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kasp767982
Kasp767982  (Level: 157.8 - Posts: 153)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 8:08 AM

100% MANIA

I keep doing these wordrounds and I get so many 100%'s you would'nt believe, so many of you are so quick on the button it is amazing lol, or are lots of you lucky enough to have broadband.
Does anyone else have the same situation as me or is it just me?
I do get frustrated sometimes, certainly not at anyone that is in front of me, I am pleased for them, I get frustrated at myself lol. This is not a case of sour grapes, as I enjoy the competion, it is just an opening line and hearing other opinions on the subject. Oh, and a faster PC )

What are your own views on this?

Good Luck everyone and happy Splooffusing
Kasp aka Jane

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 9:14 AM

Hi, Jane!

Word Rounds are so fun and so frustrating at the same time, aren't they? I think I'm addicted.

It definitely helps to have broadband. I am pretty quick with DSL but some of those 18-20 sec times are incredible. I wish I had cable sometimes!

~Tracy

txchaplin
Txchaplin  (Level: 127.1 - Posts: 26)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 9:52 AM

Well, I have a MSNTV, so I know what you mean. Even if I DO get a 100%, I know not to look for my name on the top 10 list. LOL

I'm just glad that I get SOME point for my effort. Oh well, I guess all that will change soon cause I just ordered a computer yesterday. I should be whippin ya'lls behinds by the end of the month. LOL Just kidding. I'll probably still suck. Flea

bravestarr
Bravestarr  (Level: 51.1 - Posts: 9)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 10:10 AM

Wordrounds will be the death of me! My connection is quite fast and i do manage a top ten finish more often then not but i have yet to clinch the no.1 spot. My fastest time was around the 25sec mark and it still was not good enough. I probably wouldnt play if i didnt have a fast connection....you are doomed before you start lol. Its great fun all the same.

kasp767982
Kasp767982  (Level: 157.8 - Posts: 153)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 10:26 AM

Hi Flea
I will be lookin out for you know that you have laid down the gauntlet lol
Jane

kasp767982
Kasp767982  (Level: 157.8 - Posts: 153)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 10:28 AM

Hi Bravestar
You are so right, they are good fun and yes I probably was doomed from the start too. )

Jane

playfulpelican
Playfulpelican  (Level: 20.1 - Posts: 42)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 12:22 PM

I have a slow, dial-up system. Typically, my best 100% on any round of ten is in the mid to high 40s.

My best time to date was 100% in 33 seconds -- last night! It was the only time I ever finsihed #1 on any round of ten.

This can be addictive -- the points gained are significant. But, I don't see it as an indication of any useful skill.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 261.1 - Posts: 2770)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 12:40 PM

Yep - a lot of us are condemned to dial-up speeds. But one player (who'd better be anonymous unless she/he decides to 'come out') has a VERY fast system, and gets silly low times. However, they once got a question right in the Showdown in 3 seconds - and STILL got beaten! There's some very high tech out there somewhere. Lucky I don't worry much about speeds - which has been commented on by some of you occasionally!

groupw
Groupw  (Level: 144.4 - Posts: 153)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 1:18 PM

I get fast times when I'm on my game, but broadband doesn't even help sometimes...take my word for it. I'm on cable and using the Opera browser, which is supposed to be the fastest loading browser out there, but sometimes my Word Round times still stink.

chicagolady
Chicagolady  (Level: 138.1 - Posts: 4)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 1:26 PM

My answers are received slowly with my old-fashioned dial up connection. Others will get their answers in quicker with the faster connections. I get the answers in but it takes time to get them there. I don't think that part is fair, but there is not much I can do.

txchaplin
Txchaplin  (Level: 127.1 - Posts: 26)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 1:27 PM

I used to wait til the wee hours of the night to play wordround cause there wasn't a lot of people on at that time. I was guaranteed to be in the top 10. That doesn't work anymore with more and more people joining Sploofus...and I'm sure they had the same idea as me...wait til after midnight. Now that I work 3:30pm to 12am, I can come home and wind down with at least one wordround.

txchaplin
Txchaplin  (Level: 127.1 - Posts: 26)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 1:28 PM

