Trivia Answer Rules

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Trivia Answer Rules

Post by Prof. Scarlet Leslie-Lewis » Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:08 pm

These rules are valid for Quaffle play and Snitch play.

One-Letter Rule
When submitting an answer to a trivia question, only one spelling mistake is allowed -- more than one mistake makes the answer automatically incorrect. Punctuation marks, apostrophes, etc., do not count! All numbers that might be in the answer have to be correct. Switching two consecutive letters counts as one mistake unless it is only a one word answer. Then that answer must be spelled correctly. One letter rule does not apply to one-word answers. If there is a hyphen your answer counts as two words. Numbers are included in the word count (eg '7 feet' is a two word answer). If you type 'the kithcen' this is also a two word answer.

Example: Question: What is Harry Potter's house in Hogwarts?

Answer: Gryffindor (correct)
Answer: Gryffindoor (wrong)
Answer: Gryffndor (wrong)
Answer: Gryffundor (wrong)
Answer: Gryffidnor (wrong)
Answer: Grifindor (wrong)
Answer: Griffidnor (wrong)

Example: Question: What are Slytherin's house colors?

Answer: silver green (correct)
Answer: sliver green (correct)
Answer: gren sivler(wrong)
Answer: sliver gren (wrong)

One letter words must be exact if they are an initial / abbreviation - this applies no matter how many words are in the answer. Spacing issues are fine though (the usual one letter rule applies).

Example with the OWL grades:

Answer: o e a p d t (correct)
Answer: o ea p d t (correct, only one spacing issue)
Answer: o e s p d t (incorrect as s is not a grade)
Answer: oeap d t (incorrect as multiple spacing issues)

Numerical characters are allowed. One letter rule does not apply to numbers.

Example: Question: How many gold teeth does Prof. Trelawney have?

Answer: 3 (correct)
Answer: three (correct)

No Abbreviations
Submitting a quick answer is critical for success. Nothing in the answer, that is required to make the answer correct, should be abbreviated.


Answer: Gryffindor (correct)
Answer: Gryff (wrong)

Answer: Professor Snape (correct)
Answer: Prof. Snape (wrong)

Answer: 50 feet (correct)
Answer: 50 ft. (wrong)

Full Names
If the answer is a character name, it is not allowed to shorten the name. All names have to be either First Name + Last Name or Title + Last Name. This rule is also valid for all main characters as Harry (Harry Potter), Ron (Ron Weasley), Hermione (Hermione Granger) or Hagrid (Rubeus Hagrid).

Please note: the use of Mrs/Miss/Madam/Mr are not permitted if the character's full name is known. Professor/Healer are still acceptable as titles. If the character's full name is not known, you can simply type their first name or surname (i.e. no title such as Mr/Miss is required, unless explicitly stated in the question). Obviously, things like "Mrs. Norris" are an exception as that is her actual name.

Example One: Question: Who is Hogwarts Headmaster?

Answer: Professor Dumbledore (correct)
Answer: Professor Albus Dumbledore (correct)
Answer: Albus Dumbledore (correct)
Answer: Dumbledore (wrong)
Answer: Prof. Dumbledore (wrong)

Example Two: Question: Who are Harry's best friends?

Answer: Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger (correct)
Answer: Ron and Hermione (wrong)

All the above rules apply only for the "keywords" needed to make the answer correct. Many questions can be answered with different "phrases", as long as the keywords are included, the referee gives the answer as correct. What exactly the keywords, needed for a correct answer are, is the decision of the referee only.

Example: Question: What uniform do the Hogwarts house elves wear?

The answer the referee has on file is: "A tea towel stamped with the Hogwarts crest, tied like a toga." It now depends on the referee's decision, what keywords he expects to be included in the answer: tea towel only; tea towel and toga; tea towel, toga, and crest.

Typing your Own Answers
When you are playing, please type your own answers in the game room. Do NOT copy paste them from your team room, or any other source, into the game room. If it is obvious that you have done so, your answer will be ignored in favor of someone who didn't do it. reference "Quaffle: We strongly recommend that players type in their answers instead of copy/pasting it from other places"

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