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Maxikel  (Level: 3.0 - Posts: 4)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 6:56 PM


Why is it that certain quiz authors copy each others quizes, and get away with it?
I think it's time the quiz editors done their job more thoroughly to stop this site getting boring.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 7:13 PM

LOL! Please get past it. Editors are just a clique here. It's more of a social thing than adhering to any real standards. Your problem is indeed valid. However players have plagiarized themselves with rehashed questions for ever. Again it appears to be who you are instead of more than rouge justice. It would be hard to track such questions and pat themselves on the back constantly in chat. Fair? No. Patronizing? Yes. If they were to dispute this, they only need ask Justin about the editor that censored only my part of a two player juvenile thread.

Spreading Holiday Happiness,

That Darn Felix

Chyenn  (Level: 206.4 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 7:29 PM

Boring? huh??? you've taken only 67 quizzes!! maybe you should explore other categories before criticizing the hard working editors who make this an awesome trivia site.

i've taken over 4300 quizzes and i haven't found any copied by anyone else.

if there are any, prove it! list them here.

if you are truly bored, spend some time creating quizzes that you would enjoy.

Maxikel  (Level: 3.0 - Posts: 4)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 7:34 PM

I said, check the quizes properly to stop the site from "becoming boring".

Chyenn  (Level: 206.4 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 7:46 PM

you wrote:
""Why is it that certain quiz authors copy each others quizes, and get away with it?""

i think people who make such public allegations should prove them. Can you cite specific quizzes that have been copied by another author?

Maxikel  (Level: 3.0 - Posts: 4)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 7:51 PM

I have not publicly accused any member by name. It is up to the editors to check it out and prove it not me. I only asked the question.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 7:52 PM

It is most likely true that quizzes in popular areas like TV, movies, and music have been reworked-only so many new ideas. However, it does not mean quizzes are copied as each author approaches things with a certain uniqueness-Linda

Maxikel  (Level: 3.0 - Posts: 4)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 8:05 PM

It was the music, t.v., film categories I was referring to.

Maurlin  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 2694)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 8:26 PM

Every editor does not look at every quiz, so it certainly would be difficult for an editor to decide whether there is duplication. ALso, when a person decides to write a quiz, that person generally starts with a subject that interests him or her or in which he or she has expertise.

Probably the majority of folks making and taking the quizzes are interested in music, the movies, and television. Are you saying that if there is, for example, one quiz on the Beatles, noone else should ever be able to do another Beatle quiz.

Also, there are certain areas that lend themselves to being good quiz questions...famous lines, who played whom, in what series is that character found, etc. It is my belief that the vast majority of authors, if any, are not intentionally copying other authors, but perhaps go to the same sources by googling, by reading wikipedia, and by going to certain sites that have the same or similar information.

My suggestion for you, if you see quizzes repeated, is to just do not take them. I know there are more than 68, 98, or 508, ad nauseum, that are not like any others. There are many categories from which to choose. Ir appears that you are interested in the very categories that are so popular. If you feel so many of them are duplicative, or copied from one another, write some original ones of your own, please. We all long for innovative, fresh quizzes.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 8:37 PM

I smell an agenda.

Kaufman  (Level: 263.2 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 25th Dec '07 10:34 PM

Let's see. Something the order of 100,000 quizzes on the site. Meaning order of 10,000,000,000 possible pairs of quizzes to check for duplication, with more being added each hour. I'm sure when Justin hires Sisyphus on as an editor, he'll be happy to take on that task.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Tue, 25th Dec '07 10:36 PM

We do not edit content. We do make sure that no one is plagiarizing quizzes, even from themselves, but certain facts are facts and appear in several quizzes. We have debated this in the editor forums and have not figured out how to tell a new player that they cannot write a quiz about the TV show "Friends" because we already have hundreds of them!

A perfect example is State Capitals quizzes. There are only 50 US states, and there are only so many ways to ask "What is the capital of Maine?" If YOU decide to write a quiz about state capitals should we refuse it? We won't. That is why there are so many quizzes on the same topic. It is up to you, the player, to discover which quiz authors you enjoy and how many quizzes you are willing to take on the same topic.

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Wed, 26th Dec '07 12:09 AM

Max, have you just started playing again? Were you away for a while? I roughly count approx. 60,000 quizzes. If you are taking quizzes in the same genre, there will always be similar questions. I have been a`member for way LESS time than you and have taken over 1400 quizzes. Maybe you should take more or try writing a few before you ASSUME plagiarism.

Is this a legitimate question? In my opinion, this just doesn't feel right.

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusaurus (Editor)  
Wed, 26th Dec '07 12:26 AM

Maxikel, you have stated:~
"Why is it that certain quiz authors copy each others quizes, (sic) and get away with it?"

If you feel there really IS copying, and can cite AT LEAST TWO quizzes and authors, then please send in a Support Ticket with your evidence, and the matter shall be dealt with.

Otherwise, your contention is unsubstantiated.

I agree with the others who posted their thoughts: there are a mass of quizzes on popular topics, and some have limited ways to rework them.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Wed, 26th Dec '07 2:01 AM

Maxixel-do not write on music because my ignorance shows but basically do only write on movies and TV. Where you might find what looks like copying-do not believe that is true-is when there is whart I label a "list" quiz. As was pointed out there were only so many Academy Awards given fot a particular year-just an example. At times I lie awake swaercing for not so much a new topic but a new twist-think yiou have to accep facts are facts and take more obscutr quizzes if youu hop to find a fact only once-Linda

Tuzilla  (Level: 139.5 - Posts: 3821)
Wed, 26th Dec '07 8:10 AM

My, how astute an observation for a person who is level 3.0, and who has barely taken any quizzes. One would think you are a member of much longer standing and experience. You must be psychic to have already gained such incite.

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Wed, 26th Dec '07 8:13 AM

Looks like Maxikel has already left the island. There is no profile.

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