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Justin  
Fri, 15th Jan '10 4:02 PM

HOWDY FOLKS

Another site outage! I'm still working to plug the hole where someone is able to exploit one of our core routers and bring the site down. It is NOT acceptable... and I am working hard to get the issue resolved so the site doesn't keep going down!

There will be a lot of additional updates coming as well over the next few weeks. I'll just leave it at that...

Other than the issues with Word Puzzles - what are your biggest complaints with the site? What is the one or two things I could do right now that would make your daily Sploofus experience more valuable to you?

Cheers!!!!
Justin

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 4:02 PM

Oh good, a chance to say what I think would make the site better. I really think you should follow the models set by other chat forums on the net when it comes to forum discussion. When the games get old, you inevitably join the discussion, but due to a lack of adequate moderation, most of the threads that COULD be fun and intelligent merely degenerate into a long list of accusations and name callings. I've already complained about this in the Sploofus Refugees group, but the forums probably in part due to your absence, are out of control. Because I've complained about this elsewhere, I'll just post what I've said there, with a little editing to incorporate new things I've learned since then. All I can say is that much to my chagrin, I'm losing interest in Sploofus like so many others pretty fast. Here's what I had to say:

"I've pretty much decided that if I want good intellectual banter without the put downs, I'll have to look elsewhere on the internet. Right now, I've just started joining in the discussions at the Secular Cafe. In general, the posting there seems to be polite, more intellectually inclined, and far more worth my free time. I think it's because the boards are more heavily moderated. If Coolio and the gang posted the way they do on Sploofus on those boards, they would quickly find themselves moved to another board ortheir accounts deleted (thank God) very quickly. I still plan to log on for the games, and occasionally for discussion when I can find it.

The problem is that the games on Sploofus grow old after awhile, and all that's left are the people. Seems the discussion boards on Sploofus have been stolen by a loud and angry crowd. Many have left Sploofus since the boards have started to become dominated by political discussio, some of the best in fact.I rarely hear from some of the best people anymore, including Chick,or Lodi, or Consuelo, or Davidf, or Knerd, etc. etc. I could go on al lday with the people who have left the discussion area to lesser minds. I will still be around, especially to play WR's, just not as much these days. There was a small discussion last night with a few sploofus players last night on Facebook, who seem to think Justin'sreturn is the key. Maybe.....but I won't hold my breath for it."

If you are coming back, try to fix the chat forums a bit, not banning that sort of discussion, but finding ways to make them palatable and enjoyable instead. Thanks!

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 4:07 PM

Did you say "chagrin"?

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 4:11 PM

Personally I don't feel there is any reason for anyone to have left recently. The topics have been separated and the politics have their own forum now. No one is forced to read those posts or even venture to that forum, and I personally would consider non-renewing if that forum was unavailable. It has certainly gotten better than it was six months ago as we all are realizing that we actually do like our sploofus family...everyone. Leave it alone....it's working fine in my opinion.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21599)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 4:21 PM

Good on you, Goddess

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 4:35 PM

Well, Justin, I did not get credit for the WP I missed a few days ago due to the first outage, and today's cost me another which I finished just before 7am EST today. If this is going to be occur often, I think you need to find a way to adjust our monthly WP scores.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 4:41 PM

I disagree, as the terms of use are violated on a daily basis. When I sign up to this site, or any site, I expect those terms to be enforced, especially ones where I actually pay money unlike the many free ones that do "discussion" way better than this site. I feel that I should be able to participate in any forum on this site as a paying member that I want to without name calling or put downs. Are the terms of use a trick of some kind? Are they not a part of the "reason" I actually come here as opposed to somewhere else, because I was told that such would be the case? I COMPLETELY disagree with those who say because I don't think I should have to put up with bad treatment or violations of the terms of use I should leave the discussion. WRONG, try again.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 4:49 PM

SYL...I agree that certain violaters should be dealt with, but over all I think that the political boards are an asset to the site.

