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Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 10:41 AM


When a profile says a player rates other player's quizzes as BOMBER ALERT what does that mean?

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 10:46 AM

I think that it means they are giving all quizzes low ratings to bring down their scores. And that they are also not very nice people.

Caramel1  (Level: 135.0 - Posts: 21588)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 10:55 AM

Believe at one point someone in authority said if "Bomber Alert" was attached to their name, their rating wouldn't count-been determinedthey do it consistently just for the sake of meanness-not sure if that still holds true or not-Linda

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6770)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 10:59 AM

Re bombers. Linda has it right; was it below 4 and a certain number of quizzes taken?
I've not seen one for yonks but I did notice a player with a rating of 4.9 so I'm guessing (since he did not have this alert by his name) that 4 must be the cutoff.

Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 11:07 AM

I checked a player's profile after they put a negativ comment on one of my most recent quizzes. It says they rate other quizzes as 1 and it has BOMBER ALERT written beside it. This player is also a new player... not that that is an excuse!

Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 11:08 AM

Sorry, negative

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 11:29 AM

Why is a score of 1 even offered then? It is PC to give ratings that only make the author feel good? What if you have really high standards and truly believe that most quizzes merit a 1? You use the term bomber in a negative context. This could hurt someones feelings and is soooo not PC.

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 2:06 PM

I believe I once read here that Bomber Alerts are given to those players who always rate a 1 or a 2. Even if you gave a 1 to some quiz that you thought was really awful, you'd most likely be giving 7s and 8s to others. So, I would think that someone who routinely gives 7s and 8s would be able to give a 1 or a 2 if they thought that's what a quiz deserved without getting the label. I once gave a 5 to a truly dreadful quiz and felt guilty for a month afterwards.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 3:04 PM

Perhaps someone "in the know" would kindly PM the "offender " and let them know the ins and outs of the scoring system.
When I was new here I too gave a very low score to a members quiz, not knowing how it has other ramifications....
Caused a hell of a disturbance between her and I....and some nasty threats on her part....
I say this because this "offender" is also a "newbie"

Didb72  (Level: 220.9 - Posts: 243)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 3:19 PM


Usually people, who have never written any quizzes, seem to be harsher on the rate given. I have started to write up my own quizzes in the last few weeks and I have understood that writing a decent quiz is a difficult art. Therefore, I would never go below 7 in rating quizzes unless it is full of mistakes. Cheers. didier

Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 7:56 PM

thanks everyone for your comments. I also agree that until you start writing quizzes that you are harsher, perhaps because of personal taste.
Also I guess its pretty hard if there is no real criteria to guide the person assessing the quiz. Perhaps one of the editors could devise a simple assessment guide that new players and others could read before they give harsh judgements.
I used to get upset by bad comments, now I don't because I realise the problem is with them and not me.

Caramel1  (Level: 135.0 - Posts: 21588)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 8:00 PM

Judy, hope you know that the editors are nice about removing negative comments. Just let them know the quiz via a support ticket-that's by clicking "Help' at the bottom of the page not the green bug thing and they are most obliging- Linda

Summertime  (Level: 115.0 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 8:01 PM

Thank you so much for your comment didier! Hmmm...wonder if "newbies" need to attend a "nuts and bolts of quiz writing and rating" class? I too have found newbies...double whammy if not financially supporting the Sploofus website... have a tendency to rate low and tag the quiz with a rude or inconsiderate comment, speaking of which, what ever happened to "thedon1"?
I don't think the new players realize these comments appear on the quiz and are not just sent to the author.
Oh...hold on, that last sentence is not entirely true....I have discovered some players do not have to be newbies to leave rude comments...

Tresayre  (Level: 81.6 - Posts: 362)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 8:04 PM

Me too Summertime,'s not just the Newbies

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Mon, 20th Apr '09 8:04 PM

Oh - I remember when I started taking quizzes that if there were mistakes, I rated it "needs improvement." I guess I thought when the mistakes were fixed I could go back and give it the rating it deserved.

I'm sure I made enemies till I found out you don't get to ever see them or re-rate them. Soon as I learned that, I never used that option again.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 2:45 AM

It's quite annoying when people leave incorrect negative comments too. It would be nice to be able to reply to these comments to put the record straight. Personally i always send a private message outlining their error, but the comment still remains of course.

Swiper  (Level: 153.3 - Posts: 875)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 5:27 AM

Not if you ask an editor to remove it.

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 6:05 AM

Dave ... Just do what I try to do and check each new quiz for the first day or 2. If there are any comments that give away answers in the quiz, then follow Linda's sound advice and send in a support ticket. They will usually be removed within the hour. It is frustrating, but the majority of takers will have seen the quiz in the first day or 2. If it makes the top 10 for the week, then you will need to watch it again, but the creases should be all ironed out after first 2 days.

I now include this on all my quizzes ... "Feel free to PM me any feedback, but please do not post a message after taking the quiz, as it will save to the quiz itself for other Sploofers to sneak a peek at answers and get a better score than you"

You know, some of these comments I have found very helpful, as I had not picked up on a few silly errors and neither had the editors when they approved it. This has given me a chance to re-edit and avoid further grief. (Positives out of every negative) Hope that helps?

Personally, I have never given below a 6 to an author because I know how much time and effort goes into writing even the most basic quiz. Choosing the 'wrong' answers is what usually takes up most of our time. Felix is right though. If a quiz has been pumped out in 15 minutes and it doesn't entertain or educate, then it should be bombed if the reader chooses. To me, I don't really care what the rating is, as it's usually just an indication on how difficult it was for the individual taker. Once again, I personally have no problem giving a quiz a 9 rating, even when I score 0% (Don't laugh ... it's happened once or twice LOL)

One would hope that everyone here shares this common belief. BUT ... It takes all types to make the world go around

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 8:32 AM

As I no longer write (184 previous) and seldom take quizzes now, I feel that if a quiz is obviously a Bomber, then one must have the right to say so. I know of two quizzes which I bombed, one started with 10 + 1 = ?, 10 + 2 = ? etc, which i said the editor concerned should be sacked, and gave it 0, the other asked what the author was doing when A) JFK was shot B) Man landed on the moon etc. As this one might just as well have been A) select a letter B) select a letter etc, as it was pure guesswork, I also bombed this, and received abuse about it. If you wrote good quizzes, then I gave good scores, no matter how I had done.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Tue, 21st Apr '09 9:06 AM

Simple math quizzes are allowed in the Kids Only category, so if you take them, you should bear in mind it was not intended to challenge an adult.

Unless it was very clear in the directions that the quiz was being written from some famous person's perspective (like Walter Cronkite), that other type of quiz mentioned above would never have been launched by an editor and must be from pre-editor days.

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 2:10 PM

Wrong. It was not pre editor days. I only joined in March 2007, editors were definitely going then.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 21st Apr '09 5:19 PM

Barnie, you may have joined Sploofus in editor days, but the pre-editor quizzes are still available and easy to run across.

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 22nd Apr '09 4:10 PM

It was a new quiz that had just been launched.

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