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Newyorkgoomba  (Level: 217.5 - Posts: 58)
Tue, 13th May '08 10:41 AM


Dragon sent me a note simply saying 'Your questions are too long!'...checked the sender and here's what I found:

Member since: 12/6/2004
Level: 78.2
All-time Jackpot Points: 6,048,724 (#830 of 43,616)

Number of quizzes taken: 1,348
Sploofactor: 3.99
Rates other players quizzes an average: 4.15

and no quizzes written! LOL

A critic and a bomber! 4.15!!!!

Chyenn  (Level: 205.0 - Posts: 1332)
Tue, 13th May '08 10:52 AM

don't let it get to you.

you create great quizzes.


Newyorkgoomba  (Level: 217.5 - Posts: 58)
Tue, 13th May '08 12:42 PM

Thanks, appreciated. Guess I just go frustrated when I saw it was someone who had been in for four years, written no quizzes and rated others ridiculously low...for the two or three comments like that I have received, about 20 or more compliments were received...thanks again...

Taco24  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 589)
Tue, 13th May '08 1:02 PM

Again, my issue with these folks is why they bother with the quizzes if they already have a preconceived notion. I wish they would realize this, and then move on to something else.


Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Tue, 13th May '08 1:43 PM

I love your quizzes and try to take them all (unless they're about music, which I know nothing about).
They're are a couple more that deserve mention and have taken my quizzes, Sharky1603 doesn't rate at all and Nancym rates an average of 1.00. I love it when they send me little notes. Don't know why they play!

Maurlin  (Level: 215.5 - Posts: 2688)
Tue, 13th May '08 1:50 PM

I just checked out the last player you mentioned. She(?) has been a member for 11 days, has taken 187 quizzes, and is still at level 1.0. She does have a BOMBER ALERT!!! tag next to her average rating of 1.

Tsk9653  (Level: 113.2 - Posts: 1466)
Tue, 13th May '08 2:01 PM

It happens to all of us who write quizzes. What I find odd are the people who insist on taking my quizzes when they apparently don't like them.

Taco24  (Level: 134.1 - Posts: 589)
Tue, 13th May '08 2:12 PM

Exactly. That is my point, Tsk.



Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Tue, 13th May '08 5:08 PM

I'll give you an Amen on that one.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Tue, 13th May '08 6:31 PM

I have written over 160 quizzes and Kerblunks. I do not like to take a lot of people's quizzes because they try to be cute and tricky with their questions. To me, this is no way to learn, that is why I subscribed to this site (to learn something). I hope everyone who writes a quiz gets the positive and friendly PM's like I get on all my quizzes. There is some negatively, too.

Elaine0602  (Level: 50.4 - Posts: 111)
Wed, 14th May '08 10:42 AM

Is there a way to block a known "bomber" or "zero" rater from taking your quizzes or taking ANY quiz for that matter? They should not be allowed to intentionally hurt every quiz rating average like that. It's just mean!

Maurlin  (Level: 215.5 - Posts: 2688)
Wed, 14th May '08 11:34 AM

It's my understanding that once a player is identified with the BOMBER ALERT tag, that person's scoring is not figured into the quiz writer's average rating.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Wed, 14th May '08 12:03 PM

You have to ignore them - I did a tv quiz that linked several actors that played the same roles on different tv shows so I got a gripe of "too many cheers questions" - didn't have any wood to beat my head and although that was my first "whine" - I finally let it go - who cares? The only time I ever send anything to a quiz author other than loved your quiz is to let them know about an inaccuracy - everyone is not like that - I've had various gripes (your question is too long being one of them) - and just suck it up - even when it hurts my feelings -

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Wed, 14th May '08 5:45 PM

I always bomb quizzes with lengthy questions. It just seems so right.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 14th May '08 8:23 PM

Good grief. If I just don't like a quiz, I just bail (hardly ever). I'd never complain to the writer - it's the author's complete right to write anything they wish, long or short. And there are always people who will like the quiz as it is. Who am I to tell somebody else how to do their thing? NOBODY!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Wed, 14th May '08 8:49 PM

Although I have been critical of WordPuzzles on more than one occasion I respect the quiz authors even when I do poorly (often). I have never bombed and I don't have any use for someone who does. I have found mistakes in quizzes and have sent POLITE messages to the author and have gotten some very rude answers back so I guess it works both ways.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 14th May '08 8:52 PM

Ya know - I've also mentioned a typo here and there, but I've never received anything back negative from anyone. Hopefully, that's a majority report.

Bleepy  (Level: 142.3 - Posts: 620)
Wed, 14th May '08 11:27 PM

Kaboom!!!! A "bomber" just attacked one of my quizzes with a low rating! Ahhhh skru 'em!

Sargon  (Level: 112.0 - Posts: 1256)
Thu, 15th May '08 12:10 AM

I had a complaint about long questions on one of my quizzes. It ticked me off because I had put a warning in the description about the length of the questions.

So hum the chorus of Rick Nelson's song Garden Party the next time you get some unwarranted criticism.

