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Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 7:13 PM


Why is that there are no EA's currently on the 25 most popular? Also I checked all categories and only Maurlin is very close to topping 100 with her well-deserved EA. Why is it that the general populace of Sploofus and the editors seem to disagree about what merits an EA? I still contend that short thought-filled (I emphasize thought-filled) quizzes be considered-not eliminating the longer well-written ones. Linda

Sploofus Editor
Sat, 10th Nov '07 7:38 PM

Editor's Awards are awards from editors to authors for doing a good job in creating their quizzes. They did a good job writing it. They brought forward a new, unique subject, or added a new twist to an old one.

They are not a simple popularity measurement, like Star Search or American Idol. They are an award from the editor's, and nothing else. We are contemplating a system of rewarding quizzes based on people's approval, but nothing can be done until the new source code is finished.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 8:05 PM

Thank you for replying. I just do not agree that long and pretty obscure in some cases constitutes good. This is a game not a school writing assignment. I could not agree more that originality, style, and a unique element make for a good quiz. Again, thank you for your answer-Linda

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 8:26 PM


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Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Sat, 10th Nov '07 8:41 PM

While long itself does not constitute good, I think it is harder to integrate originality, creativity, and so forth into shorter questions. With pared down questions (How many grams are in a pound; what are baby elephants called; Who sang "American Pie"?), what makes them or the quiz stand out? Perhaps if the author ties in a special underlying theme, but we don't see them that often, and when we do, I hope we reward them.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 8:53 PM

They are there in one or two word answers or a short phrase in some cases. One person writes VERY original and unique quizzes with the answers consisting of only one letter. I do not do well on the one letter ones as my mind does function along those lines, but I do see the thought and time it took to create them. Surely you know I was not referring to the quizzes I classify as "silly" and nearly impossible to answer except by a lucky guess. I refuse to take those kind any longer. If the title or description does not clearly tell me what the quiz is about-no dice!!! Know all of you are busy and perhaps it is hard to see the originality of thought in the unique brief quizzes-thanks again-Linda

Maggie7556  (Level: 227.8 - Posts: 268)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 9:43 PM

There is one quiz in the twenty five most popular with an editor's award. Number four, I think. I just happened to notice.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 9:50 PM

Maggie, you are absolutely correct and I am wrong-no excuse-guess I just got carried away with what I wanted to say and overlooked it-might be others that have reached close to 100-remember "Take My Job" was EA excellent quiz-so sorry for any omissions-Linda

Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 11:58 PM

I've received EAs on some quizzes with shorter questions --e.g. "My Cheese Navigating System", so it must not be impossible.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 12:34 AM

I got one for Dead or Married Shakespeare and I don't think any of the questions were more than a brief sentence. I know I've taken some EA quizzes that were shortish but don't remember the titles.

I remember one that was brilliant for the inventiveness of the wrong answers. The questions were single lines from well-known poems, and you had to choose the real next line from the fakes, and the fakes were GOOD! It took forever but it was so clever and so fun! I like a mix of quiz styles. The fast ones are fun, and I also enjoy reading interesting and well-written questions. It's lovely to have both.

Mindmonkey  (Level: 279.0 - Posts: 295)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 12:57 AM

I don't know why the thread's originator is complaining. The EAs are subjective. Getting one is the luck of the draw and not something anyone should be expecting. Also, different editors are going to choose different quizes for all sorts of different reasons. So it goes. If a quiz gets one, that's great. If it doesn't; it still may be a fine quiz. Besides, Sploofus stopped giving out the $1,000 prize for each EA ages ago.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 9:19 AM

Wow - is the $1000 a facetious statement? I came in way after that was being given away if it is not LOL.

I know that I've gotten some complaints from people but not very many on some of the "longer" quizzes - I've stopped doing the one thing I enjoyed doing and that was giving the answer after the question after someone brought it to my attention as to why it was not a good thing to do.

I just finished and launched one a few minutes ago that I started back in May - I try to research for interesting facts when I'm doing one more simple than just music - the ones like this do tend to get less takers - which is okay - I've usually learned something new as I'm putting them together - I usually do well on the short music/movie/tv ones - but they don't give me as much satisfaction in doing them.

I guess that's why Sploofus is such a great place - there is a quiz for everyone - I've only gotten one editor's aware and it thrilled me, but early on, when I was REALLY trying and wouldn't get them, I started writing more for myself as opposed to trying for an EA - if I never get another one, I'll be okay with that too

Swiper  (Level: 153.3 - Posts: 875)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 9:36 AM

I don't think getting an EA is "the luck of the draw" That would put your chances with a nugget or a diamond! Let's give the people credit where credit is due.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 9:44 AM

I agree with you Swiper - but probably the intention was meant by it depended on which editor you got - (I'm assuming) - one editor might not give an EA where another might.

I know that I have one puzzle that I've had people write and say "Can't believe you did NOT get an EA on this" - but the editor that did it - did not like the way I had worded one question - sent it back - I had to think really long and hard in correcting it because it made complete sense to me - then I sent it back and it went through...It was one of those that had taken me probably 6 weeks to complete - as a matter of fact I was "hoping" for my first EA on that - but had it been gotten by another editor, the way I had something worded might have made sense to them - and perhaps I might have gotten an EA...who knows - I know I'm mind-reading here - but that would be my thought on the "luck of the draw" statement -

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 10:10 AM

I think you are probably right, Kaelin. I suspect it would depend on which editor got your quiz, what other quizzes they had to edit at that time and the quality of those quizzes .. and since editors are human, maybe factors such as whether they are feeling under the weather or had a bad day at the office factor in to that also. I've only authored six quizzes, so I think that might also factor in to it. The more quizzes you do, the better you get at writing them.

And as to your giving the answer to the previous question in the next one, I didn't think that was a bad thing. It was just the way you wrote your quizzes. Why can't it be done that way? Who determined it wasn't the thing to do?

Rules, rules, rules. You need some guidelines so everyone is on the same page but it seems to me too many rules can stifle creativity and fun.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 10:10 AM

I received a PM from one of the editors, so I want to make a clarification which is basically - JUST because a quiz has been sent back does NOT MEAN that it might not still qualify for an EA - which is nice to know - but thought it worth sharing for all quiz authors!

Tuzilla  (Level: 144.5 - Posts: 3839)
Sun, 11th Nov '07 10:12 AM

I agree with mindmonkey. I have several quizzes that I am very proud of and thought were shoe-ins for EAs that were left wanting. And I have several that I thought were just okay that received EAs. Given a few basics on being basically error-free, fresh and all, it is truly subjective and the luck of the draw as to which editor gets any particular quiz. One editor's EA is another's "just another quiz" in the mix, and visa versa. I gave up trying to predict them a while ago, and just smile, now, when I get one.

And I have noted that an EA is no predictor of performance. Some EAs like my ones on moths and Sea of Cortez, mostly because of the subject, languish in relative obscurity. Some do great and even appear on the Most Popular chart, like "Another Stupid State Capital Quiz: the Sequel" or " Randomly Interspersed Subjects". Most achieve average numbers of takers. My 4th highest earning quiz is an EA named "Randomly Chosen Random Random Questions". Of my 30 quiz that have earned over 100,000 points, six are EAs. The median number of points earned by all of my EAs is a little over 32,000 points.

None of the questions in "Dumbledore is (what?)" or "Hawks" are very long. In fact, many are short. Most of my EAs are not overly long, but they are certainly longer than my "One Word..." quizzes.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 12th Nov '07 3:45 AM

Well now Steve....
We'll let you get away with that blatant ad. for your quizzes.
But only because you spared us, and didn't mention them all!!!!

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