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Mystic13  (Level: 44.8 - Posts: 89)
Sun, 13th Aug '06 9:56 PM


Might as well give my two cents...

I have noticed that on the following categories

Word Play

new entries hardly remain on display for long given the fast rate at which they are being produced. This has a double negative effect. First, it prevents the author from gaining additional points had the quiz been posted a bit longer; and second, it prevents a potential gem from being discovered.

Just a thought that it may be a good idea to provide a larger list for these categories

Maurlin  (Level: 221.6 - Posts: 2718)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 5:50 AM

An additional possiility might be to show only one quiz by an author, with the ability to click to expand thethe list for the last 5 quizzes in the category by the same author, much like on the Newest Quiz category. This way, 25 quizzes by the same author will not take up the entire front page list of any given category.

Philkon  (Level: 274.3 - Posts: 474)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 7:04 AM

Good idea.

Surreyman  (Level: 274.9 - Posts: 2776)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 7:12 AM

I don't like that thought, frankly.
Currently, the 'most recent' quiz list limits each author to just one quiz - and, later, one realises that there are several more new quizzes from that same author that have been missed - only by then seeing them on the general categories sections.
It's not really practical to click every author while working through, 'just in case'?
How about, instead, a time limit on displays (assuming the list is 'full')? OK, some sections would grow, others would reduce, according to their popularity, but what's wrong with that?

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3353)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 7:28 AM

I think that each quiz should be allowed a minimum time to be displayed on that main trivia page. Let's say, arbitrarily, 5 days. Lists would grow longer in certain categories to allow that quiz to be visible for that length of time. At the end of 5 days, in one of these lengthy-listed categories, the quiz would cycle off. If no one is writing for that category, the length of the list could shrink to its present length, but it would never be shorter than it is right now. In that way, the categories that have fewer quizzes written - The Arts, Science, Food, etc - would display quizzes for longer than the 5 day minimum.

Sounds fair to me.

But I also think that the number of quizzes that authors should be allowed to submit in their "series" be limited. It is really boring to look at a category and see 26 quizzes from the same author who is just going through the alphabet. I would like to limit them to maybe 5 per day. That way, if you are not interested in the topic, at least there is a chance that you will see some quizzes you might like to take.


Mystic13  (Level: 44.8 - Posts: 89)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 8:38 AM

Like all the suggestions but at the end of the day, it's up to the editors and 'traffic controllers'...hope they are reading.

Rev66  (Level: 86.4 - Posts: 85)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 8:43 AM

Alice, are you saying that quizzes in series are boring. I believe that authors of such quizes work hard at authoring their quizzes. Personally, as a series author, I find them absolutely fascinating.;_) Seriously, as with all quizzes some are more interesting than others depending on our interests. Also I find it helpful sometimes to have the additional clue that the answers starts with a specific letter


Tuzilla  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 3847)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 9:00 AM

The issue, as I understand it from past discussions is when someone launches 10, 20, or more quizzes in a cluster. It blows everything else off the menu. If one of your quizzes launches in front of them, it may only see an hour or two on the front page before disappearing. It would be nice if all quizzes could enjoy a minimum of a day of two on the front page before getting bounced.

Mystic13  (Level: 44.8 - Posts: 89)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 12:16 PM

And people are becoming creative. Just to give an example, someone has posted 20 plus quizzes about the same topic in two different categories. Not that I find anything wrong but i gotta agree with Steve in that other quiz postings don't stand a chance of being there for too long, so all the effort is practically wasted

Marynuala  (Level: 141.3 - Posts: 996)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 12:34 PM

I think Bigbird has summed up my opinion - longer time for quizzes to be exposed, and a limit to the amount of multiple quizzes on the same theme. It is wonderful to receive mega points from several quizzes in the same category, but unfair to authors who have only one quiz in that subject group.

Maurlin  (Level: 221.6 - Posts: 2718)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 12:39 PM

Tuz and Mystic- I agree. I have a few quizzes ready to launch but I'm not ready to expose them to just 1.5 minutes of public view before they are bumped off by #s 79-94 of some series, especially if #s 61-78 of the same quiz are clogging up another category.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 1:37 PM

Id hate to see anyone discouraged from writing quizzes, either for not staying on a list long enough to attract takers or for writing so many that their quizzes bump others off the most-recent list.

Maybe there should be no most-recent lists? Sorry, I lost my head there for a minute...

When I go to a subcategory, the list has all the quizzes I have not taken. How about sort options, like the player directory has? Most recent, author, rating, difficulty,...

Larrybus  (Level: 320.4 - Posts: 385)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 4:18 PM

All of these suggestions are worth considering. I like the idea, touched upon by several people, of the most recent lists expanding and contracting depending on popularity to keep more quizzes visible longer, and Missashlee's sort options would be an excellent addition.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3353)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 7:08 PM

Hey SEW, is it??

About series quizzes - I write them, too. I have, for example, the Fads of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. But I wrote them about a week apart, and released them, maybe 10 days apart, so that each could have its moment in the sun, so to speak, and that they wouldn't push each other off the page. As a result, they all stuck around long enough so that each one got on the Top 25 list. I had also written: In (various nationalities) of restaurants. (In an Italian restaurant, etc) which were released about a week apart.

But if I had released them together, they would have just cycled off into the sunset.


Berylm  (Level: 164.0 - Posts: 478)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 8:08 PM

I love all these suggestions - particularly the minimum time on display of about 5 days, with minimum number so less popular categories get longer exposure.

But the one I like most is limiting the number of quizzes someone can release at a time/per day - I can't understand why they do it, actually, it seems self-defeating as they bump their own quizzes of the list a lot of the time and if they don't the next couple released by other authors start bumping them off.

I've a number I've written, ready to go, in my 'Create' list, but I only release one every couple of days or so, give or take. That way I've normally got something 'new' out and therefore something of interest is happening all the time, but I don't have to spend every waking moment putting them together!

I think (1) we should only be allowed to release one quiz *per category* per day, and (2)creative category-assigning should be corrected by the editors and no longer changeable after a quiz is released!

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3353)
Mon, 14th Aug '06 9:15 PM

Beryl - I have been known to move my quizzes after release into the Trivia Expert category. If I see that a quiz has, let's say, 6 stars, and so nobody is taking it, I have moved it over to Experts. In that category, folks aren't afraid of something that is tougher.

The first time I wanted to do it, I posted on these boards about it, and an Editor replied that it was fine to move it in that case.

I think that our ability to move a quiz can be a good thing.


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