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Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Sun, 18th Mar '07 11:06 PM


How is it that a difficulty rayting can get lowered?

Also, how does difficulty rating get set? Is it some arbetrary # set by the reviewer? I just wonder because I have seen quizzez low difficulty with NO 100% corrects, and seen ones with a difficulty of 7 or 8 with dozens.

It seems the "review board" has the ability to arbitrarily decide who gets points and who doesn't. They clearly rate "editors Choice" by personal preference, not by quality of content. That is not to say that EA's choices have poor content, but clearly there is a sports buff on the editor team, cause well written sports quizzes have a disproporunate # of EA's. And there are some MARVELOUSLY written quizzes that have ratings in the high eights that are overlooked. It seems the editors have topic preferences as to who gets EA's. Perhaps that's just a bonus of being an EA. Ignore quality. Promote your personal tastes.....

I'm sure my questions will eliminate my chance of EVER getting an EA, but I can't avoid the 800 Lb elephant in the room.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 19th Mar '07 12:36 AM

The ratings are set by an average of the scores of the players who take it. They start out pretty low and low scores push them up.

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Sploofizz (Editor)  
Mon, 19th Mar '07 10:25 PM

Difficulty ratings are figured by a mathematical script that runs automatically. I have seen some quizzes that do seem to have many 100%'s and still have a high rating, but the part that you cannot see is how many people have taken the quiz. 15 100%'s out of 1500 will have much less of an impact than 1 100% out of 10 takers.

The awarding of EA's is not based on topic. Editors cannot choose which quizzes they get to edit. After editing several quizzes with lots of problems, a mediocre quiz might start to look mighty top-notch. And conversely, after editing a dozen truly wonderful quizzes, a simply wonderful one might not be so impressive.

Also, Editors only have 5 chances to give out awards per week. There is no carryover week to week.

Your comments posted here have no influence on us when awarding EA's. It is all about the quiz itself. Sometimes a great topic and clever quiz seems worthy of an EA to you, the quiz taker, but you have no idea how much work, rewrites and editing were involved in getting it to look that way! Lots of typos, grammatical issues, spelling errors, etc. tend to lower a quiz's chances of getting an EA, but will eventually be launched when those things are all cleaned up.

Hope this clears up some of your misconceptions.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 19th Mar '07 10:34 PM

I'm really confused about your comment on Sports quizzes getting too many EA's. I didn't remember there being hardly any, so I looked.

When I looked at the most recent EA list (50 quizzes) there is only one about sports. And when I look at the Sports quiz category page, that same one is the only one that has an EA. So how is that a problem?

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Tue, 20th Mar '07 1:55 PM

Gee, now don't I look like the conspiracy theorist... LOL... I guess understanding the process helps alot.

As for the sports quizzes; I looked back a long time, and it appears that I was mistaken.

Once again, perception corrected by FACT.

Thank you all for your responses, and please pardon my "Grassy Knoll" theories.....

Maybe I should change my "handle" to -HinkleyWasFramed-

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Tue, 20th Mar '07 3:57 PM

Texlewee (sorry if i spelt that wrong), I would say there are probably many people on here who have written quizzes that they have thought are good enough for an EA but one things is certain, all the editors do the best they can. no conspiracy theories here. lol

Anyway, noticed you are relatively new(ish) well welcome, and would like to say that when you get your first ea you will be so happy.

Zeedee  (Level: 222.1 - Posts: 1088)
Wed, 21st Mar '07 10:14 PM

Yes, Baggiob, you're right! I just got my first EA and I am happy, happy, happy.

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