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Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 1:51 PM


About six months ago, I asked why Sploofus uses questions that want to know which answer is wrong or doesn't fit in with the selections given. I thought that they were being removed because of player complaints. Not being the sharpest knife in the drawer, I always get these questions wrong on my TQOTD's, wagers and showdowns. I guess it's because of the time factor and that sometimes the word "not" is in capital letters and sometimes not. Maybe the question should be shaded in a different color. If there is an Editor or fellow player who can give some input, it would be deeply appreciated. I always try to look for the right answer, not the wrong.
Thank you.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3356)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 2:15 PM

I cannot answer for Sploofus, but I am a veteran of item-writing workshops for commencement level exams in my state. A "not" question is perfectly valid, assuming that it is worded well.

You might say something like. "All of the following could be sources of error in this experiment except..." or "Which of these was not a primary cause of..."

These are educationally sound methods of asking for information. From what I have read on these boards, it would appear that Sploofers are so eager to answer a question within a few seconds, that many are not willing to reason something out. You know, you do have 30 seconds to answer a TQOTD. Especially when I wager, I find that I sit there and think and reread, just to make sure I am not going into the hole for a billion points.

Now, Sploofus, please send me a science question, so I can use one of my wager tokens!


Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 2:24 PM

Would that be physical science or social science? (ducking)

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 2:35 PM

Like I said, it's the Speed thing. I lost three Showdowns with right answers.

Kaufman  (Level: 270.3 - Posts: 3942)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 5:42 PM

Shouldn't matter. The other person gets the same question. It's a level playing field.

Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 6:14 PM

been a long time since you took the ACT/SAT or any college or high school quizzes hasn't it, Paperman? many of those involve choosing an answer that doesn't belong to a given query.

Kimoira  (Level: 215.5 - Posts: 1203)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 6:17 PM

I'm curious- maybe this should go under Phitzy's "ask the editors" thread however-

TQOTD are random, correct?

We players may get the same question in a given category but there is no set order upon which they fall within that category, nor is there an order unto which the number of times one person may get questions within a specific category?

OK take a couple of Extra-Strength Tylenol, maybe have a beer then consider:

if the TQOTD I get is "what color is the sky" under the category Physical Science and I answer "blue" and it tells me " the correct answer is black" and "1.7 % of respondents answered this correctly yadda yadda"

this reflects negatively against my Physical Science score overall, but does this have any effect on future physical science category questions? Does the level of challenge increase or decrease based on my answers to a question?

Do our answers to any TQOTDs have an effect on future questions or category selections?

Kimoira  (Level: 215.5 - Posts: 1203)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 6:24 PM

why are we here anyway

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sat, 19th Jan '08 6:35 PM

The TQOTD database has no difficulty designation on questions; all questions are offered in a completely random order. If you get several of the same category in a row it is in defiance of the laws of probability, but there is no grand design. It is a database that randomly assigns a question to each player each day. You can opt out of one category if you choose to.

I don't think any player can ever get the exact same question more than once. I do know there are more than one duplicates of information, so it might seem like you got a duplicate. For example, I wrote a question on a certain vocabulary word; then I received a question on that same word, but it was not my question or my answer choices.

No Editor can ever receive the questions they authored themself.

There is no plan currently in place to remove any negatively phrased questions. The Editorial staff has no access to edit the questions that came form the original database that Justin purchased when he started Sploofus. Most of us can only edit the questions we wrote.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 6:36 PM

you mean he bought this

good for him!

Kimoira  (Level: 215.5 - Posts: 1203)
Sat, 19th Jan '08 6:43 PM

Thank you Sploofizz for the clarification- I always assumed it is random but after being stuck on one level for like a month in the past, it is good to know it's really just " luck o' the draw".

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Sun, 20th Jan '08 11:00 PM

Luck O' Da Draw is two consecutive Snooker questions on Sports Soup questions,what's 45 million points anyway. It's just a game, Right??

M2c2c2  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 24)
Tue, 22nd Jan '08 12:15 AM

So, we should not negate the opposite of approval on changing the negative answer policy?

5 seconds...

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Tue, 22nd Jan '08 3:19 AM

I think our kids were taught to discern this process by Sesame Street's song, "One of these things is not like the other...."

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