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Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Thu, 9th Aug '07 11:33 AM


Yesterday I reported a quiz-never done that-quiz was not offensive and is now gone from most recent- felt horrible about it. Sent a support ticket asking for clarification of the FITB ban-no response yet other than it would be brought up in editor's forum.-This one required multiple words but was still, in my opinion, FITB. I have never objected to that format and thoroughly enjoyed that person's quiz. Niknak (forgive me or using your name) once wrote a lot of those and I enjoyed them There needs to be a clarification from the "powers that be" as to what constitutes a FITB-not later soon. What is fair is fair for all but the rules need to be CLEAR!! Mean no offense too anyone just a bit confused-thanks-Linda ( yet another unpoplular post, I know)

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Thu, 9th Aug '07 2:37 PM

Does no one care that rules apply to all? I do object to any rules but believe they should apply in EVERY case and should be clear. I have no complaint with quiz authors-it is difficult to create a a good quiz. Sorry, but I guess my complaint is directed to Justin and editors-Very difficult for me as Justin is the age of my sons -also very competent in computers and technology My Platinum renewal is due at the end at this month-hope my current anger subsides and I renew, I know I will miss it if I do not -thanks-Lida

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 9th Aug '07 6:35 PM

Maybe no-one responded because it's not quite clear what outcome you want.
Do you want a return of FITB puzzles? Do you want to submit FITB puzzles?
Do you want a Total ban on FITB puzzles?
OR is it just that you want FITB puzzles to be banned for everyone?

The fact that no-one responded probably means that no-one minds the odd one,
and especially if it's in a "different" format....

I personally think they are usually way too easy, or way too obscure.
There doesn't seem to be any middle ground.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Thu, 9th Aug '07 7:50 PM

I am asking for clarification-nothing more. If the blank requires more than one word does that make it Ok wheras one word does not? Have taken many fun FITB quuzzes but fair is fair and rules need to be clear. that is it in a nutshell-Linda

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Thu, 9th Aug '07 11:32 PM

Linda - I don't know for sure, but I think that a fill in the blank quiz would look like this:

Mary had a ______ lamb.

I do remember that Justin said that they are coming back when Kerblunk is launched.


Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 10th Aug '07 9:33 AM

I have received a couple of private messages from "friends" who understood the purpose/point of my post. Perhaps the parent or former teacher in me expects that if rules are made they should be enforced for everyone. I am more than sure that the author of the quiz I questioned had no ill intent. To me no matter if a blank comes in the middle or at the end of a quiz or if the blank consists of multiple words or simply one word it is STIll a FITB. I do not give a whit one way or the other if FITB's exist-never written one but have found some most enjoyable. Just think we should all be on thew "same page" so to0p speak-Linda I know Kerblunk has been promised as being "in the works" but it is not here yet. Just believe that should not be a reason to violate the rules now in place. Please let me know if somehow I have misunderstood the current rules!!

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Fri, 10th Aug '07 12:22 PM

Can you give a sample of what the questions looked like?

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 10th Aug '07 12:42 PM

The quiz consisted of completion of very easy common phrases. The completion point was at the end of each and actually had a blank which required several words as opposed to one word. Is that not still FITB? I have never intended any offense to the author -most likely it was easy points for many. Just want clarification of what is and is not acceptable under current rules-have no plans to write one but someone might if this one cleared the editors-thanks-Linda

Rael61  (Level: 139.5 - Posts: 68)
Tue, 14th Aug '07 2:07 PM

I agree that, because FITB questions are not allowed, they should not appear in quizzes. IMO, an editor should return a submitted quiz to its author if it contains FITB material, with a comment such as "as FITB questions are not allowed, please change or revise question ##."

Actually, it is usually pretty easy to simply repackage a question to turn it from an FITB to a legal question.

"Mary had a ________ lamb" could easily transform to "What was the size of Mary's lamb?"

I joined here about the time FITBs were being phased out, and I'm not aware of the reason for that decision. Perhaps someone could backfill that info for me.

Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Tue, 14th Aug '07 5:49 PM

I believe I took the quiz, and it was to say the least on the edge of FITB. Here is an example but not one of them:

Please complete following whatever.

Mary had a little lamb with fleece as white..
1. as snow
2. as blow
3. as show

This was the exact format including dots at the end. The first half given you completed it. Very questionable per the rules.

Rael61  (Level: 139.5 - Posts: 68)
Wed, 15th Aug '07 7:26 PM

Yes I agree, and it is more than questionable. It is simply a situation of using dots (ellipses) vs. a blank line. Same effect.

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