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#253750 - Sat Jan 08 2005 12:34 AM What constitutes repitition?
Neume Offline
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Hi, I was just wondering if someone could help me with this: I know that we aren't supposed to make quizzes that repeat previously used questions, for obvious reasons. I have just taken a quiz that asked a couple questions which, while not the same, were a close parallel to some which were in one of my previous quizzes. So, my question is this: What constitutes repeating a question? Is it all right to ask the same thing as some one else, as long as you rephrase it? Just wondering. Thanks for any help!
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#253751 - Sat Jan 08 2005 12:55 PM Re: What constitutes repitition?
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I think it depends on the category.

In my categories, no repetition- including rewording- is allowed. If I note it, I'll reject the quiz.

If repetition is allowed, then quizzes can get pretty boring. No one wants to answer the same question a zillion times.
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#253752 - Sat Jan 08 2005 02:48 PM Re: What constitutes repitition?
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It does become a question of - "Did the editor notice it?". Some questions have been asked so many times that the editors are very aware of them. For me, questions about the riddle game in "The Hobbit", for example, raise a red flag; I know that those questions have been asked and reasked. However, a question about some long poem in Elvish will maybe not trigger that "I've seen this before" response in me. The best argument against repetition is not so much whether the editors will catch it, but whether your quiz will be better without it. Even if the editors allow it to go through, players playing all of the quizzes in a specific category will notice, and will rate the third quiz they play with the same questions more poorly.

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#253753 - Sat Jan 08 2005 05:32 PM Re: What constitutes repitition?
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I was wondering about that too. It seems to happen in the Movies section a lot, I find.
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#253754 - Sat Jan 08 2005 10:57 PM Re: What constitutes repitition?
Neume Offline
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Well, this was the first time I'd seen it, so it set me wondering. Thanks for the help.
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#253755 - Sun Jan 09 2005 08:11 AM Re: What constitutes repitition?
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Yeah, Movies is the worst. I saw several of mine repeated. But, the truth might be, I think, with so many quizzes on-line how can you know them all?. I might have duplicated as I went, too - but I didn't mean to if I did.
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#253756 - Sun Jan 09 2005 09:18 AM Re: What constitutes repitition?
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Presumably if a question or associated interesting information is similar or even paraphrased, but in a different category it will be allowed?

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#253757 - Sun Jan 09 2005 01:24 PM Re: What constitutes repitition?
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I can't speak for all the editors, but in TV when I can remember a question and the answer to it without having ever seen the show, that's when I know I've seen it on a few too many quizzes. That's the point when we'll say 'ok, no more asking ____ on a quiz.'

If there is plagiarism (the direct copying of a question), we'll try to figure out if it was just accidental or intentional. We have had a few occasions in the past where an author will copy another author's quiz that has already been online. Such activity is definitely NOT allowed here!
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#253758 - Mon Jan 10 2005 05:47 AM Re: What constitutes repitition?
JaneMarple Offline
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Personally, when I am making quizzes, I try and print out any quizzes written on the same book, so I try and avoid using somebody elses questions!
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