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barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 1:44 AM

ALL QUESTIONS AMERICAN

Of my last twelve questions, only one has not been directly about America, or Americans. I complained about this, when I was asked about how many of a certain American fruit were needed to make up a drink, surely this depends on how big they are, and an EDITOR promised things would change.Then I get a Geography question that is so limited about the USA, certainly no one outside the USA would know the answer, then I want to spit. I, for one, am getting really p****d off about the unfairness of it all, and unless something is done to help level the playing field, sploofus will not be getting anymore of my money.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 1:58 AM

What would your solution be Barnie to make the situation more "fair"? Have questions specifically geared towards just the British and the Americans? Have them geared towards all of the 195 or so countries in the world? Include only the industrialized world? I'm not saying changes shouldn't be made, just curious as to what you are asking for here.

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 2:31 AM

I've mentioned this "problem" before, and i do understand how it happens. One possible solution for WP's would be to try to include other nations within a quiz, for example. Yesterday's quiz on catch phrases could have included one or two from British TV shows that are seen all over the world, not just in Britain. The TQTDs only ever seem to ask questions about US based sports, i've never had a question on football (soccer), cricket, rugby etc. These are sports that are played all over the world (and other places !).
Sploofus is a great place, and this is not a whine. I really believe all of us would enjoy it even more if it were more "cosmopolitan". I know we can't embrace all nations fairly, i'm a socialist not a communist (!), but we could start by being more inclusive of the English speaking countries. As i say, this is not a whine, and i am thankful to all those that make this place what it is.

didb72
Didb72  (Level: 209.6 - Posts: 243)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 2:48 AM

Recently, I have decided to become a platinium member in order to write up WP that will be less oriented towards US subjects. If we have more non US platinium members we may have more WP with broad subjects. Cheers. Didier



surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.5 - Posts: 2770)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 3:31 AM

Trouble is, I s'pose, that I guess we furriners are only around 10%, maybe less, of Sploofers.
And we should, of course, be able to answer general US questions as much as those about other parts of the world.
"Capitals of US states" for instance are difficult for us, but fair game. Although, how many USites could gives Brits our equivalent county capitals?!
But I must admit I get fed-up with "name the left-handed pitcher of 1927" etc.!
The quizzes themselves, of course, can always cater for specialist US topics - as long as that's clear in the intros.
But the recent 'World' quiz shows that questions about anything CAN be regulated to be 'international'.
It's the TQODs that can annoy, especially with wagers.
Maybe Editors can be asked to check that TQODs are 'international'?

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 6:01 AM

My Question today was about a song by a British band that did hit #1 in the US. I'm pretty sure this proves nothing.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusaurus (Editor)  
Tue, 16th Jun '09 7:30 AM

To Barnierubble:
I am really sorry that your questions of late seem to have an American bias. I promised you that I would do what I can about the content, and I have started to make good that promise: but it takes time to level out the playing field when there are already over three thousand questions in the database, many of which are American-based. These questions cannot be deleted, not factually altered.
I am sure that many players from other countries experience the same difficulties that you are experiencing: your voice is heard, action is being taken.

To Clevercloggs:
Thanks for your input, I will research and write another Word Puzzle very soon, this time on British TV catchphrases.


lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 9:26 AM

I would be grateful to get the U.S. geography questions. I rarely do. The last few I had were all about obscure parts of the world, a couple of which I had never heard. And I seriously doubt we have any sploofusers from there.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 9:28 AM

I second that!

bigmama60
Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6648)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 9:47 AM

My problem is editors who skew the rules to fit their euphoric sense of power. Frankly speaking, I really getting tired of having to clean up behind their totally abusive attitudes.There is a distinct difference between what one editor thinks and what another doesn't; all because the editor has the POWER.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 9:56 AM



lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 10:04 AM

I second that!

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 11:56 AM

What is a CRICKET question? What is a SNOOKER question? Whgat is a RUGBY UNION question. The only sports questions we non Americans get are about American Football, Baseball and Icehockey, yet we are told our questions are random. Who is pulling who;s leg?

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 12:03 PM

little minds want to know

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 12:07 PM

I've had (and missed) questions in all those sports. As well as shinty, caber tossing, and assorted football leagues.

Personally, I think the number of children's book questions in the Books and Authors category is ridiculously unfair to those who only read adult books.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 12:10 PM

I'll have to second that too! WAY too many kiddie books. sheesh.

allena
Allena  (Level: 255.3 - Posts: 1390)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 12:10 PM

Personally, I think of Sploofus as a learning site. Surreyman is a friend (gasp, I hate to admit that) because he took the time to drive 60 K and meet me in Windsor. He got an 80 pound parking ticket for his troubles. I have learned to spell colour, met great folk in Canada as well and have definitely broadened by understanding of European culture.

Whenever I write a quiz, I try to include futball or the great Irish bands or even a Scotish inventor so that a Europen taking my quiz will have an advantage on at least one question. The Aussies and Kiwis should have the biggest gripe.

As far as a level playing field, I do not want to learn about the 1954 cricket champion anymore that Alan wants to learn about 1927 lefty pitchers. However, we share the interest of learning about Timbuktu, Turkish Cyprus and Ross Castle. Clearly, there is lots of meeting ground.

