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Donz  (Level: 83.8 - Posts: 6)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 8:01 AM


Here are some things I think might make Sploofus even better than it is now. Have I expressed them clearly enough? Does anyone else think they'd be good? Comments/questions?


- Allow true/false quizzes ( 1 of 2 )

- Allow for display of a message after the last question has been answered and the timer is stopped. I would use this to explain the last question and thank the quiz taker,

- Allow for optional display of text after each question has been answered but before the next question is displayed (this would not be timed and would include a “next question" button). I would use this to explain/answer the previous question and encourage the quiz taker to continue.

- Allow users to enter a very brief comment at the end of a quiz (no spoilers allowed). When displaying the quizzes available users could see the current format list, or see the last comment about each quiz or expand to see the entire list of comments about a given quiz. This comment would be along the lines of “great/hard/fun/tricky"….. and could even be restricted to words in a drop down box.

- Create an occasional quiz with all made-up answers (for example prior jobs of u.s. presidents). Anyone scoring 100% has a very high probability of being a cheat. The odds of randomly matching 10 questions is only 0.2**10.

- Support provision of hints that could be “bought” by the quiz taker for a penalty of a certain amount of time or a certain number of points (points might be transferred to the quiz author).

- Allow quiz author to modify quiz name during edit process.

- Allow author to recall quiz prior to beginning of review for corrections

- Support real-time informal interactive quizzes- no points, quiz master’s opinions are final. Quiz master asks a question- quiz takers quickly reply. Everyone sees everyone else’s typing

- Make wager tokens a bit less scarce- If you win your wager you should keep your token

- Free upgrade to Gold/platinum account- You should get a taste of the good life based on reaching a points level- eg every 100,000 gets you a month of gold. 1,000,000 gets you a month of platinum.

- The default rating for quizzes should not be a valid value- if you want to rate a quiz you should have to select a rating from the drop down box.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 8:36 AM

You have some really great suggestions.

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Mon, 10th Dec '07 5:30 PM

I may be wrong, but some of these sound like what is available on other sites, such as

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Tue, 11th Dec '07 5:40 AM

I agree with:

- Allow quiz author to modify quiz name during edit process.

- Allow author to recall quiz prior to beginning of review for corrections

- Make wager tokens a bit less scarce- If you win your wager you should keep your token

Cristinap  (Level: 31.4 - Posts: 133)
Tue, 11th Dec '07 12:17 PM

Wow, some great ideas.

Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Fri, 14th Dec '07 9:04 PM

i didn't understand this one:
"- The default rating for quizzes should not be a valid value- if you want to rate a quiz you should have to select a rating from the drop down box."

we can select the rating @ the end of quiz (the highest being a 9), if we feel like rating it, & if we don't the AR stays the same as it was before the quiztaker took the quiz. if you were referring to something else, pls enlighten me.

Donz  (Level: 83.8 - Posts: 6)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 1:09 PM

At that point the prompt is something like "rate this quiz to get your bonus points" which encourages one to rate every quiz, even if you have no opinion. That plus a valid default of 9 means extra ratings of 9 from people who just want points.

Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 3:05 PM

people really don't actually have to rate to receive there points, i noticed that you get them no matter what.
but back to your point that it is the 9 that is set at default when the option to rate is displayed, i don't think enough people use 9 constantly as a rating just b/c they are too lazy to make 2 xtra clicks to pick a different number & either way it is their choice if they are one of the very few.
it probably isn't done often enough to really offset the AR of any quizzes. The majority of 'mal-occurrences' involving ratings for quizzes, comes from a good number of people who constantly rate low b/c they actually don't score well. They basically punish the quiz creator b/c they weren't psychic enough to include the tidbits known by that particular quiz taker. I've had one particular person take around 8 / 9 of my quizzes & I guarrantee you that she/he rated with no higher than 5's but probably less than 5's on all of them.
None of my quizzes had been taken @ all in 4 days & I was checking my list redundantly. {Two days before this started, I had copied my list & put it in a word document with the intention of trying to determine by the different statistics given (& to make my own chart), which of them were more popular to guide some future quizzes to come. I like looking @ stuff like that, the popularity by # of takers, subject matter, AR, ..etc.} And to bring down ea quiz's AR that much, by herself, had to have been done by very low ratings. She didn't score well on all but 1 or 2 in which the score was around 70% & even those quiz AR's came down a lot for having only 1 new given rating.
I had to check the profile & this person barely rates over a 5 on avg. Although I can't be 100% sure the way this person was trying to get to the top of the quiz taker leaderboards, plus the fact of the 5 avg rating makes me think that maybe taking most of the quizzes was simply a means to get more points & this individual probably doesn't enjoy taking quizzes, period. Of course, this one hasn't submitted a quiz. As much time & effort as it takes to put together a quiz can be longer than anyone really wants to spend putting it together and researching and it is easily ruined (or p!$$#d on) by circumstances such as these. i'm fairly sure that i would be less popular to some if i took 10 of their quizzes & rated them with 3's & 5's just b/c i didn't score 90% or better. i'm putting it out there that, on a certain level, these actions can seem to be motivated by meanness.

Oldcougar  (Level: 229.6 - Posts: 1937)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 7:18 PM

I generally rate quizzes at nine, because I feel each & every one took the author some time & effort. I lower the score if I find a mistake, which is fairly rare (I don't count spelling or punctuation).

Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Sat, 15th Dec '07 8:22 PM

i generally rate high also with pretty much the same guidelines as OldCougar listed.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sun, 16th Dec '07 9:17 PM

I'm more of a seven girl...

I think that is there's alot of research that goes into a quiz with out an editor's award awarded (? - huh?) then it's a nine or ten...but usually a seven...

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Mon, 17th Dec '07 5:25 AM

Other suggestions:

Bring back FITB

Remove The Ker Blunk tease

Ban what's his name for life (or longer)

Ban rehashed music quizzes

Bring back the 'Teams' concept

Actually these are all bad ideas (except for the lifetime ban thing), but Sargon's Wager Token idea is AWESOME!

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Mon, 17th Dec '07 11:08 AM

I definitely like the keep-the-wager-token idea, but the bottom line is that none of these suggestions or ideas will have any effect if 2.0 is ever released, and I'm told that 2.0 is what Justin is spending his Sploofus time doing. It was supposed to be released in April 2007 (or was it 2006) and it's still being worked on. If it ever is released in this lifetime, I certainly don't see him then starting to work on our ideas.

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