I learned my lesson well
You can't please everyone
So you might as well please yourself

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 15th May '08 3:53 AM

When I was new to the site and unfamiliar
with the scoring system, I bombed someone's
quiz....their response was so violent and
over-the-top, I became HAPPY that I bombed
it and did a few more for good measure!!!!

Now I know better and don't take quizzes of
people I don't like, or rate quizzes I don't
like, and don't comment except if - in my
opinion - there's an obvious error.

Wordster  (Level: 162.2 - Posts: 921)
Thu, 15th May '08 4:13 AM

I'm glad I didn't have that person as a teacher although I did have one who never gave A's (except to his pets, usually girls) on principle. Forget those people. Like Toledosugar I don't know much about music so forgive me if I skip those ones.

Bigbird  (Level: 243.0 - Posts: 3317)
Thu, 15th May '08 6:13 AM

I'm with Sargon here. I used to write a lot of quizzes and my questions tend to be pretty long. I got several complaints about the length of the questions (they were more than a single simple sentence). I was pretty polite in my response to the first couple, and then I started answering, essentially, "that's who I am - please don't take my quizzes if the long questions bother you".

I find that the average score of many of the quizzes regress toward the mean as time goes by anyway. A quiz that was sitting around 8.3 when it first came out will be around 7.9 a year later.


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 15th May '08 9:19 AM

I do love the positive feedback, and I pretty much ignore the rare complaint. If I consider the number of complaints against the number of positives, the percentage is extremely low. I think my worst one said "2hard & 2long".

How can I not laugh at that? I know it stings in the moment, but keep your perspective. Some you can't please and some just don't care, but the vast majority are appreciative.

Carreau  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 140)
Thu, 15th May '08 9:38 AM

Back when I was new here I took a quiz that had a fairly glaring misspelled word. Hoping to point it out to the author without sounding snotty, I sent a PM saying, "You might want to check the spelling in the first question." The response came back, "You might want to get a life." That was good for a laugh.

Billkozy  (Level: 282.5 - Posts: 308)
Thu, 15th May '08 3:22 PM

The thing I find objectionable in a critique is when someone writes to me and says that questions are too long, "especially for a timed quiz." I don't mind someone telling me they don't like the long-question formats; after all if that's their preference I think it's fine to voice it in the hope that quiz writers take these preferences to heart.
But to cite the reason as being "especially because the quizzes are timed" strikes me as illogical. It's not like the question's length changes from quiz-taker to quiz-taker. Everyone's question is the same length; everyone has the same amount to read. It's still an even playing field. The quiz standings are based on everyone's results compared to each other , not to some standardized time restriction or format. The only thing perhaps that might be unfair is that speed readers then have an advantage I guess??? But from what I hear speed-reading isn't actually all that effective anyway.
I guess the real unfair thing is that some people will choose to skip over the content to get to the salient issue, the question at hand, whereas some players actually might enjoy the extra information contained within a question. That, after all seems to be the primary point of this site, no? Learning while having fun, right? But if that's the case it hardly seems fair to punish quiz writers for trying to entertain, even if some quiz-takers will not avail themselves of the potentially informative other information in a question.

I am reminded of an old Jay Leno joke, way before he hosted the Tonight show. He was doing hos stand-up on a talk show and he said he imagined what Evelyn Woods must look like. (She's the woman who had a Speed Reading course in the 70s and maybe still does). So Leno said he imagined you'd go to her house, ring her doorbell, and she'd answer the door. And she was a big eye ball. And guys off to the side were shoveling heaps of books at her, shouting, "More books for Miss Woods!!"

Yonux  (Level: 182.5 - Posts: 37)
Thu, 22nd May '08 11:21 PM

Your quizzes are quite good.

Alvandy  (Level: 233.0 - Posts: 7603)
Thu, 22nd May '08 11:43 PM

I basically have accepted the premise that I'm not responsible for someone's behavior [and immaturity].

I do not rate the quizzes I take on how well I score- many times I played poorly or took a quiz that was out of my "league." But if I learned some information, I am happy to rate the author a high score for their effort. I believe that is the majority opinion of players here.

FYI- my very first quiz was launched earlier tonight. I have received a lot of positive comments so far.
Kudos to the Sploofus editors- they have been very supportive.

Tresgatos  (Level: 207.5 - Posts: 4231)
Thu, 22nd May '08 11:56 PM

Hey, good for you, Al, on launching your first quiz!

I've taken several quizzes where I've done poorly but learned a lot. I don't care about speed, I just enjoy the quizzes. And I don't mind long questions.

-- Geri

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Fri, 23rd May '08 12:09 AM

Al's written a quiz!!!!
Everyone bone up on York
and Peppermint Patties!!!!

Kaufman  (Level: 260.4 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 23rd May '08 7:40 AM

I got bombed and hatemailed the other day. From a first-day user, no less. Was told I write about boring things (maybe I do), and asked to never write another quiz. Frankly, I'm tired of being a lightning rod in a community that's moving in another direction. Maybe I will wander off into the sunset.

