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Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Wed, 9th Aug '06 4:25 PM

THAT'S IT,..I'M DONE,.....

Doing the word rounds.

I've had it, fed up and not improving at all. I see lots of people who joined after I did and it is just disheartening to see them in the top 10 hour after hour whilst I toil away in 25-30 second-land. (With an occasional foray into the 22 second world.) And going from my work computer, which has a network that I swear runs on tin cans and string, to my home computer, which is fast but the dots are microscopic on it frustrating me even more.

And at the end of the day,...after I spent 10 tries every hour from 4 AM EST to 8 PM EST doing WR's, I have less points to show for it than some who have spent 15 minutes total during that time.

So, I quit. No more word rounds. No more mollusks, crystalline substances, two-masted boats, months of God-knows-what calendar, minute particles imbedded in igneous rocks, cloths made out of some kind of silk,..all of it. I'm through.

I've resigned myself to the fact that I can never get faster than I am, (stop laughing), and hereby refuse to ever do them again!

Ah #$&*, see ya next hour,

Queentxf  (Level: 90.6 - Posts: 55)
Wed, 9th Aug '06 5:44 PM

Hey Tim, if you take all my bleepin' mining questions, I'll happily do all your mollusk ones!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Wed, 9th Aug '06 6:02 PM

Banging my head against a brick wall is SO nice when I stop!!


Surreyman  (Level: 274.7 - Posts: 2776)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 3:41 AM

Hey Vettage, I gave up Wordrounds months ago when I could never beat 35 secs!!

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 4:10 AM

One frustrated WRer told me recently that she just answers one question correctly, takes her 10%, and ends up with about the same number of points she would get if she used all her chances and tried to get 100%.

Berylm  (Level: 163.9 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 8:10 AM

Yep, that was me! My best time was 29 point something seconds, which as you rightly said is rarely enough to get you anywhere near the top 10 - so, okay, you tell me, which is more sensible:

- Getting about 510 points for answering one question (plus you can *choose* which question to answer and time is not of any matter), which gets you 10% and bottom place on the chart; or

- Getting maybe 535 points for spending all that time and all your tries to get a sub-30 second 100% and maybe making No 15 on the chart for that hour?

I know which I decided to go for!

I have to admit that I think there ought to be more points available to more people at the top and (despite the fact that I'm taking advantage of it!) you shouldn't start getting points until you get at least 50% or so, but since that's not the case ...

Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 9:45 AM

I used to be one of the frustrated masses, but after lots of practice, I have learned to skim the questions and answers faster, and thus score higher on the leaderboard. My former goal was to make the top ten once a day, then twice, now would like to place every time I play.

In short, get yourself a goal, then go after it!

Berylm  (Level: 163.9 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 10:26 AM

Yep, got mine - 510 point ever hour for about 15 seconds work!

Suits me!

Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 10:30 AM

If everyone had goals that low, we'd still be sitting in our caves, gnawing on raw meat, because there is no fire.

Larrybus  (Level: 320.3 - Posts: 385)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 10:38 AM

But we woudn't be worrying about the price of gasoline.

Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 10:48 AM

Gas is still a bargain at a national average of 3.01 per gallon. Look at the price of milk, with a national average of 3.11 per gallon. Do we cuss at the farmers?

Queentxf  (Level: 90.6 - Posts: 55)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 11:07 AM

Another WRer vented to me that she finds it irritating to do her rounds as fast and as accurately as she can, yet she basically gets the same amount of points as those who go in and just click one answer. Her thought was to make a cut-off of 40-50% for points. I'm in full agreement. There aren't free points for quizzes. Why have them in WRs? If people feel participation points are necessary, why not change it to 100 points for just playing (as in finding one correct answer) and 500+ for actually trying.

Swiper  (Level: 154.7 - Posts: 875)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 11:15 AM

Vettage, If you're awake at 2,3,4a.m., you can usually get in the top 10 or better. Is it worth it? Absolutely not! I used to have to get up at 3a.m. for work and that's how I found that out but not anymore. Sometimes if I wake in the middle of the night, I go to the computer and realize my addiction. When I was sick recently, (but still dragged myself to the computer every hour), I was doing the one question and taking the 500 or so points. I immediately stopped, I felt like I was cheating, myself that is. It didn't feel right. I think it's a personal thing, where you want to challenge yourself, or just take the points. It's all up to you.
And on that other subject, the price of milk is Sick! I can drink my coffee black, but it's too bad I enjoy it with milk. K

Berylm  (Level: 163.9 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 11:18 AM

I totally agree, queentxf, and in fact said so in my post above, but as long as it isn't the case I'm just going to carry on pootling along at the bottom!

I also think that there ought to be more points available at a reasonable level for those who do try - maybe getting a 1,000 for 25th place (assuming 100%) and going up by 200 point increments to the top place.

That would guarantee people *trying* since they'd get a reasonable level of points for getting 100% (not a despicable achievement in itself) and it would be worth the while of those of us who haven't a hope in [the hot place] of ever getting a 100% score in less than 20 seconds, which is usually what you need to get into the top 10 nowadays!

