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Marymag  (Level: 13.0 - Posts: 9)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 6:52 AM


I recently launch a quiz which one of the answers was "Both B and E". I heard from one of my quiz takers that Sploofus mixes up the questions and that "Both B and E" might be wrong. I'm wondering if Sploofus will put it in the way I have written it or do they mix up the questions? I'm still new at this and I could use some help. Please and Thank you, Marymag

Sploofus Editor
Thu, 28th Jun '07 7:28 AM

Yes, the question order is shuffled, so "both b and e" would not be a valid answer choice, as would any answer choice that alluded to the position of the answer (such as "the first and last one" or "c"). That must have eluded the quiz editor.

*Spot the homophones!

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 7:55 AM

Where answers might be something like "A" "B" "E" "G" "both B and E" - it would be correct (i.e. example What is the traditional gift for a 10th wedding anniversary?
both tin and aluminum

Since tin / alumninum is listed in most places as the traditional gift for the 10th anniversary - both in and aluminum could be the answer - but you are not specifying a specific order.

Instead of using a placement "i.e. none of the above, none of the below, all of the below" you can use "none of these" or "all of these" - which would constitute a correct answer because it would not take into account placement.

Hope that helps!

Ravenslight  (Level: 10.5 - Posts: 110)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 9:36 AM

What I have done in cases like this for future reference is I put my own letters in with the answers.. example
question what is red?
1. A apple
2. B cumquat
3. C pear
4. D strawberry
5. e. both a and d

but what you can do is go to the quiz if it has not been picked up by an editor yet and in the description, in big caps and something to draw attentions put
editor,please take notice of questions whatever and such and explain


Rael61  (Level: 139.5 - Posts: 68)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 4:25 PM

I like Kaelin's suggestion. This does not overly tax the editors in asking them to arrange the answers in a certain way. The simpler the format, the better, IMO.

Berylm  (Level: 154.0 - Posts: 478)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 5:35 PM

If you're going to put the A, B, C, etc in the answer fields, be careful to shuffle them *yourself* when entering them, otherwise you'll give away the right answer; eg, if they're always entered ABCDE, A will always be the right answer, so you'll need to do BDCAE and ECDAB and so on ...

Personally I don't like including the letters, I think they'll be too confusing when the answers are shuffled differently each time - I much prefer the "both tin and aluminium" or "all of these" variations - then it doesn't matter which order the answers appear in - which, of course, is the preferred method, a way that doesn't worry about the order of the answers!

Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 5:38 PM

I agree. Why even put the letters in there?

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Thu, 28th Jun '07 6:20 PM

Editors do not reorder your answer choices, they are automatically reordered every time the quiz is opened. Editors cannot see which answer you intended to be the correct answer; it does not appear first on our editing page as it does on your authoring page, but in a random order, which changes every time.

I have never seen a quiz with the letters added. If I did get one to edit, I would request that it be changed to "Both apple and strawberry" and leave the letters out of it (in the example above).

Banomet  (Level: 173.2 - Posts: 266)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 6:26 PM

If you were a vampire, you might add the letters just because you found them sexually attractive. Otherwise, they are unnecessary.

BTW, my vampire name worked out to be Banomet!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 6:43 PM

Hilarious, Banomet!

I would much prefer it if everyone did it Kaelin's way -- keeps it simple and makes sense.


Ravenslight  (Level: 10.5 - Posts: 110)
Thu, 28th Jun '07 6:54 PM

I never thought to ask here when I did it and I dont think I could have done it by saying both apples and strawberries because it was two sentences, very long answers, something i have since learned not to do but did a couple of times when i first started writing quizzes.. now i try to make the answers short.. it was the editor at the time that suggested that i do it that way, but then i also had something like two sentences with something like 10 words or so each..
and inititially i had not thought to order them.. it got bumped back because the wrong answer was now showing as the right answer

anyway off to work.. hope you all have a great night

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