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garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6646)
Tue, 15th May '07 9:43 AM

DURATION OF QUIZZES ON 'MOST RECENT' LIST

Up until last month most quizzes were guaranteed to stay for 12-24 hours on the most recent list.
During the last few weeks the editors have upped their game or the system has become dramatically more efficient -- or both.
As a result many quizzes only stay on the 'most recent' list for perhaps 3-6 hours?
Might I suggest to sploofus that if it were possible to keep all the quizzes on that list for 6-9 hours [pick a number] that would be fairer to all concerned?
Otherwise exposure for one quiz may be quite different fromn that of another.

allena
Allena  (Level: 256.0 - Posts: 1393)
Tue, 15th May '07 10:39 AM

Gary has the problem defined. The most recent list is limited to one quiz per author. However, with only 30 on the list (leaving room for unappreciated ads) then maybe an opportunity exists. Any chance of having 60 now that the number of quiz writers has dramitically increased?

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.2 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 15th May '07 10:47 AM

The problem is that so many of us are relying on the crutch the most recent list provides to the exception of all other resources. We have the list by categories. We have the author subscription feature. We have the editor's award list. Sure, it's more fun being lazy, but teach a man to fish ...

revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 15th May '07 10:57 AM

It's an interesting problem to have...and certainly better than not enough new quizzes to hold interest. But I think your point is well taken. Folks are trained to look for quizzes in a way that doesn't necessarily mean the higher quality quizzes get proper notice.

Perhaps bumping up the "Most Recent" to 50 would give them more time in the light. Since there are so many new quizzes showing up, I'd suggest adding a "Favorite Quizzes" list over the past 3 days as well as 10. That would really help after a weekend, so Monday folks could peruse the biggest hits since last Friday.

Just a musing....

berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.6 - Posts: 478)
Tue, 15th May '07 7:03 PM

Personally I'd go for each quiz having a set time on the front page, regardless of how many there are on the list because of it - to me, that's the only way to make it really fair.

I like the idea of the Favourite Quizzes over the last 3 days list, but I think that'll only exacerbate the problem - everyone'll go there before looking at the rest of the new list, just as at the moment they look at the front page before the main quizzes page, and, like those on the Top 25 vs the rest, the difference between the 'haves' and 'have nots' will just get wider.

I can actually look at my list of quizzes and tell which have been on the Top 25 by the number of takers - it shoots up by as much as 10 times the normal level when a quiz makes that list!

mitchy
Mitchy  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 964)
Tue, 15th May '07 7:32 PM

I think its great.... Keep up the good work editors!!!!!


tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 3779)
Tue, 15th May '07 7:43 PM

I disagree. With the queue hovering around zero, my latest quizzes having been staying on the page longer than in the past. My latest quiz has been on the front page for over a day and is currently sitting at 19th on the list. Meaning it could be there for fair bit longer.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Tue, 15th May '07 8:22 PM

If the number of quizzes in the queue is over 100, authors complain that we aren't editing fast enough. Then we get some new editors and clear out the queue in a day, and people complain their quizzes didn't stay on the Most Recent list long enough!

How can we ever win here??


berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.6 - Posts: 478)
Tue, 15th May '07 8:40 PM

Yes - they vanish quickly *while* the queue is being cleared out, then once it's gone they stay longer because there are not so many being released. Quite logical.

And no, Sploofizz, I don't think you can win! lol

revdodd
Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 15th May '07 9:23 PM

Sorry, no intent to complain at all. Just pondering ways to make a great system even better.

There are no dumb answers, just some answers that never should see th light of day.

texlewee
Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Tue, 15th May '07 9:59 PM

No you can't win, However, If you will send me a case of single malt scotch, it will make it much easier to accept this.

mitchy
Mitchy  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 964)
Tue, 15th May '07 11:34 PM



pafork
Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 537)
Wed, 16th May '07 4:12 AM

I don't think things like this necessarily need to be 'fair' to everyone all the time. The 'most recent' list is what it is. Sometimes 'most recent' means all the quizzes have been written in the past 2 hours and sometimes it means they've been written in the past 2 days. If you write a few quizzes you'll have both those experiences, and that seems fair enough.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Wed, 16th May '07 8:53 AM

It would seem to me that the best solution to this problem is to write another quiz! You get on top again, and you run a good chance that someone is going to opt to take some of your other quizzes at the end.


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