I can't even do the required 11 precisely placed clicks (10 answers and Submit) in that sort of time when I completely ignore the question and just hit a random answer for each!

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 12:21 PM

....or maybe a bonus point system like WPs: 1,000 for ranking #1-5 and 500 for #6-10 and 200 + a few for the rest.....

Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2122)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 2:52 PM

I think that it's so wild that anyone would click one answer and submit. My competitive streak wouldn't allow it. I always thought that the 10% at the bottom of the leaderboard was just someone clicking like mad and only getting one answer right! Ha HA!

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 4:10 PM

I found that I never got much over 500 points. It makes more sense to take the WR and one quiz. Score more points in less time.

Koota  (Level: 189.4 - Posts: 2122)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 5:15 PM

You are wise, Sargon-Grasshopper!

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Thu, 10th Aug '06 11:04 PM

Caine: Master. I am puzzled.
Master: That is the beginning of wisdom

Thu, 10th Aug '06 11:13 PM

I'm all ears!

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Fri, 11th Aug '06 1:34 AM

I don't need to use a gallon of milk every day to get to and from work.

And if the cost of a gallon of milk has you bothered, try a gallon of Budweiser at $8.88, a gallon of paint at $16.50, Head and Shoulders Shampoo at $37.74, Tabasco Sauce at $94.46, or nail polish at $892.80.

Check here for more!

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Fri, 11th Aug '06 1:39 AM

Oh yeah, I also meant to mention that I have long felt the WR point system needed revamping, but it never occurred to me to just answer one questions and rack up points!

I like the idea that anyone who gets 100% should get something.
And then, for the Top 20, there should be additional rewards. But I don't think anyone's daily possibility should so outrageously outweigh one's daily possibility on WP's! The most you can get there is 10,000 a day, plus whatever bonus you get in the Top 3 or 5, which I don't remember since I've never gotten it. But whatever it is, I think two WP's should be about equivalent to 6 WR's.

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 5:55 AM

The WRs could be scored like the trivia quizzes (i.e. 100% gets 100 points,90% gets 80 points, and so forth.) At the end of each hour, there could be scoring like in WP, with the top 5 getting an extra 1000, etc

Kaufman  (Level: 270.0 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 10:23 AM

The best use of the one question for 501 points is when you log on at 59 past the hour and realize that if you complete the entire WR, you may be shut out with that annoying expired message, so you just settle for the 10% and cut bait.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 2:38 PM

I do the word rounds because I enjoy them, get to chat with friends, and every now and then, learn something new. I'm not much concerned with the points anymore.


Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 3:26 PM

Why would someone complain about someone else getting points?

Never mind, I can think of lots of answers, none of which are appealing, altruistically speaking. "Knowing you tried your best is your greatest reward!" now that appeals to my unselfish soul! Wait! My dark side likes the points.....aaarrggghhh!

I wrongly assumed you would get some credit for each correct answer in a quiz, but not so. You can take a hard quiz, on a course you never took in life, and get zero points for the audacity of getting 3 of the 10 questions correct. Uh, sorry, that was about points. "Take a quiz because you want to learn something!" Feel better now.

What chain of Sploofus points am I forging? Will my spirit be doomed in death to walk this earth in search of more, having lost forever the power to click a mouse? Looking for the Ghost of Sploofus Yet To Come to save me from my point addiction!

All in fun, and too sadly true,
- Jeanne

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 3:44 PM

And Lodi, I like your post. Reminds us to have fun!..

- Jeanne

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 4:26 PM

Current Round: 14041
#1 Valedc4 100%, 18.05 s.
#2 Phitzy1 100%, 19.02 s.
#3 Missashlee 100%, 21.44 s.
#4 Tinaglow 100%, 22.52 s.
#5 Shamesabe 100%, 23.40 s.
#6 Kaufman 100%, 23.97 s.
#7 Chickfbref1 100%, 24.38 s.
#8 Bearpaw 100%, 25.16 s.
#9 1mks 100%, 26.31 s.
#10 Garrybl 100%, 27.43 s.
#11 Swiper 100%, 27.65 s.
#12 Hellodere 100%, 29.83 s.
#13 Vettage 100%, 35.23 s.
08/14/2006 - Nice to see you there, Vettage! P.S. That pie recipe can be pmed to me at any time!

Geophile  (Level: 168.3 - Posts: 1553)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 4:26 PM

I play WR's to keep the two brain cells I have left from fighting with each other. I don't worry about points, although I was surprised to find out I collected almost as many points when I place below the top ten - which is most of the time. We Americans are way too competitive in everything. Let's learn to have fun and learn something, although I have to question some of the answers to the definitions! Still, Sploofus is THE BEST game in town! I'm off to play a Surreyman quiz and take my punishment. Claire

Geophile  (Level: 168.3 - Posts: 1553)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 6:16 PM

Read Maurlin's comments...I like that idea!

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