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What Are Your Writing Pet Peeves?
2013: Time to start out fresh, to get rid of bad habits, especially in quizzes and stories. This quiz contest has two branches (and two different tags), so feel free to submit quizzes of both types. The two topics are:
(1) Create a quiz that will help us learn some valuable do’s and don’ts when creating a quiz. There are some easy ways to go from “so-so” to “excellent” when making quizzes! (tag: QC10-quizzes).
(2) For all of you up-and-coming authors, make a quiz that teaches us some common pitfalls when writing stories (tag: QC10-stories).
For each type of quiz, try to include your worst pet peeves. The goal is to help all of us create better quizzes and write more readable stories.
Give it a descriptive title (not “Quibblo’s Contest,” “QC,” or similar), tag it with QC10-quizzes or QC10-stories, and share it with all your friends, both on and off Quibblo. Hurry, because on Monday, we’ll select ________ winners (maybe many!) for each type of quiz to showcase on the Quibblo home page. Get started now!
Deadline: 11:59 pm (EST), Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. See this post for the rules and winner selection.
Quiz Contest #9 Winners (see topic)
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…but you may not realize it. Many Quibblonians have asked for a spell checker to be integrated into Quibblo, but most of the main browsers already have spell checking enabled. (Internet Explorer users, see the paragraph at the bottom of this post.)
With most browsers, when you make a typo in a text box, you’ll see a red squiggly line beneath the word that your browser thinks is incorrect.
Just use your mouse to right-click on the word to see suggested alternatives, then select the one you meant to type… and voilà!
If the word your browser thinks is a typo is actually correctly spelled and you think you’ll be typing it often, right-click on it and select “Add to dictionary.” That way, you shouldn’t see a red squiggly line for that particular word in the future.
So now there’s no excuse for typos in your quizzes and stories, right? Right?!
Internet Explorer Users
If you’re using Internet Explorer and you’re not seeing a spell checker, try downloading a free “add on” like Speckie (http://download.cnet.com/Speckie/3000-12512_4-75440009.html). Once you run this tool and restart Internet Explorer, you’ll see the same type of spell checking that users with other browsers see. (If you installed Speckie and you don’t see any spell checking, make sure it’s enabled. Click on “Tools,” then on “Manage Add-ons.” Scroll down until you see Speckie Settings. Its status should be “Enabled.”)
Mobile Safari Users
If you’re typing on an iPod or iPhone, the system software will try to autocorrect misspelled words (unless you have that functionality turned off). If you happen to ignore or cancel the system’s spelling suggestion, your misspelled word will be underlined with red dots. If you click on the word, you should see word suggestions to select.
After combing through the site thoroughly, listening to user feedback, and digging through many stories, quizzes, and profiles, we have come up with new formulas to determine which users, quizzes, polls, and stories should be featured on Quibblo. These new formulas are designed to ensure that we turn the best content and most recent content into the most visible content. Here’s a breakdown of how they work:
- User has logged into his or her account within thirty days of the formula’s last run. So, login, check your messages, read some stories, and take some quizzes. Be sure you remain eligible!
- User has not posted adult content.
- User has an average of 4 stars or higher on all his or her posts combined.
- User is in the top twenty-five scoring results, where the score is determined by: the total of user’s quiz star rating times the number of times user’s quizzes were rated. If you want to make sure other users rate your posts, be sure to rate the posts of other users. Give your opinion – it matters! Other users will follow your example and rate in turn.
- User’s account is in active status.
- User follows the Qustoms to a decent degree.
- The story was posted within thirty days of the formula’s last run.
- The story is not flagged as adult.
- The story has an average of 4 stars or higher.
- The story is in the top twenty-five scoring results, where the score is determined by: the story’s star rating times the number of times the story was rated.
- User’s account tied to the story is in active status.
- The story follows the Qustoms to a decent degree.
- The story is a real story, not a repost or personal post.
- The story is either original or falls into a category that is currently popular.
- Or…the story provides information about the site or its partners that we feel the users should have.
- The poll was posted within thirty days of the formula’s last run.
- The poll is not flagged as adult.
- The poll has an average of 4 stars or higher.
- The poll is in the top twenty-five scoring results, where the score is determined by: the poll’s star rating times the number of times the poll was rated.
- User’s account tied to the poll is in active status.
- The poll follows the Qustoms to a decent degree.
- The poll is a real poll, not a repost or personal post.
- Or…the poll provides information about the site or its partners that we feel the users should have.
- The quiz was posted within fourteen days of the formula’s last run.
- The quiz is not flagged as adult.
- The quiz has an average of 4 stars or higher.
- The quiz is in the top fourteen scoring results, where the score is determined by: the quiz’s star rating times the number of times the quiz was rated.
