong to Sploofus (and love being on the island) but although we are in the minority, we should still be allowed to submit Kerblunks that maybe we find easy and our non-English friends find a bit difficult. That surely is only fair

Don't give up on this one David I am already looking forward to it me old china!


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Sploofloops (Editor)  
Mon, 13th Apr '09 4:49 PM

My response to your Kerblunk was not meant to be critical in any way. In fact the phrases you chose are a nice twist on the theme. I returned it suggesting that some of the phrases are unique to England or Australia. The reason for the suggestion was that I have seen people take a quiz like this and give it a low mark because of it not being what they expected or not scoring well. I figure "forewarned is forearmed". You are certainly free to return it with a comment saying you prefer it "as is". My apologies if it sounded like I was making this a "requirement" rather than a simple suggestion.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 6:10 PM

The majority of members are. i would guess, US citizems. For that reason i can forgive a certain amount of US bias. I would have thought that more concern could be shown in Word Puzzles etc to the international attraction of Sploofus. The people that write these puzzles are obviously intelligent, may i ask you to be sensitive too ?

Nelly  (Level: 181.0 - Posts: 1167)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 7:35 PM

"may I ask you to be sensitive too"

Sensitive Clevercloggs???!!!!!!!!! Like you in the HOLY HUMOR SUNDAY thread????!!!!!!

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5929)
Mon, 13th Apr '09 8:01 PM

"too English"??????? How sad! The Brits could turn right around and get in a huff because a quiz is "too American". Same goes for any other nationality. I guess I was under the mistaken idea that Sploofus was for the entire world. I certainly will try to be more understanding.

Lodi  (Level: 107.5 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 12:43 AM

Except for the names of Scottish castles and Scottish villages. If that is ever being reconsidered, we must banish the Scots from sploofus.

Alvandy  (Level: 242.0 - Posts: 7720)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 1:23 AM

Just an observation- - that whether you are an American or Brit or Aussie, etc.
Peppermint patties are a candy and------------------------ a chocolate.
World wide fame!!

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 4:19 AM

Mighty religious of you Nelly.

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 4:21 AM

Oy Oy Oy! Go the minority. Davo, I have written a couple of KBs mate are the creator of the quiz, so you set it out and call it what you want. If they choose not to get the copyrights for your art piece, then you are right to pack up ya paint brushes. PM me ya KB if ya not gonna make it go live, and i'll sus out what i think? As long as it follows the guidelines (NOT revealing any extra info, I understand??) There should be no problem. LOL But ya know how some people round here can be about their precious points and 100% in quizzes. Just an observation. Happy to chat about KBs and TS to anyone in PM any time xo

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 9:20 AM

Well ... Gordon Bennet! I think Davo has been sold a Pig in a poke! I mean Crikey, Charlie ... What has that to do with the price of eggs?? If many people will know the answers ... come off it LOL ... People ... dare to learn something new each day , in life and in cyber space ... Davo , I did not want you to be a Billy no mates - Where do you want me? said the actress to the bishop LOL (No doubt a few will have my guts for garters now?) So ... point made? This is a waste of 2 good kerblunks. Some of Dave's which he deleted in despair, and some of mine. "Just like the world, just like the sun, Two worlds together are better than one" Cheers Big Ears!

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 9:25 AM

some good ones there

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3348)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 9:48 AM

Uh, Ricky.... And that language would be.....?? LOL

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 9:54 AM

That language would be real, Alice LOL Just not known to many USA folk et al outside the OK and Oz. This does not mean we can't write a KB on it, does it?. Am I missing something?

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 11:20 AM

I for one enjoy learning abut other countries, as I am no longer able to travel like I used to, and, as such, have rather enjoyed the Kerblunks and quizzes with English themes. As far as scoring Kerblunks and Quizzez, I score them soley on content and creativity, and am not inclined to give a Kerblunk a lower score because I found it more difficult, was unfamiliar with some of the references, or received a lower score, and I'd like to think that many of the sploofusers on the island are of a similar ilk.

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 7:55 PM

Mmm , well babe, I can tell ya that this non US based author's first hand experience is that you get 80% or above approval rating when ya have a 1 or 2 or 3 rating difficulty, and a lot lower if ya have a challenging game. Just depends some times on how many take the quiz too. It's why we see so many TV quizzes make the top 10 popular, and I guess why so many get written. No biggie. But yeah, it would be nice to be able to write some new stuff for Oz and UK AND get them recognized in the top 100 too. At the moment that doesn't happen a lot, but slowly getting a more even gloabl mix of guys and glams on the island. Thanks so much to all the supportive fellow authors, sploofers and editors, for keeping us on our toes ... what goes around comes around

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 8:07 PM

I love learning about UK and OZ they are two of my favorite countries. I wish more input from you on Salty Dog. Sometime get your opinion in there. This is an increasingly smaller world we live in via the internet and in general. We should all adapt as such. I welcome quizzes and KB on that line. Great that we are getting global appeal. I'm tired of only one view point (US). Furthermore why should you have to know all out shows and idioms while we know none of yours. We don't get too many brit shows on TV here. We have BBC on satelite but that is just tip of iceberg. Thanks Bobo. Dynamite I hope my card is coming!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 8:52 PM

Less TV, more world!

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Tue, 14th Apr '09 10:57 PM

Bobo baby, you go girl Umm, I will check the box today. It will get here. We may be Downunder but we aint backward in coming forward.

Do not get me wrong, i love TV quizzes too, but I try to find new ways to rehash the trivia, as do many other fine authors here. Which leads me to another point, on a tangent ... Why so few topics to choose from when you write a TV quiz? It would be very useful to have eras, like we do in music category. More useful than TV shows beginning with letters U to Z ...
Can we add 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s etc like in the music cat?
Can we add any more sub cats like theme music, soaps, sitcoms, UK TV, OZ TV ... ? Makes sense to me ... Can we?

It's nice to see that having a passion for something is not always misinterpreted as being competitive and serious. Do we not all want numbers here to double? Some of us shoot for 100% every quiz. (Huh, not me LOL) So let's turn that devotion to actually doing something proactive ... How many have taken up my offer to co-develop some face book quizzes, in order for Sploofus to get massively wide coverage, and how many haven't even bothered to take a look what it's about? Networking people, let's get it cranking. Let's do something. Let's evolve into something BIG. Who's comin?

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Fri, 17th Apr '09 12:45 PM

Ok then ... Thanks for the responses, guys, glams, and editors.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 838)
Fri, 17th Apr '09 1:04 PM

I enjoy doing the quiz's about the UK and OZ.. I don't do that great on some of them....but hey..I don't do that great on a lot of the U.S.A. either LOL!

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