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Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Wed, 24th Aug '05 1:30 PM


I occasionally find quiz authors who I think make superior quizzes, and I like to be on the lookout for new quizzes by them. But I only have so much time in the day to dedicate to sploofus, and I'd like to find more of these special quiz authors quicker and easier... I've always wished there were more ways to search for quizzes (like by rating, difficulty, etc.).

So, I came up with an idea I wanted to share with the rest of the sploofus community to see what you all think: A Quiz Author "Hall of Fame".

The basic idea is something like this: When taking quizzes, it would be nice to be able to "nominate" a quiz author to be specially recognized in something like a "Hall of Fame". Then, each week (or month, or whatever), the top 5 (or so) nominated authors could be placed in a poll, and the sploofus community could "induct" one of them into the "Hall". Once they're in the Hall, obviously they would not be eligible for future voting rounds. Each week (or month) the process would be repeated.

Thi would accomplish a couple of things. Just by being nominated, a quiz author will have their quizzes displayed a little more prominently, which is a reward in and of itself. But to be inducted into the Hall would be a great honor to bestow on a truly good quiz author. Those folks like me who have limited time to find great quizzes would have another place to look for quizzes of exemplary quality...

I don't know about specifics like whether or not nominations and inductions should be limited to Gold members, but it's an idea.

What does everybody think?

- Eric

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 854)
Wed, 24th Aug '05 3:03 PM

Overall I like the idea. I also have some favorite quiz authors and think it would be nice to have a quick list to refer to as well as finding some new authors of great quizzes.

I think it would help to have the authors with the highest *rated* quizzes (not just most popular in terms of how many people have taken the quiz) be listed. That way, authors with truly great quizzes will be rewarded as well as those whose quizzes are lucky enough to make the Most Popular Quiz list. Perhaps if a quiz has at least 10 (or 20 takers) and a high rating, they should get an automatic spot in this Hall of Fame? That would keep quiz authors from getting a high rating just by family members or friends giving 9s.

BTW, I have noticed that my quizzes with the most takers, esp those close to or over 100 hits, have the lowest ratings. Hubby's quiz that made the Top Ten (and has over 1000 hits, btw) has his lowest rating, too. It's interesting.

Siriusofazkaban  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 196)
Wed, 24th Aug '05 3:17 PM

That's a great idea eksimba, and I think you're on the right track with it. It needs to be hard to get into the quiz author hall of fame and I think it should be monthly, not weekly. That way, the hall of fame would reflect only those authors with the "cream of the crop" quizzes. If any average joe can get into the hall of fame then we'll have nothing but another leaderboard.
The only downside to this is once that person is inducted into the hall of fame, their quizzes will skyrocket and everyone will take them. That person's quizzes would then jump to all the popular quiz spots and they would dominate over all in points making it hard for just anybody to win the monthly prizes. So how do you make a hall of fame without those members being glorified in points? or is that just the reward you get for being inducted into the hall of fame?

Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Wed, 24th Aug '05 4:00 PM

Sirius -

I was thinking the same thing with the points, but then I thought about it this way:

So few points are given for quiz authoring that if the author's average score were, say, 7.5, it would take an extra 100 quiz-takers just to be the quivalent of a *single* WordRound win (7,500 points).

In the grand scheme of things, the point jump gained by the inductee would not really be that big, but would be a nice reward for the effort put into the quizzes.

Felix-old  (Level: 14.2 - Posts: 244)
Wed, 24th Aug '05 4:40 PM

Cool idea!


Kasp767982  (Level: 162.2 - Posts: 153)
Wed, 24th Aug '05 4:49 PM

sounds fine to me

I think that most people have certain authors that they always look out for 1st, I know I do, and some of them probably know who they are :D


Kasp767982  (Level: 162.2 - Posts: 153)
Wed, 24th Aug '05 4:51 PM

Oooops sorry
I meant to add that I do try and give as many a go that I can, as I know there are some very good ones out there.
I tend to do the ones that are known to me 1st.

