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suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 7:10 PM

FITB MOVIE TITLES

I'm not complaining (not really anyway) but it seems that some quiz authors seem to be having a little competition of their own to see who can write the most fill-in-the-blank (FITB) movie-title quizzes.

I like taking these quizzes, sometimes, as they are quick and simple. If it's an actor or era I know well, they are a breeze. But they sure do knock everything else off the front page!

So I'm starting a petition to get Mr. Sploofus to add a separate category for FITB titles...that way movie and TV quizzes with actual trivia questions would have a chance to be seen!

Just an idea.

A while back someone suggested splitting TV from Movies, making them seaparate categories...I'd be all for that too! What do you all think?

suzer.

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 7:44 PM

It really bummed me out when a recent quiz of mine (that took a while to conceive and write) was bumped after a few hours by the deluge of FITB quizzes.

I'd like to see the Movies/TV category split into two. And, as has been discussed before, perhaps limit quiz authors to two quizzes per category per 24 hours.

Of course, I'm sure that's much easier said than programmed...

~Tracy

felix-old
Felix-old  (Level: 14.2 - Posts: 244)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 8:10 PM

I agree Tracy. This would also hopefully increase the number of different authors. If someone writes a quiz with a lot of thought put into it, and it is blown off the board by a "clogger" is gives little reward for a lot of effort. The fill in the blank type is just an easy way to do a lot of quizzes in one day.

The same 8 or 9 people have monopolized the quiz part for a while. As stated before if you can do 20 versions of a quiz how trival can it be.

Twists and themes or pesonal slants on quizzes are great, but we are seeing a steady diet of assembly line product.

Even 3 quizes per catagory per day per member would be fine.

One cat\duck's opinion, and yes I know what they say about opinions.

Quacking away,
Felix

marynuala
Marynuala  (Level: 133.7 - Posts: 994)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 9:06 PM

This is just a general opinion without reference to any particular quiz category. While we all like to have more that one live quiz running, I think it can be a little selfish to deluge any one subject be it History, Science etc., with multiple quizzes. All quizzes have a short lifespan, and it lessens the exposure for some authors if they are wiped off the boards by more prolific writers. So without prejudice, (or being legally diplomatic!), let Sploofus be a fair competition arena for all. Perhaps sub-dividing categories in to more groupings would also allow extra space. I hope my observations will not cause offence, and happy Sploofusing wishes are sent to everyone.

marynuala
Marynuala  (Level: 133.7 - Posts: 994)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 9:06 PM

This is just a general opinion without reference to any particular quiz category. While we all like to have more that one live quiz running, I think it can be a little selfish to deluge any one subject be it History, Science etc., with multiple quizzes. All quizzes have a short lifespan, and it lessens the exposure for some authors if they are wiped off the boards by more prolific writers. So without prejudice, (or being legally diplomatic!), let Sploofus be a fair competition arena for all. Perhaps sub-dividing categories in to more groupings would also allow extra space. I hope my observations will not cause offence, and happy Sploofusing wishes are sent to everyone.

marynuala
Marynuala  (Level: 133.7 - Posts: 994)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 9:08 PM

Ouch sorry! - I seem to have pressed the Post Message button twice.
Marynuala

lettermanfan1
Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 9:42 PM

I'm sure I'm not the only one who doesn't just do the quizzes on the front page. I actually go INTO the categories I like. However, in the Movie & TV category, I wouldn't mind if they added FITB to go along with Actors & Actresses, Movie Quotes, etc. That would take alot out of the Misc. category, which then maybe wouldn't take forever to load.
Leah

emijean
Emijean  (Level: 78.4 - Posts: 73)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 11:04 PM

Maybe we should boycott repetitive quizzes like those to lowering the amount of points that they are getting, so there isn't a reward anymore....

philkon
Philkon  (Level: 269.0 - Posts: 474)
Sun, 23rd Oct '05 11:22 PM

Maybe people should just do the quizzes that really interest them, regardless of where they are listed. I make a point of checking out the old quizzes.

