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Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Mon, 21st Jul '08 7:45 PM

WTHAI REMINDER

Until Justin gets this added to the WTHAI instructions please note the following:

No punctuation or diacritic marks are recognized in the WTHAI program. For punctuation such as commas and periods this is not so much of a problem as they are "deleted" and the rest of the answer is still accepted. For diacritics the program deletes the whole letter that the diacritic is attached to - leaving an incomplete answer for the program to recognize.

When entering guesses with diacritics, please convert the marked letter to a regular letter with no diacritic.

Thank you.



donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 5071)
Mon, 21st Jul '08 8:53 PM

No, Thk u.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4183)
Fri, 25th Jul '08 5:37 PM

Bump.

So, it seems best to just not use any punctuation or diacritics. And, for example, don't use a hyphen for hyphenated names like Jean-Claude Killy.

-- Geri


Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Fri, 25th Jul '08 8:54 PM

That's correct Geri, although when it comes to hyphens, we do try to remember to add the name both with and without a space so it will still be recognized even if the hyphen is included in a guess. In the case of commas and periods, most people put a space after the comma so the guess can still be recognized as correct. Unfortunately there is no way to work around those diacritics.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4183)
Sat, 26th Jul '08 12:23 AM

Hi Sploofusmaximus,
Oh, I know you all do everything you can to maximus ... er ... maximize (just some friendly teasing there) the possibility that the system will recognize all sorts of guesses. (I remember the thread during beta testing where one of the editors posted a very long list of possible correct answers that he/she had to input for just one person or place.)

Anyway, in Hotwire, I noticed that Sploofizz said, "No punctuation at all, of any kind. Please don't use it!" so that's why I thought I'd remind people here as well. I hope you're not going crazy, Sploofizz!

I'll probably never get one of these WTHAIs, but I really enjoy watching whatever emerges and then learning about the person or the place.

-- Geri


Sploofus Editor
Sploofusmaximus (Editor)  
Sat, 26th Jul '08 12:55 AM

Thanks for the Sploofizz reminder. In all my spouting I never actually mentioned that no punctuation at all is the best way to enter a guess.

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4183)
Tue, 5th Aug '08 6:58 PM

Hi,
I noticed some people used hyphens in the latest WhereTHAI, so I thought I ought to bump this reminder, in case some people don't know they need to avoid all punctuation and diacritics in their guesses. Happy hunting to everyone and good luck!

-- Geri

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4183)
Mon, 11th Aug '08 3:45 AM

Bump.



tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4183)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 4:47 PM

Bump.

For anyone new to the WTHAI games or who haven't seen Sploofusmaximus' initial post before, the system doesn't like diacritics or punctuation, so it's best not to use them in your guesses. Have fun!

-- Geri

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 6:51 PM

I don't play them things because the pictures are too small. I have good vision but this junk is a waste of time to me.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sat, 23rd Aug '08 7:25 PM

Me too! Most of the who's and where's are people and places I've never heard of or seen. I'll just leave 'em for Slicko to figure out.


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