I'm curious to know as well what the other options were. Perhaps at the end we can see what are choices would have been?|
As for me, if I have to write a quiz in a sub-category that I don't feel comfortable with or may rarely be played in, so be it. I'll be able to go to the next step in AA, and hopefully, it'll be better. I'm remembering the Great Quiz Race, and while that involves taking quizzes and not writing quizzes, there were some there that I would normally not place but had to.
Reply #161. Nov 15 12, 9:19 PM
When we were writing the quizzes for the Amazing Quiz Race, we wrote in some very unfamiliar areas! It was nice to be working in teams, so someone else might be more comfortable with a particular task, but it was not always so. |
One thing I have learned over the years of writing quizzes is that writing for a category and playing in it are two very different things. When I first decided that I wanted to write a quiz for every category, it took some time to come up with a comfortable idea in some of the categories, but I got there. Now I know I can do it, even if I would rather not. It's nice not to be frightened by the thought of writing a certain type of quiz. (Playing them, now that's a very different matter. I have to pick my Sports and Video Games quizzes very carefully. :D)
Reply #162. Nov 15 12, 10:18 PM
Remember, even if some categories are daunting (and some are) AA is meant to be a learning experience as well as a challenge. Hopefully you go from step to step learning new things about the topic and the site so that these things don't seem as scary as they once did.|
Edit: 'o' to 'e'
Reply #163. Nov 15 12, 11:53 PM
Let's go step to step, rather than ste[p to stop. :D|
Reply #164. Nov 16 12, 12:08 AM
Is there a way to see what would have happened if other paths had been taken? |
Reply #165. Nov 16 12, 12:13 AM
Not for the time being. Gotta keep the mystery intact. I'd rather leave the alternate routes under wraps until the game is well on its way so that spoilers don't leak out.|
If people knew every possibility, people could even accidentally let it loose that they're glad they didn't have to write in 'x' category or write with 'y' criteria. Confronting fresh, new challenges is part of the fun.
Right now, it's great to see different paths being taken from our front-runners. Just looking at quiz lists you can get a basic idea of the possibilities, but since no one can be the same, it keeps it vague enough to keep you wondering. Sometimes everyone will converge to complete the same task, but the results will vary so much that only the basic premise will be apparent.
Reply #166. Nov 16 12, 1:03 AM
Based on the thread in the Q&A forum right now, if you have any reason to believe that your quiz should count but the system does not register it, please let me know. In that case it was as simple as putting a single wrong digit into the code.|
I don't have the ability to push people ahead in the challenge if their quizzes do not count; I know a lot of you don't mind this, but some do. The game is very, very new and some bugs are to be expected so it's extremely helpful to let me know so that others don't face the same issues.
Much thanks. :)
Reply #167. Nov 16 12, 11:11 AM
I'm intrigued by the 'what ifs', too. On the other hand, since I don't know how many challenges there are in total, I'm probably relieved that I won't have to write them all.|
Reply #168. Nov 16 12, 11:44 AM
I'm doing my quiz in the Religion section and I thought I'd better check here first - whe writing quizzes about religion, can you write about ancient Greece, Egyptian gods etc. or is that better suited to mythology? My quiz covers Islam, Judaism, Catholicism, Maya belief, Jainism, Buddhism, Chinese folk religion and a couple of others, if that helps.|
Reply #169. Nov 16 12, 12:54 PM
Ancient Egypt/Greece religion is better suited for the Humanities category, Mythology & Legends sub-category.|
Reply #170. Nov 16 12, 1:14 PM
My advice would be to send a message to CellarDoor and ask for her guidance. If you've written up the quiz in a template, she could look at it and let you know if it would work.|
Reply #171. Nov 16 12, 1:34 PM
I think the religion editors should be asked about that. Why would certain religious beliefs only be considered mythological (Egyptians) but not others (Mayan)? Or, for that matter, any of those listed.|
Reply #172. Nov 16 12, 1:37 PM
Yes, the Religion editors have some guidelines in place on this issue - talk to them.|
And please - if it essential that a quiz fit in a specific category in order for you to advance, talk to an editor in the category if you have any doubts. Preferably *before* you write the entire quiz. It's up to you to make sure that your quiz fits the category, but we are very willing to give advice and guidance - you don't have to guess.
Reply #173. Nov 16 12, 2:47 PM
I've never understood whether the history of Israel in ancient times should go in Religion or History... After all, I did learn it in history class. I never even knew the history of Israel was related to the Bible until I came across a single question in some hourly game about it.|
Reply #174. Nov 16 12, 3:04 PM
The history of ancient Israel is an example of a subject that could be handled to fit in either History or Religion, depending on exactly what you ask. I can even envision a Geography quiz,which links the events to geographical features.|
Reply #175. Nov 16 12, 3:11 PM
Thank you for the positive remarks, and feedback, much appreciated.|
Reply #176. Nov 16 12, 3:21 PM
I've replied to Kankurette's note. I appreciate you folks pointing Kankurette in my direction; I haven't been able to check in with this thread as often as I'd like! It seems like there are some general questions here about categorization and the Religion category, so I thought I might give some general answers.|
First, when is a religion mythology? Here's the general guideline we use: if people still practice the religion, then it goes in the Religion category, even if it's a relatively small or local religion (such as, say, Native Hawaiian religion). If people's primary interaction with the religion's gods and teachings is through the study of its legends as mythology, the way many western schoolchildren learn about Greek myths, then the religion typically goes into Humanities: Mythology.
They're all religions, though, or were at one time. So, in a mixture quiz in Religion, it is absolutely fine to have a couple of questions about ancient religions that are no longer practiced, along with the more modern ones.
The ancient history (and geography!) of Israel is a tough one. If you're coming at it with the Bible as your sole source, then it's probably a Religion quiz because it's just a themed examination of a religious text. If you're using other sources instead of or in addition to the Bible, then it's more complicated. I could see it going in History or in Religion -- we'd play it by ear.
Reply #177. Nov 17 12, 12:17 AM
Wow. I know how the editors are flooded with many quizzes to go through but I would have thought there would have been more paths to follow so that certain editors would not have as many quizzes to mark and keep authors waiting for so long.|
Reply #178. Nov 18 12, 1:35 PM
when you set up a quiz template, you will read that you can expect it to take up to a week or more for your quiz to get edited. At the moment, no categories are showing a longer average wait time than this. Adventures in Authoring sends everyone to General for their first quiz (I believe), but after that they spread out in many different directions. Patience is always difficult when you are excited about the quiz you have just submitted (we all know abot twitching around here), but it is worth developing if you plan to do any srious quiz writing. There are lots of reasons why editors in a particular category may not be able to keep quizzes being edited as quickly as everyone would like, some of which have nothing at all to do with Funtrivia, and everything to do with the fact that editors have real lives that can demand attention.|
Reply #179. Nov 18 12, 3:45 PM
My first quiz is online now, I have submitted the second quiz after selecting 7 as my answer. I hope it doesn't take too long to get it ready for online! I wonder what the next quiz is on this adventure series? Where are the mini-badges?|
Reply #180. Nov 18 12, 6:42 PM
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