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Funguy08  (Level: 11.9 - Posts: 15)
Sun, 2nd Oct '05 3:23 PM


I don't think it's quite right that when I' challenged for trivia, and I still answer the question right, I don't get points.
I think at least I should get at least some points for at least answering the question right.
For example, I just answered a trivia question right, that another player answered right and just because the player answered the question in 6 seconds t the payer got the points.
I am not a a mouse user.
when I enter on the question, I have to wait for the question to be read to me, then I have to use the down arrow button to get to the correct answer, then I push enter
I got the answer right and still the other player got the points.
I think I should at least get 100 sploofus for answering the question correctly.

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Sun, 2nd Oct '05 3:53 PM

I'm sorry about that. It does seem unfair for someone with your particular situation to lose because of timing.

I'm not sure how else the process can be done, however, since many Showdowns have two very capable players who both answer correctly. Do you think that perhaps the Showdown should also be a "stalemate" if both answer correctly?

Puppet138  (Level: 173.2 - Posts: 65)
Sun, 2nd Oct '05 7:19 PM

I think what would be fair is you either both win, both lose, or one winner. Knock the time to 20 seconds, so people can't use the net to look for answers and if you both get it right, split the points. Some of us have reading disorders, like myself and if someone is a fast reader, I am out of luck

Puppet138  (Level: 173.2 - Posts: 65)
Sun, 2nd Oct '05 7:22 PM

This is ironic. I just finished typing the aboved message and I had a showdown waiting for me in my inbox and got it right in 10.14 seconds and won 241K, but the other guy got it wrong.

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Sun, 2nd Oct '05 10:41 PM

the sad part is,this used to be a fun trivia,all about the time.sorry,if i want time trials,i will bet on nascar.

Blaney  (Level: 77.1 - Posts: 48)
Sun, 2nd Oct '05 11:09 PM

That's gambling though... if you want to gamble away your points, you realize that you are taking a risk. I'll wait until I get challenged. I'm at 100% because I'm a chicken!

Shearstyle  (Level: 20.7 - Posts: 79)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 3:52 AM

I just lost a challenge but only because the other guy answered in 5.6 seconds. I dont even know why I try to compete.My webtv (classic) is such a dinosaur that no matter what I cant get a time faster than 17 seconds. In fact I've lost almost every showdown Ive participated in since level 3 or so. Talk about frustrating! So hey everyone below me keep your eye out for me because I'm easy points!!! grrrr.

Pandorazbox80  (Level: 26.6 - Posts: 61)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 5:08 AM

I completely agree, shear. I too am constantly frustrated at the losses my Showdown record reveals. I have dial up and a POS computer, and I have to wish to either get lucky and be up against someone who has a worse setup or get lucky and know something my opponent doesn't. If you look at my percentage, you'll see that neither happens anywhere near as often as I'd like. That's why I've given up on initiating Showdowns, and only participate when I'm challenged and have nothing to lose. Perhaps someday I'll hit the lottery and redeem all of my Showdown tokens, all 19 and counting. Until then, I'm as helpless as you are, shear. Here's to hoping we don't get matched up against each other. lol TTFN, Diane

Machiabelly  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 190)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 8:48 AM

As someone with Muscular Dystrophy (non progressive) and who sometimes loses out due to speed...I will take the postition that is either unpopular, or people feel that it is politically incorrect. For both the people who have problems either physical or mental that slow them down, and for the people who have slow hookups...I am very sorry, but making everything a level playing field is not always possible, and doing so would, i believe, detract from the enjolyment of just as many people, or more, then currently are inconvienced.
Also, someone mentioned that it used to be all about fun, and now it is all about is only all about speed if YOU let it be. If you have fun doing the questions, are here only to have fun, why does the fact that other people get more points then you detract from your fun? Let them race their hearts out. Keep on keeping on, have fun, take and write quizzes, chat, and don't woprry about winning or losing points. I know I put a post in talking about losing 7 million points, but that was more to chat then to complain. 50 million Sploofus points and a dollar will buy you a coffee.

Redbaron  (Level: 204.3 - Posts: 296)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 3:48 PM

Where can you get (drinkable) coffee for a dollar any more?

I agree with what Machiabelly said...I never worry about my time on quizzes. I prefer to take quizzes where it's not likely that everyone's getting 100% anyway. Speed quizzes aren't my thing.

As for showdowns, I think that since some folks truly do not like to participate in them, for whatever reason, there should be a way to (permanently) "opt-out." No more showdown tokens received, and no one can challenge you, either.


Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Mon, 3rd Oct '05 5:11 PM

I think that last suggestion is a great one. Being able to "opt out" would allow those of us who like to participate in showdowns to challenge only those who want to play, and be challenged every once in a while, too.

Maybe those who opt out can get some sort of compensation in another form... Not as high as it would be if they were participating in the showdowns, but not so low as to be considered a punishment for not playing the speed games.

Machiabelly  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 190)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 7:03 AM

If you never challenge others, you can never lose points, so you are opting out, in a sense

Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 10:07 AM

Yeah, except those of us who want to participate will still be challenging those who don't... If there were really an opt-out system, when I submit a showdown challenge I'll know that the person on the other end is a willing participant.

And maybe I'll be challenged more often. I've participated in 20 showdowns so far, one every week I've had a chance to, only 3 of which have been somebody else challenging me. Who knows how many of the folks I've challenged actually had fun.

Puppet138  (Level: 173.2 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 10:28 AM

I don't like to challange as I don't want to lose my points that way, but I will take on a challange because I have nothing to lose except the possibility of mega points

Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 10:56 AM

That's the spirit!

Daman  (Level: 29.6 - Posts: 1)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 5:02 PM

How about this:
If you challenge, get the answer right and still lose on time, you don't lose any points.

If you are challenged, get the answer right and still lose on time, you get half the points.

I think the idea of losing points is causing a lot of people to hold on to their Challenge Tokens for who knows when. This doesn't increase the fun factor of Sploofus!

We are all totally excited when we are challenged and know we can't lose anything. The more challenges issued, the more fun!

Pandorazbox80  (Level: 26.6 - Posts: 61)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 9:31 PM

If only there was a way to time the questions without having the time start before the page was fully loaded... I was thinking of having a "Start the clock" button, but that would also allow morally-challenged people to think before answering, look up answers on the web, etc. I use the wizard for my poetry site, so I don't know very much at all about what you can do and what you can't. If I had a better computer and a broadband connection, I'd be delighted to participate more fully in all the games. As it stands right now, though, I usually only do WordRounds if I'm not already frustrated by my day, since it takes forever just to load my TQOTD. If I'm already cranky, the wait is unfortunately not worth my while. Does anyone have any suggestions? As for WordRounds, I already know I'm not THAT smart, and prefer to not be reminded. lol

Dopily yours, TTFN, Diane

Pandorazbox80  (Level: 26.6 - Posts: 61)
Tue, 4th Oct '05 9:32 PM

I'm sorry, I meant to say I only do WordPuzzles if I'm not already frustrated. You saw what I had to say about the Rounds. lol


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