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Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Thu, 6th Sep '07 7:02 AM


As you might guess, I had a wrong answer this morning in the Vocabulary category. The question was to find a word that was "NOT" a synonym for the given word. I have complained many times about these type of questions and was told there are many in the system. I call these negative questions. Besides,having to give the correct answer, we are being timed (ever try a showdown). I am not a longtime trivia person (less than a year), I just don't like questions that appear to have a trick to them. When CDL drivers licenses tests were first taken, many people were missing these type questions (they're not really fair). Call me a whiner for complaining, but I think I'm right. I have two sons in college to become teachers. They told me they don't get these type questions and are discouraged from using this practice when conducting classes of their own. I say "Fair is fair".

Thank you, Liam

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Thu, 6th Sep '07 8:43 AM

I'm with ya, Bill! I'd much rather have questions that aim at what you know that try to trick you with what isn't associated with the question.

When I write quizzes, I try astutely to avoid them.

My basic feeling: If you have to ask people what something ISN'T like, then perhaps you don't know the topic yourself.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 6th Sep '07 8:49 AM

My basic thinking is there's nothing wrong with those questions, it just needs a bit of mental flexibility. What's so hard about picking the one that's not instead of the one that is? I use them all the time in the pub game and have never had a complaint, and trust me, pub quiz players can be a whiny bunch. Disallowing that type of question removes a lot of options from the question writer, and I can tell you for a fact, if you have to produce even 40 new questions a week, it gets tough. I think these are perfectly fine questions. Just my nickel.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Thu, 6th Sep '07 9:27 AM

Re: "Picking the one that's NOT instead of the one that IS"
Now....doesn't that depend on what your definition of "IS" is????

Banomet  (Level: 179.4 - Posts: 266)
Thu, 6th Sep '07 10:00 AM

You guys must have been too old for Sesame Street!

"One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?"

Ducttape  (Level: 199.3 - Posts: 159)
Thu, 6th Sep '07 10:05 AM

i would never disagree with not having 'not' questions ever again

my vote is not in favor of never eliminating these question from the database

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 6th Sep '07 10:05 AM

Only if you're being impeached, Row.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Thu, 6th Sep '07 10:07 AM

I actually find these types of vocab questions easier because 4 of the words all mean the same thing while one is the impostor. If you can find two words that mean the same thing and one word that you KNOW doesn't mean the same as one of those two, then there's your answer. However, when you have 5 words that all mean different things, you have no help in choosing the correct one.

I say keep them in. I appreciate the odds.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6770)
Thu, 6th Sep '07 10:38 AM

What eesusbejesus said; so long as you read the question (and when you have a few million up for grabs why hurry to take the question?) spotting the odd one out whichever way the question is phrased should not be that hard!

Ducttape  (Level: 199.3 - Posts: 159)
Thu, 6th Sep '07 2:05 PM

also, never attempt your TQOTD when you're drunk. i took 20-25 secs to think out and eliminate the wrong answers, then quickly clicked 'submit' without clicking on the right answer. after that and joining the 'salt of the month' club i'm getting a breathalyzer attached to my computor that won't let me log on over .08

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Thu, 6th Sep '07 2:10 PM

Yes, and last year I learned the hard way not to use all 5 of your birthday wagers while taking 3 kinds of pain meds after knee surgery.

Of course, I'll have no excuse this year.

Revdodd  (Level: 68.7 - Posts: 775)
Fri, 7th Sep '07 5:41 AM

In the words of my old debate coach....Never defend a burning fort.

I relent, but I still don't like them. Maybe I'm just not a negative kind of guy!

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