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How can i earn more green spoons and help to feed a hungry child.? Options
Shashank Kumar Singh
Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:45:48 AM

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Eh?
Crazyfoxxy
Posted: Saturday, July 26, 2014 12:09:48 PM

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It would be nice to know what the scoring standards are. I haven't gotten a green spoon notification in two weeks where I used to get them every three or four days. If you look at my activity graph, you will see that my activities output is very consistent. Did you guys change the standards?

thanks
Crazyfoxxy
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 10:50:07 AM

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The silence is deafening.

So I will assume that the Admins did in fact change the formula and have no interest in sharing how or why they did so. In time though, for the site to evolve, they will learn that transparency with the user base is key to growth, but for now - mums the word.

Generally SKS, activities generate meals - like word searches, playing hangman, playing words within, etc. My question is how much.
IMcRout
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 12:21:43 PM

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The only thing I know about it is HERE.

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. (Anon)
Crazyfoxxy
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 12:59:44 PM

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"By playing, learning, and reading at The Free Dictionary, you can earn meals to be donated to hungry children. More learning means more meals." Very non-specific.
TFD
Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 10:11:05 AM

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Meals are earned by those who use the site the most over a given period of time. This level of usage is measured by your brain level. Consistently achieving a high brain level (more than 100%, which means you've exceeded usage expectations) will put you in the running to earn meals.

We have not made any recent changes to the scoring system.
Crazyfoxxy
Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:37:00 AM

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Nnorlen, thanks for the response and insight on brain level being the driver to earn meals. In my case, your answer only begs additional questions, for I have not earned a meal in at least two weeks despite my daily maxing of brain activity to 200%. In the past, with this same level of effort (for I am sadly a compulsive creature of habit) I would earn meals every three or four days.

I'm not asking for any special inquiry, only offering this explanation as to why for me your explanation does not apply.

thanks!
Ibrahim Murtaza
Posted: Monday, February 1, 2016 3:47:01 AM

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I always 97% of the time have a brain level of 200% but I only have one spoon.
yathuplays
Posted: Friday, February 5, 2016 6:19:46 PM
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Ibrahim Murtaza wrote:
I always 97% of the time have a brain level of 200% but I only have one spoon.

You are quite new
PureBlueLight
Posted: Saturday, February 6, 2016 4:00:32 PM

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The green spoons are distributed to whoever is active, if you get less, that means there's more users active. Neurons and brain % and medals and whatever else have nothing to do with green spoons. They will be distributed regardless, it's not the user who contributes in some mysterious way.
Charis L.
Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2016 1:22:09 PM

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PureBlueLight wrote:
The green spoons are distributed to whoever is active, if you get less, that means there's more users active. Neurons and brain % and medals and whatever else have nothing to do with green spoons. They will be distributed regardless, it's not the user who contributes in some mysterious way.


Very insightful! So they have already decided how many meals to give, only using it as an incentive for users to learn more?
Can any administrator come out and explain this?
pitulush
Posted: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 6:53:18 PM

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Charis L. wrote:

Very insightful! So they have already decided how many meals to give, only using it as an incentive for users to learn more?


Yup. I agree with PureBlueLight, as the spoons are awarded every 14 minutes anyway – you can see this if you check out the link IMcRout provided a while ago: in the lower part of the page, there's a list of the users who got the spoon most recently. So it seems to be all about:
1. timing (being here and getting extra neurons at the right time)
2. how many others have the same great timing as you
3. high brain level (not necessarily 200%, I've won spoons with a little under that – probably when point 2. worked in my favour)
THOMAS DAHL
Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2016 5:29:28 PM

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This is an interesting discussion.
bauhinia garden
Posted: Friday, August 5, 2016 11:32:42 PM

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I've played already 22 days and can't get a spoon.
I know that that if you are playing a game more than 14 minutes, you will get a spoon sometimes.
IA 123
Posted: Saturday, November 25, 2017 3:11:52 PM

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I go to the tfd every day, and I get 200% every day. I have 3k neurons and 20 badges. STILL, I HAVE NO SPOONS - HELP!!!!! Brick wall Brick wall Brick wall Brick wall
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Saturday, November 25, 2017 3:48:24 PM

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IA 123 wrote:
I go to the tfd every day, and I get 200% every day. I have 3k neurons and 20 badges. STILL, I HAVE NO SPOONS - HELP!!!!! Brick wall Brick wall Brick wall Brick wall

If you look around yourself you will see that a rare bird with a rating of 3000 has a spoon.

აბა ყვავებს ვინ დაიჭერს, კარგო? გალიაში ბულბულები ზიან.
Andrew Schultz
Posted: Monday, November 27, 2017 6:49:04 PM

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I suppose if we want to figure out how often you can get a spoon, there are ways to spade it. I've done some, and I wish I'd started sooner because I was curious about the details for a while, but I don't know if the admins would want me to reveal it. It's sort of fun to get something nice at random.

Given TFD's post about how the people using the site most over a certain period of time get the spoon, I suspect your usage drops to zero after receiving a spoon, and there may be some random roving eye to pick off whoever's used the site most.

This would make sense out of the data I've seen, namely that people who have been inactive for a while have a higher points-to-spoons ratio than more recent people who use the site. The more people use the site, the less likely you are to get a spoon.

When I get a spoon it's generally during a period of time when I'm playing a game a lot. That doesn't necessarily mean that you are more likely to get a spoon for each TIME you play a game, and I've certainly had small binges where I've gotten nothing.

A good rule of thumb is to look at people with lots of neurons and divide (total neurons / spoons) to see how many spoons you should have. The neurons/spoons can vary quite widely, but since it's usually well above 3000 for more recent joinees, you may find that you'll need a lot more.

100th person on TFD to 1 million neurons.
Dennis Chen
Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 3:20:17 PM

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They say you get a spoon by being active a lot and maintaining a high brain level, but you can be really active and not get a spoon AT ALL. And the fact that they give distribute it randomly is just stupid.
IA 123
Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:51:27 PM

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My brother got it at 900.
IA 123
Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:52:18 PM

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My brother got it at 900. I didnt so yeah andrew
lazarius
Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017 11:35:02 AM

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IA 123 wrote:
My brother got it at 900.

If you had not deserted that game between us you would probably have had one spoon by now. :)

Take a look at this gentleman's profile:

http://secure.thefreedictionary.com/user/Buddy_Williams

He has 185666 neurons and no spoons. So what? He's not bleating here constantly.
Dennis Chen
Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:48:43 PM

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It's really hard to get one now.
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