This new feature seems to have rather popped up without an announcement, slightly oddly located in the My Spot section. Looks like a good way to practice.
Just saw the stars attached to people, but it took a lot of searching to find out what they were about!
... what this is about! There's nothing new in MySpot that I can see?
How to take close-ups with cheap phone and hand-lens:
Field Guides for Budding Botanists:
.. found it. MySpot Changes, new tab.
Yes, that was well hidden, wasn't it? Rather surprisingly, for iSpot. Unless it was a development project that wasn't supposed to be released? *laughs*
There do seem to be quite a lot of errors. Birds and insects popping up in the middle of a plants quiz, for example. But it's addictive!
if you get it wrong. Could be worth using to point out such errors.
...I've sent in quite a few! In two cases, I got the answer right but the quiz marked it as wrong and gave exactly the same answer. I've also noticed that quite often Question 10 is a repeat of Question 9, sometimes in a slightly different form.
... that is marking as wrong exactly the same answer as it claims was correct.
I also saw it once give the answer to the previous question as the correct answer.
(And to explain how I've avoided getting any stars, I've backed out before answering the tenth question.)
Quiz is good fun but very hit and miss. Difficult to ID some images as too poor quality, so getting through ten has been more about luck of the draw than ability.
I like having a play with it but again wish the rating stars weren't displayed.
... as though this is a test version, doesn't it?!
Don't believe you, you disagreed with the first one and went hominahuff.
I'm not liking it much - I already have SIX stars in Birds from two tries and yes in one I should have challenged but felt too inexperienced!
Failed dismally in Inverts - yet I'm close to four icons. Does that say something?
Well, I know it's a bit of fun but the Invertebrate quiz seems heavily accented towards lepidoptera, to the extent that other invertebrates are almost treated as token ones just to fill up the quiz, or as if they didn't exist. Not a single question involving spiders for example. Get a non-lepidopterist to reset the quiz.
And the common frog seems to feature a lot in the amphibians and reptiles.
But I quite enjoyed doing them.
... that the observations are selected algorithmically, without human oversight. That might result in the quiz reflecting the relative frequency of observations.
to customise the quiz to your activity. If you have been mainly uploading spiders that might bias the quiz in a more arachnid direction.
... but it didn't seem to make any difference. Just loads more moths. I can't recall answering a query about moths.
... and got a one-question quiz with a single multiple-choice question with a single choice.
It looks as if some debugging is needed.
that happened to me once. But when I tried again it was OK.
...I had one of the single-question tests - got three stars!
And now they've gone I've come up wi' my own system
... I got 5 moths, 1 butterfly, 2 flies, a ladybird and a snail (and a score of 3/10).
As posted on a similar thread, the quiz was partially installed on iSpot last week to do some final testing in advance of its launch today, see:
Apologies for any confusion caused. We're aware of the negative feedback regarding the yellow stars, and will be taking action on that.
Entomologist and biological recorder
Ha hahahahaha, so it WAS a test version!!!
Martin, maybe we were all asleep, but it does appear from the forums that none of us "regulars" were aware of this new feature until it popped up.
Would it not be good policy to announce new ideas like this? We would all have gleefully pounced on it, tried it, broken it, and given you feedback before it went live!
Lets not be too hasty . Could the Yellow Stars be orientated toward schools and youngsters to give them some form of participation and achievement and maybe a certificate to the school to promote nature , i-spot and give youngsters positive experience After all they will be the next generation of stars , let them reach for the sky not the ramblings of old astronauts like myself !!! ????? Lets not be too selfish about reputation . Nature is everyones friend
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Very much agree with your comment Wildlfe Ranger!I tried the quiz's and thought they were good fun and quite educational,but clearly there is a lot of work to do on these. Some of the images were poor quality and almost unidentifiable, while like others I gave correct answers that were marked wrong!
Overall I think this is an excellent idea and I think we should all remember that i-Spot is all embracing and not run exclusively for the benefit of regular enthusiastic users like ourselves!
David J Trevan
Why not just make the display of the stars optional?