Action23  (Level: 113.9 - Posts: 180)
Wed, 24th Aug '05 9:34 PM

Eksimba.......your idea has merit. There truly are some great quiz authors out there who put a good deal of time & effort into making the quizzes interesting and fun.

Quiz Author H of F may definitely be something worth pursuing.

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5679)
Wed, 24th Aug '05 9:47 PM

Sounds like a winner to me....

Dariana  (Level: 35.6 - Posts: 27)
Thu, 25th Aug '05 2:09 AM

That would be a great idea provided it isn't based on number of quizzes written. Anyone can whip out a quiz, but how many can make it interesting enough for people to want to take it? Maybe if it were based on number of people who actually take the quizzes you know.

Eksimba  (Level: 29.0 - Posts: 155)
Thu, 25th Aug '05 2:17 AM

Thanks, Dariana, and everybody else who responded... That's exactly the point I was trying to make: It shouldn't be based on volume of quizzes or average rating or anything like that. It should be separate from those kinds of things, so that you can't simply pump out more quizzes than the next guy (or gal) and get yourself in. You have to be *voted* in by your peers, based not on how well somebody liked one particular quiz, but on the group's perception of your overall contribution to the pool of sploofus quizzes.

I think if a fair system could be devised to make it work, it would be a nice addition.

Thu, 25th Aug '05 2:46 AM

The hall of fame idea was visited last year when the first member, SURREYMAN, was inducted. The basis for induction to the hall of fame at the time was purely an opinion that his quizzes represented high quality, well conceived, thought provoking and highly entertaining material.

And so, SURREYMAN, became the first "Trivia Master". Does anyone recall this? Probably not, because as soon as the idea was conceived it quickly went to the back burner because the daily fires had to be put out.

I hope that the new Sploofus platform with editors assuming shared responsibility for quiz and WordPuzzle content will free up the resources needed for me to spend more time programming the site to contain neat features such as this hall of fame.

There are many quiz authors who deserve grand recognition. I could name 20 off of the top of my head. The original idea was to select a monthly inductee from a pool of user-generated nominations.

Let's get past this most recent set back and go forward with the hall of fame. The new system with editors is going to warrant so many changes to the scripts which run Sploofus that we are looking at "Version 2".

We'll call it: Sploofus v2.0 - A New Beginning!

Surreyman  (Level: 274.8 - Posts: 2776)
Thu, 25th Aug '05 3:15 AM

And very appreciated by me it was, too - but I did wonder what was supposed to have happened thereafter!
The poster who was concerned at the nominee's quizzes skyrocketing needn't worry - I still languish in the authors' Leaderboard!!

Siriusofazkaban  (Level: 15.1 - Posts: 196)
Thu, 25th Aug '05 12:34 PM

Haha Surreyman....what an honor you got! :P okay so I have a new goal. I am now working to be inducted into the quiz author hall of fame when it is finally made.....I guess I'll just write my quizzes in word documents and enter them when Sploofus V2.0 comes out. hehe.

Machiabelly  (Level: 136.2 - Posts: 190)
Thu, 25th Aug '05 5:04 PM

Something that would answer the problem of finding people you like would be a "my favourite authors" list. After you take a quiz you could have the option to add them to your faves list, and that could be a drop down on the main page. Then you could take them off later if you decided that one good quiz was a fluke.

Jenn326  (Level: 22.8 - Posts: 173)
Thu, 25th Aug '05 10:27 PM

Great idea eksimba!

Suzmadam  (Level: 60.1 - Posts: 9)
Sun, 28th Aug '05 10:17 AM

We old timers do remember this and are looking forward to its return!!

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Sun, 28th Aug '05 12:47 PM

Since reading this thread I went to take a few surreyman anyone oppossed to naming a few favorite authors here, so we can explore some old quizzes while we wait for the new system??

I enjoy suzmadam and vlcrowe quizzes myself

And please, let's stick to authors you LIKE...let's not mention the authors we avoid

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