For what it is worth. I went Gold becuase I really like to write quizzes. Then again, I have taken three times more quizzes than I have written.

I would be all in favor of some system which allows newer writers to get a longer stay on the "just released" pages. If someone could come up with something specific, Sploofus might be able to do it.

blaney
Blaney  (Level: 77.1 - Posts: 48)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 12:34 AM

I would be happy if you could only work on one quiz at a time. This would be nice for everyone. Or maybe put a limit of three quizzes a day online. This way everyone has a great shot of getting some play on their quizzes.

uncleresa
Uncleresa  (Level: 71.3 - Posts: 132)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 1:31 AM

any idea on how much the back-load would be to only put 3 quizzes on a day? One could write one, and it wouldn't be up for months! Teresa

shearstyle
Shearstyle  (Level: 20.7 - Posts: 79)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 3:03 AM

Honestly, If I see that one player has flooded any category by mass producing quizzes on the same topic, I just dont take any of them.
shear

bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 6:27 AM

Thanks for saying that Shear. I had been planning on doing a series of quizzes with a common theme, and releasing 'em into the same category at a similar time. Now I am not so sure.
I have been a bit frustrated to see a quiz that was earning points really nicely just die suddenly when it was no longer "new", bumped off by a barrage of other quizzes on top of it.
To author a group of connected quizzes, released in close succession, seemed to be a way to stay "alive" a bit longer.
Pondering....
~Bev

stormey1
Stormey1  (Level: 36.5 - Posts: 4)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 7:32 AM

I do the exact same thing that shear does if someone has a pile of quizzes ..no matter what topic or catergory...I skip them all.

mskillian
Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 7:53 AM

For me, it depends...I released a series of quizzes (albeit slowly because it usually takes me quite a while to release one). Sometimes I was able to release 2 in a day, sometimes just 1 and they were very well received. I think if a series of quizzes has commonality (What state am I in - where I gave pertinent facts about each state and you had to guess (it was a lonnnng time ago before there were 10,000 others like it). I think the mistake would be to complete them all and release them at one time. Do a quiz, submit it and then begin to work on another one. If you have put a lot of thought and effort into the quiz, it will show. I had lots of people write me and ask me to release more of those quizzes because they enjoyed doing them.

Good luck.

And again, I totally agree with a limit on daily quiz submission. How about you have to go gold to write a quiz at all and then a 3 a day limit? Just an idea.

blaney
Blaney  (Level: 77.1 - Posts: 48)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 9:47 AM

Oh better yet! Gold can input three quizzes a day, while the others can write one a day. Great idea mskillian!



felix-old
Felix-old  (Level: 14.2 - Posts: 244)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 10:03 AM

In case there was any doubt, I too bypass the quizzes from "cloggers" as well. Maybe invent a catagory called " I copied this off a website and I can do more" with reduced points given for the drive by FITB quizzes. Or with truth in advertising call it Sploofus Quiz Systems. The definition of Trivia is taking a severe beating. Its about the points or its about real trivia. Go figure.
Felix



redbaron
Redbaron  (Level: 198.4 - Posts: 296)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 10:52 AM

Here's an idea: On the front page, instead of having the 30 most recently submitted (or approved, now) quizzes, we have the 30 most recent quiz authors. If another quiz from an author gets approved while that author is still on the front page, then their entry on the front page is updated to have the new quiz name, but they don't get a new entry. Folks would be able to keep themselves on the front page by submitting lots of quizzes, as they do now, but at least they'd only be able to take up one spot on the page at a time.

