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Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Thu, 3rd Nov '05 12:01 AM


I never knew that everyone gets different word puzzles!! (Well maybe not everyone, but they aren't all the same.)
My sister & I just took the quiz at the same time and 3 of our words were the same, but 2 were different.
It seems like it's not quite a fair game if not everyone has the same challenge. One of my objects for instance, was something neither of us had ever heard of, but we both knew all of her words.
Any thoughts?

Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Thu, 3rd Nov '05 12:13 AM

This was explained a while back, and if I remember correctly, there's a pool of words/phrases for each puzzle, and each puzzle taker gets five random draws from that pool. I think it's done that way to minimize the chances of people cheating.

The WordRounds are done similarly. I don't think that each player gets the same words in each round as others do.

Is it fair? I'd say it's fair, in the aggregate. On a puzzle-by puzzle basis, it's harder to say. Is it exactly equal? Obviously not, but I don't think everything has to be exactly equal to be fair.

Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 565)
Thu, 3rd Nov '05 12:15 AM

One of the problems Sploofus has had with Word Puzzles is people who use multiple accounts to do the puzzles. The second or third account has already seen the word puzzles so can type in the answers in very few, if any, moves. By having more than 5 puzzles to randomly select from, it is less likeley that 2 or 3 accounts will get the exact same set of puzzles making it harder to cheat.

Shearstyle  (Level: 20.7 - Posts: 79)
Thu, 3rd Nov '05 3:26 AM

Hmmm thoughts? I'm definately thinking something.

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.9 - Posts: 3839)
Thu, 3rd Nov '05 7:31 AM

I remember reading a while ago that the number of phrases within the individual puzzle set was expanded to help stem cheating. Word Puzzles was a haven for cheaters when everyone received the same 5 puzzles. A quick email, phone call, shared computer, multiple accounts, could ensure a perfect score. People were "solving" difficult puzzles in as low as 5 moves, meaning the didn't even choose 1 letter, in times that sometimes were under 1 minute. The expansion of phrases slowed it down, but hasn't eliminated it. Cheaters, some more apparent than others, still ruin the experience for a lot of us.I am getting to the point where I almost wish they would eliminate the bonus points, so the cheater would have no incentive to be here and would just go away.

Dizzy  (Level: 180.7 - Posts: 296)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 12:48 PM

Excellent idea Tuzilla but, as noted in another earlier thread, Sploofus would need to invert the scoring - i.e start from say 500 and deduct points for each guess

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Sun, 6th Nov '05 4:25 AM

Thanks everyone, for explaining. It makes sense then. Not 100% equal but worth it to try to make it a bit more fair over all.

It's kinda mind-boggling these people cheat, get their names at the top of the list...and they feel some sense of accomplishment from that?? Do they think they're impressing people (strangers!!) or something?

I suppose though, that if being falsely ranked #1 is the only thing people have to give themselves a sense of achievment or self-worth, that I should feel more sorry for them than annoyed...

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