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Wed, 29th Nov '06 4:07 PM


Please check out the most recent addition to the SQAG!

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Wed, 29th Nov '06 5:02 PM

I had 3 in the queue to go live before this post came up, do i have to delete them now?

Sploofus Editor
Wed, 29th Nov '06 5:21 PM

They are okay. Anything created on or before today will be accepted.

Banomet  (Level: 177.1 - Posts: 266)
Wed, 29th Nov '06 5:46 PM

I love FITB!

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Wed, 29th Nov '06 6:39 PM

I enjoy writing and taking FITB. Proably one the little group that call the shots here figured it was costing them a few points. Funny how a lot of them make the most popular. The flipfloping here is amazing. Old post show that there was objection to it at its inception. If you want to get rid of something start with that goofy green ghoul\goblin.

Wed, 29th Nov '06 7:51 PM

An editor has resigned over this decision, and others are unhappy about it.

FITB generated far too many support emails and complaints. The nature of a fill in the blank question does not fit with the future growth and expansion of Sploofus into various models such as BLOGS and RSS feeds. In addition to that, FITB made it far too easy to create loads of quizzes that require almost no brain power to create or take. The standards of quality for Sploofus content must be higher than that, or people will flock to the next best trivia site that comes along with better content.

Perhaps an alternative is to create an offshoot site that is nothing but FITB content. Dunno. Whatever happens, I wanted to clarify that it was me alone making this decision. None of the editors were involved so don't hate them! I am the one that receives the support tickets.

As a side note: This exact same thing (elimination of FITB format) has happened to multiple other trivia web sites that I have found on the Internet. There is a reason for that. It was my mistake to allow FITB questions from the beginning. They quickly turned into "Name that song" or "Fill in name of the movie" title - where the "trivia question" was a word and a blank. That is clearly not trivia - we can do better than that!

Am I happy about losing an editor to this decision? No! I may lose more!? In the mean time, I encourage all to think outside of the Movies and Television box - and create a true trivia quiz on something truly meaningful. You will find that it will probably not fit into the constraints of a FITB.

Thank you and all the best,


Magnolia1  (Level: 74.5 - Posts: 147)
Wed, 29th Nov '06 8:00 PM

In the words of M.C.Hammer," Can,t touch this"

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Wed, 29th Nov '06 8:26 PM

2 Scared to comment

Wed, 29th Nov '06 8:39 PM

Blah. Comment, please!

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Wed, 29th Nov '06 8:54 PM

Justin,when i met you,you were a sweetheart and still are.With what you are doing,i give you a Ten.How you put up with us is like a visa advert/Priceless,tc my friend.

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Wed, 29th Nov '06 9:18 PM

I can see the point of FITB quizzes taking a lot of time, and energy without really teaching anything to anyone. On the other there are a lot of people who have joined Sploofus for the challenge of competing against those who invited them to join aka, friends, family, etc... and they are:

1)Not the brightest bulb in the light-string?
2)A few bricks shy of a load?
3)1 card short of a flush?
4)Dumber than a box of rocks?
5)All of these?

Therefore the FITB quizzes are near, and dear to them, so they can feel not so different, or left out, and can still get a few worthless points while having a ton of fun. And if they are ever going to defeat the green goblin they will need lots of chances lol.

Mr Sploofus it is your site, and the decision is yours alone, and all of the headaches, and heartaches that comes with it must also be yours. Those who do not like is can always delete you, and think on it no more. I hope in the future some compromise can be made, if not oh well it is back to chasing the goblin for me. Great site good luck.

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Wed, 29th Nov '06 10:11 PM

Oh, and PS: As I was chasing the green ghoul/goblin through the FITB quizzes, I thought hmmm, what an elusive SO***, and then I thought, will the FITB quizzes on sight already be removed completley then? I am just thinking about new members coming on board taking a bunch of them, then perhaps trying to write a few and being told they are not allowed any longer. Also wondering about all the thousands of hours put into them by so many faithful Sploofusers who will no longer gain any points from people like, well, you know, "ME" who would be taking them. Or is that a bridge not ready yet to be crossed? Just curious. Rocco

