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Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 8:58 PM


G'day guys and girls. Just a quick note to let you know that after you take a quiz you should think carefully what rating to give it (YES, give it a rating as this will get you your points for taking it!!) You know, it only takes you a minute to take a quiz, and a few seconds to rate it ... It takes us MUCH longer to come up with those creative ideas (sometimes an hour or more) that unfortunately some sploofusers take for granted. Too many times have i seen a user rate a quiz 1 or 2 out of 9, JUST because they did not fair well in the quiz. Please consider - is it possible that you bombed out in a quiz that is still worthy of a 7, 8 or 9? Honestly , I believe ANY quiz authored is worth a 6 JUST for the effort of writing one - 7, 8 and 9 for better quizzes. Please consider this before you undo one of our nice quizzes thanks to one careless rating. Thanks for rating my quizzes. Keep having fun. Lecture over. (Phew!)

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Fri, 12th Oct '07 9:00 PM

Any feedback is welcome and encouraged. Thanks for your time guys! Drop me a personal message some time. I love meting new people, especially fellow Aussies. Look forward to meeting you and any feedback you may have.
Kind regards

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Sat, 13th Oct '07 3:59 AM

Hi Rick....Low ratings on quizzes has popped up from time to time. I don't know where you see what an individual quiz taker scores your quiz. I do have to agree with you about at least a 6 just to reward the individual for writing a quiz. My first two each took me about a day of fairly intense work to get them researched and written. Now I'm getting a little faster, but it still takes time. I usually score quizzes fairly high so maybe I can offset some of the damage from the low scores! Wish I had an answer for you -- just keep writing those great quizzes.

Suzannec  (Level: 259.0 - Posts: 616)
Sat, 13th Oct '07 6:12 PM

I once wrote a quiz that I thought was OK and after three takers, it had a grand total of 1.0 point. I was easily able to go into My Quizzes and see who the low raters were. I know it's not the end of the world, but my feelings were hurt for at least a half hour. It was tempting to take some of their quizzes and do the same thing, but I simply couldn't bring myself to. I agree, unless a quiz is full of wrong info and obvious mistakes, it is at least worth a 6.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Tue, 16th Oct '07 2:48 AM

After all this time on the site, I have only written one quiz
So when I rate a quiz and comment, try to always thank the author
because without him/her....I'd have to
a) Twiddle my thumbs
b) Watch soap operas on TV
c) Do housework/gardening
d) Find another trivia site....but this is the BEST
e) All of the above

Professorx  (Level: 84.4 - Posts: 24)
Wed, 24th Oct '07 11:50 AM

I'm had a "mixed bag" when attempting to give people feedback on their quizzes. To me, good and fun trivia is something that the generally-intelligent person may have either come across at some point in their life, SHOULD have come across at some point in their life, or could reasonably figure out from the choices given.

Taking into consideration the specialty of the category of course!

The result of "good trivia" is, when you don't know it, you at least say upon discovering the answer: "Gee, that's interesting!" or "Shoot, I SHOULD have known that!".

But obscure nonsense that basically will never be recalled again for any reason, something that makes one say, "Aw, who gives a rat's behind!" is not good trivia... and won't get a good rating from me, leastwise.

Fast example: "Who came in 2nd place in the Kentucky Derby in 1952?" is lousy trivia of the "who cares" variety. One would have to be the most avid race fan in the world, without a life, and even then probably wouldn't know it, unless one was actually there at the time to place a bet.

But a GOOD trivia question, even for those not interested in horses, would be:
"What was the name of the only horse to beat Man O' War?" (answer: Upset)

The rationale is, everyone should at least have heard of Man O' War, and that happens to be a pretty famous factoid. But even if one never heard it, it would at least make one grin knowingly, and find interest in that perhaps being the original of the term "upset" which is now commonplace in all sports contests.

My opinion, anyway... eminently ignorable.

