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Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Fri, 27th Oct '06 3:28 PM


Sploofus only need another 68,268 questions to reach the magic MILLION. That is the equivalent of 6,827 (ish) quizzes of 10 questions each.
That would equal approximatley an average of 110 quizzes needed per day to reach the magic MILLION by the new year.

Do you think that is reasonable to acheive?
Or is it a step to far?

I think we should all try and write as many quizzes as we can and see if we can do it.
I'm sure the editors would cope as well as they always do.

Anyone out there think it is possible?
Anyone want to try and help make it?

I don't want to do it all by myself. But I really think it would be great if we could herald in the new year with 1 MILLION trivia quizzes.

Its over to the users now.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Fri, 27th Oct '06 4:36 PM

I'll do it if you catch me one of those mystical Haggis Birds...

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Fri, 27th Oct '06 9:06 PM

I am not happy with the prospect of folks writing quizzes just to up the number. Nothing turns me off faster than seeing a whole list of quizzes:
Blah blah blah 100-91
Blah blah blah 90-81
Blah blah blah 80-71
Blah blah blah etc; or Blah blah #1, #2, #3, etc

We want Sploofus to be the BEST trivia site out there, not the most repetitious.


Kaufman  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 27th Oct '06 10:45 PM

FITB: Manhattan Phone Book: AAA to Aardvarks -R- Us
FITB: Manhattan Phone Book: Aardvarks -R- You to Aashtrays of Oslo
FITB: Manhattan Phone Book: Aasiatic Lava Fields to Aaw Shucks, You're Not Really Going to Write These Quizzes, Are You?

It could be worse, Aalice

Geophile  (Level: 157.0 - Posts: 1508)
Sat, 28th Oct '06 12:29 AM

The QUALITY of a quiz beats QUANTITY any day.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sat, 28th Oct '06 1:25 AM


Have you been watching the question-count to see how much it goes up daily, on average? I have not been tracking it, so I am curious now. 110 quizzes in a day sounds like a lot.

Oh, and don't go outside with that wet blanket on, you might catch a cold.

- Jeanne

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sat, 28th Oct '06 2:14 AM

btw, I counted all the quizzes and there are only 47,834 (unless I missed some). The count must also include TQOTDs and whatever (????).

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Sat, 28th Oct '06 4:58 AM

I understand about people just writing like 10 quizzes of like a top 100 and repeating one that is already up or something similar.

But what I mean was if ever single person that was a member wrote just 1 quiz then that would = like 14,000 quizzes.

As for 110 a day to go live.
I quite regularly launch quizzes and it says between 70 and 80 ahead of it and it goes live.

As for the number of quizzes, remember not all quizzes have just 10 questions in it so if there were 10,000 quizzes that had 20 questions that would equate to 200,000 questions so that may explain to the person who said about there only being (45,000)quizzes.

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Sat, 28th Oct '06 5:19 AM

I always thought the TQOFTD came from the quizzes?

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Sat, 28th Oct '06 8:22 AM

Missashlee not all quizzes only have 10 questions, some have as many as 20 and I am sure I have come across some with more.

Geophile I don't believe in a QUALITY over QUANTITY, i agree with QUALITY and QUANTITY.

I have written many many quizzes in a short period of time and I would say that the quality is high and that is backed up by many many messages I get from people.

I think some people confuse quality with longer questions. On a personal level if i do a quiz on here that has questions that have about 10 lines then it really puts me off. lol

Geophile  (Level: 157.0 - Posts: 1508)
Sat, 28th Oct '06 11:57 PM


Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Sun, 29th Oct '06 6:23 AM

By the way that was not meant to be in any way argumentitive on my part I was mearly saying that I don't think that my quizzes lack quality (that is not to say that they are the best because there are many that are better) but they are definetley not poorly written or cheaply written.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 29th Oct '06 12:28 PM

Baggiob, I love your enthusiasm on this project, but I just can't figure out WHY?