Sblv  (Level: 191.2 - Posts: 337)
Wed, 29th Nov '06 11:04 PM

Hi, I have never done a FITB quiz and maybe have taken two or three. I like the quizzes to be more meaningful like Justin said, however, I can easily see how taking or writing a FITB quiz can be fun for many people that join the site to have fun. Personally, I do not find the Word Rounds meaningful, some questions there do not require any brain activity, but lots of people enjoy it, and this is great that there are lots of things to do on this site. I do not like the WTHAI feature that much either, I think the winner is often the one who can type in more names per unit of time.
Would I like this site to have only meaningful quizzes? I would then probably never had an opportunity to meet some people that do not take or write quizzes. We already know who takes and writes well researched quizzes, who does mostly WR, who excells at WP, so why not just leave the FITB as a separate category so they do not interfere with other people's quizzes and push them down the front page. I am sure there is a solution.

And if loose FITB quizzes? This site is a functional dynamic unit that changes, goes through its evolution. And thank you for taking into account our considerations and suggestions. You can not make everyone happy, no human can, so all changes are just a part of any evolution and progress. Thank you all for the sploofus experince. Peace to all of you.

Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Wed, 29th Nov '06 11:27 PM

What, pray tell, is the green goblin?

Aquamar  (Level: 183.1 - Posts: 920)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 1:15 AM

I'm not sure but it might be that little hooded guy that pops up every now and again while taking a quiz.


Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 3:36 AM

So an editor quit. Big deal. I thought this site was about having fun, and if you learned something in the process that was a plus. You have one quiz author with hundreds of quizzes. They didn't use punctuation or have a clue as to what a shift key was. Lots of valuable lessons there I guess. So now it's all about the editors and what they want. Remember they are players as well. So what will the next rule change be that is to their advantage?

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 8:15 AM

Hurrah and Huzzah!

Mr Sploof,
I'm sorry you lost an editor but I agree whole-heartedly with your decision. How can FITB be realisticaly construed as 'trivia'? Good riddance to them!
Apologies if my sentiments offend, but if they do you know what to do...

_ off.

Charlemange  (Level: 55.9 - Posts: 42)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 10:18 AM

I'm glad for this. I have to admit, I always thought of FITBs and the like as copout questions as trivia. They're more word-association type games and other wordplay.

Honestly, Justin, the idea of a second site for such things, while a logistical nightmare for you, might not be such a bad idea.

Geophile  (Level: 163.4 - Posts: 1532)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 2:21 PM

Ah, the green goblin....the green thing scared the wits out of me the first time I saw it and you know what? I have had about 30 of them. Do you think I could have a diamond round or another chance of redeeming myself with a gold nugget? Never have even seen a blue diamond. But these green things show up constantly and are making me nuts, as there is no way you can guess the number in the time alloted. I'd love to see all thi colorful stuff go - can't see the point in it.

Mountainnymph  (Level: 78.5 - Posts: 2)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 3:22 PM

FITB just ain't trivia! It's more like kindergarten guessing games. And the number of FITB relating to entertainment (movies, TV, actors/actresses and the like) was scary. Delighted to see them go. And, if an editor quit, too bad, so sad...

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 3:26 PM

The only thing I am thinking is that, with the loss of FITB and thus the category becoming defunct, is that really stopping people from putting in lots and lots of movies quizzes. Such as who starred in this film?

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 6:14 PM

Let us look a little deeper "ie" If: Frosty the snowman was a holly, _____ soul
1. dolly
2. jolly
Is no longer allowed, what about: Frosty the snowman was a holly, something soul. What is the something?
1. Polly
2. Jolly
Not a fill in the blank, but the same thing really. I have been chasing the green guy through a lot of puzzles lately, which by the way I will never catch, and there are literally hundreds of 1+3+4 is: 1.7 2.8 etc... not exactly a trivia question by most standards, but also not a FITB either. In fact the simple math problems, FITBs, who played who in what, riddles, song lyrics, titles, and artists, and the list goes on actually make up I am sure well over 50% of all Sploofus quizzes.

My point in all of this is where do you draw the line in what is Trivia, and what is just a bunch of simple, no-brained useless information, but still a lot of fun to some of us.
Triva definition from" matters or things that are very unimportant, inconsequential, or nonessential; trifles; trivialities."