Factacular  (Level: 164.0 - Posts: 15)
Wed, 24th Oct '07 2:27 PM

I have not written quizzes for the site, but i have posted facts on other is time-consuming. I give quizzes a high rating, because i know the effort that must be put into any quiz. I personally am amazed at the quality of the quizzes on this site, and want to let the quizwriters know that i very much appreciate your efforts.

Professorx  (Level: 84.4 - Posts: 24)
Wed, 24th Oct '07 2:45 PM

Well, there are indeed many quizzes on this site that make it worthwhile to come and have some fun... but I think there are too many more that are merely pop-culture junk, or questions so obscure and poorly-written as to make one despair the waste of time in having taken them.

Cristinap  (Level: 31.4 - Posts: 133)
Fri, 9th Nov '07 11:15 AM

I am sorry but i do not agree. I think what makes this sight fun is every one no matter how differant they are can find a quiz they like or is good at. I have taken lots of quizzes that i did horrible but loved the idea. I rate on how clever it is or well written it is but if i don't like the topic or did very poor I just find something else I like no reason to rate low. That's what makes this sight fun! As they say someones garbage can be another person's treasure.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 9th Nov '07 5:59 PM

I think quiz descriptions are ultra important. They let people know at least in general what they are getting into-perhaps just me-but the couple of quizzes where I have bailed were full of dates and numbers-no mention of that in the description. I have never rated low-think I gave a 6 once as i know that any quiz takes time and effort-some more than others-Linda

Mrmikeb  (Level: 87.6 - Posts: 15)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 10:58 AM

I like to try different areas of expertise (and even areas where I have none) just to broaden my horizons. The most irritating quizes are those that have been thrown together quickly for no other reason but for the author to raise their point level. (Questions like, "What letter is 6th in the alphabet?") Those types of quizzes often have spelling or grammatical errors along with ridiculous questions. I've often wondered why the editors even let some of them get by. When I run into quizzes like that, I usually check out the author's profile afterward and find that he or she has written an overabundance of quizzes and sometimes several in the same day. Those are the only quizzes I score low. Low effort, low score.

Chyenn  (Level: 209.5 - Posts: 1332)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 4:45 PM


i believe most of the quizzes you are describing were written and submitted prior to Sploofus having editors. if it was written in early '05 i'm sure there wasn't any editing and the rules very very lax. Justin has so done much to improve this site from those early days when you could find dozens of quizzes that asked what is "1 + 1".

i score quizzes based on content, effort, cleverness, uniqueness and overall enjoyment. never do i base my rating on my score. length is a factor only if i feel it's rambling and not really relevant to the subject.

i don't offer comments on every quiz i take either. i let my rating speak for me unless i have something specific to say. i have a habit of looking at a profile and if they have created quizzes, i will take several at a time.. to me, it seems more convenient and maybe even more sincere, to sent one note regarding those quizzes than sending several short notes.

as an author i hope those who take my quizzes feel free to tell me when they don't like something as well as when they do. constructive criticism is always helpful and welcomed.

happy sploofusing!


Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 15th Nov '07 8:46 AM

On the Salty Dog threads there is a post
called ****Quiz Taker Ratings Redux****
It explains what the effect is - when Ratings
given are very low.
I wonder if all Newbies would take time to
read that thread as well.....
Also....we have what we call a "Bomber Alert"
which is put on a member's Profile - if they
rountinely give low scores. Their ratings are
discounted because they negatively affect the
hard-working Authors' positions on the Leaderboards

Bleepy  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 624)
Fri, 23rd Nov '07 7:50 PM

I agree with what's been said in this post by a few of you. I usually give at least a 6 for effort. But the teacher in me comes out when I hold some stellar quizzes against the more generic ones. I DO take certain writer's quizzes knowing what the quality will be on either end. And...sometimes I feel a 6 is a gift, but that's OK. It's only a game!
A question: Did you ever not rate a quiz to avoid a low score? I did. Is this wrong??