I also know that some of the loudest criers about the terms of service are the biggest offenders.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21599)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 4:51 PM

If you reads the terms of use it prohibts profanity and name-calling of other Sploofus player-admitttedly name-calling can be arbitrary. It says nothing about put-downs being prohibited and when folks say stupid things te usual outcome/. The rules do, strictly prohibit defamation of any religious group. That happens pretty much on a daily basis here.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 5:18 PM

I'm still hoping that you will implement what you promised so long ago about showdowns.......that the person staging the showdown can ask which category they are in...ie....Books and Authors, Vocabulary, Sports, etc.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6640)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 5:30 PM

Caramel and others deserve credit for getting the political debate moved to Trivial tangents. That has made the quality of posts on Salty Dog perfectly acceptable. in the last four months virtually no insults recorded.

I'd rather the political debate and name calling was done in a group but the standards are so much better than they were a year ago there is no comparison.

That said: what else would I like to change?

I really cant think of anything major. Nothing as serious as the outages.

To my mind WP, WR, WM, WTHAI and TQOTD all function as well as could reasonably be expected.
Salty Dog and other chat groups work fine.

I think chickbref would agree that outlawing slicko would be the single best improvement.


Barry





f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 6:35 PM

Justin,
while you are around, would you please extend my membership an extra month, as you promised last October? It doesn't expire until May but I want to catch you before you're gone again.
Thank you

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1190)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 6:42 PM

"Agreed"

You'd better back it up Mister.



Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Fri, 15th Jan '10 6:58 PM

Justin replied to Stoutyoungladd's post of 4:41 p.m. by saying "Agreed." That post was accidentally deleted.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 7:01 PM

I too agree that the political discussions are an asset to the site, but considering that there are 70, 880 OTHER players who don't contribute to them, I can't help to think (outside of the ones who have directly said so to me) that some of the reason is because of how people get treated on those boards. Besides, a number of those discussions degenerate into a discussion about "The History of Insults on Sploofus" debate or "who does it more" rather than a discussion of the original political issue, and I can't help but to think the quality would improve with the enforcement of a few rules around here....

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 7:22 PM

I also feel the political debate situation is much improved after the exodus to Trivial Tangents, and needs no tweeking.

I also agree that bugs in the various games are now few and far between. I'd love to see some serious thought given to re-scoring many of the games, e.g., a penalty in the Tournaments for taking too long, but understand that should wait until all of the bugs and inconviences are first addressed.

My primary concern is the still relatively high frequency of hang-ups while taking a quiz. I'm not referring to the system outages, but the frozen screens that often occur as you submit an answer on a quiz. My work-around is to hit the back button, and then click on the answer again, but that still costs anywhere from 10-30 seconds per occurence.

A last candidate is giving the Editors the ability to review a Showdown in the same way they can now review a Question of the Day. A hang-up when taking your Showdown question can fool the system into thinking you exceeded your time limit, but editors just say sorry when you bring it to their attention.

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 7:29 PM

I'm with Dave when it comes to the pages freezing up in the middle of a quiz. This has been going on at least since October when the site was "upgraded ?"

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 7:35 PM

Justin, I am sorry not to have a response to my remark above.

Frankly it makes no sense to work all month to develop a good WP total when these outages cost you 5250+ points a crack. I've now had two this month. After these outages I often cease giving a good effort to the succeeding WPs. Why bother?

So I am afraid that without a means to adjust WP totals in these situations, my participation here will soon cease and what's more I will regret my expressed sympathy with your personal situation just a month ago.

pennwoman
Pennwoman  (Level: 155.2 - Posts: 2478)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 7:50 PM

I am going to agree with Stoutyounglad on this one, the politic posts here are redundant, ceaseless and usually irrelevant to those of us in the real world. I would love to see them toned down maybe then, people other than the same few with the same words would feel inspired to post something.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21599)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 8:23 PM

Martina, you do indeed describe the ideal. Political posts on Sploofus have never been nice and those of us who participate have become a bitt used to each other warts and all. Everyone and all are welcome but not for the thin-skinned as often a pretty ruthless opinionated redundant bunch. SYL is more than free to pursue more intellectual discussions elsewhere that more than sure I would not understand. Some of my favorite folks like Gofdwit are no longer her and had nothing to do with politics-life and people move on with or without us.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.6 - Posts: 6055)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 8:40 PM

Hi Justin!