I realize that the lyrics to, "Frosty The Snowman" are not as deeply trivial as, "Who laid the foundation for the Eiffel Tower?" but it is still triva for someone who did not know the song. Does anyone see my point? This post is so long I don't even know if there is one any longer lol. I love the site, and will continue to hopefully watch it grow greater day, by day no matter what decisions Justin makes. I am just trying to say that for many who do not know or care who laid the foundation for the Eiffel Tower, challenging their minds by chasing ghouls through endless song lyrics is just as much fun, and rewarding for them.

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 6:21 PM

Rocotab I was just about to say something else simlar.
I just took a fill in the blank quiz about phrases.

eg Leave no ____ unturned
answer would be stone.

But could be written,
according to a saying leave no what unturned?
answer would be stoned.

Really wouldn't take any less time to write than a 'FITB' 'question', so I am mightly confused as to what will actually be acheived by removing fitb questions, when really the format of the question can just be changed and surely more quizzes would go into the topics that need them least.
Someone writing a quiz that before would have gone in the FITB section, can now be slightly tweaked to make a proper trivia question and now is placed in something like the MUSIC or MOVIES category, which are two categories that really don't need more and more quizzes going into them.

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 6:57 PM

Exactly the point. Where would you stop it? and not only that, but you could have even learned something new like a phrase you may not have heard before, as a lot of things vary from location to location, kinda like the, "you say tomater, I say tomato", kind of thing. I believe for every quiz on Sploofus there is someone out there who probably didn't know at least one of the answers therefore learning something new.
Trivia is Trivia no matter how meaningless it may seem to some. The words to a Hank Williams Sr. song I have never heard would mean much more to me than the 1922 slogan for coca-cola. Rocco

Banomet  (Level: 177.1 - Posts: 266)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 8:39 PM

It makes the quiz more awkward than the FITB format, doesn't it?

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Thu, 30th Nov '06 10:57 PM

Will the FITB category remain on the Trivia Page with the last 15 quizzes listed?

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Fri, 1st Dec '06 1:48 AM

I believe that the main issue is not the simplicity of the question, but the format of a blank. In the 7th post of this thread Justin stated "The nature of a fill in the blank question does not fit with the future growth and expansion of Sploofus into various models such as BLOGS and RSS feeds."

I'm not sure what those models are, but I trust Justin to know where he is heading with this site.

Why not write a quiz with a question like:

Q. According to the holiday song lyrics, what type of soul is Frosty?

And BTW, FYI, the answer would be a "jolly happy soul", not a holly jolly one!

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 3:08 AM

I cannot say I am sorry to see FITBs go. I really don't enjoy that type of quiz, preferring something more challenging that can teach me something new.

In the interests of raising Sploofus standards of quiz-authoring, I support Justin's decision.
I was kinda shocked to hear of the resignation of an editor over this issue though. I guess that person had their own reasons for disagreeing with Justin's decision.
I feel sure that one of the original reasons Justin invited the assistance of editors was not only to help with some of the administrative work, but to ensure the high standard of quizzes that reach the public membership.

Sploofus continues to grow and improve, let us be farsighted and help make Sploofus the best trivia site on the internet by giving our support.

Maurlin  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 2694)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 8:03 AM

What kind of complaints were made about FITBs? I tend not to take them and rarely made one, but it certainly seems popular, with the "Name The Tom Hanks Movie" quiz substantially ahead of any of the other Top 25 quizzes. Before the Top 10 went to Top 25, there was a rule that no FITB or Kids Quizzes would be listed in that ranking. That apparently went by the wayside when the top group expanded. Wouldn't it be possible to allow FITBs, since it does seem to draw quiz takers, but just keep it and the Kid quizzes off the Top 25 rankings?

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 8:23 AM

Thank you Sploofizz for the Frosty the snowman scolding, I will try to be more precise in my examples from now on lol.
So let me see if I have the idea now of what is proper trivia, and what is not:

Not allowed: 1+2+3=_______

1. 4
2. 5
3. 6

Allowed: What is 1+2+3?

1. 4
2. 5
3. 6

Not allowed: Frosty the snowman is a _________ they say

1. green goblin
2. gold nugget
3. fairytale

Allowed: Frosty the snowman is what they say according to the song?

