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crocodiletca

Posts: 230

new Posted: 06:57PM Dec 27, 2010

BaBeYdOlLlOvEr wrote:
Ok now i have a question how do i get positive karma i just joined a few days ago so i dont know how to get it ive tryed all the triva,brain teasers and still no karma please help me out..

Do things to help the website. Submit teasers, report offensive comments, be polite in chatrooms, whatever you can do to make the site a better place will count towards your karma.


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crocodiletca

Posts: 230

new Posted: 06:32AM Dec 31, 2010

I have seen a three-word post in a public forum. I want to report it as spam, but I cannot do so. What should I do? Also, the Braingle time is 6:30-ish, but I have set to an hour later in my account? Is this a bug? Should I report it to Jake?

---This message was edited on 06:34AM Dec 31, 2010---
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ShadowsAcamod

Posts: 4738

new Posted: 03:01PM Dec 31, 2010

Braingle Time is not the time on your account; it's the server time or something like that. It's always Central Time.

As for the three-word post, I suggest you leave it be unless: (a) they're advertising something, (b) they're posting just for the sake of being annoying or adding to their post count, or (c) they said something else completely irrelevant to the conversation. Actually, the fact that you wanted to report it as spam but didn't is an indicator that it probably isn't spam.

By the way, this is Ask a Quizmaster. The issues you mentioned are ones that moderators take care of. Just start a new topic for those.

Happy New Year.
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didem666A

Posts: 4

new Posted: 02:58AM Jan 5, 2011

Can we know who submitted a correction to our quiz? I also want to give my responses to him or her directly.
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Hrsemn4Ausmod

Posts: 509

new Posted: 08:56AM Jan 5, 2011

Sorry, no. That info is not given out.

The difference between poison and medicine is usually a matter of dosage.
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didem666A

Posts: 4

new Posted: 02:35AM Jan 6, 2011

OK. Thank you...
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crocodiletca

Posts: 230

new Posted: 01:53PM Jan 8, 2011

As you know, a user is banned from making quiz corrections for a few days if that user submits too many incorrect corrections. If this happens a certain amount of times to the same user, are they permanently banned from making corrections?
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Hrsemn4Ausmod

Posts: 509

new Posted: 02:28PM Jan 8, 2011

No, I don't believe so, but after I had a series of rejected corrections, I started only correcting what I was absolutely certain of: i.e. spelling mistakes, missing or improper apostrophes, and the like. I also stopped trying to hunt down corrections and just checked the newly published quizzes. Not sure if any of this applies to you, but I went from an F grade to an A grade and I now have over 1200 corrections, I've not had a rejected correction in some months, though it still happens.

Further, if you are not flooding the person with messages, consider PMing a QM before submitting a correction that you might be on the fence about. Since QMs process the original quizzes, they might be better sources of info regarding errors that may have been missed.


The difference between poison and medicine is usually a matter of dosage.
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crocodiletca

Posts: 230

new Posted: 02:34PM Jan 19, 2011

Another correction of mine was recently rejected. The correction was made on question 9 of this quiz. Here it is:
Problems Reported
Technically speaking, someone could click on any of these answers and be correct!

Comments
This issue has come up before and my source has been shown to be accurate. The current selected answer is correct. No change is needed.

Quizmaster Comments
Since the question is specific as to half siblings, and 5 is the correct answer, there are no changes necessary.

Result
Your correction was rejected.


Now, I'm not saying that the person who made the quiz was wrong, but that someone could be correct with any of these answers, as there are many different versions of the myths. It's just not fair! It's as though the question was the following:

Which of the following is a prime number?

2
3
5
7
11

See my point? I would like this cleared up as soon as possible!


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froggyggAusmod

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new Posted: 04:04PM Jan 19, 2011

Crocodile, your example above is not the same as the correction you submitted and posted above and really can't be compared. The question on the quiz specifically asked for the correct amount of half siblings. Even though anything below the correct answer might be technically correct, it is not what the question asked and therefore, not entirely correct. The correct answer of 5 is the only answer that includes the number of ALL half siblings. Answering 1,2,3, or 4 would be an incorrect answer since the answer to the specific question is 5.

Sorry for the confusion, but the QMs go by the QMG rules as well as what the questions ask.


