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Sat, 26th Aug '06 12:51 PM


Re: "My category badges have disappeared" post in the Salty Dog.


When one first begins playing Sploofus, it is extremely easy to have lots of badges because you have only been asked a few questions in each category. New players only have to answer 3 or 4 questions correctly in a particular category to show 100% proficiency (60% is even easier).

Veteran players who have been served hundreds of questions in each category are at a severe disadvantage to the new players.

To solve this problem, and allow newer player's badges to carry the same significance as a veteran player's badge, the accuracy percentage is adjusted depending on how long you have been playing Sploofus.

Here is the minimum percentage cutoff for diplaying badges, depending on how long you have been Sploofusing:

Less than 2 weeks: 100% accuracy in category
2-4 Weeks: 97% minimum accuracy in category
4-6 Weeks: 94% minimum accuracy in category
6-8 Weeks: 91% minimum accuracy in category
8-10 Weeks: 88% minimum accuracy in category
10-12 Weeks: 85% minimum accuracy in category
12-14 Weeks: 82% minimum accuracy in category
14-16 Weeks: 79% minimum accuracy in category
16-18 Weeks: 76% minimum accuracy in category
18-21 Weeks: 73% minimum accuracy in category
21-25 Weeks: 70% minimum accuracy in category
25-29 Weeks: 67% minimum accuracy in category
29-33 Weeks: 64% minimum accuracy in category
33-37 Weeks: 60% minimum accuracy in category
37-41 Weeks: 55% minimum accuracy in category
42 Weeks or older: 50% minimum accuracy in category

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 565)
Sat, 26th Aug '06 1:37 PM

Thanks. I was wondering why I seemed to have a new badge all of a sudden - and with only 56% proficiency!

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Sat, 26th Aug '06 1:44 PM

Woohoo! Now maybe I actually have a shot at getting a science badge!

Charlemange  (Level: 55.9 - Posts: 42)
Sat, 26th Aug '06 9:17 PM

Is there any way we could know what our proficiency is by category as it is?

I'm thinking about only for ourselves, maybe even on our Command Center Page?

It's not a big deal, but I'd just be curious as to how I'm doing.

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Sat, 26th Aug '06 9:40 PM

Charlemange, if you place your cursor over each badge, you should see your percentage. That is not a new feature.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sat, 26th Aug '06 11:41 PM

You can find out your proficiency percentage if you mouse over a badge, ONLY if you have a badge.

Charlemange has only been a member for 19 weeks, so he has to have gotten at least 73% in a category to show a badge.

I know Violetblue has been here a lot longer and answered over 300 more questions, but if the percentage required for her was 73% also, she would only have one badge instead of eight.

Eight badges is awesome, Violetblue! WTG!

I, too, would like to know my actual performance in each and every category, but I did not write it down as I was going along. Mea culpa. It is in that there server somewhere, though, and it would be nice to see it, but like Charlemange says, it's no big deal.

Thanks, Sploofus, for sharing the new badge system, and solving the mystery!

- Jeanne

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 27th Aug '06 12:51 AM

Still don't get why I only have one for potpourri when I haven't even had that many. I thought I was doing pretty well in several categories at 12 weeks. I know I've done extremely well in vocabulary, for instance.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Sun, 27th Aug '06 1:05 AM

I liked the missing badges...thought it was a system glitch...

Now I know..just that dummmmmmmmm

Gotta go take my meds again...thanks

Charlemange  (Level: 55.9 - Posts: 42)
Sun, 27th Aug '06 2:40 AM

Just to clarify, I was asking about the categories for which I don't have a badge.

Like I said, it's not a matter of life or death, and certainly, the graduated badging system makes sense and is cool. I'm just a bit of a stats junkie, and knowing how well (or poorly) I'm doing in any given category might be an incentive of some kind to... I don't know, keep going in this crazy world, or something.

But really, as long as it isn't a glitch, if I haven't earned them, then I don't need no steenking badges.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sun, 27th Aug '06 2:43 AM

I like the lower threshold of 50% for the long-term members. Still, it takes the 33 to 37 weeks to get back to the old system.

"Holy Humanity, Batman! That's almost a full-term pregnancy!" said Robin gravidly.

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Sun, 27th Aug '06 10:25 AM

"I know Violetblue has been here a lot longer and answered over 300 more questions, but if the percentage required for her was 73% also, she would only have one badge instead of eight."

Thanks for computing that for everyone, Missashlee... I feel really smart now.

Skagitmla  (Level: 96.1 - Posts: 28)
Sun, 27th Aug '06 10:55 AM

I really like the idea of category percentages on our Command Center page - this would definitely promote the use of wager tokens.

Thanks for the explanation of the new badge award system.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sun, 27th Aug '06 11:05 AM


You are really smart. Very smart. Over 50% over many, many topics! An enviable base of knowledge!

If you had 100% over all of them, you would be scary!

Sorry, no offense intended...not picking on were just there...

- Jeanne

Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Sat, 4th Nov '06 8:59 AM

I've nothing to add to this,..just bringing it forward to save someone some 'clicks'.

Have a jolly day!


Banomet  (Level: 181.2 - Posts: 266)
Mon, 6th Nov '06 11:45 AM

Thanks! Maybe this could be reposted in Hotwire.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Mon, 6th Nov '06 12:13 PM

Thank you for posting it in Hotwire, Justin!

Ravenslight  (Level: 10.5 - Posts: 110)
Mon, 6th Nov '06 5:28 PM

Thanks for the clarification. I honestly did not completely understand how it worked, as I had several badges then I had a series of questions that I missed, like 9 days worth and they all went away.

I appreciate the detailed clarification

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