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Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 1:16 PM


For those of us who have written quizzes, we know how careful Sploofus wants us to be
with keeping questions to categories. Almost a week ago, I had a World Events question for that day and I wanted to wager a fair amount of points (which I did)on that category. After typing and clicking in for my question, I got a Geography question that I had no idea of the answer. I lost about three level points and a lot of all-time points. I put in a Support ticket and stated my case that I received a question from the wrong category. Whoever took the ticket, understood my request and gave me my points and a level point for my trouble (Thank you !!!). Today, a similar situation came up again. My category was Potpourri. The question wanted to know the name of a character in a well known animated movie. I didn't know the answer, but again I put in a support ticket for a retake or level point. I was told that Potpourri covers anything from soup to nuts, I disagreed. That question should've been in Movies and Television.
If Potpourri covers almost everything (according to support), why have nine categories???? I know some of you have heard me whine about Snooker in Sports Soup,
this is the same thing. I've heard that help for Sploofus is volunteer, why not
meet a player half way and leave the interpretation stuff for later. Like when we all get our Masters degrees. Sorry, if I've bored any of you.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 1:22 PM

Um, Bill? Potpourri means it can be anything.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 1:47 PM

Why is there a category for movies and tv?? Do you go to the Cineplex and ask
if Potpourri is at Screen 5 or 6? I don't want to argue with anyone, but let's just be a little fair and leave this interpretation stuff for some other time.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 1:53 PM

Maybe the potpourri category name should be changed to "mystery" or "random."

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 1:56 PM

I think you should lose a million points for asking this question.

Baggiob  (Level: 143.2 - Posts: 888)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 1:58 PM

Another million points for saying snooker isn't a sport. lol

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 2:03 PM

Um...Liam? You've started 6 threads in total on the BBS. 5 of them are complaining about your QOTD. I think we get it already that you don't like losing your QOTD in the mornings

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 2:12 PM

Let's start a pool on what time tonite he spots the flaw in his logic.

I pick 7:46 pm eastern.

Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 689)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 2:22 PM

By the way, what was the question?

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 3:05 PM

since sploofus is so frustrating for you, perhaps you should ask Santa for a nice game of Candyland. so much stress isn't good for you.

Winddancer41  (Level: 63.3 - Posts: 1113)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 4:18 PM

If I got upset every day i missed my question i would be continually upset, lol and lifes too short to sweat the small stuff. Lighten up and remember its just a game. repeat after me its just a just a game. ;P

Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 5:51 PM

While the movies & tv or the physical science catagory ensures that those are the only questions that will be asked, potpourri would not. We have catagories that are specific as to subject & Potpourri is not one of them. That is contrary to it's definition.

Potpourri, Melange, Hodge Podge, Mix, Mish Mash, Grab Bag, Miscellaneous, etc are all terms meaning a random mixture of sorts, on one level or another. Taking that into consideration the presumption can be that you may get questions from any of the other catagories and if it's possible, a question from a category that might not be listed (although Justin did a good job at touching on everything).


Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 5:55 PM

....So what's the difference between the "Miscellaneous" and "Pot Pourri" categories?


Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3845)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 6:36 PM

When wagering, I use a simple rule of thumb, don't wager on a category that is know to contain questions I am not going to enjoy.

I don't do SPORTS...because I may get a Soccer, Snooker or Cricket question
I don't do MUSIC...I might get a Hip Hop, Rap, Opera or C&W question.
I don't do TV & MOVIE...There are way too many shows like Friends, X-Files, Desperate Housewifes, and movie like just about any chick flick that I have not seen.
I don't do PHYSICAL SCIENCE...I have had far too many which enzyme, amino acid or chromosome does whatever question.
I don't do BOOKS & AUTHORS...I seldom read modern novels.

MOST of all I don't do Potpourri...By definition, it can contain ANY subject under Heaven, including the ones listed about.

That leaves me VOCABULARY & GEOGRAPHY, where barring the spelling of a Welsh town, I feel I have a passing chance.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3348)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 9:35 PM

And I only wager on Science. I have gotten bored with complaining about the title of the category. No one seems to care that biological sciences are not physical sciences - they are all mixed together under Physical Science.