Thanks for getting the site back up! I'm still looking forward to seeing "Name That Tune" come back as a new feature.

Marilyn...

chrissyt70
Chrissyt70  (Level: 160.4 - Posts: 69)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 9:06 PM

Hi Justin,

The one thing I would like to have back is some way of seeing who WINS the word puzzles. I don't care about points and all that I'd like to be able to see the top three like we used to.
Thanks and keep up the great work!!
Chrissyt70

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.3 - Posts: 3742)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 9:31 PM

I would really like to see the Trivia Squares submission process fixed, and credit given for EAs awarded there. Of all the puzzles I'm eligible to create, I enjoy making these most.

At least we can still take the ones that were launched before last November.
Thanks for asking.

mickeym
Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 9:49 PM

Love the word puzzles but would like some way to see them in their entirety after they are done, maybe back a few days too. As a relatively newcomer maybe this goes against some feelings from the puzzle creators, or maybe there is and I just haven't found it yet.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 10:16 PM

Strange that the main ones who think TT needs no tweaking, other than the chronic offenders themselves, are the ones who don't participate in TT anyways. Daveguth? Garrybl? When did they ever participate? And if not, then who cares?

Linda, I am a regular participant of a kind, and will go to discussion on another site, IF and WHEN Justin decides that violations of terms of use are OK on this site. Until then, I've paid my money expecting certain standards and criteria to be enforced, and will NOT "permanently" go elsewhere in the meanwhile. I will continue to participate with the "hope" that Justin enforces his own ideals, or change them, so I can participate much "less".

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Fri, 15th Jan '10 10:22 PM

I hate the threads now. Its the main reason I rarely participate in Sploofus.

Having all the things fixed that were supposed to be fixed a long time ago would be cool. Like those g.d. drop down boxes and getting them out of the way of the TQOTD.

Groups - no need to elaborate.

Getting the quiz writer's name to show up at the end of the quiz so you know who you are addressing when leaving a comment.

Being able to search the chats again.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 12:02 AM

Thank you Jeremy for bringing up the numbers!

My response to Justin's questions does not address a critical issue, but it is something I feel borders on the ridiculous.
"70, 880 players"? That is absurb and besides that, a totally skewed number! This site, as it stands now, could not possibly handle that amount of players... if that number were actually participating. I don't get the need to keep track of the number of players, since most are in name only. Who's agenda is this and of what value is it to maintain a psuedo membership total? The numbers look good, but mean nothing. I say it is time to "cut out the dead wood". Is there not a program in place or one which can be implemented which will purge the "membership list" of those non-paticipating players who have been inactive, if ever active, for 6 months to one year or more? Whew...been wanting to ask this for ages!

chrissyt70
Chrissyt70  (Level: 160.4 - Posts: 69)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 12:23 AM

I'm watching this thread and to me it's very basic, I joined this site because I enjoyed the worde puzzles. I don't always do well but it's FUN !!! I just would like to know who ends up 1st 2nd and 3rd?????

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 12:29 AM

I really miss seeing when people win wagers. It was a point of interest, sparked talk and contacts, kept us more engaged in the leaderboards.

tazmaniac72
Tazmaniac72  (Level: 187.6 - Posts: 213)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 12:45 AM

I do miss some of the things you could look at on the old version of the site....such as the top 3 by round on the Word Rounds, the fastest 10 times of the week, and the wager winners/losers. You used to could see the top 3 by level too, which I found interesting. Like many, I quit being around so much when the forums became so personal, but it is quite a bit calmer now. I've enjoyed my going on 5 years here, and hope that I can be around so more in the future. Good to see that you're hopefully getting things settled down so you can be around here more.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 12:47 AM

Them too. Hiya, handsome. Nice to see you.

daveguth
Daveguth  (Level: 254.0 - Posts: 1636)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 1:01 AM

Good point, Stoutyounglad--I didn't realize you were having the same kid of troubles with the Trivial Tangents that used to appear on the Salty Dog. For good reason--I never check in, so I wouldn't know. I was just commenting that the Salty Dog was a pleasant place these days, and nothing needs to be changed in that regard. Sorry if I seemed like I was trying to comment on the Trivial Tangent forum.

