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Berylm  (Level: 163.8 - Posts: 478)
Wed, 26th Apr '06 8:32 AM


Does anybody know how to get an answer to questions from the people that run Sploofus?!

Over the two months or so I've been a member, I've sent some requests for information/help, a suggestion and even a request for information re putting Sploofus on my websites (which, since they charge for this, you'd think they'd be quick enough to answer!), but I haven't had a single reply!

I even 'replied' to a post from 'Sploofus' asking how to get an answer, and just got an automated message saying that the mailbox wasn't monitored and to use the 'contact us' form (which is what I was asking about, because it *hasn't* been answered)!!

Even when you submit a quiz, if the editors write asking you to change something, you can't talk to them about it because their messages don't have a 'reply' link - you can only comment when you resubmit it. I just had an editor accept a quiz of mine and make a comment at the time, and I want to reply to that comment, but I can't because I can't resubmit and there's no reply link!!

None of the editors seem to have profiles, so you can't send them a message that way...

I'm sorry this has become such a rant but this is DRIVING ME UP THE WALL!! It's so frustrating!

Come on, sploofus-people, give us a chance! Either ANSWER the 'contact us' messages or give us another way to contact you!! PLEASE!!!!!

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5674)
Wed, 26th Apr '06 9:08 AM

Try using this e-mail addy and see if you get a

Berylm  (Level: 163.8 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 27th Apr '06 6:40 PM

Hi, thanks for the suggestion, but that is one of the (many!) routes I've tried and got no response from!

It's just so frustrating that in an otherwise excellent site they make it so difficult to talk to them!! Even when I'm interested in something that would make them money, which is the really surprising bit!!

Sploofus Editor
Thu, 27th Apr '06 8:56 PM

All the emails that you send to the support address go to Justin, and he is probably way backed up. Why not just put your question up here? Someone is sure to answer you.

Berylm  (Level: 163.8 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 4th May '06 6:32 PM

Okay, then - here goes!

- If you take up the TQOTD Category Exemption, how does it work? Do you get a different category on days when everybody else gets that one, or do you just not get a question that day?

- How do you find out about the different 'editions' of Sploofus? They're mentioned all over the site as being available, but nowhere can I find anything that describes exactly what they are or how to get them, or whatever you do with them!

- How do you get Sploofus on your own website, what does it cost, what does it look like, what does it contain, how does it work?!

- Is there any chance of getting past/missed WordPuzzles made available, even just to do for fun (ie no points)? They're my favourite bit of Sploofus, and knowing that there are several thousand of them in existence from before I joined but I can't do them is frustrating!

- On the page listing all an author's quizzes, is there any chance of either (a) being able to sort them alphabetically or preferably (b) grouping them under headings of their categories? Then 'sets' and similar types would be together and finding particular quizzes or types of quizzes on a prolific author's list would not be quite so difficult!

And finally (for now!) on the main Trivia Quizzes page (and with my last suggestion above), could we have an index of category headings at the top (or side) of the page so we can click on that heading to go straight to the section we want to look at? People who like to just trawl the 'new' lists for interesting titles would still be able to do so, but those of us who have particular favourites would be able to jump straight to those favourites instantly. As a matter of interest, occasional 'back to top of page' links would be a good idea, on this and all other long pages ...!

Pretty Please?!

Berylm  (Level: 163.8 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 4th May '06 6:33 PM

By the way, that emoticon has taken the place (without my knowledge or wish!) of the text ( a ) (without the spaces!), which was supposed to have been there!!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Thu, 4th May '06 7:43 PM

- If you take up the TQOTD Category Exemption, how does it work?

TQOTD is totally random from a huge database of questions...not everyone gets the same question or even the same category on the same day. So if you ask to be exempt from one category, you just never get one of those.

- How do you find out about the different 'editions' of Sploofus?

This may be some old verbiage from the early days that never got changed. I don't believe there are different editions anymore. I THINK you used to be able to get more or less categories of questions, but now you are only allowed to exempt yourself from one.

- How do you get Sploofus on your own website, what does it cost, what does it look like, what does it contain, how does it work?!

This, I have no idea...but I will remind Justin that you are interested!

- Is there any chance of getting past/missed WordPuzzles made available, even just to do for fun (ie no points)?

Right now, NO. Part of the reason is that the answers are posted and discussed after the puzzle time is over. However, I will put a note in Justin's suggestion file for this I will also add a recommendation for these two ideas: sorting quizzes on an author's page AND adding links on side/top of the main Trivia Page.

In the editor chat area Justin provided a "suggestion box" of sorts for our great ideas! He is currently caught up in getting the Hobby Portals" up and running, but when he gets/hears a good idea, and the implementation is simple, he can put it into action quite quickly!

Berylm  (Level: 163.8 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 4th May '06 8:30 PM

Thank you, thank you!!! Answers at last!

I'll look forward to hearing re websites and seeing re suggestions!!


Berylm  (Level: 163.8 - Posts: 478)
Wed, 10th May '06 1:03 PM

Can I make another suggestion?

It may just be me, but I find it very difficult to nerve myself up to stage a showdown because the person who stages it has so much to lose!

Would it be possible to make it so that when you stage a showdown you can at least pick the category that the question will be in?

It doesn't make any difference to the stagee (as it were), it's still random to them and they've got nothing to lose anyway, but I think it would make a whole lot of difference to those, like me, who have showdown tokens building up in their account because their average on answering TQOTD questions overall is considerably under 50%!

