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Silkonthelake  (Level: 143.4 - Posts: 21)
Thu, 5th Oct '06 6:13 PM


I took two excellent quizzes today, but in both cases, the answer to the previous question was given at the beginning of the next question, sometimes at length. I find this to be very distracting. It is a timed quiz, and we get the answers at the end for a reason. Why give them twice?

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Thu, 5th Oct '06 8:41 PM

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Thu, 5th Oct '06 9:54 PM

I have to agree as well. I am not fond of this practice either. I don't let it affect my rating because I imagine some people must like finding out the answer right away, but personally I also find it very distracting as it seems to interrupt the whole flow of a quiz.

Berylm  (Level: 153.9 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 5th Oct '06 11:15 PM

Well, I must admit that where the questions are quite long I actually prefer to get the answer immediately in the next question (although NOT at length - just a few words will do!) - I often find that by the time I get to the end of the quiz I've forgotten what I answered!

Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 12:45 AM

I've gotten to the point where I'll generally consider doing it only when it provides a good segue into the next question.

Terrbear424  (Level: 98.3 - Posts: 35)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 1:49 AM

And yet this seems to be the favorite formate for Editor's Awards quizzes: extremely long questions with the previous answer starting the next question. I used this format once, because it seemed to be what was "in favor". Personally, I like short questions with challenging choices.

Sblv  (Level: 186.2 - Posts: 336)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 2:27 AM

I would have to disagree with Terry on her point about this format being the favorite for the EA. I think that interesting content, fine language and innovative ideas would be more important. I have written only a couple quizzes like that, however I like to take them, it keeps my adrenaline up. Tuzilla has many such quizzes, I like them all.

Another thing that Donna aka Silk mentions is timing in quizzes. Why is this important? What do you get for answering faster than others?

Sploofus Editor
Fri, 6th Oct '06 7:41 AM

Different editors like different styles of quizzes so I'm only speaking for myself, but I only like quizzes with long questions if the content is fun, well-written and worth reading. I strongly dislike long, encyclopedia-like questions that are dry and seem to exist only for the sake of being long.
I also like quizzes with short questions, but I appreciate them being unique in some way, whether it's the originality of the theme as a whole, or a new way of approaching a more common topic. Hope that's helpful.

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 8:50 AM

I give up on doing serious quizzes,i entered one and had only eight takers,it was short,imformative,and interesting.I thought it might be a good change,that was a laugh,actually a real downer.I started to enter another on humor but for reasons i won't go into in public i dumped it. It seems i can't win for losing,lol.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 9:00 AM

This is a very interesting thread. I find I generally like taking the quizzes that explain the answer in the next question. If I feel like I want to speed through the question, I just skip to the bottom of the question, answer it, and then read the explanation later, when the whole question comes up at the end of the quiz.

As a quiz writer, I tend to put in the answer to the previous question only if it lead into the next question. Sometimes by knowing the previous answer you sort of have a heads-up to the next one.

I have gotten some comments from quiz takers about the length of some of my questions. I tend to write quizzes only on topics that really interest me, and when I am doing the research I really get into them - one of the things that I most enjoy about Sploofus. So, sometimes I might share too much of that information.

But you get to know whose quizzes you like pretty quickly. There are some sploofusers whose quizzes I always take, and some whose quizzes I will never take again. And, I would venture to say, there are styles here for everyone.


Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 9:20 AM

Bigbird makes a very good point. Sometimes I ask questions I think the user would like a little more explanation about, but right now no facility exists for that, other than by putting it in the next question (assuming that that information would spoil the guessing of the previous answer). I've lobbied for a means to put such information into quizzes without it having to be within the body of the questions, but that has yet to be implemented.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Fri, 6th Oct '06 11:00 AM

I too seek a certain degree of uniqueness. That's much easier for the longer questions to achieve, but a well-written quiz with short questions on a novel topic can certainly earn an Award from me.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofmeister (Editor)  
Fri, 6th Oct '06 12:56 PM

I am happy that this happened to be pointed out and seems to be a popular subject.

One of the items on my "to do list" is add a place for a quiz author to provide additional information for each question in his/her quiz. This additional info would appear at the END of the quiz when your results are shown. This information would most typically include a short explanation of why the answer is what it is, or perhaps some bonus facts about the question.

Berylm  (Level: 153.9 - Posts: 478)
Fri, 6th Oct '06 10:55 PM

That sounds good, Sploofmeister - and would certainly 'scratch' the quizwriters' itch to give that little bit more information than needed, where it's interesting but not essential.

The reason I like to have the answer immediately on quizzes with longer questions is, as I said, because by the time I reach the end of the quiz I've often forgotten what I answered, so - is there any chance of adding a new item to your 'to do' list?

I'd really appreciate it if, on the end page with the answers, my answer was listed as well as the correct answer (where it differed, of course!) - like we do in Word Rounds/Matches?

Both suggestions together would definitely add to the quiz-taking experience!

Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Sat, 7th Oct '06 11:15 AM

I guess I'm different but I kinda like the answers popping up like that - gives me immediate feedback. I've done it on a couple of quizzes and have received positive feedback about it as well.


Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sat, 7th Oct '06 12:11 PM

The answer popping up on the next question is very annonying!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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