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Jenn326  (Level: 22.8 - Posts: 173)
Sat, 10th Sep '05 6:22 PM


I know this topic has been discussed before, but overall, what do you base your rating of a quiz on? For the most part, I score in the 7 to 8 range. I rarely score less than that because I know the time and effort it takes to author a quiz. Now, as I look on my quizzes and their scores, I get disappointed because I try to come up with fun material. I take the time to research, but I still average a high 6, low 7. Is it just mean people or do my quizzes need help and I just won't admit it?

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Sat, 10th Sep '05 8:23 PM

I have the same people rating my quizzes, Jenn! Not to whine, but it's time-consuming to make a quiz and I enjoy it... so it's always disheartening when someone comes along and drops your average rating so much that you know they rated it a 1, 2, or 3! And very often, when I click on that person's username I'll find that 1) the average rating they give is below a 5 and 2) they haven;t even written any of their own quizzes yet!

To answer your question, I very rarely give anything below a 6... only for those quizzes that are extremely poorly written, have incorrect information, or the ones that are just a joke (shouldn't see those anymore with the new approval system). I save 6s for the easy-peasy fill-ins that took little effort to make. I give 9s to quizzes that really taught me something new, made me laugh, or that I just felt had a creative edge. Mainly I give 7s and 8s, as you will see on my profile. :D


Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 10th Sep '05 8:27 PM

I also put a lot of thought and research into my quizzes but my average is 6.7. I do think some people rate low if they get a bad score. Also, back in the 'old days', I think a lot of people went in for speed, so they rated quizzes low if they actually had to read a lot in order to answer correctly. [I say if you want to play for speed do word rounds, not quizzes.]

I tend to rate mostly 6's and 7's. I reserve my 8's for cleverly phrased questions or answers, good distractors, and fun, original content. I rarely give a 9 unless it is a topic I really enjoy with great questions that really challenge me in a fun way.

I tend to give 4's or 5's if there are a lot of spelling errors or bad grammar that make it confusing, or when the distractors are blatantly wrong choices.

I have given some very high ratings to quizzes on which I got terrible scores! I admire the people that can stump me on topics I think I know a lot about - LOL

Ladymaynooth  (Level: 173.8 - Posts: 34)
Sat, 10th Sep '05 8:58 PM

I don't have any quizzes on-line. My average quiz score rating (for the ratings I have given other people's quizzes) is about 5.8 I think. I was surprised as I thought it would have been higher than that. I usually rate around 5, but I do tend to use the full range of scores available.

My scoring is based purely on the quality of the quiz and is not related to how well I did on the quiz. I don't mind if I get all the answers wrong when I play a quiz and finish thinking "Wow, that was interesting. I didn't know that". The best quiz I have played so far on this site is "The Most Spectacular Lunatics of All Time" which I played yesterday. I don't recall who the quiz-maker was - but kudos to you. It was amusing and informative.

I give low ratings to quizzes that are an insult to one's intelligence. Like quizzes that are comprised of questions like: "Which of the following is something you eat - bread, paper, scissors, rock, iron?"

Quite a few quizzes have scored a low rating from me because of misleading questions. Maybe I have been unlucky, but I have taken far too many quizzes that have questions that are not in anyway at all related to the topic as specified in the title. I don't want to give specific examples because that might identify certain quizmakers. However, to make up an example just for the purposes of illustration - I get annoyed when I take a quiz called "Do You Know Your Capital Cities?" and find a totally unrelated question like "Which famous group is made up of John, Paul, George and Ringo"? The fact that I know the answer is irrelevant. The question does not belong and it spoils the quiz.

This has happened to me numerous times and annoys me more and more each time. I am sure it relates back to the days of the automatic quiz submission process. Hopefully now there are human editors vetting the quizzes, this sort of problem can be detected.

I know some people put a lot of hard work into their quizzes and get disheartened at low ratings but, judging by some of the quizzes I've seen, there are a lot of quiz-makers who throw a quiz together without much thought - and it shows!

I don't think it is right to give a high rating to these mediocre quizzes just because you yourself would like the same in return when your quiz is being rated.

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Sat, 10th Sep '05 9:28 PM

I give 5s for fill in the blanks. I rate 7 & higher for all quality puzzles-quality meaning the quizmaker had all their answers right and the questions were clear. I always give a 3 to any quiz that I'm sure has a wrong answer.

Redbaron  (Level: 195.7 - Posts: 296)
Sat, 10th Sep '05 11:09 PM

My default rating is 7. A wrong answer (that I'm sure is wrong) will drop it dramatically, down to 2 or less, as will numerous spelling or grammatical errors. I don't tend to give low ratings to "fill in the blanks" quizzes as long as they're not obvious quizzes (such as "Check the one marked 'orange'"). If a quiz is on a subject I know really well, I'm likely to rate it very high if I thought the author did a good job, and very low otherwise. If it's on a subject I don't know, then it's simply matter of the amount of effort that apparently went into the quiz, spelling, grammar, etc.

My ratings are never based on how I scored, unless of course I scored low because the author had incorrect answers.

I think I've only rated one quiz a 9 (can't remember which one). I've rated a few a 1. (Wrong answers REALLY irk me, and the few that I've rated a 1 have had more than one wrong answers.) 7 is where I come in most of the time, 8 for the great ones, and 6 for the good but not great ones.


Playfulpelican  (Level: 20.1 - Posts: 42)
Sat, 10th Sep '05 11:19 PM

I have found, as have some others, that my quizzes taken my a larger number of people generally tend to have a lower average rating than my others. I have no idea why.

I rate based upon the quality of the quiz, and the amount of effort that went into it. A little humor, now and then, also floats my boat.

If an otherwise good Quiz contains a wrong "Correct" answer, I do not lower the rating if there is an extenuating circumstance -- such as when a country has changed its currency unit in the past year, but the author's source obviously pre-dated that change.

I never rate quizzes full of punction/grammar errors more than a 5, but also never penalize a quiz for just one such error.

I suspect that, in this regard, I am a typical rater.

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