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 24th Nov '07 8:00 AM

In checking profiles of takers I generally find "Low Raters" 5 or less give little info about themselves and have rarely written a quiz-guess that's how they get their "kicks. At times I want to pm them- I don't-and ask them if the dislike my quizzes they dislike my quizzes that much why on earth do they continue to take them? One non-gender person seems to delight in taking them all. I have been fortunate as after others take they compensate for this Butt-heads rating-Linda

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 24th Nov '07 8:09 AM

Realize after a few takers it is impossible to tell how anyone rates but when "IT" is first taker it is obvious!!!

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Fri, 4th Jan '08 7:34 PM

LOL Linda I think IT does that to MOST of us. It's ok, we know who they are mate. It all evens out in the end - Still frustrating though! Thanks for the feedback. Rick

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Mon, 11th Feb '08 9:15 PM

RE: "But obscure nonsense that basically will never be recalled again for any reason, something that makes one say, "Aw, who gives a rat's behind!" is not good trivia... and won't get a good rating from me, leastwise."
"there are too many more that are merely pop-culture junk, or questions so obscure and poorly-written as to make one despair the waste of time in having taken them."

I cannot agree more!... I have come across a number of quizzes which include inane questions like "what colour shirt was 'insert name here' wearing in 'insert episode title here'". This quiz would get nowhere near a 6 from me. Unless of course that colour shirt was relevant to the story in the episode (or whatever the trivia may be - not necessarily a shirt. Although I have come across a couple of questions exactly like that). And just to clarify.. some of these have been recent, not 'pre-editor' times.

Sploofus Editor
Tue, 12th Feb '08 5:23 AM

Lisa: The editors only edit; which is to say that we proofread the grammar, do thorough checks for plagiarism and make sure all of the spelling, punctuation and capitalization is in order. We do not check facts and we don't have a say on the quality of the content of the quizzes beyond making sure that it isn't way too simple for the average adult trivia buff or too racy for a family-oriented website. If you feel as though you have a helpful hint for an author, drop them a friendly line after you take the quiz and perhaps they can incorporate it for future quizzes.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 12th Feb '08 8:08 AM

Sploofadelic: I wasn't inferring that editors should catch and stop these questions. I understand the role of the editor here. I was in no way insinuating that editors aren't doing their jobs. Just trying to preclude any comments that I may have come across a quiz that was authored before editors had jobs here. No worries mate

Kaufman  (Level: 268.0 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 12th Feb '08 9:00 AM

Lisa, although you have a life, there are, I'm sure, those among us who simply drink up minutia from Star Trek, Seinfeld, Guiding Light, whatever, and they'll love this stuff, the more insignificant, the better. The fact that you have no taste for it doesn't mean you should be rating those quizzes low ... it more likely means that you shouldn't even be taking those quizzes. Ideally, the authors will have a clear enough Quiz Description so that everyone will know precisely what kind of quiz they are getting into, and they can bail if it will be one of no interest to them.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 12th Feb '08 10:22 PM

Hi Ken! “Ideally” is the key word. Accurate descriptions are very important.

Funny, I just watched a re-run of Friends – one of my favourite shows – wherein everyone figures out who Rachel’s baby daddy is by the “pink” tye dye t-shirt. In this case, yes, I can agree that this would be a valid tidbit of t.v. trivia. There is a LOT of obscure trivia out there which I could never even begin to retain BUT, if I’m embarking on taking a quiz about a favourite t.v. show (or movie, or…) and I’m told in the description to expect REALLY obscure trivia, then I would expect that it would be a crap shoot for me when picking answers and so, as you suggest, I don’t take it. If nothing indicates such in the quiz description and the quiz ends up containing mostly questions that were authored solely to trip up the taker and have no relevance to the subject (e.g. was Ross wearing lace-ups or loafers in the one about ‘whatever’ but his shoes really didn’t play a role in the episode) then I still think it’s not a good quiz.

Having said all this, I realize that rating quizzes is very important to our points.. I have not authored many but have taken the time and energy to research and write a few and do appreciate when people take them and rate them well. If you look at my profile you’ll note that I rate quizzes very high, generally.