- User’s account tied to the quiz is in active status.
- The quiz follows the Qustoms to a decent degree.
- The quiz is a real quiz, not a repost or personal post.
- Or…the quiz provides information about the site or its partners that we feel the users should have.
Quibblo’s Top Five Friends:
- User actively seeks out and answers the questions of fellow Quibblonians in a polite and accurate manner.
- User follows the Qustoms to a decent degree.
- User rates, and rates often.
- User makes consistent and valid use of the yay (thumbs up) and nay (thumbs down) buttons.
- Any other number of reasons determined by the Community Manager using the Quibblo account.
We hope that this helps bring the best stories and users to the surface and, as a whole, makes Quibblo a more fun place for everyone.
P.S. Any user/story nominated for a feature prior to today, if they were chosen, will retain eligibility to be featured by August 19th. All featured users and stories seen after this date will be based purely on the new method.
We’ve got some pretty great users on Quibblo. Some of our users are so great that they’ve caught our attention and have been selected as featured members.
A featured member is highlighted on the home page of Quibblo. This means that they get a LOT of attention from users who want to take their quizzes, read their stories, and become their friends.
So how do you become a featured member?
Well, first of all, you need to write quizzes and stories! We want our users to have something to do when they get to your profile page, so write some fun quizzes for them to take or cool stories for them to read.
Secondly, you need to have a profile picture. A profile picture is a great way to attach your personality to your profile. Why don’t you have one?!
Third, you need to be nice and engaging. You’ll get a ton of friend requests, so we hope our featured member can handle being the most popular person on Quibblo for the day. That means going on Quibblo regularly, accepting friend requests, and being a kind and positive person. (You guys don’t like bullies, and neither do we!)
Do you know someone on Quibblo who should be featured member? Do you think you fit this criteria and want to be featured member? Tell us in the comments! We want to hear from you!
Add style to your content on Quibblo with formatting!
Most of you already know you can use bold, italics and underline on your quizzes and comments, but now you can do it in your story text too!
It’s easy, all you have to do is put a symbol on either side of the word or phrase you want highlighted.
For example, you can italicize a word by adding slashes (/) on either side of the word, like /this/
Here are all of our formatting options:
- /italics/ makes italics
- *bold* makes bold
- _underline_ makes underlined text
- [url=http://www.quibblo.com/user/Quibblo]my Quibblo link[/url] makes my Quibblo link
Enjoy formatting your comments, stories and quizzes on Quibblo!
Since we released stories a few weeks ago, lots of you have asked, What About Story Invitations! Well, now we’ve got ‘em, and while we were at it, we made invitations even better and easier to use.
When you create a quiz or story, you want lots of people to come and take it. Here at Quibblo, we want to help you get more people to take your quiz, which is why we made the new sharing and invitation tools. Here’s how sharing works after you make a quiz or story:
- You can now post a link to your quiz or story as a status update on Facebook or Twitter.
- You can send quiz and story invitations to your Quibblo friends or send an email quiz invitation to anyone.
- If you create a quiz, poll, or survey you also have the option to post the whole quiz on a blog or other site using the quiz widget.
A lot of people have asked us How do I put my quiz on Facebook? Now, when you make a new quiz or story, just click the “Share This” button to post a link to it on Facebook. Click the button, and you’ll see a window like this:
Check the Facebook box (or Twitter, MySpace, Yahoo, whichever you like), and click “Share”. Your quiz will be automatically posted, and it’ll look like this:
What do you think of the new sharing and invitations options? Take this poll and tell us what you think.
Every now and again, spammers seem to sneak onto Quibblo, pretend to be cute girls or rich friends, and send messages to you guys asking for you to contact them at some strange looking email address. Usually it’s because they want to “get to know you better” or have “something really important to tell you”, but don’t believe it, it’s a trick!
To see what one of these messages looks like, click the image below:
So what should you do if you get a message like this? The best way to notify us, is to click over to that users profile, scroll ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM of the page, and then click the “Flag this Profile as Offensive” link. This reports the profile to our moderators and we can check it out and delete the user.
You may have noticed, that when you go to create content on Quibblo, that there is an option to “List my [content] publicly on Quibblo.com” with a little checkbox that is pre-checked by default.
A neat little feature that you may not know much about, unchecking this box will hide your content from the public directory, allowing you to limit respondents to only people who access the link to your quiz directly.
When might you want to hide your content from the public directory? Here are some instances where privatizing your content is a good idea:
- When you create content that contains personal information that you may only want to share with select friends.
- When you are posting your content in a specific place, and only want the responses to come from a certain group, and not be contaminated by the general public.
Remember, if you leave that box checked, your content will show in the general Quibblo.com directory, and be accessible by any and all Quibblo users.
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