Just curious, though, why folks would look in on Trivial Tangents if they found it aggravating. There are certainly many other websites specializing in political discussions that would better suit each individual's personal axes to grind. There must be sites where folks tend to agree with each other's political beliefs, and no one feels compelled to be rude.

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 2:17 AM

Easy enough Dave, I have friends here, and this is where I prefer to spend my time. At least half of the regulars on TT were virtually unheard of, at least as far as regular discussion goes, before the political banter reared its head. I guess they consider the discussion on this site "theirs" now, and anyone who doesn't like bad behavior should just leave? I want to stay where the people I already like are.


I miss those things too Taz.



aquamar
Aquamar  (Level: 178.7 - Posts: 909)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 2:28 AM

Hi Justin

I get upset because when taking a quiz more often than not the pages load so slowly that I just give up. This seems to happen more when taking Tournament Quizzes so I often don't complete all quizzes in the category. I have missed out on many points because of a WP glitch. I don't post in Salty Dog much anymore because I'm afraid that I'll say something that someone may take the wrong way and say things to me that are unkind. I would also like to see the return of "Name that Tune"

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21599)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 3:35 AM

SYl was not treying to pick on you. Some peoople now that politics aee t in their face each and evvery day on SD choose not to participate in them at all=never really liked them on SD.Haven't cue often what you are talking about so many times I just skip what you say like your discussion on "simple living" guesss I don't do it so don't understsaand it. Don't consider myself among the religious and unure if you do or not. Howeever, at times I find you condescendingly rude to thosewho are-again perhaps that is simply you seem to approach everything from a way too intellectual level for me. When and if I prsonally insult you or call you a name do let me know and if it is someone else on particular ofendsyou tewll them . In enjoy the discussions on TT and like Goddess think hey need no tweeking even though seldom agree with politics with Goddes.

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 1:25 PM

To have a "daily Sploofus experience" would be a good start!

chrissyt70
Chrissyt70  (Level: 160.4 - Posts: 69)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 1:30 PM

Someone seems very angry that members such as myself who don't usually participate in these threads are doing so.....well SOMEONE.... I'm here because Justin "asked" for suggestions.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21599)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 1:46 PM

My post sounded mean Jeremy and I certainly have no issue with you. Don't agree with yor politics at all but that does not belong on SD. If you have an issue with me or anyone else submit a support ticket and the editors will decide if it is a deleteable issue orr the bigger one chronic and a membership termiination. Do not believe, howenver, you will have much luck if you take issue with someon's attitude or tone especially concerning politics. I apologize for sounding mean in my reply to you-not called for certainly in a thread like this. Linda

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21599)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 2:23 PM

The more the merrier. For the time being kudos to Justin to getting the site up and running yet again

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.3 - Posts: 2671)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 3:28 PM

I'd like to see the "This Week's Most Popular Quizzes" and the Monthly and All Time tallys fixed and working again.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 3:33 PM

What happened to my post here?

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 3:40 PM

I miss not being able to preview my messages without opening them, along with some of the other functions from 'old Sploofus' mentioned above!

Most of all I miss just not being able to get on Sploofus or being timed out on current facilites/games!

Looks like you have a really busy time ahead of you, Justin, but it is good to have you back!

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 4:04 PM

I wish 2.0 had just taken 1 to the next level, rather than getting rid of so many of the features we loved - starting at the top with the island.

2.0 is more colorful and visually interesting. But 1 was wonderful to many of us, too.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 4:14 PM

Chickbref: "What happened to my post here?"



Same thing that happened to mine, I guess.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 4:39 PM

Gotta say, I am surprised too.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 4:46 PM

Uh, oh, it looks like the censors have returned.

That and website crashes with no means to adjust monthly scores for compensate members missing puzzles due to outages and I am eyeing the door here.