1. green goblin
2. gold nugget
3. fairytale

Ok I think I am getting it now. We will still have the exact same goofy, no thought questions just without a blank. I can live with that but I cannot see how eliminating FITBs will improve the quality of Sploofus. I love trivia, that is the trivia according to my above post as the definitition of trivia, (and by the way it doesn't state FITB is not trivia), but I also love the competition of trying to beat other players to get in that number 1 spot at the top of a quizzes leader board, If you eliminate the simpler things such as FITB, and nonsensical childlike quizzes, first of all you will have to eliminate over half the Sploofus sites existing quizzes, and when all that is left is questions about, "Who was the king of England in 1743?" or "What songwriter won a nomination at the 1964 CMA awards" then there will definately not be any fun left for me to compete, because I am not a genius, and would never claim to be. I just like to have fun, learn a few things that I am interested in, and the spirit of competing on my level of play sometimes as well. Rocco

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 8:39 AM

Just another quick thought.

Justin stated in his above post, "As a side note: This exact same thing (elimination of FITB format) has happened to multiple other trivia web sites that I have found on the Internet."

Maybe that is why your wonderful site has been steadily increasing in players. It is fun for everyone, children and families, the very intelligent, and the not so smart people like me who also feel at least I have a chance with a FITB, or a not so complicated trivia quiz. Rocco

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 8:40 AM

If format is the issue that I see no problem in eliminating FITB. However if "deep thinking" is what you are after, I think it will not make a whit of difference. I checked the 25 most popular this am. With a few exceptions they consist of movies, TV, and popular music. Eliminate this "dreadful' 25 and perhaps people will write on other things. I have done both so no criticism aimed. Long, questions which often deep-thinking or research bring criticism and, I suspect, low ratings from folks who play for speed. I will say no more on this as I became a most unpopular individual under another name. Ultimately, my feelings were hurt and I quit. I won't do that again. I enjoy this and if the time comes that I no longer do-then i will look for another game.

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 9:08 AM

No one forced anyone to take fitb quizzes.
No one forced anyone to write them.

What about the for kids only section, because 1+1 is really a challenging trivia question?

With the loss of what is deemed to be the least trivial topic, what happens further down the line when the then lowesr trivial topic is not allowed, and that continues.

Would we be left with a site consisting of ridiculous hard stuff. Almost as if to say you can write any questions you like as long as no one knows the answer.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 9:18 AM

There used to be true/false on Sploofus but that went by the wayside. I have written no true/false when it was ok to do that nor fill in the blanks-think I just used a different format as suggested in this thread. There is something within humans that strives for popularity-check out 25 most popular. There are those folks who always have and will to write the quizzes on technology, the Arts, etc. Guess that is known as "integrity"-love you for it!!!

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 9:24 AM

I have had people accuse me of writing crap quizzes because I have written a lot in a short period of time.

Yes I have written FITB quizzes, and simple movies and music quizzes.
But I have also written ones on technology, the arts, geography, history etc etc, and all though mine in those may not be as specific as others, I wouldn't say they are cheap.

I can understand the reasoning behind the FITB going, in the same way as not allowing true or false ones, but I don't see how not having them is going to raise the profile of the site. It may mean people go elsewhere.

I won't but some may.

Kaufman  (Level: 263.2 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 9:26 AM

While what Roccotab says is true, that most FITB questions can be rephrased to question-questions with the same content, I think the elimination of FITBs may still result in a change to quiz content. Here's why.

In the example given, we're treated to the question:

1) Frosty the Snowman was a _______ soul

... which can be turned into:

1) In the song "Frosty the Snowman," what kind of soul was he?

The difference is on the quiz level, not the question level. As it is now, I've seen quizzes like:

FITB: Frosty the Snowman

1) Frosty the Snowman was a _______ soul
2) With a _______
3) And a _______
4) And _______

A whole quiz like that would likely be awkward to do in question format. Instead, without FITBs, we might get something like:

Popular Christmas Songs

1) In the song "Frosty the Snowman," what kind of soul was he?
2) What did my true love give to me on the seventh day of Christmas
3) What was Mommy doing to Santa Claus?
4) What will we look for on New Year's Day if the radiation level's OK?

The second quiz would take a bit more mental energy for the author, probably more for the solver too, and would likely be more fun for any solver who doesn't get goosebumps up and down at the lyrics to "Frosty", not that there's anything wrong with that, but I'm guessing it's a small minority being alienated.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 9:36 AM

lol Kaufman. I'm too old to be alienated by much of anything. I'll just go with the flow and enjoy where I can.

