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Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 30th Sep '06 6:08 AM


Maybe I'm taking this way too seriously, but is there a guide to quiz rating? A way it's supposed to be done? Next to the number "7" it says pretty fun. But some of the quizzes I've taken where I've learned something, they definitely weren't "fun" but I wanted to give them sevens anyways because they were well written and everything, I just don't like being humiliated so it wasn't "fun". Also, I've payed attention to some of my quizzes, and it seems like a lot of people who don't do well, score in the bottom 30%, give really low scores compared to everyone else. On one of my quizzes, I didn't pay attention for too long, but most people in the top 65% gave me 9's, and the people who did terrible gave me low enough scores to where my overall quiz ranking was a 6 for a while, and crept back up to a 7. Why do the people at the bottom have so much pull?

Xhoney1  (Level: 75.5 - Posts: 185)
Sat, 30th Sep '06 8:37 AM

Stoutyoungladd, where do you see how the individual people rated you? I didn't even know you could do that. As for rules of rating, I don't know if there are any. But for myself, I feel that every quiz writer puts in time and effort to write their quizzes and I have never given a rating below "8", even if I get 0%, which has happened on occasion lol. When you get a chance, please tell me where you see how the members rated you. Thanks so much, Lisa

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sat, 30th Sep '06 3:13 PM

I don't have a spot where I can see how the users rated me, however, I have been online when a new quiz gets launched, and was just able to figure it out while paying attention to how the average rating goes up and down. Most of my quizzes really aren't that popular, so it's easy to watch my point tally at the top of the screen. When I've added some points without finishing a word round or a quiz, I checked to see how my averag rating changed. I've only done this on a couple, I really don't care that much, as I imagine if people who are in the bottom scorers give me some really low scores, they probably do it to everyone.

Bunnythefoo  (Level: 105.5 - Posts: 21)
Sat, 30th Sep '06 5:25 PM

My base rating is 8. I reserve 9 for quizzes that I finish and say to myself "wow that was awesome." I rate quizzes lower if I was bugged by bad spelling, grammar, or capitalization. I also give lower ratings for quizzes that have a lot of questions that require impossible guessing, such as "how many cubic feet was the interior of the Knight Rider Car? 20? 50? 75? 18? 108?" Lower ratings also go to quizzes that express political opinions (I think this is not the place for that) and quizzes that I believe have incorrect information. I've only been doing this a few weeks so I'm still refining my rating technique

Ravenslight  (Level: 10.5 - Posts: 110)
Sat, 30th Sep '06 5:41 PM

I use a 7 as a base rating, with 8 for a really well thought out or interesting or new learning experience. I have given several niines for really exceptional quizzes, even some that I have scored quite poorly on, if the quiz was really great.

I have not given anything lower than a 5. I have asked a couple of questions on quizzes where I questioned the info in a very polite manner. I have been told info was incorrect, in one case, the question was.. and I corrected it and informed the person that it had been corrected. On several others I sent the person questioning me, documentation, usually book and page number of a reference source. One of them had the audacity to tell me that the entire British Pony Club was wrong that there was no such thing. Then I sent a reference of Merck Vet Manual and got the same answer. I am quite sure that they scored me very low, as it did change my av rating, back when I had just a few quizzes. I have found that my really hard quizzes that have either no 100% scores or limited have very low ratings. I am sure it is out of anger, frustration that they have been rated as such.
It is frustrating, as I like unusual and strange trivia, like first in the civil war or war horses and who rode them. It is hard, I had to search for lots of the data in many sources on line and in my extensive library. When I built the house that I live in, I had a room built just for my books, because I have been dragging around and adding, fiction, non-fiction and everything inbetween since I was a child.Books are absolutely wonderful. Anyway, I think that a lot of times, not always people who score poorly will rate a quiz with a low rating because it is so hard

Bunnythefoo  (Level: 105.5 - Posts: 21)
Sat, 30th Sep '06 5:52 PM

I definitely try to not let frustration with a poor performance affect how I rate, especially if I knew what I was getting into. There is sometimes correlation between poor performance and a low rating if I feel the quiz was falsely advertised or asked questions that were really unfair or especially inane. I often have a lot of fun taking quizzes I do poorly on because I've learned some interesting new facts. I appreciate the efforts that people go to to make this fun!

Xhoney1  (Level: 75.5 - Posts: 185)
Sat, 30th Sep '06 8:33 PM

Thank you Stoutyounglad for answering, I see what you're saying now. Bunny and Raven, you both made excellent points as well. I, too, do not like inane, as one of you put it, questions. For example, I click a link to seriously take a quiz about the movie, "Titanic", and my first question is, "What color ribbon was the little girl wearing in her hair?", and you know it's all down hill from there. I still give a good rating though because the person put forth the effort and through my frustration I just have to laugh

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Sun, 1st Oct '06 3:11 AM

Most quizzes I give an 8. The only reason to downgrade is if a writer doesn't put much thought into the questions. I don't penalize for difficulty. If you don't like tough questions don't take quizzes with a lot of stars.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 1st Oct '06 11:46 AM

I guess I use a system similar to Ravenslights, though when I first started I didn't think bombing quizzes were fun so I had a different system where harder quizzes were getting lower scores. Now I often give 9's to harder quizzes. I guess we all just come up with our own systems. After one guy gave me a "1" on one of my quizzes, I looked at his profile and his average rating of other people's quizzes was a 3! So, it sounds like we all have different ideas about it. But as long as we all are doing it differently, different base ratings, rating on the basis of different things, I guess it kind of gives individual ratings less meaning that way, doesn't it. Thanks, I don't feel so foolish for giving nines on quizzes I bomb, I guess I'm not the only one. Thanks everybody!

