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Linda  (Level: 26.6 - Posts: 95)
Mon, 1st May '06 8:57 PM


Will post here as well. I give my source(s) for my quizzes in the "Detail" section as I believe the instructions read. Can't help but notice most folks don't. Hard for me to believe that people create quizzes completely from their own memory. With me memory in some cases is a factor but most times need outside resources-not a criticism just a query-Linda

Kaufman  (Level: 267.7 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 1st May '06 9:58 PM

My humble opinion:

I've cited sources on a few quizzes, and not on many others. To me it's sometimes a matter of a threshold of where it goes from fair use to excessive use. Examples:

1) A quiz patched together from memory, that you get support for exact figures on a couple questions from googling a half dozen websites. I don't think listing the sources is necessary.

2) A name the book quiz, or a quiz about a book. That goes under "Duh, the answer is the source."

2a) If the quiz is on a movie or tv show, it would depend: did I get my material from viewing it/reading the script, or from a book about the production?

3) A quiz where I came up with the topic, and subsequently put together most of the *questions* as well as the answers together from material in one source. No question here, that source gets cited.

4) Reference materials are murky. Are the contents of dictionaries/almanacs essentially public domain information, or is the identity of the source significant? I don't know.

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Sploofloops (Editor)  
Mon, 1st May '06 10:57 PM

I am impressed by Kaufman's astute reply. Right on, Kaufman!

I would also like to mention that a source should always be given when the quiz is taken from a compilation or list. For example, a quiz about "The Worst Songs of All Time" that appears on VH1's website or "Name the Viggo Mortensen Movie by the Tagline" as listed on

Someone has taken the time to compile that list and needs to be credited.

Of course, crediting the source does not give you a free pass to copy and paste from any source into the create-a-quiz question template! That is a big no-no.

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Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 1st May '06 11:04 PM

I agree, Kaufman sums it up quite nicely. You are also correct, though, Linda in stating that most people probably compile their information from somewhere. It would be nice if everyone cited their sources, but as we are not at everyone's house, it would be difficult to know for sure whether someone used one source, many sources, or their own knowledge.

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