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heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 10:25 AM

MY FIRST LEGITIMATE 0 % ON A QUIZ

Took a quiz where I got absolutely 0 correct. I received those when the system was glitching but not just because I answered wrong. When finished my first impulse was to rate the author low but I cannot do that so I did not rate at all-probably not a much better choice. I have scored VERY low on quizzes and given them an exceptionally high rating. I think the problem lies in inadequate quiz descriptions in part and also a quiz concerning too generalized of an area. General trivia does have categories and of late Misc. seems to be the choice of many. I have repeatedly stated that I am often wrong and grudgingly accept that. My decision now is that unless I know the author and the type of quizzes he/she writes is to not take a quiz that gives me no information on what I might encounter. To paraphrase another Sploofuser-abhor getting "who gives a rat's behind" questions-Linda

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6640)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 10:36 AM

I've got quite a few zeros. one or two general knowledge questions on very specific subjects.
One or two music quizzes on what i thought would be popular music (ie music I Liked!) which turned out to be 1990 or later -- too modern for old farts like me.
I'm often surprised by how well one can guess on unknown subjects but once in a while your luck runs out!

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 10:46 AM

I remember a few popular music quizzes I took where the questions ended up being about obscure lyrics in obscure songs that no one could possibly know unless they had memorized each of the obscure albums. Every single answer I choose was only a guess and the odds were against me. I don't understand those very few individuals who write a quiz with, it seems, the intent that no one will do well. There are plenty of quizzes where I may get the answer wrong, but at least I learned some interesting trivia from the quizzes. But some of them seem to just set the taker up for failure. Whatever helps you sleep at night, I guess.

suzer22
Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 11:07 AM

The quizzes and quiz questions I do the worst on are the ones that involve identifying a year that something happened...especially when the choices are only one year apart. If the choices are 1955, 1965, 1975, 1985 and 1995 then I feel like I have a fighting chance; but 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965 as choices just frustrates me!

Now I know that knowing what year something occurred is exactly the sort of trivia that real trivia buffs know, it just doesn't interest me much at all.

And since you brought it up - my biggest pet peeve is a Quiz Description that does not describe what the quiz is actually about!! I've seen some that say things like: I'll ask a question and you just have to pick the right answer!

Well DUH! What kind of questions??????????????

These are the types of quizzes I rate low (and for me 5 or 6 is as low as I go).

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 11:30 AM

The first two quizzes I wrote, seven people got 0s. I felt horrible, until I noticed one of them was eesebejesus.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 12:16 PM

I did learn something though Smaug. That's different from those quizzes that are hard but completely pointless.

And I agree with the dates quizzes. I am now to the point where I will just simply bail on any quiz that appears to be nothing but dates.

heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 12:19 PM

AMEMN!! don't like numbers either!!!

christiansinger
Christiansinger  (Level: 93.7 - Posts: 61)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 12:51 PM

I have a list on a post it note right by my computer of quiz authors I will not take - even if the topic is interesting. Names get on this list because of the things mentioned above like dates, but mainly because of poorly worded questions. I started the list last year when I took a second quiz that was as bad or worse than the first one I took by the same person. The list is there to remind me, since I'm getting older, my memory is not what it used to be. There aren't many names on the list, and hopefully it won't grow much more.



salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5315)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 1:11 PM

Smaug, you promised you wouldn't tell anyone my score! Shame on you!!

I've had several quizzes where I didn't get any answers correct. You'd think if you had to guess you would have the luck of the draw in there somewhere, but I've guessed some quizzes and just bombed. If I know the author I try to take their quizzes anyway because it helps their points -- doesn't do much for my points but it helps them. And I always hope they'll return the favor and take my quizzes.



banomet
Banomet  (Level: 175.1 - Posts: 266)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 1:17 PM

It may be deliberately obscure. The system is set up so that the greater the quiz difficulty, the more points the quiz author gets.

heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 1:20 PM

I try to give folks a chance-especially new folks. Do not believe it is made abundantly clear on the site what can/should be in a quiz. I've been here quite some time and Kaufman had to tell me how to find the SOAG rules. The little Owl tells one how to perhaps make your quiz interesting-does talk about clear, explicit descriptions. It is also made quite clear that FITB quizzes are no longer acceptable. I for one miss them. They were certainly preferable to the "stuff" that some put out now and classify as trivia. Professorx defined real trivia rather clearly in a post somewhere. Kerblunk is not here-perhaps in the not too distant future?? I know Editors have much to do as well as personal lives but would like to see some of these "nonsensical" quizzes sent back as not representing legitimate trivia-Linda

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 1:29 PM

Banomet....
I thought the difficulty of a quiz was just ONE of the factors
used to determine the point value.
So the author has to decide how many takers they want to attract,
and whether or not to frustrate said takers into giving them a
low rating....
Timing also seems to be a factor if the author is going for an EA.
Many aspects to ponder....

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 6:08 PM

I could tell you the chances of a person not having a clue guessing throughout a ten question quiz, and getting a zero. Actually, I couldn't. I asked that on a quiz, and giving away the answer would be a terms of service violation. Barry, you got the question right. The rest of you who've posted here seem to have either misguessed or not taken that particular quiz

rnmorg
Rnmorg  (Level: 128.2 - Posts: 690)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 7:46 PM

Heidi shared her enlightening thoughts with us:
"... Professorx defined real trivia rather clearly in a post somewhere."
======================================

AHA...so Professorx is an editor! There's one down...20 some-odd to go.

maggie7556
Maggie7556  (Level: 217.8 - Posts: 268)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 9:49 PM

Main Entry: trivĀ·ia
Function: noun plural but singular or plural in construction
Pronunciation: 'tri-ve-&
Etymology: (assumed) New Latin, back-formation from Latin trivialis
: unimportant matters : trivial facts or details ; also singular in construction : a quizzing game involving obscure facts


heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 9:53 PM

Hopefully these obscure facts about different things do not appear on the same quiz with no forewarning!!!

maggie7556
Maggie7556  (Level: 217.8 - Posts: 268)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 9:59 PM

More than once I have gotten very nice notes on a quiz and then on the same quiz gotten a note that says I have included trivia of a "who cares" variety. I think trivia, like so many other things, is in the eye of the beholder. One person's "who cares" can be something another person finds fascinating. I understand that people have a problem when there is not an accurate description of the quiz but I find that generally when I am not clear enough the editor will let me know.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3300)
Sat, 10th Nov '07 10:07 PM

I got my first zero today also. I knew absolutely nothing about the topic, and it made such an impression on me that I don't even remember the topic of the quiz.

texlewee
Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 601)
Mon, 12th Nov '07 12:19 PM

There are some, such as professorX, that have never had anything positive to say about ANY quiz I've done, and I must say, my topics have been varied, to say the least...

Most, like him, have a bomber alert attached. But, some, alas, do not..... Still, I write based on what I find to be interesting at any given point and time. Sometimes the masses agree, sometimes they don't. I've even hated some quizzes I've written when I have gone back to review them, so It's all a wash to me.

I do, however, hate the "who cares" posts.

Perhaps I will write a quiz one day on " How to solve the problem du jour (sp) of "Global Cooling" (had environmentalists up in arms in the 70's) "Global Warming" ... Global Stagnation, and the pluses and minuses of a global monetary system... Then, I imagine, I will STILL get a few "Who gives a Rat's Patootee...."

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 12th Nov '07 12:46 PM

I took a quiz yesterday and guessed at every one and got two right. It was a terrific quiz, though, from a new member named Lynnm, who's managed to rack up a solid string of EAs for some amazing baseball quizzes. I can't wait till she branches out into areas I know a bit more about.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Fri, 16th Nov '07 4:54 PM

True story. I don't want to say I've exhibited unluckiness, but a friend in college started a Dungeons & Dragons world and named its pantheon's god of bad luck after me.

Fast-forward to 3 minutes ago. I just finished taking Maggie7556's new EA quiz, "My Luckiest Day Ever", all about things that are supposed to bring good luck, and my guesses, educated or otherwise, earned me a whopping 0.00%.

Cue Twilight Zone music.


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