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Garrybl  (Level: 294.1 - Posts: 6803)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 3:25 PM


I'm looking at the 'recently posted quizzes'
Bigdave had a quiz approved less than an hour ago and its almost off the list.
It CAN'T be right for sploofus to (eg) put 30 quizzes up at once, and none in the next 12 hours or the 12 before. Some form of equalization must be possible (only 5 an hour can't be hard to arrange?)
And yes the fact that one of my quizzes is a minute behind focuses my mind on the problem

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 5:14 PM

Barry- Thank you so much for addressing this. I've had quizzes last for over a day and some just a few hours. Today one of my quizzes went live at 2:34 and my next one went live at 3:05. My goal is always to launch my quizzes with at least 30 others between them so one doesn't push out the other. There's no telling whether my 3:05 quiz will be gone in a few hours or be in the 30 most recent on the front page for a few days. When this topic was broached recently, one of the editors responded with a suggestion (threat) of letting one quiz go live per hour to take care of this type of concern.

Spacecat  (Level: 165.0 - Posts: 676)
Mon, 14th Apr '08 7:03 PM

I accidentally launched two quizzes at the same time last Wednesday. They appeared early in the AM of Sunday. The first won an EA but disappeared soon after the second was posted.

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Tue, 15th Apr '08 12:38 AM

I'm bitter and clinging to my guns and religion.

Kaufman  (Level: 269.9 - Posts: 3941)
Tue, 15th Apr '08 1:48 AM

Life isn't fair. My quizzes can sit on the most recent list for two days and the same 29 people will take it who would have found it and taken it were it only there for an hour. I'm not bitter. I'm glad I don't need a 30th person taking my quiz to validate my existence.

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Tue, 15th Apr '08 9:32 AM

Sigh...and then there are those of us who do need it.

Scifidwarf  (Level: 149.1 - Posts: 249)
Tue, 15th Apr '08 10:03 AM

Does the number of people who take your quiz have anything to do with this? I have had quizzes disappear very quickly and some that are on for awhile. My last EA quiz disappeared quickly and there were only about 53 take it.

Scifidwarf  (Level: 149.1 - Posts: 249)
Tue, 15th Apr '08 10:03 AM

I take that back. Only 33 people took the last EA quiz I wrote.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Tue, 15th Apr '08 12:55 PM

This has been said over and over again. There is NO equity in quiz exposure times-worthy or not. Exposure is the name of the game like it or not. I have basically ceased writing quizzes so perhaps should have no vice here. I have been on both sides of the fence-eons of exposure time which made them hit most popular list-most likely out of boredom for new material rather than quiz quality-others zipped through at lightning speed. Either this issue needs to be addressed or older members will not write or for that matter renew paid membership. New folks begin with high hopes-too bad they are dashed after a few months of this-Linda

Billkozy  (Level: 291.4 - Posts: 318)
Tue, 15th Apr '08 1:10 PM

I'm not sure if this is true or not, but is part of the consideration for how long a quiz remains on the front page, given to its quality? In other words to some degree yes all quizzes will suffer in terms of exposure if there is a mass glut of them ready for launching. But some quizzes I suspect will suffer less depending on how well they're rated?

This actually seems somewhat fair to me because after all Sploofus I imagine would like to present its best face on for any newcomers, r anyone at all for that matter. It does seem sensible to have a factor involving giving slight edge to quizzes that have obviously been worked on very hard by the writer and receive higher positive ratings by the quiz-takers. This makes Sploofus a more attractive and impressive site to people who pop by and visit I would think.

So perhaps some of the quizzes that whiz by are possibly ones that are almost like the FITBs in terms of impressiveness. But gain, I don't know at all if what I'm saying is true or not. It's just a hunch. But if it is true, I actually don't think it's all that bad an idea. But perhaps also there is some middle ground whereby a set rate of quiz launching is implemented combined with the quality issue.

But then again I maybe I just have farts in my brain.

Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Tue, 15th Apr '08 2:51 PM

The problem is exactly that-no equity in time. I have written both very simple which stayed a long time and have worked hard on others which did not. Trust me-quality has not one thing to do with the length of time on the front page. I have been fortunate as most folks have rated my quizzes on the "high" side. My goal has always been to be informative but not ask such obscure information that they feel stupid. Exposure, however, gets many more takers-just a fact. I am clueless about a solution. most often wrote on TV and movies ( pop music rates right up there too but am truly ignorant here) which get more takers as well. Don't know who could deem themselves "worthy" of judging quality and thus time-Linda

Kimoira  (Level: 215.0 - Posts: 1201)
Tue, 15th Apr '08 9:35 PM

Linda I respect and agree with your philosophy with you when you say "My goal has always been to be informative but not ask such obscure information that they feel stupid."

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.4 - Posts: 4450)
Thu, 17th Apr '08 1:16 AM

I haven't yet launched a quiz (although I have a few in the works), so I can only approach this right now from a quiz taker's point of view. While I'll take a look at the list of "30 Most Recent Quizzes," in general I go straight to the "Category" tab and look for quizzes in subjects that interest me. If I find I like a certain author, then I'll often take several of his/her quizzes and subscribe to future ones. Other times I'll use the search feature to search for keywords, and all sorts of cool quizzes pop up.

I do understand that exposure is important, and I don't know what the solution is to the problems expressed here, but I just wanted to offer some reassurance that some of us are finding your quizzes, even when they don't stay in "Most Recent" or "Most Popular" very long.

-- Geri

Sargon  (Level: 112.9 - Posts: 1256)
Thu, 17th Apr '08 6:48 AM

Possible solutions:
- Every quiz is given a set amount of time of the most recent list. The list would grow and shrink depending on how many quizzes are submitted and how active the editiors are.
- Eliminate the most recent list. To see the quizzes a category is selected and a more complete list is displayed.

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