I admit making it to 1 million questions will feel like an accomplishment, but why should we push ourselves to hit it by the New Year?

Personally I love to give myself little challenges, like working up to when I hit that first million points! Or, when I first joined Sploofus there were less than 100 quizzes in the categories of The Arts, Technology and Religion. I made it my personal goal to get these categories up over the 100 count mark!

But with all of the conversations here about quizzes not getting much notice if they don't stay on the front page long enough, it seems counter-productive to try to push the number of quizzes being written every day.

How about some OTHER sort of group push to help improve Sploofus, like a membership referral drive to get more than 20,000 members by the New year? That's about 100 new players a day for the next 60 days.

Geophile  (Level: 157.0 - Posts: 1508)
Sun, 29th Oct '06 12:46 PM no way was I trying to sully your quizzes. I've taken several and have given you good ratings.

However, many people do quick and dirty quizzes just for points, with no care at all as to what goes into content, and that's okay, up to a point. I don't think one learns much of anything by taking endless quizzes on the joys of, say, fast food joints. I agree that quizzes that are 2 paragraphs long are waaay too long, especially if the information is not told well. I usually quick read just the first and last sentence and that's enough.

There are several amazing and very skilled writers in can tell by the number of EA's they have been awarded. These are quizzes that the quiz taker learns from...not just recalling a bunch of names from rote, and the author of an EA quiz has put a lot of time and effort into the research. Not all quizzes are going to be EAs, not even by the good writers. But stuffing the ballot box with thousands of below mediocre quizzes to reach some kind of "goal" seems silly to me. Besides, the server seems to be having problems right now with the numbers we have perhaps(?)and as far as Suzer's comment, I'm not sure how many more this site can handle. Anyway, these are just thoughts. This is a great website and Justin tries so hard. It will all shake out.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sun, 29th Oct '06 1:09 PM

The upgrades to software and scripting that Justin is currently working on are all geared toward his goal of one million members! As of today's date, there are only 526 PAYING members out of 14,997. That is only .035 percent. Maybe our goal should be to help get more of the current players to upgrade from the free membership. That would help Justin to keep all of the pages in top-notch working order, and continue to make upgrades in hardware, that would support more members, more questions, more quizzes, etc.

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Sun, 29th Oct '06 1:45 PM

Very interesting points being made across the board here.
My original point was not about a percentage of people writing quizzes but about people who don't normally write them, writing one.
I have noticed for example that the community quizzes, the most that have been written is 50 which is not a lot.

About the point made about encouraging more people to become gold/platinum/silver, does anybody have any ideas about how this could be achieved?
Perhaps looking at the reasons why the current paying members do so may help to see how to achieve this. Perhaps a poll on it may help.

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Sun, 29th Oct '06 2:07 PM

Personally I upgraded so I could write more quizzes.
Some probably do it so they can play more word round.
Others for word matches
Others for word puzzles.
Even some so they can post in the messageboard.

Also the cost is not very much at all.
Perhaps some people who would like to upgrade do not have the facility to do so, perhaps they are in a country that pay pal does not support ( i seem to recall that one player had this problem before). Also perhaps they just do not like the idea of paying for stuff over the internet.

By no way am i a technological know it all by any stretch of the imagination so I have no idea how it would be possible to find some other way to pay. BUT I have seen other and am aware of other sites where membership can be paid by TXT message. All they do is txt their user name to a number and the monsy comes off the credit from the phone.
As I said I have no idea whether or not this is easy to set up but you never know, it may just help.

For example you could keep the payment as it is now but also introduce a way of paying for just a months membership by TXT, for example for $2 (roughly £1).

I have no idea how feasible an idea that may be or if anyone would be interested in that. (Obviously only paying members can actually directly reply to this message so it may be hard to find out how many of them would be interested in upgrading their accounts, (either way) or what would actually make them or not make them.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Sun, 29th Oct '06 2:14 PM

Oh my goodness, Sploofizz!

On May 29th, Sploofishy posted that there were 584 paying members (566 Gold and 66 Platinum), which is more than the 526 you cite, and we even have Silver now!