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 7:44 PM

Justin,
Is it possible that the remote access that you have in Florida to all the equipment in Michigan works less than "most" of the site's problems?
Oh, and how about that extended month? Haven't received a reply yet.
Hope you can manage to keep Sploofus from crashing. Best of Luck to you.

virtus
Virtus  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 2458)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 10:34 PM

Hi, Justin. I would like to see the favorite quizzes for the week make a return. I know you asked us not to address WP concerns, but Wheatpenny is now in first with
over 4 BILLION points for the month of January. This seems like an easy fix.

Anne

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3301)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 11:33 PM

DeeDee - I can tell you that the purge you're talking about does indeed take place. Friends whom I invited way back, who did join as free members, are no longer with us. They never had their names deleted - they just were inactive so long that their accounts were deleted automatically.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.0 - Posts: 2301)
Sat, 16th Jan '10 11:39 PM

Jim and I play one game on the "funtrivia.com" site, which is called the weekly knockout game. It's really run.

Sign up on Mondays.

Play in your category, which is based on how many previous round you have won, against 15 other people.

20 questions, general trivia, scored on correct answers AND time

first round down to 8 on Wednesday, second to 4 on thursday, 2 folks play on friday for the winner.

Funtrivia.com has over 100 rounds going per week; that's 1500 players week!!

It's just a thought. We like group games and this one is fun.

puppyfoot
Puppyfoot  (Level: 72.8 - Posts: 1086)
Sun, 17th Jan '10 12:02 AM

Some sort of game using Cryptograms would be fun to me.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 17th Jan '10 12:28 AM

Oh - one of my biggest frustrations with Sploofus:

Please please make the buttons easier to click - please make them respond even if you're not so precisely in the center of the circle. And sometimes I click and there appears a dotted outline around the circle - but the inside still isn't colored in and it wastes seconds of time just trying to get the answer to register!

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1190)
Sun, 17th Jan '10 5:26 AM

Threads needs to be organized under the "Latest Posts" heading so you can see which forum the latest posts have been made to.

Also- when I log in, I'm taken to the My Sploofus page automatically. The Home Page would be a better place to start to see the latest quizzes and Who/Where etc..


gingerybush
Gingerybush  (Level: 169.7 - Posts: 9)
Sun, 17th Jan '10 5:32 AM

I miss being able to arrange my Quizzes in order of last taken as in the earlier edition of Sploofus.

caramel1
Caramel1  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 21599)
Sun, 17th Jan '10 7:10 AM

Would really like to see the search by thread topic return.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 17th Jan '10 11:06 AM

Not a request, just a comment in regard to the discussion on TT and the chat board in general.

I found this on a blog by Gretchen Rubin who researches happiness and wrote a book about it. One of the things that she said many people think will make them happy is expressing negative emotions. Often it has the opposite effect and escalates.

This was listed under: "Finding happiness: 5 happiness boosters that actually do more harm than good."

"4. Expressing your negative emotions. Many people believe in the “catharsis hypothesis” and think that expressing anger is healthy-minded and relieves their feelings. Not so. Studies show that expressing anger only aggravates it; as Plutarch observed, “Anger, while in its beginning, often can be ended by silence, or neglect.” I’ve certainly found this to be true; once I get going, I can whip myself into a fury. It’s better to stay calm."

This is a very interesting website with a lot of sources (most of which we know as common sense, but don't practice.)

http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/


bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 17th Jan '10 2:34 PM

I would like to be able to access ALL the EA quizzes, not just the random selection that is shown on the home page....that's just a tease!

Can I also ask for a Christmas bonus on the Wager Tokens? Another five would be SO nice.

Cheers, Bev

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Sun, 17th Jan '10 2:58 PM

Please keep this thread civil and on topic. Justin has asked the following question:

"What is the one or two things I could do right now that would make your daily Sploofus experience more valuable to you?"

If you would like to respond, your feedback is welcome and appreciated.

Any posts to this thread that are deemed off-topic will be immediately deleted.

Thank you for your cooperation.

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 1651)
Sun, 17th Jan '10 3:11 PM

I would like the message preview back; otherwise you now have to open the whole message to see what it says.

Other than that, it's all good; except maybe if we could get that pretty island logo back.

