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fainodraino
Fainodraino  (Level: 113.0 - Posts: 240)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 9:16 AM

APPROVING QUIZZES

Has this ever happened to you?

I recently submitted a quiz about Bach, and for whatever reason, it took a long time to get approved. I know sometimes that happens. (of course, it got an EA, and that may have been part of the reason). Anyway, that's not my beef. When I submitted it, there were only 19 quizzes ahead of mine. When it did finally get approved, all of sudden, everything else started getting approved like crazy, and all of the new quizzes pushed mine off of the "recent quizzes" section, which is where a lot of quizzes get their traffic. So my new quiz barely spent any time on the recent quizzes section, and will probably not see a lot of traffic unless someone is looking to take a quiz about J.S. Bach.

I guess I just wish that the rate of quiz approval was a little more consistent. I do understand that this is not necessarily any one person's fault, and I'm not trying to accuse anyone...trust me, I love this website and I will not stop writing quizzes just because of this. I just am curious if this happens to anyone else besides me. I've had other quizzes that never got a lot of traffic for the same reason.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 9:33 AM

Sadly, an EA quiz on JS Bach could probably sit on the home page for a week and still not get much traffic. You want traffic, write one about Elvis or the Beatles.

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.5 - Posts: 1332)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 9:48 AM

i think that a new quiz should be on the homepage's 'recent quiz' list for 24 hours from the time of its approval; regardless of the number of quizzes released.

that way every quiz would have equal time in the limelight.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 9:53 AM


Perhaps if you want people to take your quiz, you should choose a topic not centered on the actor who played "Cooter" on Dukes of Hazzard.




(duh)

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 9:54 AM

I agree. I'm pretty sure that's one of the things I've read on these boards will be different on 2.0. Let's hope.

fainodraino
Fainodraino  (Level: 113.0 - Posts: 240)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 9:55 AM

Yes, I realize Bach isn't as popular these days as Elvis or the Beatles, but that isn't the point for writing the quiz. I don't write quizzes JUST for points. And I'm not expecting 500 people to take it, but a few more would be nice, and I think a little more exposure would help. I like Chyenn's idea of 24 hours. And I KNOW the Bach one wasn't around that long.

Keep the comments coming! Thanks!

texlewee
Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 9:57 AM

Smaug, I am obscure at times, but even that was a little too obscure....


I think there is no solution. At the point that ALL new quizzes stay up for 24 hours, we could possibly have 100+ quizzes in the "new" list, which would defeat the purpose.

Or defeat the Porpoise.... Damn aquatic mammals....

fainodraino
Fainodraino  (Level: 113.0 - Posts: 240)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 10:12 AM

Hey, let's not hurt the animals...they have nothing to do with this.

I actually think I got Smaug's reference, but the Bach actor I think was Catherine Bach, who played Daisy, not Cooter.

I'm so glad we never saw Cooter in those shorts...

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 10:20 AM

Well, there's Cooter, and there's cooter.

Good quiz, btw.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 10:22 AM

Who's cooter, Smaug or Tex?

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 10:23 AM

You are.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 11:09 AM

I'm sympathetic to your plight - I did a quiz on "Inside the Actors Studio" - it was posted between 1 and 2 a.m. US time and was off the most recent list within 12 hours. So if you were a night owl, in a different time zone or an early riser, you saw it, otherwise not. But, I agree if you let each quiz sit on the Most Recent for 24 hours there could be a huge queue develop in quizzes to be posted. So, I start looking at the "most popular" page showing the most recent and work from there by category. Don't know what a good compromise would be.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 12:12 PM

I know a Coochie

heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 12:42 PM

I know what you mean. One of mine just launched along with about 10 others. It has been sitting there for well over a day or two. Don't know what the answer is and not blaming anyone but has to be a better system-Linda

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 2:07 PM

Tim,

That was a good quiz.

I've had the same thing happen. I just figure it's luck of the draw. Some days there are tons of new quizzes in a particular category.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 4:28 PM

That is pretty amazing....I wasn't even thinking of Catherine Bach, I just thought the name "Cooter" juxtaposed ironically with J.S. Bach.

pocahontas1951
Pocahontas1951  (Level: 55.4 - Posts: 172)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 9:14 PM

If it's any consolation your quiz will be on the 50 newest editors award list for a while, it's currently #4 . Some quiz takers, I'm sure check that list for challenging quizzes.



allena
Allena  (Level: 255.0 - Posts: 1390)
Thu, 21st Feb '08 11:31 PM

It was a great quiz ... deserved the EA, clearly. Now, about the time on the "most recent" 30. You only get one quiz, so should another of yours come, you bump yourself. Also, can you predict how many quizzes will arrive in any period ... of course not so if you wish to have a reasonable wait for yours to go on ... kapish?

