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Can I run a BabyHunch Baby Pool for twins or triplets?

Yes, but they would be setup as technically separate pools. Simply create the first pool and then on your Admin page, there will be a link for "Start a New BabyHunch Pool" which will let you create as many additional pools as you want.

For example, if the mother is expecting twins, you might create the first Baby Pool and name it "Baby Pool for Mary & John's Twins (Baby #1)" and then you can create another separate Baby Pool and call it "Baby Pool for Mary & John's Twins (Baby #2)."


Does everyone I invite have to register an account?

NO. This is a big advantage of BabyHunch's Baby Pools. Only the person who creates the pool has to create an account. Anyone who gets invited doesn't have to register their own account. They simply enter their hunches and hit submit. In general, most people don't like having to create an account, verify an email address, etc., etc. With BabyHunch, they don't have to.


I don't want to receive a notification email everytime someone submits a new hunch for the Baby Pool I created. Can I turn this feature off?

Yes. When logged in, click "Review/Edit Your Account Information" and you will see a checkbox option for "Receive Email Notification of Newly Submitted Hunches". That option is checked by default, so if you do NOT want to receive emails for each new hunch, simply uncheck this box and save.


I want to change one of my hunches. Can I do that?

You currently cannot edit your hunch, unless you are the person who created the pool. We made the decision to NOT require participants to register in order to submit their hunches (a big positive for users), but a drawback of this is that you cannot edit your hunches yourself (since you would need to login in order to do that). However, the creator of the pool can edit all hunches, so if you made a mistake, or just want to change something, send an email to the person who created the pool and ask them to make the change. It's very easy for them to do.


How does the scoring work?

First of all, keep in mind that the LOWEST score wins. And here is how the scoring is calculated for each category...

Date & Time Scoring Explanation
If a person's hunch matches the exact Date AND Time of Birth correctly (down to the minute), they get 0 points added to their score.
That is extremely unlikely, so choose how many points will be given for each day that they are off. However, keep in mind, the scores are calculated to the MINUTE. So a hunch that is off by 1 day, 4 hours and 17 minutes will be more penalized than a hunch that is off by 1 day, 1 hour and 4 minutes. This will ensure that a tie is almost impossible because scores will be extremely accurate (up to THREE decimal points).
For example, if you choose 1 point here, there would technically be .0006944 points given for every MINUTE that the hunch is off. How is this calculated? 1 day = 1 point, so the points-per-hour would be 1 divided by 24, which is .041666. Then there are 60 minutes in an hour, so .041666 divided by 60 equals .0006944 points-per-MINUTE.

Say the actual birth date & time is 12.18.2011 @ 1:15 PM and the hunch was 12.08.2011 @ 2:25 PM, that person would get 10.049 total points added to their score. Since the hunch is 10 full days away from the correct date, that accounts for 10 points. And then the additional difference of 70 minutes from 1:15 PM to 2:25 PM would cause .049 more points to be added to the scoring (70 minutes times .0006944), making a grand total of 10.049 points.
Gender Scoring Explanation
If a person guesses the gender correctly, they get 0 points added to their score.
If their hunch is wrong, choose how many points will be added to their score.
For example, say you choose 3 points here. If the actual sex is 'boy' but the hunch was 'girl,' that person gets 3 points added to their score.
Weight Scoring Explanation
If a person's hunch matches the exact weight correctly, they get 0 points.
If the hunch is wrong, choose how many points will be given for each ounce that they are off.
For example, if you choose a 1/2 point here, and the actual birth weight is 8 pounds-3 ounces but the hunch was 7 pounds-11 ounces, that person would get 4 points added to their score (since the hunch was off by 8 ounces from the correct weight). And if the hunch was 9 pounds-4 ounces, they would get 8.5 points (since the hunch was off by 17 ounces).
Length Scoring Explanation
If a person's hunch matches the exact length correctly, they get 0 points.
If the hunch is wrong, choose how many points will be given for each quarter-inch that they are off.
For example, if you choose 1 point here, and the actual birth length is 20.5 inches but the hunch was 19 inches, that person would get 6 points added to their score (since the hunch was off by 1.5 inches from the correct length, which equals 6 quarter inches). And if the hunch was 24 inches, they would get 14 points (since the hunch was off by 3.5 inches).
Hair Color Scoring Explanation
If a person guesses the hair color correctly, they get 0 points.
If the hunch is wrong, choose how many points will be added to their score.
For example, if you choose 2 points here, and the actual hair color is brown but the hunch was red, that person would get 2 points added to their score.
Eye Color Scoring Explanation
If a person guesses the eye color correctly, they get 0 points.
If the hunch is wrong, choose how many points will be added to their score.
For example, if you choose 2 points here, and the actual eye color is brown but the hunch was blue, that person would get 2 points added to their score.
First Letter Scoring Explanation
If a person guesses the first letter of the baby's first name correctly, they get 0 points.
If the hunch is wrong, choose how many points will be added to their score.
For example, if you choose 2 points here, and the actual baby's name is 'Carina' (first letter is 'C') but the hunch was 'L', that person would get 2 points added to their score.
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