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Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Tue, 15th May '07 12:15 PM


I'd just like to say that I find it really disheartening when a person puts effort into creating a quiz, trying to make it a little difference and of course throws in the sploof factor (isn't that the point) and then gets rated like 1 or 2. I know that even when I don't do well, if the quiz is well done, and interesting even if I don't do well, I rate what I truly think, NOT based on how badly I failed. Based on what I've seen in the past few days on some of my new quizzes (except for a few people who told me) if they don't do well, they just get ticked and tank the ratings. Not very nice...if a quiz doesn't interest you you shouldn't take it - I know that I try to be very upfront in my description - I say what type of info you'll get when you take the quiz. If a person doesn't do well, they shouldn't tank it. That's my two cents, even though my thoughts are only worth a penny! You may agree or not...

Gypsylady  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 6036)
Tue, 15th May '07 12:56 PM

I agree with you Lorri! I think it is very mean spirited to give someone a low rating on a quiz just because they do not do well. I would rather when someone attempts to take one of my quizzes if they don't know anything about the subject or aren't interested in it, or feel by the description they may not do well, to just not take it. I think most of the people who do that have not written any quizzes of their own. I have checked when someone takes some of my qizzes as to what they usually rate them, and most of the ones who rate low haven't written a quiz. I doubt though that how we feel about it would make any difference to the people who rate really low. I think they just have a character flaw. That's my two cents.


Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 15th May '07 1:23 PM

I don't know if it helps, but consider the folks who slam as just the Sploofus equivalent of trolls. They can't build themselves up by trashing you personally, so they take it out on your quiz.

You're left with the option of making the quiz so simple its not personally satisfying, or running their wrath with each new quiz you submit.

Personally, I prefer to put my heart and quiz into personal satisfaction. If some chucklehead gets their jollies by slamming it, more's their pity. time it happens, send me a note. I'll arrange for some more reasonable people to take the test (which means more points for you!) and raise the score again. Plus it undoes the work of the troll...errr, slammer...and there's nothing they can do about it.

Ravenslight  (Level: 10.5 - Posts: 110)
Tue, 15th May '07 2:35 PM

About a year ago I said the same thing. I kind of figured this out though, some people when miserable are just going to spite you

I write some rather long questioned quizes, because they are about really unusual things, now I tell people this before they ever start and then some idiots will give low ratings and say the questions are too long or it is too hard.. and i just think did you read what the quiz was about because i said it right there..

anyway, it is frustrating but dont take it to heart

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Tue, 15th May '07 2:50 PM

I'm just learning to write quizzes and I agree with you Lorri. It is also discouraging when not many people take the quiz. I have even received a couple of downright mean and insulting emails.

However, I've made a promise to myself to not give much thought to nasty ratings. As long as I'm enjoying it, that's all that should matter. Easy to say; hard to do.

I kind of err on the other side and almost always give a quiz a rating of nine. I guess I'm just too lazy to figure out the nuance of a difference between a nine and an eight or a seven.....

Banomet  (Level: 173.2 - Posts: 266)
Tue, 15th May '07 3:00 PM

Nobody ever complains about the nines.

Nancidru  (Level: 10.7 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 15th May '07 3:11 PM

Ditto. I like taking some puzzles where I don't know much about the subject matter, but learn from the quiz (or am entertained on how the quiz is written...I guess it's just the writer in me.) I give everyone props for taking the time to write a quiz and sharing it. I know I'm having a great time sampling a variety of quizzes. I didn't do very well on many of the country quizzes for May, but I enjoyed them anyway. Kudos to all quiz writers and keep up the good work, don't get discouraged, you are appreciated.

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Tue, 15th May '07 3:27 PM

I know it's been said before, but the "bomber" tag, such as the one linked to professorX, works well for me. When I get a 1 thru 4, I expect that I didnt spell ANYthing right (impossible due to editors), My Grammar ( not to be confused with my grandma) is atrocious, and my facts are so out of line as to expect public ridicule.

On a different thought plane though, when I first joined, I rarely EVER gave a 9 unless I thoroughly enjoyed the subject matter, and I thought the writer was witty and charming... And if they offered me a case of Scotch. ( ok maybe not the last one) But as I started writing them, I realized the research effort that goes into many of them, and the "Did Texlewee like the subject matter" factor weighed less and less. After all, "Belly Button Lint" may not be the most exciting topic on God's Green Earth, but the creativity and research that obviously went into some of the Belly Button Lint Quizzes was quite obvious. And just cause I had a crappy night and don't EVER want to hear about Tequila again doesn't mean the quiz was bad or deserves a 1 or 2....

Now, a case of Scotch would almost guarantee 9's across the board for whoever sent it..... I don't care if the quiz is about the fart patters of the African Wildebeast (actually that might be kind of interesting) Give me Scotch, you get a NINE!!!