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1190)
Sun, 17th Jan '10 4:57 PM

I just tried to take Oxford's Cities Formerly Known Now As quiz and got the message "this quiz is no longer available". When I refreshed the page it told me I had already taken the quiz. Lots of hang times during quizzes also.

These problems have been ongoing for quite a while and it takes away from the experience of playing games here. The WPs and TQODs seem to be the best bets in terms of the system working properly.

menopausin
Menopausin  (Level: 35.5 - Posts: 112)
Sun, 17th Jan '10 5:13 PM

My TQOD works most of the time. The last few days it's either lagged pretty bad or given me an error code and I didn't get to finish them. I've tried to take quizzes that said they were no longer available, only to try again with the message that I'd already taken it, too. I've had them stick on questions for two minutes or more, and then just disappear and say I've already taken it. Maybe the bugs will be straightened out soon. I'd still like to take the quizzes I've lost to the bugs and the TQOD that have given me an error code.

paschal
Paschal  (Level: 84.7 - Posts: 243)
Sun, 17th Jan '10 6:48 PM

Justin, you're the boss,you'll know what to do to sort this 'CRASH' out. Meanwhile I think we all should just sit tight and be patient,Paschal. The site will work itself out,that's all folks.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 12:15 AM

APPARENTLY...I don't even warrant a response to my "suggestions". I used a word that is COMMONLY used...starts with CLUSTER...ends with an apparently not so palatable four-letter word...I might add used appropriately and in the correct context.

Here are my thoughts:

Nothing is new here, ever. I keep seeing the same old stuff, all the time. I used to love WR/WMs until it got to the point where it was "WHOMEVER CAN CLICK THE FASTEST WINS"... trust me. That's why I stopped doing them it was an exercise in futility. No new definitions, nothing to expand my insanely minuscule brain.

The who/where are are just exercises in "HOW FAST CAN YOU FIND THE PICTURE IN WIKIPEDIA".

J: You need to expand this site and incorporate something NEW every about 6 months that keeps people wondering what's next. If nothing is next, people will move on.

Just my 2 cents...HRH...Me.


lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 12:23 AM

I'm so thankful Facebook came along.

zeedee
Zeedee  (Level: 224.7 - Posts: 1088)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 12:27 PM

I would like the message preview feature return. And I used to watch the Leaders by Level board -- I miss that. I have stopped even trying to do WTHAI -- it was fun when there was occasionally something that looked vaguely familiar, but they seem so obscure now. I don't know how the winners find them. Sigh.....

Thanks for asking.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 4:49 PM

I would respectfully point out that Justin's first post here said more than an editor's excerpt above, including "- what are your biggest complaints with the site?"

Obviously message board policies are many people's biggest complaints. Deleting posts complaining about deleting posts is Orwellian.

collioure
Collioure  (Level: 104.8 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 5:18 PM

Justin, selective, partisan-based post deletions remain a big problem here. They sour the whole Sploofus experience.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 5:30 PM

Here! Here!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofunky (Editor)  
Mon, 18th Jan '10 6:03 PM

We believe a good point has been made. We work hard and do the best we can, and we are also always striving to do better and make Sploofus more fun for everyone. However, my earlier post should have included both of Justin's questions. Thus, let's try again:

Please keep this thread civil, family friendly and on topic. Justin has asked the following questions:

"Other than the issues with Word Puzzles - what are your biggest complaints with the site? What is the one or two things I could do right now that would make your daily Sploofus experience more valuable to you?"

If you would like to respond, your feedback is welcome and appreciated.

Any posts to this thread that are deemed off-topic will be immediately deleted.

Thank you for your cooperation.

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.6 - Posts: 1190)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 6:04 PM

Well after 3 days and the amount of responses this thread has generated, I would hope Mr. Sploofus might have a comment or two to make?

