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Sploofus Editor
Fri, 18th Jul '08 6:33 PM


We hope that you have all noticed that Tournaments are up and running. If you haven't noticed, just click on the big blue Tournament button and come join us.

The editors who assemble the tournaments are wondering what everyone thinks of them. Do you find them fun? What topics would you like to see covered?

This is your chance to shape this new Sploofus feature. Please let us know what you think in this thread.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 6:41 PM

I've enjoyed and participated in several. I planned on doing them all - but through no fault of sploofus, I was a little disheartened in losing 100% because of a quiz writers factual error.

I would say (since I don't know the selection process) that when putting together tournaments you look for a higher number of takers already.

That probably defeats the purpose - trying to get all quizzes seen - and since the only glory we have is place 1 2 or 3 (preferably 3) with no points - losing the 100% was painful

Otherwise I think they are great.

However, more than likely - like these last couple -I won't be doing the one's with 20 required - I was lucky to get 10 and glad to do it because otherwise I never get the chance to take quizzes ...

Donleigh  (Level: 155.3 - Posts: 5405)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 7:49 PM

I agree, 20 is too many quizzes to do for one tournament.
So far, I like the idea of a tournament and am enjoying taking the quizzes.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 8:20 PM

I don't think every tourney is for everyone, but if you love a topic you've probably already taken 20 of the quizzes

I had one of those author error 90%'s that was annoying, but not so much that it ruined it for me, after all, everyone else saw the same quiz!

What is bothering me is when people seem to take about 5 times longer than average to complete the quizzes. Are people actually googling quizzes to do better in a tourney??

I do enjoy the push to take more quizzes (I had been kid of ignoring quizzes lately, so it's gotten me back to my Sploofus 'roots')

Foogs  (Level: 280.1 - Posts: 848)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 8:26 PM


Kind of a drag, though, when I enter a tournament and see that I've already
done some of the puzzles -- and not very well.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 18th Jul '08 8:34 PM

Ditto what Suzer said on all counts.

Bbear  (Level: 166.9 - Posts: 2297)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 12:09 AM

I enter ones that are interesting to me. Keep up the diverse subjects; therefore there will be something for everyone.

I don't think 20 is too much; we have plenty of time to play around.

Question: I got first on one; are that worth points?

Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sat, 19th Jul '08 12:13 AM

No points for Tournaments other than the ones you get for taking the quizzes themselves. But we are trying to talk Justin into adding some sort of badge or "bling" to show off on your profile!

Smaug  (Level: 144.7 - Posts: 2765)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 12:25 AM

Tried it.

Rectal bleeding.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 12:43 AM

Suzer & Doc - my times are high because of my dial up - it's a real pain - I'll click to take the puzzle and sometimes wait 2 minutes for it to even show - that wasn't a problem during beta - it seems to have started when google ads went back in - although it's irrelevant on cable - but I just don't hve time to do them on cable.

On one puzzle, I hit the submit - went and made a pot of coffee - came back and it still wasn't showing - this is my issue because of rural dial-up - but that's my excuse anyway however, I would definitely say there is googling as well - I did on a few (there was one where I knew two of the options were right - so googled to see if I remembered wrong - did an eeny meeny and got it wrong) - same thing on the other one...because the right answer wasn't there - oops - as I remember I was wrong - one was on tv & one was on games.

As for the 100% several others got the 100% - there were actually two puzzles in that group that had errors - possible that the 100% came not from those - not sure - but assuming

Bigbird  (Level: 249.0 - Posts: 3337)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 6:04 AM

There have been some I have taken, and some I have not touched. For example, I know zero about baseball, so did not participate in that one, but I really enjoyed the Veggie one. I think that the widest possible range of topics will get most of us involved at some point or another.

And yes, it is a bummer when I open a tournament and discover that I have already done 7 out of 10 of the quizzes. But I think there is no getting around that since I opened it because it was a topic that I was interested in, and I did the quizzes for the same reason. I think it is great to discover quizzes on a particular topic that you never knew existed.


Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 7:55 AM

Kaelin not slamming you at all for times. (Actually, your times weren't the ones that were the head-scratchers.) If people want to google on tournament quizzes to get to the top of the list, that's fine. I'm not going to get that dead horse started on this topic. If people want to google on quizzes, that's fine with me. Scores are higher, times are longer. I spend so much time googling on WTHAI, just don't want to spend the time doing it on other games, other than an occasional double check on WP.

