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cujgie
Cujgie  (Level: 173.4 - Posts: 754)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 5:16 PM

SPELLING MISTAKES AND TYPOS

I am getting very frustrated with this, especially when it affects my score. For instance, I just took my weekly WordPuzzle, and each of the five puzzles had something major wrong with the answer, such as "The the bad and the ugly was a classic spaghetti western". I took too many tries and picked incorrect letters because of such titles. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..............

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4185)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 5:56 PM

The title isn't erroneous. After the WordPuzzle is over, I'll explain it to you.

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4185)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 6:01 PM

P.S. Just so you know, in the future, even if you think there's an error in a WordPuzzle, please do NOT post any answer or possible answer until after the puzzle is finished.

Thanks,
-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4185)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 9:06 PM

OK, so, to explain this morning's WP, the theme was, "I've Got the Goods." I didn't understand what it meant until I'd solved the first phrase. My first phrase was:

morning vietnam starred robin williams

So, then I realized that the phrases would refer to something with the word "good" in the title, but I would omit "good" in my answer since the author of the quiz had the goods, so to speak. Make sense?

-- Geri

cujgie
Cujgie  (Level: 173.4 - Posts: 754)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 11:15 PM

So everyone gets the same WP questions?

Thanks for your explanation, Geri.

cujgie
Cujgie  (Level: 173.4 - Posts: 754)
Sat, 12th Apr '08 11:17 PM

If there are misspellings in Trivia Quizzes, should I mention them to the authors?

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4185)
Sun, 13th Apr '08 8:45 AM

Cujgie wrote: 1. "So everyone gets the same WP questions?"

2. "If there are misspellings in Trivia Quizzes, should I mention them to the authors?"

Answers: 1. No, but I'm not sure how many different phrases are created for each WP. I've heard some people say six, others 10. If I have time, I'll see if I can find an editor's comment on this.

2. I asked a prolific author about this when I found a couple of trivial (heh heh) spelling mistakes in some of his quizzes. He said he thought it'd be best to approach the authors, in a polite way, of course. I think most authors are receptive to courteous, constructive feedback.

But that was when I first joined. Since then, I've found a lot of spelling mistakes in trivia quizzes, and I've made the decision not to bother the authors with such errors unless they're so numerous and egregious that they affect one's ability to understand or enjoy the quizzes. So far, I haven't run into such significant errors, just things that seem like typos.

Basically, given the amount of time and effort authors seem to put into their quizzes, I decided I'd rather give them kudos for content and construction rather than draw attention to a few typos. On the other hand, the author mentioned above that I contacted seemed to appreciate me pointing out the spelling errors, and once I start writing quizzes, I'd definitely want people alerting me to any errors.

Since I'm pretty new here as well, I think it'd be good to get some other opinions on this, especially from veteran authors.

Anyway, I'm glad I could be be of some help.

-- Geri

Sploofus Editor
Sploofusaurus (Editor)  
Sun, 13th Apr '08 9:01 AM

Each WP has TEN phrases. Each player get a random selection of five.

As for the current WP, the author has a particular reason for the wording the way it is. Some of you are already aware of the reason for the formatting, and can PM explanations when the puzzle is over.

Warning!! DO NOT post any wording of current puzzles into this forum!! It is unfair to other players, and often spoils their fun.


pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 13th Apr '08 9:04 AM

If the misspelling causes you to miss an answer, or if you think an answer is incorrect, I'd send a nice email to the author. We want to make sure our information is correct. Usually, misspelled words, grammar and punctuation get's picked up by the editor who reviews the quiz. However, the editor doesn't review for content (i.e., an incorrect answer.)

As an author, I'd want to know if something is wrong so I can fix it. As a quiz taker, I appreciate someone taking the trouble to point out an incorrect answer to the author so it can be fixed before I take the quiz.

The only time I've sent a pm to an author about fixing something is if I think the answer is wrong, and I suggest it in a nice way. Otherwise, I'll often send messages to authors telling them I liked their quiz or there was something interesting in their quiz I appreciated.

It usually takes me 2+ hours to create a quiz, and it's wonderful to get feedback.

cujgie
Cujgie  (Level: 173.4 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 13th Apr '08 1:26 PM

Thank you, pepperdoc, for your response. Most of the time, the misspellings don't affect what answers I give, but it can be jarring to see them, and it takes time away from the quizzes while I pick myself up off the floor.

I will watch for your quizzes, pepperdoc, and send you positive feedback. (Btw, plural nouns do not need an apostrophe.)

cujgie
Cujgie  (Level: 173.4 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 13th Apr '08 1:28 PM

P.S. "get's" isn't a plural noun, but is a singular verb and doesn't get an apostrophe either.

Do you think I'm obsessed?

foogs
Foogs  (Level: 267.4 - Posts: 848)
Sun, 13th Apr '08 2:14 PM

Obsessed might be one word...

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Sun, 13th Apr '08 6:29 PM

Are you a school teacher? I think you need to relax and chill a bit. It's not like we can buy anything with the points we earn here. This is supposed to be fun!

Karen

I think it is a little rude to correct someone's grammar or punctuation when they are trying to be helpful. Remember, this is fun. Also, you don't want people to be put off and not take your quizzes.

cujgie
Cujgie  (Level: 173.4 - Posts: 754)
Sun, 13th Apr '08 6:33 PM

Thank you all for your responses and help.

knerd
Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Sun, 13th Apr '08 7:36 PM

Sorry if I was harsh! I meant no harm.

Karen


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