Now, about the popularity of a well written quiz ... you are talking to an expert. Change the title to "Bach on Television in 80's Sitcoms". Now, figure out how to get it by the editors as a television quiz. Put in a little humor, ask straight forward questions with straight forward answers, add a clue in the question, make the questions short, make sure the questions include something of interest to the quiz takers, try to be informing and not too esoteric and by all means forget about Editors Awards. Should you get an EA, forget about lots of takers!

Don't tell me this is impossible ... practice. There is one other method. Write a quiz that is of interest to the intelligencia on this site. Trust me, they are there and will find you. They love to see well written general quizzes and especially love getting close to 100% or number one. This crowd is the best ... the finest trivia folk, perhaps, in the world.

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 1:29 AM

No, please DON'T assign quiz categories inappropriately and try to get them past the editors. You won't get them past us - it's one of the first things we look for; all you'll do is earn yourself a return and lost time for correction.

The categories are there for a reason, and we hope you will use them in good faith as designed - to organize quizzes, not as a strategy to get yourself extra time on the front page.

Thanks

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 6:45 PM

Tim,

This happened to me too. As far EA's are concerned, it is luck of the draw like Judy said. My Movies-In Other Words got an EA and about 440 people took it. My Protest and Document quizzes received EA's and less than 50 took it. I think it is just preference of the people. If they like a category they will take a quiz. It seems like historical quizzes and classical music (I think Bach is classical) aren't as popular.

I do like the 24 hour idea as well though.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 22nd Feb '08 7:26 PM

Bach is actually baroque. He blew it all on the horses.

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 23rd Feb '08 1:16 AM

Isn't Baroque when you have no Monet?

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 192.9 - Posts: 1025)
Sat, 23rd Feb '08 1:43 AM

Unless you get a Monet Bach guarantee.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 23rd Feb '08 10:11 AM

Yeah! And Beethoven is........ah, I got nothing.

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 133.9 - Posts: 3777)
Sat, 23rd Feb '08 10:47 AM

Sounds like a bunch of Bartok to me.

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Sat, 23rd Feb '08 11:47 AM

Get a Handel on yourselves!

linenlady
Linenlady  (Level: 159.1 - Posts: 306)
Sat, 23rd Feb '08 12:05 PM

You wife will be Chopin your head off if you blow all your money on the ponies.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 23rd Feb '08 3:41 PM

I doubt that. She's been making a Liszt of pony wagers and has been Hayden her winnings in the cooky jar.

geophile
Geophile  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 1519)
Sat, 23rd Feb '08 3:58 PM

Someone asked Victor Borge to play Bach. He said "which one do you want...Johann or Offen."

I can understand your frustration; however, one of the first categories I looked under when I joined was the classical music category and I took every one of them. I think if people are so inclined they will search out your quiz under the category title. Trust me, classical music isn't that popular! Now I know how Major Winchester felt...."Cretins"!

allena
Allena  (Level: 255.0 - Posts: 1390)
Sat, 23rd Feb '08 5:16 PM

If you were to write a quiz about television themes based upon clasical music you
could put it in either category. Sploofantic would agree. Quizzes in music and television last about equally as long. Quizzes in science or technology last the longest. So, if yo want it on the front page, write about science or technology. But, if you want a lot of takers, write about music or TV. The point is that there are more folk taking and writing television quizzes than any other. The odds of making the most popular list favor the television quizzes and then those about popular music.

What we need is more interesting quizzes in the other categories so that sploofus folk will branch out. I agree with Big Bird that some folks find their favorite area. We used to have french and spanish quizzes. Lost them folk. We still have liturature folk and we need more quizzes to keep them interested. I think the site appeals to diverse interests and that should more interesting.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.2 - Posts: 249)
Mon, 25th Feb '08 8:47 AM

That is a good point. I have tried to write quizzes over a variety of things. I have quizzes on TV, movies, music, history, and even pasta. The most popular ones have been the music and TV quizzes. The pasta one was pretty popular too. This history quizzes, not so much. Maybe there just aren't that many history buffs out there.


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