Please do not give up on your AinA quiz! We all have difficulties with our first few quizzes. Not everything is rated as we would expect. One of my highest rated quizzes I never expected in a million years.|
Alternately, one quiz I expected sunnies is now over 80,000. I have quite a few over that number.
I beg you not to give up. The rating means nothing. Even if it is the worst rated quiz on the site, I find it worth it when someone sends a compliment. One person who enjoys it is worth it. Please do not let the rating get to you!
Reply #1. Nov 20 12, 5:01 PM
Well, I just played it and enjoyed it! Sincerely :)|
I'm not a gold member so can't add to the ratings so that's not much good to you, but thanks for all the interesting info.
Reply #2. Nov 20 12, 5:04 PM
I found people rate quizzes poorly when they score lower.|
Reply #3. Nov 20 12, 5:06 PM
It could mean some people don't like that particular style of quiz, not you or the subject.(I haven't tried the quiz yet.) You haven't had a lot of ratings on that quiz yet, so it may change over time. If it doesn't it might get you to try a different style next time. What I thought would be one of my greatest quizzes went down like the Titanic! So I won't try that style again. |
Don't give up.
Reply #4. Nov 20 12, 5:18 PM
It can't possibly be an 'epic' failure when it hasn't had enough time to get properly rated yet. I'm always surprised at the ratings my quizzes get - the ones I thought were stellar seem to get by on a 'ho-hum' basis, while some that I expended less effort on and thought were less filled out seem to be more popular. You just never know what will or won't appeal to people, everyone's different. You're being too hard on yourself. |
Reply #5. Nov 20 12, 5:24 PM
I agree, you're being too hard on yourself. I've just played it and it is a good quiz, interesting and informative, but it hasn't got that many ratings as yet and the position will change over time. Also it is in a fairly specialist area so those ratings will come slowly. The main thing with any quiz is not the ratings, it's are you pleased with the job you did on it. If you are, then that is really what matters.|
Reply #6. Nov 20 12, 5:30 PM
If it's any consolation, I have a quiz at 103208. Some of the reasons for that, IMO, are: my intro sounds a bit condescending (lol); the last question seems pointless because I didn't explain why that fact was relevant; one of the questions is a bit of a trick question; it just reads a little strangely throughout; and I asked about a lot of things I think a general player of the game wouldn't care about, but that interested me for whatever reason. |
I technically didn't need to post the above, it's just when you have a clearer head you might go back and ask if you yourself like it. If you do, then that's all that matters I think! If not, you can maybe have food for thought for later. I think you can definitely write coherent sentences so it's not necessarily the be all and end all!
Reply #7. Nov 20 12, 5:36 PM
The questions are pretty wordy. I would cut a sentence or two from each question after the first.|
Reply #8. Nov 20 12, 6:36 PM
I agree with most here. I have a few languishing around 80-90K mark, and I suppose it can be disheartening, but then I'm complimented by every person who voted Good or Excellent! People rate badly for many reasons, and it's not always that your quiz is badly written. Ratings can move dramatically, but if it doesn't, well, that's o.k. too. Someone's quizzes have to make up those low numbers too, and most of us are probably spread through it. Don't give up! Some of my best rated quizzes are ones I like less, or put not so much effort into, and vice versa for my worst rated, but that's just how it goes sometimes. :)|
Reply #9. Nov 20 12, 6:38 PM
I have two quizzes over 100,000 and a third over 90,000. It shouldn't be anything to really worry about.|
Reply #10. Nov 20 12, 6:47 PM
I've played the quiz and it's definitely a much better work than the rating indicates. It should hopefully rise back up once it gets more plays and ratings - a few poor / very poor ratings can wreak havoc with your placement very quickly if you don't yet have many ratings!|
Reply #11. Nov 20 12, 6:47 PM
I played the quiz too and I agree that's it far better than its ranking indicates. Also, don't forget that it's about a difficult subject. What I mean is, it's not supposed to be funny or testing someone's knowledge on a popular subject, so it's harder for it to gather good ratings. |
I'll also agree with swami that you should definitely not give up. Most of the posters here are already established authors with many sunnies (and some even have thumbs up), so perhaps it's a little hard to remember what it's like when you haven't had a very successful quiz yet, but as someone who sees his quizzes plummet with fantastic accuracy, I can tell you: forget about the rankings. Just keep writing. Learn from every quiz-writing experience and don't be afraid to try new writing styles!
Reply #12. Nov 20 12, 7:10 PM
The gateway is the editor. That means only work which gets past an editor crosses the quality line. Therefore everything online (the older stuff may still be popular for the questions rather than any information or lack of it) has passed the test, and means something has to be bottom. The real test (should it concern you at all) is when you have quite a few quizzes up and then see if the spread is a typical one of a bunch in the middle and a few either end. But once a quiz is passed it's interesting to see the ratings and if many are down the bottom you could try and work out why, but then again the most popular quizzes are rarely ones we can work out why, just like the least.|
Reply #13. Nov 20 12, 7:20 PM
Well, thanks for all the responses! I've read them, and I actually feel better about the situation. Such nice encouragement from this community will surely spur everyone on to bigger and better things.
Reply #14. Nov 20 12, 11:06 PM
If you plan to write for ratings ... then I reckon you should prepare for disappointment.|
If you enjoyed putting the quiz together then the ratings don't matter and you should continue your writing. What it will give you is an opportunity to develop your skill and try new styles. What do you enjoy about some of the quizzes you have rated highly ... what can you bring from those into your own writing to make yours better. This is a part of the thrill of the hunt in quiz writing for me.
I look back on my first quiz and I was over the moon about getting it done and on line. I thought it was the best thing in the world ... nowadays I cringe at it and think I could have done soooooo much better.
stick at it gracious
Reply #15. Nov 20 12, 11:50 PM
It's hard to tell what a quiz will do in the rankings. One of the worst ranked quizzes I wrote, was ironically the one I got the most postive comments for. I still enjoyed writing it. Some of the quizzes you put together quickly for a commission (especially the ones that required a quick time) end up being very high ranked (even though I was sometimes not completely satisfied with the result).|
Just keep at it and enjoy the quizzes that you write.
Reply #16. Nov 21 12, 7:08 AM
A couple of my quizzes are up there over 100K in the rankings, but that doesn't mean they are "bad", it's just that they are about specific books, that not many people have read, and are more or less impossible if players haven't read them. They still have decent percentages of good ratings, but there are so many quizzes so closely together that they end up wallowing in the lower numbers. |
You look at your quiz and you KNOW it's not a bad quiz, it's just the way it works with the "secret formula" that determines the rankings, and a new quiz will often move loads of places as it gets more ratings, honestly - I've had some move up or down by several hundred places on the strength of one or two ratings before now!
Try not to let it get you down, it's just a shame it's your first one and "your baby".
Reply #17. Nov 21 12, 4:43 PM
My lowest-rated is just over 110000.|
Ratings are ratings. It's a number that takes in a lot of different factors. There's no need to get hung up on it.
Besides, the more you write, the more you'll likely notice your quizzes are getting better and better. ;)
Reply #18. Nov 21 12, 4:52 PM
What kyle said. I look back at some of the earlier 'quizzes' I tried to get online and shudder. Were it not for the patience and guidance of the editor, I might still be writing drivel. I'm more critical of my own work than of anyone else's, so I try to listen carefully to my editor who's had eons of experience. The 'mote' in my eye prevents me from seeing clearly.|
Reply #19. Nov 23 12, 12:18 PM
It's an "epic failure" just using that annoying, worn out phrase! |
Reply #20. Nov 23 12, 1:47 PM
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