Jenpsmith  (Level: 121.8 - Posts: 64)
Tue, 10th Oct '06 8:56 PM

I'm a newbie too, and I've been wondering if my ratings are fair. I hope they are. So far I generally give 7/10 as most quizes are well written and fun, even if I didn't score too well. One of my favourite quizes so far I only got 30%. If the quiz was REALLY GOOD then I give 8 or 9.

I haven't gone below 7/10 very much. If I did badly on a quiz, it isn't the quiz writers fault unless the quiz was poorly written.

One thing that is fustrating though is when a quiz seems to be general knowledge, but in fact is not actually general knowledge for anyone outside of America (like me). This is understandable of course, but it is a bit fustrating when you take a quiz and realise you have no hope of getting anything correct. I try not to let that influence my rating if the quiz was otherwise good, but I would give a better rating where the quiz title reflects what the quiz is about more specifically.

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Mon, 23rd Oct '06 6:09 PM

To be honest I nearly always give a 9 even if I have done really really badly on the quiz. the way I look at it is thus.

A player has gone to the effort of writing a quiz and as this is a trivia based site the more people who write quizzes then, in theory at least, the better the site becomes and the more popular and then it keeps getting better.

As for the words beside the rating. ie 9 = amazing, 7= fun etc etc i tend not to read into that.
I have noticed that some people will give a 9 because they have got full marks and also rate it lowly if they have done badly. I honestly just reckon if someone has gone to the effort of writing a quiz (whether it is easy or extremely difficult) then I will give it a ratin of somewhere between 7 and 9 (but usually 9).

I will only give a lower rating if it is a quiz that has errors in it, usually just factual errors, if it is maybe just one error i will rate it an 8 and send a message to the author pointing out the mistake (in a nice way of course)

Sidsidsidsidsid  (Level: 23.0 - Posts: 10)
Thu, 2nd Nov '06 9:24 PM

It is only human nature to rate quizzes low if you score low. I mean, who likes effectively being told that they are dumb? I used to be like that, but realised it was actually better for the site to rate higher and encourage more quizzes. Constructive and corrective feedback is also a way to grow quizzes.

I have a question, out of the 15000+ members, how many (or what percentage) have authored a quiz?

Kaufman  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 17th Nov '06 9:11 PM

I personally disagree with Sid^5. I like to be challenged, whether or not I can best them. If someone asks me an interesting question, an entertaining fact, or just tells it in a way that engrosses me, whether or not I checked the right box is not so important. I want to learn something.

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.9 - Posts: 3769)
Fri, 17th Nov '06 9:49 PM

I agree with Kaufman. The question at the end of the quiz is "PLEASE RATE THE CONTENT OF THIS QUIZ", not PLEASE RATE YOUR PERFORMANCE. I have given quizzes where I scored under 30% a 8 or 9 on several occasions because the quiz was extremely well constructed. My poor score had nothing to do with the quality of the quiz. On the other hand, I have given quizzes where I scored over 80% a lesser rating because they either provided no discernible challenge (such as "Pick the Green Vegetable" where the answer choice might be Oranges, Motor Oil, Lettuce, Cheese, Deer) or simply were poorly constructed. Fortunately, quizzes like that are much rarer than in the past.

Geophile  (Level: 157.1 - Posts: 1508)
Fri, 24th Nov '06 11:30 PM

I try to be objective when I do poorly on a quiz, because the author has put time and effort into writing it and it's not their fault you didn't know the answers. On the other hand, quizzes that have spelling errors or, heaven forbid, factual errors, should be marked down by the quiz taker.

Surreyman  (Level: 257.1 - Posts: 2766)
Sat, 25th Nov '06 6:07 AM

Apologies to thos who may have thought they had suffered from my scoring in the past - nothing personal!
I think I've scored objectively.
However, for a long, long time I took '5' as where it was - 'average' - and marked up or down from there accordingly.
It therefore took a rather good quiz to get 7 or more.
I belatedly realise that '7' is in fact universally regarded as 'average'.
That's how I score now - but it will take another couple of years for my 'average score awarded' to catch up!

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 12th Jan '07 2:54 AM

I've noticed with new players, and remember from my own newbieness that the ratings system is confusing and scores tend to run either too low or too high. I've told my referrals (I hope correctly) that the ratings system predates the editorial staff and was originally intended to rate a gamut of awfulness that no longer exists, thanks to the editors maintaining quality. I use a baseline of 7, go to 8 for very good, and give 9s to the ones I'd've given an EA if I were the editor. It was to make exactly this suggestion that I came to this board and found Ladd's post.

What newbies mostly won't realize is that the rating they give a quiz has such a wide-ranging effect on the overall rating for that quiz and for the author's quiz rating as a whole. They think it doesn't matter much and many don't even bother to rate. I've seen a number of profiles that list quite a few quizzes taken and 0 for an average rating, probably because they don't realize the importance of a rating until they've actually written a quiz of their own.

Some of the best quizzes I've taken I did lousy on, but learned something interesting and in many cases useful for my pub trivia games (automatic extra point ). It shouldn't have to be said that the rating one gives a quiz should not be a direct reflection of how well one does on it.

Bombing or underrating quizzes hurts.

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