I used to wait til the wee hours of the night to play wordround cause there wasn't a lot of people on at that time. I was guaranteed to be in the top 10. That doesn't work anymore with more and more people joining Sploofus...and I'm sure they had the same idea as me...wait til after midnight. Now that I work 3:30pm to 12am, I can come home and wind down with at least one wordround.

twinboymom2001
Twinboymom2001  (Level: 67.0 - Posts: 197)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 1:48 PM

I am on cable modem and still have problems from time to time getting in. I am with Tracy in that I cannot believe the 18-20 sec ranges that some can get on these word rounds!

linenlady
Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 1:49 PM

The problem of times is a constant one. I know that at one time, the timing didn't start till the questions were downloaded and that was when you would see really fast times. A month or two ago, they changed it so that the timing started as soon as you clicked on the "start a word round" button. So many of us sit there staring at a blank screen for 2,3,4,5-10 seconds till they come up knowing that the timer is ticking away. Where does the problem lie? I know if I ask my server, they will tell me that Sploofus and it's servers are at fault; and if I as Sploofus, they will tell me it's my servers. As usual, the answer probably comes out somewhere in between. I do know that times in the middle of the night for me are probably worse than during the day, and I can't explain that at all. I've tried accessing at the beginning of the hour, the middle, the end and theredoesn't seem to be a magic formula for the perfect time. and I can tell you that the person who got 40 last round is just as likely to get 19 the next, if the timing works out. And I DO love word rounds the best.
Diane

violetblue
Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 850)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 3:05 PM

Diane,
You bring up a good point-- the servers seem to work more quickly at some times than at others. However, for me I get my better times during the day or afternoons. I guess it makes it more challenging when everyone is getting slower/faster times at different parts of the day.

And to whoever mentioned the skill related to WRs-- maybe quick reading and fast reaction times? I dunno but they are fun and addictive all the same! :D

kasp767982
Kasp767982  (Level: 157.8 - Posts: 153)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 3:50 PM

Hey great response thanks
I actually think that everyone's points of view are all worth considering.
As far as AM and PM, this I think probably plays a little part as to quieter times of the day, but with so many members from all over the globe quieter times are probably changing. I am in the UK, with is obviously on a different time zone to the USA and Australia for example.

Either way, I do think that wordrounds is a fun and valuable part of the Sploofus network.
I do an average of 2 rounds a day.
Jane

lolly
Lolly  (Level: 99.8 - Posts: 78)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 8:25 PM

Hi all... I LOVE wordrounds but no longer participate as I find my old clunker's response time way too heartbreaking!! Oh to have a whiz bang computer!

philkon
Philkon  (Level: 269.0 - Posts: 474)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 8:54 PM

I have the same problem. I notified Sploofus some time ago.

I am on broadband cable with a pretty fast computer. When I start a quiz, I usually just get the background for a few seconds before the questions appear.

It got so bad that I started scrolling to the bottom & immediately clicking the SUBMIT button without answering any of the questions. The average delay is about 10 seconds. It has been as short as almost immediately & as long as over 30 seconds.

I usually can get an 100% in the low 30 second range even with the delay. Under 30 second scores have been few & far between.

I can only imagine what someone on a dialup might experience. Or, perhaps it is a regional thing.

I am in San Diego, California.

philkon
Philkon  (Level: 269.0 - Posts: 474)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 9:10 PM

Here is an example of how long it took me to get through to the questions. I got a 100% and then I times a few of the other rounds to see how much time it would add before I even saw the questions.
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Here are your results for Round 5319:

Attempt #1 of 10: 100% 44.721 seconds
Attempt #5 of 10: 0% 33.312 seconds
Attempt #6 of 10: 0% 13.832 seconds
Attempt #7 of 10: 0% 11.560 seconds
Attempt #8 of 10: 0% 13.345 seconds

Between 11 & 33 seconds is quite a range.