Just letting everybody know that I can be bought.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 15th May '07 3:28 PM

Actually, I like to write them the way I like to take them. Folks like Aslan and Nancidru, Garrybl and Tex and scores of others have a knack for entertaining as well as educating.

Seems to me you had some one-hit wonder quiz that had a song stuck in my head for the better part of a weekend. a celebrity song lyric one too...that was some pretty good stuff!

Just shake off the trolls and remember a lot more folks appreciate your work than seem to get a kick out of slamming it.

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.2 - Posts: 372)
Tue, 15th May '07 8:49 PM

I've never authored a quiz, but I don't remember ever rating one below a 7. I learn something from each one I take, especially on subject matter of which I know very little. I have some really embarrassing scores on some of them, too!!!

I appreciate the hard work involved in putting the quizzes together for us. So I salute all of you quiz authors (with non-alcoholic scotch, of course).....



Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 15th May '07 8:57 PM

Due to my lazy nature I have not written many quizzes, (2), but have done some that I have failed miserably at. Never have I given any lower than a six and that one had a mistake in it. I scored a zero one time but gave it a seven. It's not the authors fault that I am an idiot.
Onward and upward,

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Tue, 15th May '07 9:21 PM

Donden: Dang, that's a sweet-looking sled!

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Tue, 15th May '07 10:02 PM

Kaelin, perhaps "BOUGHT" was too strong a word... Perhaps sending me some Scotch would simply enhance my mood, therefore increasing scores???

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 16th May '07 9:43 AM

Thanks Chick, and I see you have good "taste" in refreshments.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Wed, 16th May '07 11:36 AM

Only in moderation....usually. I don't have Tex's budget for single malt scotch, alas.

And I'd post a pic of the '63 chevy truck, but your ride just puts it to shame!

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Wed, 16th May '07 12:45 PM

Neither does Texlewee.. That's why he is always asking.........

Lindyj  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 22)
Thu, 17th May '07 8:05 PM

I've never had the heart to give a quiz a bad rating, even if it sucked. LOL

I like both easier and hard quizzes -- the easy ones make me feel intelligent and the hard ones actually make me more intelligent!

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Thu, 17th May '07 8:23 PM

That is a very nice attitude Lindyj. An outlook like that is refreshing to hear.

Lindyj  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 22)
Thu, 17th May '07 8:41 PM

I like your screen name, Alan. I assume you call yourself that after the CS Lewis books, and not because it means lion in Turkish or Urdu or whatever it is.

I've read that series so many times, either to my kids or to myself, that I know parts by heart.

Lindyj  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 22)
Thu, 17th May '07 8:42 PM

duh .. I meant, I like your screen name ASLAN.

Maurlin  (Level: 210.5 - Posts: 2658)
Thu, 17th May '07 9:58 PM

I'm sure glad you mentioned the name...I'm making an appointment with my eye doctor first thing tomorrow. I have always read it as Asian.

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Thu, 17th May '07 11:15 PM

Aslan did come from the C.S. Lewis books. I read thenm when they first came out, think it was the early 70s.

Another favorite of mine is his book 'Till We Have Faces'.

I get called Asian a lot. Call me anything you want, I'll answer.

Allena  (Level: 253.5 - Posts: 1388)
Fri, 18th May '07 12:06 AM

Back to the thread ... about ratings. I suggested, while Smoke was out of the room that the computer let people who have written less than 10 quizzes be allowed to rate from 5-9. Think about it.

If I get criticized by a fellow writer, I usually get an explanation and a dignified rating. When a newby tells me my questions are too long and I look him/her up ... well, no quizzes, an average rating of 4.0 and no name, no place, nothing on the bio ... it is a big effort to write back with enthusasm.

Marynuala  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 994)
Fri, 18th May '07 1:15 AM

While on the subject, I would also like to add my compliments to Aslan. Not only is it a lovely username, I always find something beautifully spiritual about your Chat messages. (Your candle image also enhances it). With regard to low ratings and spiteful comments, first of all, in fairness to Sploofus members I have never received any offensive or degrading remarks about my quizzes. But for those of you who have, you should bring it to the attention of Justin. Also, like the saying goes, "those who can do, those who can't teach", maybe equally, those who can, write good quizzes, those who can't criticise. So just ignore them!

Penguin  (Level: 64.2 - Posts: 42)
Fri, 18th May '07 2:39 AM

Hi all. I've rated most quizzes between 7 and 9 in appreciation of the amount of creativity and research it obviously took to build them. I've found 99% of the ones I've taken very enjoyable..there was one I didn't understand at all, but that was probably because I wasn't in the right mindset--I still gave it a 7 for the work involved to produce it. Thanks everybody for your quizzes.

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Fri, 18th May '07 6:44 AM

OK. Now you've done it, Marynuala. I have been a little emotional lately and your post got me crying.

There is no way to tell you what your kind words mean to me. Bless you.

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