Have fun :)|
Reply #121. Apr 10 12, 7:49 AM
Oh, heck, I can't stand it anymore. Since I'm on my way home and the Sprint doesn't begin until the 15th, I'd like to join up as a single, unless someone wants me for a pair.|
Reply #122. Apr 10 12, 9:37 AM
Is that single fries or double whopper falafel?|
Reply #123. Apr 10 12, 1:04 PM
This is the post all of you waited for...|
...well, some of you.
I am sure a lot of players just wish to finish the sprint and will be happy to complete their twelve quizzes within their respective time frames. That's fine with us and you don't really need the below information.
If you are however in this for the competition and wish to compare your times against those of others, you should know how the timing will work. We listened to you all and we want this race decided by how fast you can write quizzes, not where you live, when you have to work or whether an editor happens to have time for you.
To be absolutely fair, we're also making this game completely time zone independent - you can start your turn whenever it is most appropriate for you, as long as you stay within the overall five-day window allotted to each round.
For this purpose, we will create two tracked threads on this board, one for Kyle's clues and one for mine. Whenever you click on one of these threads, the time and your ID will be recorded so we will exactly know when you first saw the clue. Your time will be counted from that moment to the time you hit submit on the version the editor will be looking at (i.e. if you submit, change something before an editor has seen it and submit again, the later one will count).
Should a quiz of yours get rejected, you will of course have to make the corrections. The time for making these corrections will not be applied to your race time. However since we want to encourage quality quizzes and definitely do not want anyone to abuse this privilege to benefit from sloppy proofreading, there will be a gradual penalty applied to your total finishing time for all twelve stages depending on the cumulative number of rejections you have received over all 12 scored entries. This penalty is as follows:
0 to 3 rejections - no penalty
4 rejections - 1 hour
5 rejections - 2 hours
6 rejections - 3 hours
7 rejections - 4 hours
8 rejections - 5 hours
9 rejections - 6 hours
10 rejections - 8 hours
11 rejections - 10 hours
12 rejections - 12 hours
Beyond 12 rejections, add 4 more hours for each additional rejection.
(Of course we expect that for most members, the penalty will remain very low if one needs to be applied at all. After all, this type of competition tends to attract the best writers who rarely get a lot of rejections!)
If you miss a quiz entirely (by failing to submit it in the time window), you will be given a default score of 7 days 0 hours, 0 minutes for the round (but you may still play further rounds)
To avoid any questions, here is the exact way the system works depending on your play mode:
For single players, your time is from the time you look at the clue that you are actually writing for until the time you submit the respective quiz. (If you are normal mode, you can do both tasks one after the other and the better one will be scored). Note that you could look at one of the clues, do some research, find it's not to your liking and still then try the second one from zero (but then you'd better stick with it).
For normal pairs, your time is from the time the first player of the pair looks at the respective clue to the submission regardless of who ultimately submits. Again, you could do both tasks and score the better one if you want.
For hardcore pairs, we will look at both quizzes separately according to the normal pairs rules and then award you with the average score. However a missed submission always voids the entire round, even if the second quiz is submitted. The rejection penalty for hardcore pairs is similarly based on your average rejection count, so if one player has six rejections and the other one at the end, you'd average 3.5 and would thus get a half hour (middle between 3 and 4).
Reply #124. Apr 10 12, 2:31 PM
I'm just going to use my guidelines.|
See the clue.
Write the quiz.
Way less complicated.
Reply #125. Apr 10 12, 3:21 PM
I think you mean write the quiz FAST! |
Reply #126. Apr 10 12, 4:01 PM
I'm guessing we will the sget the two clues together and have to click a link to start the timer. Or do we have to take pot luck, pick W or K and then get the clue once the timer has started? |
Reply #127. Apr 10 12, 4:19 PM
It works as follows (and is actually simple for you):|
There will be a thread on this board with a title of "Wesley's Sprint Clues" and another for Kyle's. Whenever you go and read that thread, you'll be leaving a timestamp.
If that reading happens to be the first time after a new clue has been posted in the thread, it will start your timer (and, obviously, also show you the clue). Submitting the quiz will stop it.
So the time runs from the minute you see the clue to the minute you submit the quiz.
Reply #128. Apr 10 12, 4:31 PM
(Which also means George got it exactly right. What you all want to do after a new round has been started is to go into the clue thread when you are ready to start writing, not earlier. Then you write as fast and well as possible, submit and leave the actual time calculations to us.|
All the rest is just info for the strategists among you who want to optimize their scores with intricate tactics.)
Reply #129. Apr 10 12, 4:34 PM
I don't do intricate tactics. I'm with George|
Write Quiz - Submit
Reply #130. Apr 10 12, 5:02 PM
You can have the felafel. I'll take the fries, thank you!
Reply #131. Apr 10 12, 5:11 PM
good heavens, why do I feel confused now? lol|
Reply #132. Apr 10 12, 6:23 PM
No need-- if you're along for the sprint, it'll all work out in the end. :)|
I'm going to try to be competitive, but maintain a modest pace. I'm on the job hunt at the same time. ;)
Reply #133. Apr 10 12, 6:40 PM
Forgive me for not being very bright but I would like to take a crack at the game....I will just go normal single. I think I understand but if I get lost forgive me :)
Reply #134. Apr 10 12, 6:53 PM
Not a problem-- when people started the race, they weren't too sure about how things were going but by the end, most of them got the hang of it. I think it'll be the same in this sprint. :)|
Reply #135. Apr 10 12, 7:09 PM
don't worry coachpauly - there are all sorts of compasses left over from the last race lol|
Reply #136. Apr 10 12, 7:21 PM
Please count me in as a 'normal single'..... been ages since I've considered myself in those terms :-)|
Reply #137. Apr 10 12, 9:05 PM
Where is Salami? He hasn't been on this board since a while now. |
Reply #138. Apr 10 12, 9:19 PM
He's been offline and very busy from what I've heard. Hopefully he can get in here within the next week.|
Reply #139. Apr 10 12, 11:32 PM
The hardest part is going to be when I see the clues posted around about bedtime, and have to decide whether I really need to sleep or not. Could be a looooong 12 weeks!|
Reply #140. Apr 10 12, 11:33 PM
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