Just my opinion.. hopefully people can respect that.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Wed, 13th Feb '08 10:59 AM

I believe a quiz author has to make the decision at some point if they will write to possiblty receive an EA or for popularity-with exceptions one usually doesn't get both. Any of you who have taken my quizzes know that I give a very complete description and yes, I write for popularity. Please note i did not say that an EA nevef is popular-Linda

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.9 - Posts: 3839)
Thu, 14th Feb '08 8:51 PM

I am not disagreeing with anything you said. I just thought I would share from my personal experience. I currently have 1,533 active quizzes. I ordered them on the list by points earned to see if any relationship between popular and EA exist for me. Of my 50 top point earning quizzes, 11 earned EAs....roughly a quarter. At the other end. I have one that sits about 500th from the bottom. All of the rest are distributed throughout the upper 500 quizzes.

My highest earning quiz is Sex Acts at 404,850 and 900 takers

My highest earning EA is in 4th place. It is Randomly Chosen Random Random Questions and has earned 249,606.

My most popular quiz is Foods People Hate with almost 2,000 takers, but its low difficulty rating has held the points earned down.

The most common theme for my Top 25 quizzes is Random trivia, followed by food, TV and movies.

I am not certain how to interpret all of this, but it is something on which to gnaw.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 15th Feb '08 2:25 PM

That is most interesting, Tuzilla, and something to think about, indeed. Of course, I think it only fair to consider that an EA cannot possibly receive a low rating let alone be "bombed" by someone who gets a low score or the like. EAss then will always earn more points with fewer takers. I am not saying that is unfair as I know EAs generally take more time and effort to write. Guess it is just one of the things here that ARE as they ARE and have to be accepted if one continues to play. Perhaps when Santa arrives with 2.0????

Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Mon, 18th Feb '08 10:25 AM

I agree with the explanation given by Professor X awhile back.

Only once have I given an author a score of 5 because I felt some of the questions were "too obscure" to be considered trivia.

All other quizzes that I've taken receive at least a 6, usually 7 [pretty fun] or higher. Some quizzes I did poorly -----so my score is not the overwhelming criterion.


Kaufman  (Level: 268.0 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 18th Feb '08 11:57 AM

Too obscure to be trivia? The mind boggles. That's like paint being too dark to be considered black.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.4 - Posts: 7692)
Mon, 18th Feb '08 3:50 PM

Just to clarify my point- I'm just drawing the line between trivia and "minutia".

I don't mind some quizzes containing some minutia- they can be fun to play. But if a quiz contains too many questions that could be classified as "minutia"- then I might score it lower.
Most of the prolific quiz writers on this site make you want to play or subscribe to theirs. They realize they can get repeat players if they write "trivia" questions that are entertaining [see below].

Trivia (singular: trivium) are unimportant (or "trivial") items, especially of information. In the late twentieth century the expression came to apply more to information of the kind useful almost exclusively for answering quiz questions: a perfect "trivia question" is one that initially stumps the listener, but the answer subsequently sounds familiar once revealed (otherwise the question would be considered either too familiar and therefore not trivia, or so unfamiliar and OBSCURE as to be unanswerable and not as entertaining). The study or collection of trivia is known as spermology, which literally means collection of seeds.


Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Mon, 18th Feb '08 8:08 PM

Ken.. I had a lengthy response to your last statement but just erased it all.. whatever - it's not worth my time. You have your opinion, we can have ours. Thank you! You Win.

Kaufman  (Level: 268.0 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 18th Feb '08 10:17 PM

So do you

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Tue, 19th Feb '08 12:10 AM

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.9 - Posts: 3839)
Wed, 20th Feb '08 3:10 PM

Kaufman and Lisap369 sittin' in a tree

What kind of tree were they sitting in?

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Wed, 20th Feb '08 9:22 PM

I think it was a pink tye-dye tree

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