It's all good.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 9:02 AM

I haven't figured out how to get a good google on wth's -

Didn't think anyone was slamming though - I know most people have high speed - but there are still some of us poor slobs in rural areas who fight it so just wanted to throw in a different option for googling vs. high times - I had one quiz in a tourney where I knew them all - was depressing to have 100% and 500 something seconds - but oh well - I just do the best I can. At least people don't have to worry about me catching them.

The one thing I've noticed since beta merged is that things don't seem to be as fast - if it be google ads, or that fact that everyone is combined now I don't know since I didn't really know if Justin was running beta on a different db during that time - I'll just keep plugging!

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 10:41 AM

I enjoy the tournaments and have entered a few. Doubt if I'll ever be in the top anything, guess if I'd end up in the top 100 I'd be happy!

But I do think 15 and 20 quizzes are too many. I would rather have it kept at 10 per tournament so I could enter more tournaments. Maybe when I retire I won't mind the longer ones, but for now it limits me to how many I can enter.

It's certainly a good way to bring up some older quizzes that the new members wouldn't have taken and some of the rest of us may have overlooked them, too.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1139)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 11:04 AM

I have enjoyed the tournaments also. I think if you had an extra incentive like some graduation of extra points given for the top twenty you might get more takers. Just a suggestion!


Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 12:01 PM

I like the tournaments as well, but no way am I going to take 20 quizzes on a topic unless it's something I REALLY enjoy. Ten is easier to handle. I do like that there are more than the number required as options to take - I can skip ones that look way too hard for me or boring or whatever.

Bbear  (Level: 166.9 - Posts: 2297)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 12:20 PM

Sploofizz: Bling is good. I like shiny pretty things.

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 12:53 PM

There have to be more quizzes than required, because you can't take your own! That would cut folks out from participating if they have a quiz included!

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 2:43 PM

I like 'em. I like the bling idea too.
I tend to do them at work though, which can sometimes account for longer than usual times.

Bigbird  (Level: 249.0 - Posts: 3337)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 4:54 PM

I am pretty jealous of all you folk who can Sploof at work. Being semi-retired gives me the time, but when I was in the classroom I sure was "on" all day long - and I mean all day long. There were solid days when I never sat down.

Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 5:03 PM

The issue of comments on quizzes being public just really slammed me in the face as I was taking a quiz in a tourney - now - I don't scroll to the bottom to look for comments - but one quiz had an absolute error - and after it was over I was debating - send it to the author now - wait til tourny over - but as I look below my last question - I see it's posted out there for the world to see - both errors actually in the puzzle - and I guess that's possible how the two people got 100% on something that was impossible to get 100% on w/o reading the comment.

People talk about all their pet peeves and what they like/don't like about the way people write or the subject chosen - I only ask one thing - that the facts are straight - the rest'll work itself out.

If I lost bling over this - I'd really be annoyed.

This is something that I do hope they very busy Justin does get addressed soon - you can't rely on the masses to understand everything - and the "spoilers" are spoiling it...


Wordster  (Level: 166.7 - Posts: 936)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 5:03 PM

I agree 15 - 20 quizzes are too many. I just don't have time and get discouraged when I find myself way behind. Lower numbers of quizzes required would mean there was more scope to get higher scores by eliminating ones I messed up. When are you going to include Kerblunks?

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 5:56 PM

Would an editor like to explain what the Tournaments are all about, and just how they work, please?

How do you play and win 'em?


Sploofus Editor
Sploofizz (Editor)  
Sat, 19th Jul '08 6:41 PM

Anyone can play - just click on the Tournaments button, click on the current tournament you are interested in and click on "Join this Tournament".

Then you will see a list of quizzes to choose from and there will be a minimum number you have to take. Just start taking quizzes! As you complete them they will show as "completed" in your Tournament list. Some may already say "completed" if you took them before they were chosen to be in the Tourney.

After you complete the required number, your place on the leaderboard will show up on the bottom. If you take more than the required number of quizzes, the computer automatically uses your best scores.

That's it! It's just for fun and to see how you scored compared to others who've taken that Tourney!