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.4 - Posts: 5492)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 9:23 PM

I have a DSL and I am still getting slow times when I do wordrounds....it seems to take forever for each new set of words to pop up! The lowest time I have ever gotten was in the high 20's....but those times are few and far between. I sent a message sometime back to sploofus about putting all the words and meanings on one page and instead of having to scroll down and they would all be right there for each quiz.....I think it would be alot easier to do it that way....I don't do wordrounds very often anymore mainly because of the slowness....anyway, I just wanted to put my two cents worth in with everyone elses...I wonder if I should wait around for the change.....ROFL
VICKIE

mskillian
Mskillian  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 226)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 9:40 PM

Another thing I would like to see is which ones we get wrong. I don't feel like I'm learning too much when I find out I got 90% on a quiz and don't know which one I got wrong. I'd love to be able to click on that 90 and see which one I missed so I can learn that word.
Morrie

  (Level: . - Posts: 56)
Mon, 15th Aug '05 10:27 PM   [ edit ]

Here is an example of how long it took me to get through to the questions. I got a 100% and then I times a few of the other rounds to see how much time it would add before I even saw the questions.
===============
Here are your results for Round 5319:

Attempt #1 of 10: 100% 44.721 seconds
Attempt #5 of 10: 0% 33.312 seconds
Attempt #6 of 10: 0% 13.832 seconds
Attempt #7 of 10: 0% 11.560 seconds
Attempt #8 of 10: 0% 13.345 seconds

Between 11 & 33 seconds is quite a range.

mamacurlyhead
Mamacurlyhead  (Level: 77.9 - Posts: 66)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 2:06 AM   [ edit ]

I love wordrounds. I have broadband but there is still a delay in the screen loading. Probably just my individual computer set up. I wonder often just which answer I got wrong, especially when I was lucky enough to have a really good time. I feel awesome when I get 100% under 40 seconds - in the 30 range for me is just plain nuts.

mamacurlyhead
Mamacurlyhead  (Level: 77.9 - Posts: 66)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 2:10 AM   [ edit ]

I agree about the delay and the changes they recently made that increased the times. I would also like to know which answers I got wrong so I could learn. And oh to have the speed of the LinenLady.

mentalmickey
Mentalmickey  (Level: 14.3 - Posts: 11)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 7:41 AM   [ edit ]

Hi Lolly

I know exactly what you mean. But they are great brain food!!

troypassion
Troypassion  (Level: 69.5 - Posts: 60)
Tue, 16th Aug '05 4:16 PM   [ edit ]

Hi all

I have a broadband connection and must admit I noticed a couple of months back when the system was changed (re linenlady's post) as my best times went from 13 seconds up to about 25.

Since then I have noticed an improvement and can now achieve around 20secs, although delays are frequent and I can also wait upwards of 30 seconds for the page to load.

While I appear to be one of the winners in this situation I do think something should be done if possible to level the playing field.

I would also think (although I am far from an expert in coputer science!) that this would also give some of us an unfair advantage with showdowns, surely this can't be fair if we are challenged by sploofers with a dial up connection.

(yes, I think that's me Surreyman is talking about - Hey Alan!)



luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Sat, 20th Aug '05 1:14 PM   [ edit ]

It is nice to know that one is not alone. I too had only dial-up til last month. Being frustrated by the slow times, I had a friend use a stop watch to time me from start to submit. Philkon's findings were my experience: 11 secs to 38 secs added to my real time. Then I got DSL and the improvement is about 5 secs faster (still 7 to 30 secs added). So I started playing against myself...word rounds are a great mental/coordination exercise...and I have fun. I try to see how many 100's I can get in the least amount of sploofus time. My best: 8 100s and two 90's all under 40 sec. (no I did not get on the top ten board...but I was very proud).
I want to thank 3skin because I wrote to him when I first started and he encouraged me not to give up. I also want to say that he is astute in considering the challenge problem. I became so disgusted in losing them (having a five to eight second handicap is serious) that I stopped even trying. Now when I am challenged or challenge I go to the library to use the broadband (when I can battle the teens off the machines that are playing video games). At least when I lose, its not because of my equipment.
You word round people are a fun lot. I enjoy watching the "heavies" battle it out, knowing where I could be if I had the tech! I am amazed that a mother of twin toddler boys can do so well (do you cage them for five minutes or what? amazing...)
Good luck all...Consuelo


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