Chyenn  (Level: 205.0 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 23rd May '08 7:43 AM

maybe we need a "take back our neighborhood" rally!

Oldcougar  (Level: 222.0 - Posts: 1935)
Fri, 23rd May '08 8:17 AM

Don't you dare Ken, we still you

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Fri, 23rd May '08 8:55 AM

Hi all,don't let it bug you love,i posted the total message from a player (?) ,don't think the staff liked it but after seeing their "name up in lights" i have had no more probs. Personally i think all of you make wonderfull Quizzes,just due to health reasons that i have not been playing much.Take care all,have a good one.


Tresgatos  (Level: 207.5 - Posts: 4231)
Fri, 23rd May '08 10:42 AM

Ken, please don't go anywhere. Your Galapagos WP was one of my favorites, and as I mentioned, I appreciate your philosophy about what makes a good quiz. Whoever wrote you that message was very rude. There's no excuse for that kind of behavior, in my book, and they're the ones who should be re-evaluating whether they belong here, not you.

I'll tell you all a little story: One time, I needed to ask someone a question late in the evening, but since I'm still pretty new, I wasn't sure who to ask among the people who were online. I had read Ken's profile and liked it, along with the photos of his wife and critter family, so I reached out to him. He was very kind and helpful, and I'll always be thankful that he took the time to reply.

-- Geri

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 23rd May '08 1:54 PM

Please don't write more quizzes??????

I don't get how anyone could be such an arse. In fact, I don't believe it. Must be some stupid kid whose lost his mind at the end of school. They should 'please go let your mommy clean your behiney' and take a nap and quit playing with grown-ups electronic toys. You didn't say how many questions that person got correct. I'd love to know.

Bigbird  (Level: 243.0 - Posts: 3317)
Fri, 23rd May '08 2:07 PM

Ken, Jank is right. Schools are out, (though not in my part of the country) and a lot of kids sadly have nothing better to do. I used to work online in Homework Help on AOL, and the moment the kids had a vacation they went a little nuts. The questions got weird - and we knew they were testing us. You are one of the folks on my subscription list, so you have to keep writing quizzes.

Kaufman  (Level: 260.4 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 23rd May '08 3:36 PM

You know, I didn't bother to look. But now that you ask, bright-eyes got 3 of 11 correct. And was suckered into The Obligatory Mollusk Distractor.

Bigdavy  (Level: 134.7 - Posts: 533)
Fri, 23rd May '08 3:49 PM

Billkozy, I'm LOL at your Jay Leno / Evelyn Woods story!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 199.8 - Posts: 1302)
Fri, 23rd May '08 4:31 PM

I got this gem from someone the other day: "It is bad style to give the answer to the previous question in the question following. Very annoying."

I requested he not take any more of my quizzes.

Ken, you should ignore the little punk or tell him where to get off. Your quizzes are great and no one wants to see you go. This is our island and all the little jerks should be run off!!!

Alvandy  (Level: 233.0 - Posts: 7603)
Fri, 23rd May '08 5:36 PM

I have written one quiz [about York, PA- ]- just launched last night.

I probably annoyed somebody because of my running commentary after each question.

In my opinion- what's great about Sploofus quizzes are there aren't any cookie-cutter styles, and that's a good thing!

Stay the course!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 23rd May '08 6:33 PM

And see - I LOVE when the answer is in the next question because there is immediate learning. Sometimes by the time I get through 10+ questions, I've forgotten which one really stumped me and I get distracted and forget to study through my inaccurate answers!

But then again, I'm not a point freak. (As if I had a choice!)

And it's a time-saving device. Instant gratification. Or loss of hope.

Toledosugar  (Level: 51.4 - Posts: 281)
Fri, 23rd May '08 11:35 PM

I try to take all of your quizzes. I love quizzes! I hope you'll forgive me if I pass on the sports and music. It's my shortcoming, I just can't remember who's in what band and who hit the home run. I've had some bad press on my quizzes but many more that were helpful or just nice and I appreciate all of you.

Bleepy  (Level: 142.3 - Posts: 620)
Tue, 27th May '08 2:11 PM

Just dropping by to vent (again)! The same person (Newbie) just took two of my quizzes and bombed them! He/she has a fairly LOW quiz rating considering the over-1,000 quizzes taken in the short time here. This also happen about a week or so ago. There's nothing much do to about it, but b-atchin' helps as I see my once decent scores plummet!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 199.8 - Posts: 1302)
Tue, 27th May '08 9:01 PM

I'll take some and rate 'em high and that'll make up the difference, right? That newbie wouldn't know a good quiz if it sat in his/her lap and called him/her dada/mama.

Bleepy  (Level: 142.3 - Posts: 620)
Wed, 28th May '08 1:12 AM

You people are just soooooo....sweet!!! I was at class, and by the time I got home, my scores just soared. OK, they might have been sympathy ratings, but I'm no fool (at times) so I'll take 'em!!!!!

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