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Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Tue, 1st Jan '08 5:39 PM


I'm wondering, what is the time frame for these? I once launched a quiz without knowing the CQs were coming. I wanted to wait this time. Thank you.

Kaufman  (Level: 253.8 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 1st Jan '08 5:44 PM

The submission deadline is Sunday, so judging from past performance, they'll probably be released early next week.

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Tue, 1st Jan '08 5:58 PM

Thank you!

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Tue, 1st Jan '08 6:08 PM

The editors have been good about not releasing them all at once and pushing everything else off. However, I still see no reason why the release date is approximate. Surely it could be made definite so people would know. Realize the hard work that goes into creating them but think it a shame that people like myself resented them pushing other quizzes off the list that for a long time I refused to take them. I do takee some now and enjoy most that I do-Linda

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Sploofernatural (Editor)  
Tue, 1st Jan '08 6:19 PM

The release time is approximate because the quizzes need to be processed, and checked, and the editors who handle the CQs sometimes have real-life commitments, to which releasing the quizzes takes a back seat. Please do not hold that against them!

Garrybl  (Level: 275.9 - Posts: 6605)
Tue, 1st Jan '08 6:19 PM

My experience is that it takes about a a day after the deadline for the quizzes to emerge so dont hesitate to keep filing quizzes right up to the deadline!

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 7:27 AM

Just seems that if the deadline is set and not moved that enough time could be allowed for editors do do the other things they need to do even if it took a bit for the release date to be set definitely as well. There is NOTHING more discoiraging than to have launced a quiz on which you have spent time and then have the CQ's start tumbling through. Just seems like there is something else going on here like having regular quizzes in the ready both before and after they go-forgive my skepticism-Linda

Surreyman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 2766)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 8:25 AM

When Tuzilla and I first started the CQs, a heck of a lot of thinking went into their organisation to make them and their impact fair for all. And we've made improvements along the way since then.
The Editors tell us that:
/1/ Editing CQs hardly affects the speed of editing of 'normal' quizzes at all. The relatively small number of CQs v. the far larger numbers of all other quizzes shows that.
/2/ Edited normal quizzes are launched the second each Editor approves one. There is no need nor no mechanism for 'holding them back'. CQs simply appear as launched in stages, between the normal quizzes just launched, and those launched immediately after.
If it's felt there could be any improvement on this, by all means make suggestions and we'll pass them on.
We're with you, not agin' you!

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 8:36 AM

I do appreeciate all that You an Tuzilla have done and things have improved. This is just coming from me personally not a group vote- would rather know exactly when they will be launched and then launch the whole bunch. I was not questioning the amount of time it takes to edit them just the amount of space they consume when they come on 30 most recent. If folks had an exact date they could decide not to launch a quiz if they so choose, Even if CQ's don't push regular quizzes completely off 30 most recent they certainly push them down the list thus making them disappear sooner thanks-Linda

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 8:43 AM

Hi, Linda,
I've noticed that the date they're due, in this case Jan. 6, about half get launched the next day (Jan. 7) and the other half the next day. (This is just the trend I've seen in a few months.)

So, if I'm NOT doing a CQ and I'm doing a regular quiz, I try to submit either a day or two before the CQ deadline or wait until the CQ postings (the following day or two) to submit another one. If I AM doing a CQ, I don't submit a regular quiz until a couple of days or more after CQs are launched (just my preference.)

I understand that the CQs launched fill up part of the "most recent" list, but the good news is that the CQs don't bump quizzes down on most popular category page.


Surreyman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 2766)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 10:18 AM

Yep, the staggering started for just this reason.
What's the general feeling - stagger them even more in smaller groups over a longer period, or slam them all out at once so that the effect is maybe only 1 day?

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 10:46 AM

I say if we know the exact day-do them all at once and be done with it-Linda

Chyenn  (Level: 200.8 - Posts: 1332)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 10:52 AM

what would happen if the 'most recent' list stayed on the main page for a certain time limit? if every quiz were listed for 24 hours they would all have equal exposure.

Machiabelly  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 190)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 11:29 AM

Is there a way to have two lists...most recently released of each kind of quiz?

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 11:30 AM

If every quiz remained for 24 hours probably would have the backlog of all backlogs. In the early days it took forever for a quiz to activate-not sure how I would vote on that one. If I am waiting for one of mine to activate I grow impatient, but if one comes and goes too fast really ticks me off..,

Bravegator  (Level: 152.0 - Posts: 428)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 11:55 AM


Those lists do exist.. the most recent 25 quizes (or the quizes by the 25 most recent authors) are listed. You can also go through each category and newest quizes are listed there as well.


Chyenn  (Level: 200.8 - Posts: 1332)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 12:08 PM

there wouldn't be a backlog if the 'most recent' list wasn't limited to just 30 authors.

i'm suggesting that every quiz is listed as soon as it is approved and it stays on the list for 24 hrs. the list could become quite long but each would have equal time in the limelight.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 12:53 PM

I see your point now. In the preeditor days we just wrote and launched and they were immediately there. Some were a mess including some of mine but think there might be merit in your idea. If I understand you correctly the list would no longer be the 30 most recent but all that have been launched in the pastt 24 hours-might like that idea-Linda

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 1:26 PM

Just want to add that whether folks admit it or not they rarely look beyond 30 most recent and 25 most popular. This would end a portion of that practice. You are right, Smoke, "screw em"-that's what I think!! If any of of you are confuseed by that check other posts.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 6:34 PM

Tell you what I tend to do, Linda. Because I am working far too much (now that I am retired) I don't have so much time for Sploofus anymore. So, when I get to play, I do start with the main page. But, as soon as I take a quiz I particularly like, I pull up that author's list, and do many more (some very old) from his or her list of quizzes. That way, I get to see some great older quizzes (some might be a whole 3 days old, or might be years old) that I missed when they were fresh.


Allena  (Level: 253.5 - Posts: 1388)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 7:50 PM

My experience includes the fact that the longer the queue, the shorter the time on the top 30 list. Editors tend to rally, thank goodness.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 2nd Jan '08 8:10 PM

I tend to go to my favorite categories, look at the titles for interesting ones and the authors for my favorites, and then select a quiz. Although I do look at the top 25 quizzes on occasion, I rarely look at the new quizzes list. Guess we all have our preferred methods for quiz selection.


Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Thu, 3rd Jan '08 6:49 AM

Allena, forgive me if I am the one being obtuse here but if every quiz remained for 24 hours the queue could strethch for miles and it would not make a difference. CQ's could be launched whemever. The editors already monitor the 25 most popular list so do not see it as a big leap to monitor the 24 hour showability (lack of a better word) for a quiz. People hate change and in essence it would eliminate 30 most recent list-arbitrary at best-Linda Perhaps then we would have to institute a "gong Show" thing and rid the list of the cr-- is all-Linda

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