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Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 12:25 PM


...that almost every time I write a quiz that has a question longer than a sentence or two, I get someone writing to complain that my clues are too long? I think that a little bit of set-up is helpful, and sometimes informative. Am I the only one who feels this way? Should I only write clues that are absolutely as bare-bones as possible? Or should I just ignore the complainers and write the kind of quizzes I want to?

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 12:42 PM

Mr.Actor....please write whatever turns you on!!!!
Whatever you do....someone,somewhere will complain.
C'est La Vie....

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 12:44 PM

Maybe they have a short attention span, keep writing as you do.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 12:45 PM

Write them back a 2 page response.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 12:49 PM

Ignore the complainers and write the kind of quizzes you want to.

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 4450)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 1:13 PM

I enjoy all sorts of quizzes, including ones with long clues. Most of the quizzes that have earned Editor's Awards have long clues, and I've enjoyed every single one of those, even when I haven't performed very well. At least I always learn something, which is equally enjoyable, at least to me.

I'm thinking, if most people seem to be rating your quizzes highly, then don't worry about it. The people who complain may have a short attention span or may be going more for speed than enjoyment or the value of learning something new.

It's true you're not going to please everyone, so I agree -- just keep writing quizzes the way you want. I recently took one of your quizzes on musicals and thought it was excellent, BTW.

-- Geri

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 1:23 PM

Love your quizzes! They're always informative and interesting.

Have only written one quiz in a gazillion years, but have also written several with long questions in the past. I find that if I preface the length of the questions in the introductory section, it cuts down on some of the negatives. If someone can't take the time to read the introduction, it's still likely that they'll write and complain about the length -- but it does help.

Keep 'em coming!


Mitchy  (Level: 136.0 - Posts: 964)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 2:41 PM

Keep doing what you are doin' hon. Don't let them get to ya.. You know!

Someone has always got to be Bitch'n about somethin'.

You do what satisfies you>>>>>

That's all that matters>>>>>What you prefer>>>IS ALL THAT MATTERS!!!!!!

Keep on a writin'. with your bad A** self.

Nsinuosblufyxn  (Level: 106.3 - Posts: 274)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 2:44 PM

ignore them.

if that's your style, do what you like best; maybe put something in details about it (if you want to be able to say that there was info posted about it).


Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.0 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 4:53 PM

I've had that response too, Lane, and I just ignore them. I agree that it's fun to take quizzes like that because I learn more. I also have a tendency to write quizzes with longer questions. That's my style and I'm not changing for anyone.

Be you!

Garrybl  (Level: 293.8 - Posts: 6801)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 4:58 PM


I'm a big fan of the long questions ad the additional info that comes with them.
As a sort of speed reader I try to cut to the chase when solving the quiz then come back and re-read after finishing...that way i get better times, and who doesn't want to be top of the heap!


Chyenn  (Level: 210.7 - Posts: 1332)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 5:04 PM

goggle 'cheese' and offer them a few websites that sell the best to go with the whine.

i believe that you should write what makes you feel most comfortable. short questions simply will not work with some subjects.

Personally i like a mix of styles. and we have a great mix here.

Kimoira  (Level: 214.9 - Posts: 1200)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 5:10 PM

I guess being a speed-reader would greatly help but I'm not so I tend to spend time reading the longer questions on the subject matter in quizzes that interests me most.

I have spent a long time reading some quizzes, not scoring well but really enjoying what I learned. When I find myself in a little too deep on a quiz I was mildly or not all that interested in with two paragraph questions I either bail or get disgruntled but it doesn't always mean I won't give it a 9.

To me, it's apparent when someone writes a quiz they are passionate about and want to teach other people a thing or two. That type of quiz always gets the top score with me no matter how I do!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sun, 13th Apr '08 3:30 PM

I think Lex Luthor answered it best in Superman 1.

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