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 Post subject: Re: BGS: Open Category Quizz (QM)
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2008 8:54 am 
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Points Table after Round 2 (Dec):

1. jfthibeau +50
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Scorpy +50
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2. Pumbaa +42
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3. Amedeus +34
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4. mikev +25
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5. Freda +09
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 Post subject: Re: BGS: Open Category Quizz (QM)
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Well I haven't forgot about the quiz but it does seems that i wont be able to give it my full attension now. So if their is someone out there who would like to continue with it and have the time to gave it its full devotion please do so! Or as suggested one of the mods can change it to a RV. I'm sorry to let those down that have taken part in it, but its not right from me to continue if i cant give it my best! Will pop again to see how you all feel what shoul d be done...


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 Post subject: Re: BGS: Open Category Quizz (QM)
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Thanks, BGS, for the wonderful effort to-date with this quiz! :clap: :clap: It's been fun and I personally have learnt plenty! What would rectify it now, though, would be switching it to either an RV or even an OQ. You could always come back at a later stage as QM if you chose to??

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 Post subject: Re: BGS: Open Category Quizz (QM)
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Thank you own for the kind words, i should have asked to let it changed months ago but thought i would find some time to continue this... Alas will ask some input from a mod


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 Post subject: Re: BGS: Open Category Quizz (QM)
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Imberbe, what do you think, could this be changed to a RV? How will the quizz works then :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: BGS: Open Category Quizz (QM)
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:29 am 
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Hi guys

I had a look at this issue.

What we want to avoid at all times is different quizzes directly "competing" with each other. Let me explain: Say we have two insect quizzes, they then start "competing" for questions and time spent by members, etc. It often even happened that the same forumite had to ask two question regarding the same topic. In the end, we have learned that both quizzes get harmed and loose momentum.

We have followed the policy of one quiz per "category" to avoid this. We have previously (often) even intentionally closed duplication quizzes.

Where a specific member however has a personal quiz (QM) we do allow that quiz to stand next to a similar quiz. We do this simply because this member may have a specific passion or knowledge, which can add special value. This applies to theme specific quizzes (i.e. birds, trees) but also to non theme specific quizzes (any question goes). The problem with QM quizzes is that they invariably loose steam after a while. (Spookie, you did extremely well with yours!) We then allow them to go dormant ... no harm done!

So for the request of making this a RV quiz with a general theme: I checked and we actually currently have a general question thread already.

Though it did not start as a general thread "Who's line is it any way? (RV)" is currently such an open topic quiz.

So, unless there is some persuasive arguments to the opposite, I would suggest that you simply give your quiz a rest Spookie, and when you may feel to get it going again in the future, you can continue.

As I say, we are not set in stone, but we have learned from experience what works and what not.

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 Post subject: Re: BGS: Open Category Quizz (QM)
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I have spoken to BGS about reviving this quiz and he has agreed that It would be a good idea and he has given the go ahead :dance: :dance:

So i'll be running the quiz and trying my best to deliver some entertaining questions :D

For those not around in those day's this is basically an open category quiz and could feature mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, history, geology, geography and just about anything to do with nature 8) .

Here are the guidelines/rules:

1. There will be a number of rounds per month, each round featuring 5 questions.

2.Everyone will be given between 3 days or a maximum of 1 week (depending on how many mites participate but this is flexible, if everyone who wants to play has submitted the round can continue) to submit answers

3. Answers must be submitted via PM to me and I will check them and then post the scores at the end of the round

4.. Points would be awarded to each member as follows:
For a correct answer = +5 points (plus)
For a incorrect answer = -3 points (minus)
For a 'i don't know/haven't a clue ect.' answer = -1 point (minus)
(so If you are not sure its better to say I don't know)

5. Every player has the right to question the answers at the end of the round, provided they can back up their argument :thumbs_up: .

6. I will keep track of the points earned and every month there will be a winner crowned, the forumite with the most points :thumbs_up: and then I can also keep an overall record with the top scorer for a number of months/rounds.

7. Answers can be sent in more than 1 PM. You can send in those you are 100% sure about and then say that you still need more time for research for the others. If the answers to the questions you have not answered are not received before the round closes then I will just minus 1 point as per rule 4 :)

8. In some rounds there could be a bonus questions for a couple extra points that could help you close gaps in points between you and another mite. The points may also vary depending on the type of bonus question.

9. Bonus questions can only add points and no points will be subtracted for an incorrect answer or if it is unanswered .


Hope everyone understands, and depending on how it goes I can make changes as we move along :D If anything is unclear let me know :thumbs_up:

I hope that there will be lots of quizzers ready to kick off the revival :dance: Ill start after giving you guys some time to find the thread :)

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 Post subject: Re: Open Category Quiz - 2011 revival (QM)
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Thank you Oddesy for reviving this quiz and taking it upon you to be the new "QM" :clap:
I have made a edit to the title of the quiz.


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 Post subject: Re: Open Category Quiz - 2011 revival (QM)
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Thanks for changing the title spook :thumbs_up: Hope you enjoy JJ and Bishop :D

I decided to put up the first round, It wont be too difficult :wink: and then depending on how many mites find it ill decide how long it stays open :thumbs_up: The first question will also have a bonus part for an extra 2 points :thumbs_up: but there will be no penalty if the bonus part of the question is unanswered or answered incorrectly.