I can not apologize because US National Parks are interesting or the idea that most of the Sploofus members are from the colonies. What we need is a bigger recruiting effort in Europe, Australia, South Africa and yes, even southwest France where Andy is happily drinking wine.


larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 1:35 PM

"...or even a Scotish inventor..."

Scottish.
Mucho kudos for not writing 'Scotch' though, my learned USian cousin.


larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 1:38 PM

Although, to be fair, we don't actually pronounce the 't's ourselves - seems fair enough if you want to miss 'em out.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 1:44 PM

Fab av, Lare!

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 1:55 PM

Could I respectfully request that I get no more questions that I know nothing about - that means no more Rap in music, no more worms in physical science and definitely no more movies and TV questions about miscellaneous 3 named starlets whose movies or shows I've never seen.
Instead please give them all to Larrybus or Weyoun because they seem to know everything about everything.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 1:58 PM

Bill, I think the Editor is saying that they are organising an effort to bring more non-American questions to the fore and that they will be labouring hard.


barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 2:29 PM

yes, I gathered that. I am not asking for special treatment. Getting a question that I do not know the answer to, if it broadens my knowledge, is OK by me, but some of the absolute rubbish that has arrived lately, is not educational, but C**P.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.7 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 2:36 PM

Hey, it's trivia. What's obscure to you may be well known by someone else.

Just for the record the first Showdown I ever lost was to an Indian woman over an Asian word. I just missed the same question again as a QOTD.

BTW I just had THE cricket question in a Showdown and I just missed it.

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 5:37 PM

I opted outta the "Sports" category while still in my Sploofus infancy.
I know zip/zilch/zero about ANY sports, let alone American ones.

I am SO pleased Justin has reinstated the "Opt-out" feature so that others can join me in being lounge lizards instead of athletic superstars

~Bev

johnbtv
Johnbtv  (Level: 264.4 - Posts: 200)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 5:42 PM

Along these lines of thought, I will NEVER forget the Word Puzzle based solely on Wales! With most of the words in Welsh!


John

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 5:48 PM

Oh yup, John!
I think it was the "Welsh Castles" WP that had the populace in a frenzy!!

~Bev

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 6:04 PM

I have post traumatic stress disorder from that series of WP's. Don't forget after the castles, there were Welsh towns.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 16th Jun '09 6:50 PM

I personally think we ought to pay proper tribute to Scotch inventors, as well as Scottish ones. At least raise a glass to the former.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.5 - Posts: 2770)
Wed, 17th Jun '09 3:53 AM

Cymru am bydd!

didb72
Didb72  (Level: 209.6 - Posts: 243)
Wed, 17th Jun '09 5:09 AM

I consider Sploofus as a learning tool, I have learnt so much about US presidents and US geography but I have drawn the line on sport. I recently opted out for sport soup TQOTD because I was out of my depth with US sport related questions. However, I felt I had a slight advantage with non US oriented questions, therefore overall, Sploofus is quite fair given it is mainly US based, we can not expect too much either. You win some and you lose some. I have tried to adapt myself to the context and got on with it. I am going to put sploofus on the back burner for the next few days, my home computer has given up the ghosts. Cheers.

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 17th Jun '09 1:46 PM

Believe it or not, but I got another American Oriented question this morning, but as it was about Gershwins, who are World Famous, then that is fine. I got it right, anyway.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21598)
Wed, 17th Jun '09 2:01 PM

Just so you know, Barnie, you quitting or threatening to do it will not make a difference in the scheme of things here-done it a couple of times to make some kind of POINT which I can no longer remember. Things change in Sploofus time and some things just don't change. Nevertheless, here I am once again a paying member and quite happy that I seem to have gotten off a prolonged "stupid" streak and answered my question correctly this am

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 192.9 - Posts: 1025)
Wed, 17th Jun '09 2:17 PM

Didier (Didb72), hope you can hurry back soon, you just went Platinum and I'd like to see your WP!

It would be great to have even more non-US players on Sploofus island. Someone suggested that you furriners recruit your friends and family, give us a more cosmopolitan atmosphere, write some internationally varied WPs, shake things up a bit. I think it's a good idea.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 17th Jun '09 3:45 PM

My last question was on South America.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 17th Jun '09 4:12 PM

Caber tossing, I've heard of. What's "shinty"?

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Wed, 17th Jun '09 11:01 PM

Result of a sanitation strike in Manhattan?

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 1:35 AM

Pepperdoc
Caber tossing, I've heard of. What's "shinty"?

It's played with sticks and a ball, and it's not for th feint hearted.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 8:27 AM

feint hearted
Good one, Clevercloggs!

larefamiliaris
Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 9:37 AM

Shinty is where hockey and ice hockey come from. Only in our version you get to use pretty much anything to stop the ball and/or your opponent. And sometimes your team mate.
Um - and pretty much anything else you see that you don't like.




lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 10:38 AM

When I was growing up, my mom would always say things like "That's just a bunch of horse hockey," and she really meant poo.

I can't tell you how long it took me to realize that the hockey puck was really not frozen poo. For the longest time, I thought ice hockey was the ickiest sport out there. Why would someone slap a frozen block of poo around?

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Thu, 18th Jun '09 11:39 AM

This morning my question was about an American author who I had never heard of. I do not suppose many Americans had either, judging by the percentages of success. It had bettet change soon. Unfortunately, I took up Justin's KIND offer, and renewed for a year, but no more money will leave my coffers for here.


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