Re:"I completely agree. A bunch of editors and a quiz. The quiz is creative, well written, no typos, full of learning information, and a bit humorous. And all the editors agree that it's fit to be an EC."|
-Huh? Only one editor needs to decide whether or not to make it an EC. Other editors may disagree.
Re: "Of course, there can't be a formula because the EC quizzes are entirely made by the editors. So it could be 2 in a row, or 100 quizzes apart. Either way, it's the kind of quiz that authors want and the editors like."
-Authors don't need to want it; the editor needs to want it, and only one needs to flip the switch to do it.
Reply #181. Feb 12 11, 10:29 PM
I see, I see. What if an editor decided to make a quiz an EC and all the other editors disagreed and most players? Would it still be able to be an EC?|
Reply #182. Feb 12 11, 10:38 PM
Yeah, the editor liked it, and it's an EDITOR'S choice. It doesn't really matter what the others think. :-)|
And also, it may not be the editor that put it online. My EC quiz I worked VERY hard on it, and it took many corrections. The editor finally said (and it's a teams quiz) "you've all worked so hard on this, and we've had so many corrections, I'll go ahead and put it online". So not the best results. But another editor must have played it, and several years later, and gave it an EC.
So you just never know. ONE editor is all that is needed to be an EC. Some EC quizzes are rated 95,000. Some are in the top 50. It's up to the editor. Obscure topics that nobody knows but that interests the editor will likely get an EC, and possibly a bad rating, whereas a very well written common topic quiz might not; because it doesn't really interest the editor. But then again, some of these "common" quizzes have ECs.
So there really is no way of determining what sort of quiz to write to get an EC. It all depends on the editor's preference (and maybe the editor doesn't like the category you wrote it, but loves the quiz). There's no real logic to how to get one. I just plan to let any future ECs fall in my lap as they please. ;-)
Reply #183. Feb 12 11, 10:51 PM
Obscure means fun in my language. So an editor would not be interested in a simple quiz about The Simpsons, but rather a quiz about why people have triple bypasses. I'd play that quiz. :)|
I've learned that working hard might give you success and people love success.
Reply #184. Feb 12 11, 11:02 PM
Re: "So an editor would not be interested in a simple quiz about The Simpsons"|
I love 'The Simpsons' and would be delighted if someone wrote a not necessarily simple, but original quiz about the show that was not only cleverly-approached, but concise and expected to be well-received by players and fans. That's not to say that it'd mean instant EC, but in that particular category, it's some of the expectations that I would have personally. Other editors may never venture into a 'Simpsons' quiz at all.
I don't think anyone's simply going to find a winning formula to attract the right editor to the right quiz to get an EC. I still persist that people should simply keep enjoying writing and if it happens, it happens. Besides, as most have claimed, ECs come to the quizzes you DON'T expect.
Reply #185. Feb 12 11, 11:12 PM
"Besides, as most have claimed, ECs come to the quizzes you DON'T expect."|
Exactly what happened to me. My EC quiz was just a quiz about dogs in entertainment, one I didn't think was particularly brilliant, but obviously good enough for the editor to set it apart from the other numerous quizzes in that category and give it a thumb.
I think that the less you think about an EC, the more excited you'll be when you get one.
Reply #186. Feb 12 11, 11:22 PM
I never thought about ECs until I saw this topic.|
Reply #187. Feb 12 11, 11:31 PM
I have rarely submitted a quiz that I didn't think might get an EC. That's the standard I try to set myself as I write, except for some of the Bus Ride replacement quizzes, which were written for accessibility rather than creativity. That doesn't mean I didn't try to make them interesting, just that I was aware of following a bit of a formulaic approach so players would find them comfortable. |
That is not to say that I ever actually expected any quiz to get an EC. Those that have come my way have been pleasant surprises, but I also feel that in a sense they have been earned by the way I have improved my writing in my quest to produce a quiz worthy of that recognition.
I also would like to have all my quizzes get amazingly high ratings, because that means players have enjoyed them, which is even more directly my goal in writing any quiz. Two of my personal favorites languish way down in the 30,000s, however, showing that you just can't always tell.
Reply #188. Feb 13 11, 1:12 AM
I second Row's nomination. A fantastic and well-written masterpiece. :)|
Reply #190. Feb 25 11, 10:20 AM
Nah, I think Adams has enough... 6 thumbs, 5 quizzes in the top 25... lol. JK.|
I third the nomination.
Reply #191. Feb 25 11, 10:42 AM
"I love 'The Simpsons' and would be delighted if someone wrote a not necessarily simple, but original quiz about the show that was not only cleverly-approached, but concise and expected to be well-received by players and fans."|
Why don't you try playing some of your own quizzes? lol
Reply #192. Feb 25 11, 11:11 AM
I wrote my mixed 'Simpsons' quizzes in my first year here. :p|
Reply #193. Feb 25 11, 3:58 PM
I think a quiz worthy of the award is "A Sabbatical in Suriname" by Reedy. It's certainly a "fresh eyes" look at a geography quiz and is quite engaging.|
Reply #194. Apr 12 11, 5:34 PM
One problem- no conclusion though|
Reply #196. Apr 12 11, 5:46 PM
The conclusion is optional, though.|
Reply #197. Apr 12 11, 6:00 PM
I'm very glad to see that not only did my chosen quiz/es by my favourite author have a thumbs up already, every single one I'd played and was going to nominate the top few by Islingtonian did. I can honestly say I have actually laughed a good number of times when taking every single one, which is something which is pretty rare otherwise, unless of course someone mentions camel poo (anyone remember that?). If another special memory comes back to me I will however return.|
Reply #199. Apr 24 11, 7:22 PM
I want to second Matthew_07's nomination of "Murder Was the Biblical Case that They Gave Me" by Spaudrey. After reading the post, I played the quiz. I really like how Spaudrey approached the quiz - unique and well researched, but not too hard. It deserves the special recognition of being an EC.|
Reply #200. Apr 30 11, 8:33 PM
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