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 11:02 AM

Kaufman, I do see, and understand what you are saying, and I will definately admit your way is a little more challenging while maintaining some of it's simplicity.

But what about the number of mathmatical quizzes? How are you going to rephrase those? The elimination of some things just seems to me like an unnecessary thing to me, and the beginning of a snowball effect change of things many enjoy. The FITBs, and the kids quizzes already have their own categories. Currently there are 3,292 FITB quizzes which probably total over 32,000 questions, man that is an excessive amount of work, pleasure, and downright fun to flush down the toilet.

And believe it or not it is like a friend on Sploofus stated to me, sometimes I just want to relax, do some simple things I enjoy, and have fun. If eliminating the FITBs, leads to a higher class, and harder quizzes, I will not leave, but my play time here would be much less enjoyable, and my time spent here much less as well. Rocco

P.S. Baggiob God bless you for some of your cheap, fun, easy to take quizzes lol. RT

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 1:31 PM

Another FITB goes live today, don't tell me that was held up in the queue because there was something wrong with it.
When I found out about these being taken away I posted a note asking if they would be alright and was told yes as they had been launched before the post was up.

I just find it a bit funny that two days later another one has gone live on the 1st of december. yet, quizzes i launched after the post was made about no more FITB have all gone live one whole day before this one. In fact I would boldly say that there is no way that the fitb quiz in question could have been in the list prior to the post unless there was mistakes in it and it had to be sent back.

Sploofus Editor
Fri, 1st Dec '06 4:47 PM

Roughly 20-30% of quizzes wind up going back to the authors for revision (this is not an estimate, or likely guess; we have actual statistics) so that is quite likely. Some go back many more times than once. You see in the SQAG where it says that quizzes can take up to 30 days to pass through? That is true. If the quiz is sent back to the author for revision, they resubmit it to the original editor and sits in their queue until they okay it.

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Fri, 1st Dec '06 5:42 PM

I suppose that could be true.

Iautah  (Level: 213.6 - Posts: 91)
Sat, 2nd Dec '06 2:36 PM

I don't understand why fill in the blank (FITB) quizzes were ended. While only two of my 60+ quizzes were FITB quizzes, and only about 5 to 10 percent of my quiz taking was FITB quizzes, I have found FITB quizzes to be a good change of pace. A good trivia site should have a mix of both hard and easy quizzes. Easy questions bring in kids and some adults who just want to relax. Some people start their quiz authoring with FITB quizzes, then later start authoring more complex quizzes. Some people write mostly difficult quizzes, but like to author a FITB quiz from time to time. There is no point in having a site with only super hard questions or with quiz authoring made so difficult that no one writes quizzes. If there is a problem with the format of the blanks, then that should be standardized in the Sploofus Terms of Use.


Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Sat, 2nd Dec '06 2:39 PM

Just because it was in a FITB format did not neccesarily make it an 'easy' quiz, if you wrote one an obscure band or maybe less well known songs then it would be hard.

As to the bit someone has written above about fitb pushing other quizzes off of the front page. surely they would only have pushed other FITB ones off as that was the category they were in.

At the end of the day, they have been removed, and although I am not particualrly happy about it, I am not unhappy about it. I'm sure there are plenty of other players who aren't really too bothered about their removal.
Justin has decided and it is his site at the end of the day.

Sblv  (Level: 191.2 - Posts: 337)
Sun, 3rd Dec '06 12:56 AM

I do agree with Steve( Lautah ) on this. I do not understand why these quizzes are being singled out. Can we get a better idea about the direction in which the site is evolving ? The explanation by Justin sounds too technical. Thank you.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sun, 3rd Dec '06 9:44 AM

To answer sblv, as I understand it:

Justin has for quite some time been against FITB questions. His long-range plan includes using questions from Sploofus quizzes on BLOGS and RSS feeds (I don't really know what that means or how it will work, but I imagine something like a sample quiz question posted on some other site, with a link that will bring new people in to Sploofus).

Questions like:
will simply not be conducive to a stand-alone format, where there is no description or explanation of what is being asked for.

At one point Justin asked everyone to write every question in a quiz in a stand-alone format:
What city is the capital of Michigan?
Which man's name will complete this Tom Hanks movie title: ___adelphia?