Keep an eye on that list on the righthand side to see what interesting Tourney's are coming up

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 10:41 PM

I don't think 15 quizzes is too many since we have - what is it - a week to take them? I never take them all at once.

I'm really enjoying the tournaments. I think the editors have been doing a great job with the variety of tournament topics and with choosing the quizzes within them. I haven't taken this many quizzes in a while and it's been fun.

I do think it would be even more fun if everyone was playing to see how much they remembered instead of looking things up, but whatcha gonna do? (I truly understand the annoyance of dial up, having had it for an really long time. It's just a bit disheartening when so many of the top finishers have dial up.)

Off to enter the Pirate tournament!


Christiansinger  (Level: 93.7 - Posts: 61)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 11:30 PM

I decided to enter the Harry Potter tournament, and was really looking forward to taking the quizzes. When I entered, I found I had already taken 20 of the quizzes quizzes. I decided to take one of the few quizzes I hadn't taken, but it didn't count. My number of quizzes taken didn't change, and my score didn't change either, even though I made 100 on the quiz and that should have raised my score a little. Oh well!

I like the tournament idea, the prize idea sounds good to me too. I would rather have a smaller number of quizzes required for the tournament (10 required, with 15 from which to choose, would be perfect).

Billkozy  (Level: 289.6 - Posts: 316)
Sat, 19th Jul '08 11:55 PM

I'm really enjoying them. I've been entering more often than I thought I would! For instsnace didn't think I'd be interested in entering the Pirates one but there I was plugging away til I met the required number of quizzes. So that says something.

I feel particularly proud when a quiz of mine has been selected as one of the tournament puzzles. I don't even care that it means not as many available quizzes for me to take. I'm more jazzed that it was selected. Thanks again for putting them together.

As for other categories? Hmm. Such a big wide world to choose from. I guess whatever strikes your fancy. I like everything. Variety is key I think. And I think it's even fun sometimes to find a very narrow-themed specific category. There will always be someone out there who brightens up like a flame if they encounter a category that seems almost tailor-made for their interest.

I feel the pressure now to write many more quizzes to keep up with the demand that this Tournament wrinkle puts on the Sploofus inventory of quizzes! Lol.
Best wishes,

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Sun, 20th Jul '08 8:02 AM

I see a few folks have already mentioned the only problem I've had ... I'd put a cap of 12 on the required quizzes, not matter how many there are. 8-12 is a solid balanceed number.

But I've actually been working on some I'm not familiar with (like Shakespeare), just to learn a little more about the topics. It's been a fun education.

Sploofus Editor
Sun, 20th Jul '08 8:17 AM

I hear ya'll. Last couple of tournaments I set up, I went for the 10, rather than being swayed by higher numbers. I think there will still be the occasional larger number, but you'll find many at the 10 mark.

Donleigh  (Level: 155.3 - Posts: 5405)
Sun, 20th Jul '08 9:51 AM

It's not just the number of quizzes in the tournaments, but when you have to do 20, you have less chance to better you score by trying all the quizzes to improve. When there are 10 or 15 for the tournament and 20 or 30 to choose from, we can all try to get a higher percentage and lower total time. We would probably end up doing 20 in an effort to improve our entry.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.7 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 20th Jul '08 12:38 PM

On the other hand, in the Tom Hanks movie tournament, we were required to take at least 10 of 12 quizzes. Guess what ... three of the 12 were on specific films I had never seen. So I had to pick one and go in and run through 10 questions on a subject on which I had virtually zero knowledge, just to get a (mediocre) tournament score.

Future tournaments on the resume of an actor, author, etc. probably ought to have a bigger cussion in terms of elective quizzes.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.7 - Posts: 3941)
Sun, 20th Jul '08 12:58 PM


Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sun, 20th Jul '08 1:00 PM

Well, doesn't that just prove that you are not the biggest Tom Hanks haven't even seen three of his films!

Bigbird  (Level: 249.0 - Posts: 3337)
Sun, 20th Jul '08 4:23 PM

I took 2 of the Tom Hanks quizzes, and hung up my pencil. I can't remember movies the next day - so I'm surely not remembering these well enough.

But that doesn't mean there aren't other tournaments where I will fare better - looking forward to the Vampires, myself!

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