January: Round 1

Questions:

1. When startled by predators a springbok will launch into a spectacular display of pronking; Legs stiff, feet close together, head down and back arched with white dorsal crest displayed. It would be much faster for the antelope to simply run away rather than pronking because although the jump can clear 3m they attain hardly any horizontal distance. So why then do they pronk?
And for the bonus part to the question: The signal portrayed by the pronking is interpreted differently by different predators, how would a cheetah and spotted hyena differ in the messages received in terms of their hunting strategies
Springbok may pronk for a number of reasons, such as when searching for water, after a disturbance and according to some references even before a break in weather :hmz: . Specifically related to the threat of predation pronking is what is referred to as an honest advertisement of condition. In other words the weaker, older animals cannot pronk as high or as athletically as animals in their prime due to the demands of the activity. The behaviour is performed for two reasons, the first has an alert function in which the rest of the herd is alerted to potential danger and the second is to avoid predation. Thus pronking is a display of fitness. Now in the bonus question the specifics of the anti predator behaviour are more specific. Cheetah and spotted hyaena have very different hunting strategies. the cheetah is a sprinter and will only cover short distances while the spotted hyaena is an endurance predator and will cover many kilometres, tiring out its potential prey. This means that to them the messages they receive from the pronking springbok will be quite different. A cheetah relies on stealth and it's ability to stalk its prey and then run in. If it is detected before it begins the chase and the pronking is initiated the cheetah will usually abandon the hunt as its chances of a surprise attack have been lost. Pronking however sends a very different message to the hyaena, they will not simply give up the chase and in this case the pronking will indicate to them which is the weaker animal and the one they are more likely to be able to catch as well as which will not be able to run for a long time.


2. Along our coast their are three mains types of seaweeds, brown (phaeophyta), green (chlorophyta) and red (rhodophyta). Each one of these groups is characterised by a suite of different types of chlorophyll and/or accessory pigments and due to this can be found at different depths in the tidal areas. List the position in which they would be found from the most shallow (nearer to the surface) to the greatest depths.
Here I was looking for, Chlorophyta, Phaeophyta and then Rhodophyta. Chlorophyta contain chlorophyll a and b and thus have the characteristic green colour as in land plants. Brown seaweed or kelp. Next time you are at the coast have a look at the brown seaweed, it will often have black ripples or bumps on it and that is the accessory pigment, fucoxanthin which also gives it the brown colour. Kelp has chlorophyll a and c. Rhodophytes are more specialised and contain blue and red pigments called phycobylins as well as chlorophyll a . Green seaweed is always green and as such must always be near to the surface of the water as it can only photosynthesise with the wavelengths of light at the long end of the spectrum and hence the light that cannot penetrate to great depths. Phaeophytes are not always brown and can be blue which would be the deeper water forms and the same with rhodophytes, they can appear green, purple, red and brown. Basically the deeper you move in the water the less the amount of light that is able to penetrate, so at greater depths only the short waved radiation can reach, such as the violet and blue light which can then be utilised by the brown and mostly the red seaweed to photosynthesise.
The general rule of where they can occur in the water column is correct but they can also be found at the same level and their position may also depend on other factors such as water clarity or turbidity as this directly effects the amount of light that is able to penetrate the water due to scattering of the light. The wave action can also have an effect, an area with turbulent wave action will have a much less pronounced gradient of separation because the light cannot penetrate as well.


3. Rhino's, both black and white deposit their faeces in middens. This attracts a large number of dung beetles of many species. You will be familiar with those you see rolling their balls away from the midden but not all do this as some make their homes underneath the midden to reproduce. There is one animal that frequently digs inside these middens to obtain dung beetle grub. What animal am i talking about?
honey badger, or ground hornbill

4.What is the obvious difference in appearance between a male and female mosquito?
The proboscis of the male is much more elaborate and has a feathery like appearance while the females is more plain, almost smooth .

5. In the animal kingdom there are often close associations between pollinators and the plants they pollinate. What group is the primary pollinator of Adansonia digitata?
Bats (megachiroptera) are the primary pollinator of the baobab.

Enjoy :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Open Category Quiz - 2011 revival (QM)
Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:31 pm 
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Hey Ods - glad you've revived this quizz...

Please clear this up for me....

I (think) I have the answers to 4 of the 5 questions and I'm 50/50 on the 5th one... I'm not sure I'll be able to research the 5th one in time and don't want to beaten by the bell by not submitting the other 4. Do I only have 1 PM to submit my answers or can I add on later?

In other words send 4 answers and a "don't know" on the 5th today... and then Monday or Tuesday change the "don't know" to a definite answer?

That way ensuring that I at least get 4 answers in before the cut-off and add the 5th if I have time?....OR is it one go!!!... only one PM for all 5 answers and that's it?

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 Post subject: Re: Open Category Quiz - 2011 revival (QM)
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Nungu, good question! I think sometimes answers can take a little more research so i think ill change the rules slightly in that whichever questions you can answer with 100% confidence you can send me a PM and then you are more than welcome to say that you are not too sure on 1 or 2. Then if you get a chance to do more research you can send me your answer to the question you had not yet answered. If not then the I will just take it as being part of the "I dont know" rule and only minus 1 point :thumbs_up:

So you can send in more than 1 PM just so long as you only give me one answer per question and you cannot change the answer once you have sent it :thumbs_up:

The whole point of this quiz is to have fun and build up your points :dance:

Sunday is fine Bishop , a little more time will be good for everyone to get used to it :thumbs_up: :lol: Im sure you will ace it :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Open Category Quiz - 2011 revival (QM)
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 Post subject: Re: Open Category Quiz - 2011 revival (QM)
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Anyone else that would like to test their knowledge :wink: :D

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 Post subject: Re: Open Category Quiz - 2011 revival (QM)
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 Post subject: Re: Open Category Quiz - 2011 revival (QM)
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Thanks to all the mites who participated :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

This round will be open until 9pm , thats when i will put up the results and answers. if anyone needs more time just let me know :thumbs_up: Hope you will be able to play B3006!

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