But the questions got too cumbersome and repetitive and that idea was scrapped. The idea came about to place FITB quizzes in their own separate category. This solution, for Justin, was ever only a stop-gap measure, and did not even address the simple one-word quiz 'questions'. Now as he gets closer to making the BLOG/RSS feed idea a reality, the issue has again come to the forefront.

Believe me when I tell you that this whole issue has been discussed extensively in the editors' room, and all of your ideas, opinions and comments are being taken into consideration.

Sploofus is a family and we are just having a few growing pains right now; the site seems to have reached the peak of the "terrible twos" (you parents will know exactly what I am talking about!).

So please, be patient, play for fun, write more quizzes (with less _____'s), and anticipate what will happen during the site's third year of existence!

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sun, 3rd Dec '06 10:06 AM

LMAO at the gut using FITB's to get his point across that he disliked FITB. Sometimes we just have to admit who we are. I will not be in Splooftalk angain, tonite.

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Sun, 3rd Dec '06 6:52 PM

re your earlier post I understand fully.

Personally though I am suprised if a FITB had to be sent back once let alone more than that.
5 days after they were stopped another one has gone live.

Is there any more in the queue?

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Sun, 3rd Dec '06 8:15 PM

A good BLOG or RSS feed for a Trivia site should possibly be:

Where would you be if you were having tons of fun, competing with friends, family, and perhaps some of the brightest minds on the web?

1. Sploofus
2. Sploofus
3. Sploofus
4. All of the above.

How FITB removal will affect the future of the Sploofus site I am still a little fuzzy on. Directing other members here from other locations will not in any way I can see be affected by the removal of FITB quizzes, which would probably hold a broader audience. Unless of course the direction the site is headed in is going to be as stated earlier a site purely made up of super intelligent people, no longer geared toward fun for all, but fierce competition for the super smart or whomever can google the fastest.

I am not in any way trying to argue with the boss here, just wishing for a little more clarification on why when it seems so popular would you want to remove them. Of course it may simply be Justin don't like them any more, and it is after all his site, and you can't argue with that lol. RT

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sun, 3rd Dec '06 9:24 PM

My understanding is that that the FITB format was done in by the editors whining. The editors are also players. So policy is being set by a few secret players. Sixteen thousand non-paying member can't be wrong. How big of a gap does it require from number 1 to number 17,433 before these secret players are not threatened. Maybe there just wasn't time to edit all the FITB while patting themselves on the back in chat.

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Sun, 3rd Dec '06 10:19 PM

You must be an editor then to know what they are whining about - right?

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 852)
Sun, 3rd Dec '06 11:10 PM

Felix-- I think the decision to do away with FITB quizzes was Justin's. I have seen many, many posts in Salty Dog that mention something about most FITB quizzes being a waste of time or a way to get easy, cheap points. Some players seem happy with the idea. Maybe those people complained via support ticket, I don't know. I do know that I avoid that category like the plague (who needs to fill in another movie title blank?), yet I think that there can be quality, challenging trivia in a fill-in-the-blank form. I think I could even write one, if I had time. Trouble is, people churn out the "movie or song title" quizzes like there's no tomorrow. If this site is to be the best trivia site on the web, shouldn't it be about QUALITY and not quantity? If there was a way to ensure that we never again saw another "Joe Blow Movie Titles FITB" (there's gotta be so many repeats of the same actor or band in the archives) then I'd have no problem with the category.

Oops-- it's time to watch 'Dexter'. What a fun show. Bye!

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Mon, 4th Dec '06 6:40 AM

Blue my name is Fenix. Yes I agree the site should have nothing to do with fun. Just because this is becoming a Mensa site, FITB is very unappropriate. To raise the bar we need more editors with no inside information (yeah, right)and maybe some count the bouncing ball games. I love when some one ask a question or makes a statement and a play (not an editor)yeah, right answers for Sploofus. Just more evidence of this being a clique. One player telling another "seeya" was the clincher there. I am just glad that this County Club let's us busboys take the scraps here. Try voting on some of these things that effect paying members and you'd see the whining few that make policy might be wrong. Way too many people take this too serious. By the way I high do I have to rank to change policy that will effect players doing better than myself? Have a wonderful day. I am sorry I miscalled your name, Violetblue, just tired of being called felix.

Surreyman  (Level: 266.6 - Posts: 2769)
Mon, 4th Dec '06 7:36 AM

I just enjoy Sploofus, warts 'n' all.

