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Phrase Detectives - The AnaWiki annotation game

Phrase Detectives - The AnaWiki annotation game

FAQ: General

What is the purpose of the game?
Phrase Detectives is a "Game with a Purpose", meaning that the data we collect will be used to help improve computer systems. The data will be used to train anaphora resolution systems that can be used to improve text summarisation and search engine indexing, which will ultimately lead to a better Web experience for you.

Who should play the game?
The game is aimed at English speakers of all ages. Read the instructions and complete the training tasks to get a good idea of what you need to do.
You can also adjust your profile settings to match the level of texts you will be given. If you are a native English speaker then "medium" is usually the best setting.

I haven't played the game this week, how have I managed to score points?
You are awarded "agreement points" whenever another detective agrees with your decisions, which means you score points even when you're not playing!

What happens when I refer a friend?
When you refer a friend you will score extra points every time they go up a level.

Will the interface be available in other languages?
Yes, this is planned for 2009.

Will there be text in other languages?
Yes, this is planned for 2009.

Where did the site design come from?
The overall design was by Jon Chamberlain, using characters from iStockphoto. The medal icons were kindly provided by Larwick.

Who can I contact?
We appreciate feedback from the game, both positive and negative, which can be sent to jchamb@essex.ac.uk
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FAQ: Prizes

What are the prizes?
Phrase Detectives is offering prizes during July 2011 for players on Facebook and the non-Facebook game. The daily prize is a £5 Amazon voucher and will be awarded to a player from either game version who has made an answer in a non head2head case.

The leaderboard prizes are for Facebook players only and will be awarded to the top ten highest scorers of July 2011. The high scoring prizes are £50 (1st), £15 (2nd), £10 (3rd), £5 (4th-10th).

Other Facebook only prizes include £20 for the player with the highest rating, £20 for the player with the largest team and £20 for player with the highest level.
Players must be above level 5 to qualify for these prizes.

In the event of a highest rating tie-break head2head documents, level and points scored will be used. In the event of a largest team tie-break total team points, player points and rating will be used. In the event of a highest level tie-break points and rating will be used.

Prizes will be emailed to the winner so you must include your email address on the profile page to be eligible to win a prize.

If you are subscribed to the email alerts you will be alerted when a new competition starts. Only players who have played the game during the prize period will be entered for each draw. The winner's work will be inspected for quality by a panel of expert annotators. Players with work deemed to be automated or of very poor quality will be disqualified. The judges decision is final.

How do I claim my prize?
The prize will be emailed to the winner. You must include your email address when you register to claim the prize. Winners' usernames are posted on the homepage.

Can I claim the prize in an alternative currency?
Yes, please email us with your requirements if you are the winner.
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FAQ: Name the Culprit

I've made a mistake, how can I correct it?
The game is designed to filter out incorrect decisions by anonymously asking other detectives what they think. If you have made a mistake your decision will eventually be disregarded.

Why do I get points for answers that are wrong?
Your best answers will earn you more points the more that other detectives agree with you, potentially up to 10 times more, so putting the answers you think are right will earn you the most points in the long run.

Why can't I select the phrase I want to?
The most likely reason is that the automatic processing that detects the words and phrases has gone wrong and detected the wrong things. It may also be because some phrases are embedded in other phrases. You can write a comment about the phrase and skip to the next one if you can not select an appropriate referring phrase.

How can I get to the text at the beginning of the document?
Part of the game experience is to provide a "restricted context", by which we mean we only give you a set amount of text before and after the phrase. If you can't select the phrase because it has gone outside of this range then please write a comment and skip to the next phrase.

Why are the hidden phrases so difficult to select?
Unfortunately some texts have very in-depth phrases which means there are numerous embedded phrases to choose from. We are working on better ways to present this in the future.

Why doesn't the hidden phrase I select highlight immediately?
This is a bug in the game that we are fixing.
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FAQ: Detectives Conference

What are agreement points?
If the phrase has several different decisions then other detectives will be asked what they think in Detectives Conference. If they agree with you then you will be awarded an agreement points.

I agreed with the previous detective's decision. Why didn't I get many points?
In this case it is likely that the decision was not agreed with by many other detectives. You score more points the more your decisions agree with other detectives.

I disagreed with the previous detective's decision, why do I have to redo the decision?
We would like you to correct the decision, this will score you agreement points in the future if detectives agree with you.
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