Will

emijean
Emijean  (Level: 78.4 - Posts: 73)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 10:54 AM

I think instead of waiting for Sploofus to limit our quizzes for us, maybe everyone could agree to be polite (and fair) and limit themselves to no more than 2 quizzes a category a day or until your 2 quizzes get bumped from the category. Some people put a lot of thought and time into their quizzes and it isn't fair when they get lost amongst the easy to write quizzes, because some of those quizzes are the most thought-provoking and challenging, instead of just being easy points on a repetitious subject. Just as it is so nice to get positive feedback on your quizzes, it is nice to be encouraged by seeing your quiz on the front page for more than 2 hours.

emijean
Emijean  (Level: 78.4 - Posts: 73)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 10:56 AM

I like that idea, too, Will! That way if you just LOVED the new quiz that someone made, you can always click on the botton to take their other quizzes. Of course, it might seem a little disorganized...
Cindy

blaney
Blaney  (Level: 77.1 - Posts: 48)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 11:34 AM

There could be a nice message:

For the fairness of everyone that enjoys Sploofus, please limit yourselves to the creation of only two quizzes in each category per day. If we see that some people are abusing their limits, we'll limit your creations for you.

emijean
Emijean  (Level: 78.4 - Posts: 73)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 12:07 PM

ROFL.....

felix-old
Felix-old  (Level: 14.2 - Posts: 244)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 12:36 PM

Well, then. We all agree. Right? Okay so we're starting now? Right? So everybody's is on board? Alright it's a deal. Right? Hello? Vegas what are the odds on the cloggers to get with the plan? Oh, really? Well it could work. Right? So it's settled, then. Any questions? Okay. So we're ready to start. Right? Okay so we're starting right now, on your mark, get set.........


emijean
Emijean  (Level: 78.4 - Posts: 73)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 12:40 PM

Write a new post about it because I don't think everyone will see this one...

jenn326
Jenn326  (Level: 22.8 - Posts: 173)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 1:24 PM

I'm sure some people think of me as a clogger, but I just have to say that I may write 2 or 4 quizzes the same day on the same topic, but I do this because with all the research I am doing, it makes sense to do them then rather than go back to it later.
I do not feel you should limit how many quizzes you can author a day. One of the reasons I signed up for Gold is so that I can author quizzes to my heart's content! =0)
I understand that people may be upset, but just don't do the quizzes if it bothers you. Yes, I get upset that my quizzes leave the front page so quickly, but that is the way the cookie crumbles.
I think one way to settle this is to have more or different categories. I do love Will's idea of listing the most recent authors, instead of the quizzes. That could help you get more quizzes taken that have already left the front page.
I also have to bring up that there are a few of us that author a lot of quizzes, but there are quite a few that don't author any. The quizzes are very important to this site and I am thankful to the authors who keep my brain moving.

emijean
Emijean  (Level: 78.4 - Posts: 73)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 2:02 PM

I don't have a problem with people authoring lots of quizzes except when they are extremely redundant and it wipes everyone out completely. I guess we all have the right to clog, too if we want to, but then I guess we would be writing quizzes for the wrong reason, huh?

shearstyle
Shearstyle  (Level: 20.7 - Posts: 79)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 2:50 PM

A good quiz series is great. Provided they are worth taking. But to unleash them all at the same time is just rude. For example the recent series of "Easy world capitals" might have piqued my interest but when I saw that they flooded the whole world category was a big turn off for me. lol I think we need some sploofus etiquette training here.
shear


felix-old
Felix-old  (Level: 14.2 - Posts: 244)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 3:25 PM

I ignored it for the same reason. It would be nice to see some new authors, but for the novice they are but a grain of sand in a beach of redundancy.


Felix


philkon
Philkon  (Level: 269.0 - Posts: 474)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 4:25 PM

I like Will's (RedBaron) idea, if it lists the title of the quiz.

redbaron
Redbaron  (Level: 198.4 - Posts: 296)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 5:21 PM

Agreed, Phil...The entry on the "Recent Authors" front page would definitely have the name of that author's most recent quiz. That's key to attracting folks.

Will

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Mon, 24th Oct '05 9:20 PM

Jenn's comment that she likes to write several quizzes at once because of the research is a valid point. But nothing says you have to launch them all on the same day. Maybe launch two a day.

Personally, I enjoy a good series of quizzes, but I LIKE having them show up a few days apart


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