Why cannot others simply do the same?

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Mon, 4th Dec '06 7:45 AM

Someone doesn't love Sploofus? Get outa here. I will not be in SploofTALK again tonite. Happy Holidays.

Ladyvol  (Level: 209.5 - Posts: 5580)
Mon, 4th Dec '06 8:26 AM

I agree with Alan on this one...

Ummagumma  (Level: 67.4 - Posts: 186)
Mon, 4th Dec '06 4:33 PM

Ditto - Have fun - Rock on

Mon, 4th Dec '06 6:00 PM

Please don't call me the boss - I am just the guy who is trying my damned best to keep 17,000+ people with differing opinions happy. With the addition of the new servers I am paying more than ever out of my pocket to keep this site afloat. Yes, Sploofus costs me money, it doesn't make me money. Why do I continue? Because Sploofus is not about me. Sploofus is about the anonymous player that messaged me last week, thankful for a resource that allows her to re-learn things she had forgotten since having a severe stroke. It is her number one daily tool for amnesia recovery from an incident that nearly ended her life. The sarcasm and discontent of a few is CRUSHED by the good people that make Sploofus a resource that literally impacts and changes peoples lives. I would characterize the daily criticism of this web site by paying members as an awful waste of electrons.

Just a little perspective.

Mon, 4th Dec '06 6:08 PM

Oops. What I meant to post before going off on a tangent is that FITB will be restored, in a slightly different fashion, very soon. Details to come. In the mean time, please do not create them until the new SQAG is released which details how they will be handled. My apologies for so quickly banning a trivia format that was enjoyed by many people! That was not the right thing to do. Please read my previous post that discusses the fact that it was me ALONE that made the FITB ban - editors had nothing to do with it. If I would have brought the idea to the editors it would have been shot down. And rightfully so! However, the very very easy (FITB or other) quizzes will be released in a new way that will not afford them as many points or space on the most recent quiz listings. Once FITBs are accepted again, Sploofusers can find them by using the search tool as well as a new category system. This is what the editors have done. They have created a new way to still allow FITB quizzes while at the same time mitigating the problems that caused many people to dislike them. The RSS and BLOG feeds will simply filter FITB content. Sploofus is a forum for friendships and trivia, not elitism or Mensa CRAP. More info to come soon!

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Mon, 4th Dec '06 6:23 PM

Score one for the little guy. To show my thanks, I will not be a jerk for the next 7 minutes. Happy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mon, 4th Dec '06 6:37 PM

Happy Holidays to you as well!

Alaskan420  (Level: 69.0 - Posts: 191)
Mon, 4th Dec '06 8:21 PM

Can I pay for a couple years ahead(if it would help).Anything you need,don't hesitate.

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Tue, 5th Dec '06 1:19 AM

I apologize for the boss comment, and stand before you humbly, and accept the scolding with a tiny hidden smile glad that the FITB format will be again a part, no matter how small of my favorite internet site. Thank you for listening to, and tolerating the voices of others, and I hope the site will always remain as it is, a fun family environment, with some challenging, and interesting ways to express yourself, and relax with friends.

Please know that never at any time was I not happy, or humbled by the much work I am sure you must put in to making this site what it is, and I am also glad there will always be a place here for even a simple, family-loving country boy like me. Have a great Holiday season Thank You. RT

Markied  (Level: 30.9 - Posts: 109)
Wed, 6th Dec '06 9:54 AM

Justin, as I said on another thread, last week..You ROCKKKKKKK!
Long may you reign victorious (even when the "big boys" (Google et al) try to buy you out.
This site is gaining nearly a 1,000 new members in less than a fortnight now (long may it continue) so don't think the big guys WON'T come a-knockin'..
I joined when it had only 7,000 members just over a year ago, and have loved EVERY darned second of it (apart from my latest quiz, which has been rejected, even though 3 more of the same type, HAVE been allowed to go "Live") ..but that's for another topic, I guess.
Anyway, enough of my ramblings..
Arise, Sir (Honorary) Justin..Long may this site continue..or as we Scots say "Lang may yer lumb reek"!!

Mystic13  (Level: 44.8 - Posts: 89)
Wed, 6th Dec '06 11:42 AM

if this category is to be eliminated and the deadline for accepting new quizzes has lapsed, how come i see new entries up to now

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