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crocodiletca

Posts: 230

new Posted: 06:43PM Jan 19, 2011

froggygg wrote:
Crocodile, your example above is not the same as the correction you submitted and posted above and really can't be compared. The question on the quiz specifically asked for the correct amount of half siblings. Even though anything below the correct answer might be technically correct, it is not what the question asked and therefore, not entirely correct. The correct answer of 5 is the only answer that includes the number of ALL half siblings. Answering 1,2,3, or 4 would be an incorrect answer since the answer to the specific question is 5.

Sorry for the confusion, but the QMs go by the QMG rules as well as what the questions ask.

Thanks, but there are varying versions of how many half siblings there are.
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jfletcher*us

Posts: 30

new Posted: 12:57PM Feb 25, 2011

Hey QM's!

If I want to make a quiz for Baby Boomers on general trivia, where might I post it? What category? OTHER is what I'm thinking.

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froggyggAusmod

Magical Sorceress Frog
Posts: 9049


new Posted: 06:05PM Feb 25, 2011

Yes, I think Other would work well. Sounds like an interesting quiz.

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jfletcher*us

Posts: 30

new Posted: 08:58PM Feb 25, 2011

Merci!
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crocodiletca

Posts: 230

new Posted: 05:26AM Apr 3, 2011

One of my corrections on this quiz has been returned. It reads as follows:

Problems Reported
Technically speaking, the term "Ice cream truck" refers to the truck, not the treats themselves.

Quizmaster Comments
This quiz is about ice cream. An ice cream truck is associated with ice cream. No change necessary.

Result
Your correction was rejected.

Please do not waste the Administrator's time by protesting every rejection. If the Administrator agrees with the QM, it will hurt your Quiz Corrector grade. If you honestly believe that the QM made a mistake, you may protest this decision.


However, the question I attempted to correct clearly reads, "What term is used in the US to describe ice cream products distributed from traveling..."!

I would like this to be cleared up ASAP!


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ShadowsAcamod

Posts: 4738

new Posted: 08:44PM Apr 3, 2011

Sorry, but that's a bit too picky. The correction system is in place to correct actual problems with quizzes, and I don't think a quiz about ice cream mentioning ice cream trucks is a problem.
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crocodiletca

Posts: 230

new Posted: 06:42PM Apr 12, 2011

One of my teasers was recently rejected. I must ask you a question as to why it was rejected. First, read the teaser:

Tall Tales
Category: Trivia
Body: One day, you are approached by four men. Each man has a story to tell. Only one of the stories is true. Your job is to guess which story this is.

Mark claims that he has seen a real mermaid.
Joe says that he has witnessed a turtle the size of an island.
Ben states that he has met a live dinosaur.
Andrew tells of his encounter with a fire-breathing troll.

Well, which of these is a not-so-tall tale?
Hint: You might want to look at the teaser's category.
Answer: You should believe Ben. It is now thought that some small, meat-eating dinosaurs developed feathers and the ability of flight. They evolved into the birds we know today. Dinosaurs live on above our heads!

This teaser was rejected.

Editors' Votes
Reject: 5

Comments:
Your teaser does not work as presented. Birds being descended from dinosaurs doesn't make them dinosaurs. Also, this is only a theory, and recent studies indicate it is likely not true. [Insert this site] Additionally, most think that gators/crocs are the closest to living dinosaurs. Also, was there not a previously extinct fish that was caught, proving it was the oldest one? Please take time to well research something to verify accuracy before submitting. Thanks.


However, here is the problem: literally all of my other sources show that birds did indeed descend from dinosaurs! In fact, if anything, my sources show that the theory that "Birds are not dinosaurs" is the outdated one! Shouldn't the teaser maker use the fact that shows up in more sources? Could this please be cleared up?


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pottercrazyAgb

Posts: 257

new Posted: 06:21PM Jun 24, 2011

Hi, I am currently making a quiz and have turned the proofreading on. Is there anywhere I can post it to have it proofread faster only I heard there was a back log.

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MarcM1098Acamod

Posts: 603

new Posted: 09:35AM Jun 25, 2011

Hi Pottercrazy. There is no backlog; there are only 6 quizzes in proofreading right now. It's just a matter of waiting for volunteers who are interested in proofreading.

There are two kinds of people: 1) Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data.
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Mathgeek007tca

Pi Guy
Posts: 1435


new Posted: 10:48AM Jun 25, 2011

I can read it. *Takes a breath, dives in*

Parents are supposed to "protect" their kids, but there's a real distinction between protection and unrealistically keeping children away from reality. - Life_Sucks --- One of my teasers was featured as the Teaser of the Day! :D Sept. 18 2011 :D YAY!
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