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 6:44 PM

Gee Kim,
You pretty much took the words out of my mouth.
Does Mr. Sploofus even read all these?
The pages are still freezing up, making quiz taking very boring.
I feel sorry for the authors who have written quizzes, as I have pretty much given up trying to take them.

bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 7:20 PM

It seems to me the leaderboard has gotten "top heavy" with no way for later joining members to catch up. I don't know if there is a way to fix it, or if it should be fixed for that matter, but it might generate more interest for those who are joining now. It might be a good time to remeber what brought us all here, the trivia and not the chat forums. More concentration on the trivia games and less time spent on editing diatribe would be nice. I'd also like to see more accurate showdown stats, wins, loses and ties separately would be nice. The way it works now someone with a 100 showdowns and 50 losses gets the same percentage as someone who gets 50 wins and 25 ties and 25 losses.

mickeym
Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 8:00 PM

Bokeelia, I know how you feel, but you can move up using showdowns! Kind of slow tho....mickeym

bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 8:14 PM

Mickey, yeah at the lower levels you can move up, but as you get higher it can take 5 or 6 showdowns to move up one place. Pretty daunting!.

mickeym
Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Mon, 18th Jan '10 8:18 PM

Oh oh, that isn't very encouraging! Oh well, right now I have a goal of getting into the top ....1000 ! It's all fun tho.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Tue, 19th Jan '10 12:45 AM

"Other than the issues with Word Puzzles - what are your biggest complaints with the site? "




Right now, my biggest complaint with this site is the wacky deleting of messages. Some editor has taken it personal and is hovering over the keyboard playing Whack-A-Mole with posts. The owner asked for feedback let the paying customers talk ferchrissake.

And this is a complaint, and is on-topic.

aristotle
Aristotle  (Level: 72.7 - Posts: 191)
Tue, 19th Jan '10 3:29 AM

I think the Sploofus 'search' facility needs looking at. I tried searching for some of my quizzes, using the exact wording, but couldn't find them. I even tried using double quotes, but to no avail.

Also, the stats on 'My Sploofus' for quizzes that I have created don't always tally with the stats on the main 'Trivia Quizzes' page.


buchanan
Buchanan  (Level: 81.3 - Posts: 339)
Tue, 19th Jan '10 8:38 AM

by allowing me to get into sploofus anytime of day. The last few days I've gotten in when I try. buchanan

fainodraino
Fainodraino  (Level: 113.0 - Posts: 240)
Tue, 19th Jan '10 9:13 AM

could we get the list of top ten quizzes/kerblunks back?

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.2 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 19th Jan '10 8:54 PM

Lag times on quizzes!
Lag times on quizzes!
Lag times on quizzes!

I watched the clock on a quiz I took the other day and 35 seconds ticked off after I submitted my final answer and I came in 2nd instead of the 1st place I would have had. It's getting really freaking old.

buchanan
Buchanan  (Level: 81.3 - Posts: 339)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 12:02 AM

I'm would like to see trivia squares live again,I really enjoyed them.buchanan

christiansinger
Christiansinger  (Level: 93.7 - Posts: 61)
Thu, 21st Jan '10 11:38 AM

I have 222 Showdown Tokens that I will probably never use if the showdown rules don't change. It would be nice if the person making the challenge could pick the category (or 3 categories) of the question to be asked and if he/she could fix the amount to be wagered. The amount would have to be less than a precentege of that person's total points - say 25%.

CJ

johnbtv
Johnbtv  (Level: 264.5 - Posts: 202)
Sat, 23rd Jan '10 4:36 PM

>>>What is the one or two things I could do right now that would make your daily Sploofus experience more valuable to you?


Hi, Justin...

In Word Matches, when a radio button is marked, that puzzle becomes grayed out as does the word, itself. If I change my mind, the "used" word (now UNused) and puzzle REMAIN grayed out. It would help if these were returned to their original state.

Thanks.

John

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sat, 23rd Jan '10 4:53 PM

Still, after more than at least 5 months the pages freeze up in between quiz questions.
This is another post that is to the topic. Is it going to be another 2-3 months before the person
that wanted to know all this will read them?

fainodraino
Fainodraino  (Level: 113.0 - Posts: 240)
Sun, 31st Jan '10 2:51 AM

Could we have the kerblunks marked out when we've taken them, like we do with the quizzes?

asor
Asor  (Level: 155.7 - Posts: 589)
Sun, 31st Jan '10 11:17 AM

Wheatpenny's head on a platter. That's all I want. Is that too much to ask?