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3349)
Wed, 10th May '06 3:28 PM

It really does make a difference to the person who has been challenged. If you pick "Sports" lets say, obviously because it is your strong suit, and the person you are challenging knows nothing about that topic, there will not be a level playing field. The person being challenged is already at a disadvantage.

I also would never have the nerve to challenge anyone, but I sure understand why the rules are the way they are. The thought of losing a quarter of a million points is just too much for me to bear. The more adventurous types will tell you "It's just a game", but I am crazed when I get TQOTD wrong if I really knew the answer, but just went too quickly.

I figure I'll just sit around and be a sitting duck. That way, if I happen to win when challenged, that's great. If no one challenges me, that's great too - I'll just write those quizzes, and do my WordPuzzle twice a day, and chug along.


Berylm  (Level: 163.8 - Posts: 478)
Wed, 10th May '06 6:33 PM

Well, I have to disagree there, Alice!

The person who is challenged has nothing to lose - they gain the points if they win but they don't lose any if they lose.

The person who makes the challenge, however, DOES lose the points if they don't win, and personally I think that means that the current system is the one with a tilted playing field! The system is already biased (very heavily) towards the person being challenged, so having something that aids the challenger slightly I think is only fair.

Nor does it make any difference to the person who is challenged which category the question is in - they have no control over it now so they would lose nothing if the challenger could choose the category - but people would be far more likely to *make* challenges if they thought they had at least a decent chance at answering the question correctly!

Well, I would, anyway!


Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 565)
Wed, 10th May '06 9:31 PM

I think that's what makes the challenge exciting and a gamble berylm. I believe that's the whole idea. Are you willing to take the risk not knowing what the question will be? All gambling involves risk and the odds are always different depending on the game. Sometimes they favor the gambler, sometimes they don't.

One advantage the challenger does have is that they can look at a player's stats before making the challenge. You can see the victory percentage as well as the average answering time for questions of the person you are challenging. You already get to wait for a good/strong category when using a wager token, thereby greatly increasing the odds you will win on that one. I like the fact that this one involves that risk. To me that's what's makes it exciting and more satisfying when you actually win one.

Berylm  (Level: 163.8 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 11th May '06 12:55 AM

Checking out your opponent before challenging them only works if you're in the top 500 in the first place, though - if you're one of the other ~11,500 or so you don't know who it'll be!

Anyway, why should you suddenly have to be a hardened gambler to be able to play?! I thought this site was about trivia and word games?!!!

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 565)
Thu, 11th May '06 1:04 AM

When you start a showdown, Sploofus does tell you your challengee before you start the showdown. You just can't look any farther ahead unless you're in the top 500.

You don't have to be a hardened gambler at all. That's the beauty of the showdowns (or anything else on Sploofus). If you don't want to do it, then you don't have to. It can be as fun or as competitive as you want it to be.

Berylm  (Level: 163.8 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 11th May '06 1:08 AM

Hmmm. I'll have to take your word for that one!


Aimee12  (Level: 58.6 - Posts: 96)
Thu, 11th May '06 8:49 AM

not sure what you wanted to put on your Web site...but if you go to Sploofus Link Points from Your Sploofus Space you can link a banner for free... I also agree that it might be more fun for the challeneger to pick the topic. i too am too chicken to wager. although really, what am i losing...points!!!???? LOL

Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Thu, 11th May '06 10:41 AM

Go ahead and wager Aimee, you won't regret it for more than 24 hours if you do lose! I still have about 6 hours before I am recovered from my last losing wager.

Lulise  (Level: 32.2 - Posts: 248)
Thu, 11th May '06 1:08 PM

When I waws below the top 500 and wanted to do a showdown, I would click the stage showdown button just to see who I would be challenging. Then I would back out without actually staging it, and check out that person's stats first. If I felt good about it, I would go back and stage the showdown. If I didn't feel good about it, I would wait to be behind someone else.

So you don't have to be in the top 500 to know the person you are challenging.

Berylm  (Level: 163.8 - Posts: 478)
Fri, 12th May '06 6:49 PM

Hi Aimee, I'm not certain what I want to put on my website, either, but if you read the FAQs one of them says you can have your own Sploofus edition on your website and to just contact them for details. So since I own and/or run several websites, one of which is music-based, as per the example given in the FAQ answer, I 'contacted them' to ask for details - no reply.

I'd love to know about 'sploofus editions', though - their existence is mentioned throughout the FAQ page and what few bits of help I've been able to find, but nowhere can I find what they are, how to get them (or even get TO them) or anything else about them! I suspect they were an idea that didn't take off and have now been more or less shelved, except where they've forgotten to update the pages that mention them. Pity!

By the way, since I started this thread, I have had a reply to one of my 'support tickets' - but only to say it was closed and, when I went to see what the response said, it hadn't actually answered my question! Still, it's a start ...

Linda  (Level: 26.6 - Posts: 95)
Mon, 15th May '06 4:45 PM

I must be a gambler in my heart. I wait for Sunday to get a new showdown challenge token and then go for it. I have lost some but have won more by folks not responding to my challenge than by getting the correct answer at least faster than they do. I really cringe when the question has anything to do with music. my only hope then is that the person will not respond or they are as ignorant in that area as i am and the challenge will end in stalemate. - Linda

Koota  (Level: 189.1 - Posts: 2120)
Tue, 30th May '06 5:18 PM

The special editions were eliminated. Now, we just have one fabulous Sploofus edition.

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