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Thu, 29th Dec '05 11:03 AM


Have any of you noticed the new "distraction free" format for Editor's Award quizzes?


Happy Sploofusing!

Tjwgct  (Level: 126.5 - Posts: 148)
Thu, 29th Dec '05 11:15 AM

I have. I like it's actually a little distracting though and will take some getting used to. I've taken thousands of quizzes the other way and it's different, that's all. Keep the changes coming! The site keeps getting better and better and more and more entertaining. Thanks!

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1982)
Thu, 29th Dec '05 11:17 AM

I was WOWED! Literally! When I opened the quiz I said "Wow!"

It was a bit jarring at first, disconcerting. And then when I was done with the quiz and returned to the "regular" page design it seemed so bright
(Maybe the black background could be lightened up a bit?)

I was wondering if all quizzes will have this look...but I assume that by "distraction free" you mean there are no ads or extraneous info on the page, so I guess it's a special design to honor the Awarded quizzes.

Looks cool though!

Violetblue  (Level: 112.2 - Posts: 853)
Thu, 29th Dec '05 11:59 AM


Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.4 - Posts: 295)
Thu, 29th Dec '05 2:10 PM

The new format looks nice, but, from a practical design point of view, it needs a bit of tweeking. The first thing is that the lines in the questions are much too long. People don't like to read that long a line and usually stop before the end. That's why columns in newspapers don't march across the page.

The second is that the buttons should line up with the submit bar so that the taker can easily go from the answer to the submit. As for the colors and cleanliness, though, it's quite nice.

Redbaron  (Level: 206.8 - Posts: 297)
Thu, 29th Dec '05 7:12 PM

I like it! But I do agree with mindmonkey's point about the line lengths...I just took my first Awarded quiz (Christmas History by Billkozy, definitely a worthy one!) and did find the lines a bit too long...

As for the submit button, I thought it was fine, actually...But I do see that point as well.


Thu, 29th Dec '05 9:47 PM

I have modified the allowed length, and have done away with the submit button entirely.

Hopefully you are using the Firefox Mozilla web browser. If not, make the change.

Just click anywhere on an answer to submit the answer...

Redbaron  (Level: 206.8 - Posts: 297)
Thu, 29th Dec '05 10:25 PM

People with touchpads had better beware of that change, Sploof! It's hard to mis-click with a mouse nowadays, but on some laptops it's pretty easy...Maybe the submit button should make a comeback.


Willough4  (Level: 102.2 - Posts: 33)
Fri, 30th Dec '05 2:25 AM

I approve of the new format for the new editors' awards quizzes. I take a lot of quizzes [note I'm no. 2 so far this month]and I totally agree with the editors' choices, especially Geniuswaitress's quiz. Geniuswaitress always writes good quizzes - they are challenging and fun.

Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.4 - Posts: 295)
Fri, 30th Dec '05 3:11 AM

Don't forget the Mac people and Safari. While I downloaded Firefox a while ago, I haven't used it hardly at all. I think that's true for a good number of Mac users.

I'd also vote to bring back the submit button. I just took one of the quizes and hit the red area by mistake. That aborted the quiz and the next page said that I'd clicked the answer twice. Also, that abort page put me somewhere in a different universe, unable to get to any other page.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.3 - Posts: 3349)
Fri, 30th Dec '05 6:10 AM

I'm also on a Mac, and use Firefox for Sploofusing, and have no problem. Well....the Word Rounds are really slow to load, and even if I don't really read the stem of the question it still takes at least 60 seconds. I will never be able to be up there with the 35 second folks. But that is the only problem.

In fact, one of the many reasons that I really appreciate this whole website is that I don't feel Mac-discrimination. There, that should be a new word!

Tmj302  (Level: 53.5 - Posts: 129)
Fri, 30th Dec '05 7:12 PM

The white letters on the dark red background are a bit hard to read - I have to squint. It may just be a personal problem, but any other webpages with white lettering/dark backgrounds are hard on the eyes.

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