I really hope more people join Silver, Gold and Platinum. I may be wrong, but if the site is funded by the membership and not by a big commercial sponsor, it will always be what Sploofus wants and envisions it to be.

I don’t wanna play SploofStaples or SploofHomeDepot or SploofWhatever…I wanna play SploofUs!

- Jeanne

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Sun, 29th Oct '06 2:19 PM

in reply to SUZER22.

I remember reading all about the problems people were having with quizzes not getting too much exposure and thus maybe not getting taken as often as they may with more exposure.

Certain categories have more quizzes going live regularly than the others, for example, MOVIES and the MUSIC category seem to be the most popular. Whereas some categories you can put a quiz on and it stays in the top 15 for a relatively long time.

The problem comes down to how do you please the majority of people.

Perhaps raising the number of quizzes that appear on that page to 25 per section may help but in the case of the music category and the movies category I doubt it would help to much.
However, perhaps there is some way of levying against such things, for example. How many quizzes on average go into each category each week/month. Obviously more into music and movies than into science and technology.

Perhaps there is a way for the less popular categories to remain with the most recent 15 quizzes, but the more popular categories being increased to show the last 25-30 quizzes.
This would give extra exposure to these quizzes. But in theory it should even itself out in comparison to the less popular categories that have more exposure anyway because less quizzes go into the.

Again that is just an idea and just my own personal opinion.
INterested in what others think.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sun, 29th Oct '06 5:21 PM

Justin provides some statistics for Editors to view; currently it shows 442 Gold, 65 Platinum, and 19 Silver, and 14,499 free. I think it is an up-to-the-minute tally since it agrees with the total membership I see at the top of my screen: 15,025.

And there was a recent poll about WHY paying members paid. If you have not yet taken it, it may still be available to you through the POLLS link above.

Geophile  (Level: 157.0 - Posts: 1508)
Sun, 29th Oct '06 7:22 PM

1 million members...our eyes are bigger than the server!

Terrbear424  (Level: 98.3 - Posts: 35)
Sun, 29th Oct '06 9:42 PM

One way to get more paid members would be to give the gift of gold to your friends as Christmas or birthday presents. I have a friend who was a "free" member last year, so I gave her a gold membership for Christmas.
Just a thought.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 29th Oct '06 9:48 PM

Shhh, don't tell them, I was already planning to do this!

Geophile  (Level: 157.0 - Posts: 1508)
Mon, 30th Oct '06 3:06 PM

great idea Terr!

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Mon, 30th Oct '06 4:11 PM

Would giving the gift of Gold to someone guarantee that they renew that when it expires?
Perhaps it would, perhaps not.

One thing I would like to point out at this moment is that I really only decided to upgrade to Gold because I won a 1 month freebie for guessing the tune (Oh how i loved those games, I miss them, bring them back. lol) and I know for definite that Mystic13 also won a free membership and then became Gold.
It may be interesting to see how many others who won a free months membership also upgraded and perhaps bringing things like that back as the proverbial carrot in front of the donkey.

Ravenslight  (Level: 10.5 - Posts: 110)
Mon, 30th Oct '06 10:06 PM

I joined so that I could write more quizzes. I almost never play more than 3-4 word rounds in an hour.. Once I get 100% I usually quit playing in that hour.. so that really has no draw for me, as I will never ever be able to get anywhere near as fast as the top runners. I have dial up and I can not get any other type of connection yet.. unless I go with cable which I am not willing to do. So, I work for my personal goal which is 100% correct in under 60 seconds, once I reach that, then I move on.

Not all of my quizzes are great, they have improved, although none have won editors awards, I think that they are still interesting and honestly I do not write quizzes for the points. I write quizzes for the intrique of trying to take something that I find interesting or curious and fun.

Geophile  (Level: 157.0 - Posts: 1508)
Wed, 1st Nov '06 11:22 AM

Good comment, Nicole! I enjoy your quizzes.

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