Bill - it's all a game. The points won't get you anywhere. Relax and have a game of Snooker.


Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Sun, 23rd Dec '07 10:57 PM

This thread really made me laugh. It could also be the nice wine we had with dinner. Anyone who watches Jeopardy knows Potpourri could be anything. I only wager on TV & Movies as I only remember things that don't really matter.

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 12:50 AM

Potpourri is inclusive of everything and exclusive of nothing.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 1:22 AM

Except snooker. That goes in Sports.

C'mon, lighten up, Bill, have a merry Christmas, why doncha?


Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 7:24 AM

I have had two such experiences. First I had a Shakespeare question as a Sports Soup. And then stranger than that a nascar question is Sports Soup as well. We all make mistakes. Go figure.

Merry Christmas

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 8:13 AM

It's all over fans!! I got a Support Ticket during the massacre at Soldier Field yesterday afternoon that said I was right and the rest of the world was wrong.
I want to thank all of you for the cards and letters of support and concern about my mental health. Oh Donna, I'm going to pass your seasons greeting on to my Rabbi David later this morning. Shalom, y'all from Liam the Great

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 8:18 AM

How insensitive of me! Guess I've been scolded by the local scripture-thumpers for saying "Happy Holidays" once too often. By all means, enjoy whatever seasonal observations you like. Or not. Just be happy, life is short and almost over.


Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 8:36 AM

Wow. I guess if you go to the trouble of putting in a support ticket they'll just give you back your points. Whether you're right or not. I'll have to remember that.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 8:37 AM

In defense of everyone being the "pepole pleaser" I am believe that some questions way of the mark of the category ne it movies or whatever-Linda

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 8:50 AM

Yep. We all know some of the questions are miscategorized, Linda. Also, some are too long, some are badly worded, and some are flat-out wrong. Nothing much can be done about it is what they keep telling us, so maybe that's true. May as well just accept it and try to have a good time anyway, right?

Sploofus Editor
Mon, 24th Dec '07 9:03 AM

"...I guess if you go to the trouble of putting in a support ticket they'll just give you back your points. Whether you're right or not. I'll have to remember that.

I'm afraid not, Leah. We make every effort to be fair, reasonable and thorough, and to determine each complaint on its own merits, as every point award has a ripple effect on the standings above and below. While Papermanbill received a sympathetic response, he did not get any points back.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 9:13 AM

Poop. There goes that plan.

Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 2:04 PM

Sploofanatic, could you be more forthcoming, to the rest of us, with an official answer to this complaint. I found Smaug's defintion of Potpourri to be the best one given. I have certainly never had any adverse thoughts about getting a question on World Events, Books & Authors, etc from Potpourri, but if Bill says he was right & you say he got a sympathetic message but no points were returned to him - it just makes me wonder what exactly the answer is to these circumstances.


Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 2:28 PM

I've thought this one through a bit and in the spirit of the season I'm willing to not bust Paperman's chops so much. I think he deserves this as an Xmas present from his friends at Sploofus.

I guess if you ask to be excluded from one category, it is not wildly unreasonable to think the program would track that into random/potpourri categories and exclude them there.

So, Merry Christmas to all !

PS: disregard if Paperman is a Jew.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.1 - Posts: 6802)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 5:08 PM

congrats to Smaug for the last comment.
There we were thinking that a little bit of Xmas spirrit had permeated that vile exterior, when he comes up with a zinger as the sting in the tail.
Well done man; I'm proud of you. Equal opportunity offender indeed.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 5:10 PM

John, I love Jesus and all his friends.

Merry Christmas, Liam Michael Leonard

Sploofus Editor
Mon, 24th Dec '07 5:56 PM

The official answer to the complaint is that Potpourri can be anything.

To be any more forthcoming about the nature of the support ticket response would be a violation of Papermanbill's privacy.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Mon, 24th Dec '07 11:49 PM


Lighten up, Francis.

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