No, seriously, I harbor no ill will toward, uh, WP on WP, but I *would* like to see that score obliterated by end of day.

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sun, 31st Jan '10 10:16 PM

Justin,
It would make my sploofus experience more valuable if you could get new Editors
and make sure they know the difference between humor and just down right repulsive
in their judgements when deleting posts or NOT deleting them.
Some are really and they won't delete them.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Mon, 1st Feb '10 7:09 PM

As someone who has been gone (pretty much because of the political stuff from last year - good to see it's in it's own spot now) - I would like to see notifications sent if someone is challenged on a trivia showdown. One person specifically (and yes, I know I didn't lose points) - but since I was not participating in sploofus for awhile - they figured that out - and I think I just removed 16 trivia showdowns in a row? which meant this person was going in knowing that they were going to get the points. Even though I had moved "off" I would have come back to at least accept those challenges - I tried to come in and answer my daily trivia questions as well. If a notification was sent via registered email, that would give people the option to know if they can't come to the site every day, and keep people from exploiting that absence to move their points higher.

Thank you

bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Mon, 1st Feb '10 7:24 PM

Kaelin, sorry to disagree but I think if you take the time to look at your oppenent and they haven''t logged on it's just "gamesmanship" and not taking an unfair advantage.

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Tue, 2nd Feb '10 7:39 PM

Common sense says to log on every day but don't read the posts if they bother you so much. DUH!

eileeny
Eileeny  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 240)
Tue, 2nd Feb '10 7:44 PM

I miss Lodi and Chick and all those good folks that used to make my day with a huge big smile can you entice them all bacl?

ravensclaw
Ravensclaw  (Level: 43.0 - Posts: 158)
Sun, 28th Feb '10 3:35 AM

Pssst

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sun, 28th Feb '10 8:41 PM

What ever happened to the one or two things that you can do"right now"?
I sure am glad that when Tony ask me that, he means it. Not almost 2 months. That must be why we are still together
No wonder..........

ravensclaw
Ravensclaw  (Level: 43.0 - Posts: 158)
Sun, 14th Mar '10 12:55 PM

Psssssssssssssst!

Any progress to report?

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Sun, 14th Mar '10 2:23 PM

kaelin, how can anyone challenge you 16 times in a row. They can only do one a day, and after 8 days will have won the first one and gone above you, by virtue of winning. Please get your story straight.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 14th Mar '10 2:56 PM

Without knowing the numeric details, it is possible. It's possible, because we don't know the gap in points between the level where she was in the first challenge and where they both were on the 16th.

If the gap is large, it's possible for them to keep challenging. It takes 7 days for the points to kick in when the challengee doesn't respond.

edgycater
Edgycater  (Level: 194.1 - Posts: 27)
Sun, 14th Mar '10 3:43 PM

I don't spend much time on the message boards, but civility is always an issue on any kind of discussion forum. This should be a fun release from the everybody issues of life, so the last thing I want to do is to get into a flame war of name-calling and childish banter that usually reveals the author's lack of knowledge.

My current pet peeve on Sploofus is the hostile takeover of quizzes by a couple authors who seem to publish 10-20 every day. For those of us who usually put more time and effort into quizzes and who don't spend their entire day writing Sploofus quizzes and who would like to have their work available to be sampled for more than three hours on the "new quiz" list, it would be nice to limit the number of quizzes an author can post per day. It seems to me that three or four would be a fair number as a maximum per day. Very few will post that many.

Also, I agree with the idea of letting players choose the Showdown category. Since only one player is risking points in a showdown, it seems fair that they would get to pick the category.

Overwhelmingly, though, Sploofus is a great oasis to relax and escape from the real world. Hopefully, any minor issues can be tweaked without harming the overall product.

f5laur
F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sun, 14th Mar '10 3:51 PM

Pssssssssst..Where is my extended month? Been waiting for it since October 8th, 2009.

barnierubble
Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Mon, 15th Mar '10 4:30 AM

Please Pepperdoc, do me a favour. Lets not stretch our imagination to such an extent. The lady said she was not playing, so how could she possibly get back up above, to be challenged again. If i've told you once, I've told you a MILLION times, do not EXAGERATE.


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