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Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 2:12 PM


Just a question out of curiosity: Do y'all Google (or insert your preferred search engine) while taking quizzes or WPs?

The question came to mind in a previous discussion when someone noted that the answers were "entirely Googlable." So, I didn't know if there was an understood, if unwritten, opinion about the use of search engines in answering questions.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 2:51 PM

Googling refers to the internet?

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 2:54 PM

Some do, some don't. I prefer to actually figure the puzzle out for myself because that's where the fun and the challenge is, but I don't see the harm in checking a spelling you're not sure of. I've said before that I pre-google if the title suggests something researchable. Frankly, as long as it's one player taking one turn without using doubles to scout answers, I don't care.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 3:01 PM

I google whenever the topic is one that can be searched if I need to. I'm certainly no threat to anyone at the top of the charts, so I don't feel as though I'm cheating anyone. Besides, I learn a lot from googling the various topics. I figure that's a big part of the purpose of this site -- at least for me -- so I hope googling isn't considered unethical.

Jorboo  (Level: 39.1 - Posts: 141)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 3:04 PM

I never google when taking quizzes. I use the quizzes as a learning experience, the correct answers are provided and my knowledge is increased.

Maurlin  (Level: 220.5 - Posts: 2707)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 3:07 PM

Time for Confession. If I am totally clueless about a quiz or WP I do Google. On quizzes, my other alternatives are to bail after the first question or to click answers blindly. When I Google, I learn about the subject matter. Sometimes I get so engrossed in the new material I'm learning that I forget for a while that I was in the middle of taking a quiz.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 3:58 PM

My earlier response referred only to WPs. It's never occurred to me to google during a quiz with the clock running, though I have done after it's over. If I find myself out of my depth in a quiz, I go with the stab blindly approach, and if I find anything interesting, I look it up after. If I find something I can use at the pub, I google to verify anything I'm not sure of, something I learned to do when I got burned by a couple of wrong ones.

I have to buy the players beers when I get them wrong.

Kaufman  (Level: 267.6 - Posts: 3941)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 4:06 PM

I just dive in and challenge myself on what I already know.

Maurlin  (Level: 220.5 - Posts: 2707)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 4:09 PM

No fair, know lots of stuff!

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 4:56 PM

I don't know too much about anything so I Google, and I World Almanac, and I encyclopedia, and I etc, etc. And I still screw up. In fact, I screw up so much I quit doing WP's for the month. I now have more time to lounge around the deck and get $**T faced. I haven't screwed that up yet.

Lancaster  (Level: 228.1 - Posts: 176)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 5:01 PM

I prefer to answer on my own. Then I view it as learning something,even if it's how much I don't know.

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 5:07 PM

Not once,why take the fun out of it just to get points.

Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2011)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 5:55 PM

I usually google really hot Oogie, Alaskan, Difod, Woohoo...etc... ogle....never mind.


Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 6:06 PM

*snickering* at Kelly.......


Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 6:18 PM

I have never Googled a WP or quiz. Like Ken, I prefer to test my knowledge -- or lack thereof. Unfortunately, I often find that it's the latter.


Bigbird  (Level: 248.9 - Posts: 3337)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 7:51 PM

I have been known to pre-Google when it is a topic that I know absolutely nothing about - like specific musicians. That way, at least I get a general idea of what the topic is about, and the letter guesses can be made in a more educated fashion.

I think that the Puzzle should be done in any way that is fun for the taker. If that means Googling, then so be it. There is no way to stop folks from doing that unless the puzzle is entirely original.

The place I would draw the line is if one person tells another what his puzzles were, and then person #2 goes to take the WordPuzzle and does very well. That is pretty low.


Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 9:06 PM

I tell y'all what: if the Scottish WP isn't enough to make you break down and Google, more power to ya!

I broke down after getting three straight spelling errors. That's a toughie!

Greyghost  (Level: 68.4 - Posts: 640)
Fri, 20th Jul '07 10:52 PM

I loved that quiz,made me think,which btw i dont do often,lol

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Sat, 21st Jul '07 2:16 AM

I prefer to just take a shot at the quiz.
If I'm totally hopeless I'll just leave
or click any old button to get through it.
It sometimes surprises me....
I get the same no.of points by guessing,
as I get when I thought I knew the subject.
Law of Averages????

Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 21st Jul '07 12:38 PM

I only google a WP if I am doing REALLY well on my own and run into something like the first name of an author...I know the book, the last name, the whole phrase, but not the stinking first name (or middle initial or the correct spelling) - then I will google the name to try to save a shot at the Top 10 (it rarely works - my best efforts usually rank me around 25th).

I have never thought to google during a quiz...hmmm.

Marynuala  (Level: 139.8 - Posts: 996)
Sat, 21st Jul '07 2:34 PM

It's too time consuming, and would take all the challenging fun out of it!

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