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heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 6:28 AM

I PROTEST

This has nothing to do with 2.0 as was happening before that. I believe asking the daily question which requires one to provide a number does not test knowledge of trivia but is just dumb luck if one guesses correctly-2 days in a row now. Dates are also arbitrary unless of extreme significance and therefore not fair game. Have the editors run out of "FAIR" questions to ask or what?-Linda

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 6:45 AM

I agree. Dates for an answer suck. If it wasn't a song that played at your Senior Prom then how is anyone to remember a date. I do remember a date with some twins but can't recall the year. Why not ask the specific time as well.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 6:46 AM

Heidi Rocks!

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6641)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 8:05 AM

Numbers and dates are not quite the same... and a date problem that gives you five consecutive dates is rather different from dates in five centuries.
I remember losing a date wager on books and authors, but knowing that I should have got it right when I saw the answer...so they are not all fixes!

baggiob
Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 8:22 AM

when I write a quiz where the answers are a year, I either give the answers as 5 years apart or ten years apart. eg 1985,1995,1975,1965,1955. So that if you can remember the decade you should get it right.

I remember once taking a quiz on here where the 5 answers were consecutive days.
eg, on what date did such and such happen? 24th march, 25th march, 26th march etc

I left the quiz straight away.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 8:32 AM

I refuse to take a quiz where the answers are all dates.

heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 8:38 AM

Yup, I definitely bail when the answers need dates or numbers-reason I always specify in my quiz descriptions that the taker will NEVER have to do that-making me really angry that now I am asked to know in my daily questions-foul-out of bounds-whatever!!!

erin0620
Erin0620  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 737)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 8:39 AM

I refuse to date a quiz who has all the answers.

heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 8:48 AM

I need to qualify a bit. I would expect SIGNIFICANT dates if a quiz was in the "History" category-take a few of those- since the "Math" category (except simple for Kids) was eliminated LONG ago see no reason to EVER be asked to provide a number-Linda

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 279.5 - Posts: 6641)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 9:36 AM

Heidi
I dont want to get personal but it seems to me that some people (me) like numbers some dont. If you do not like numbers, all well and good; I dont like quizzes about stupid pop music; I dont do them.
Just because you are not a fan of one sort of quiz does not mean they should not be written for other people to take. Just because you got a TQOTD wrong does not mean its unfair.
I agree with you that a TQOTD that gives five numbers as an option might be unfair in some cases...but by no means all! I'myself have written to complain only about one TQOTD and that WAs all numbers; but please dont extrapolate from your dislike of numbers to assume all number questions are unfair. They are not.
And if you really hate numbers set your TQOTD category that you can exclude to try to eliminate them.

carreau
Carreau  (Level: 236.9 - Posts: 140)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 9:51 AM

Point well taken; however, a problem arises when you don't know it's going to be all about dates until you're into the quiz. I too avoid quizzes about current pop music, but the titles will invariably let me know that's what's coming. But if I start a quiz entitled something like Broadway Musical Milestones, then discover that the questions are limited to what year each show premiered, I feel I've been had.

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 10:13 AM

Dates usually pop up in the history categories and if you know the general timeline then it shouldn't be that hard. I don't do well with dates either but taking a quiz like that does help me. If you don't like it don't do it. I stay away from the sports categories but it is unfair to say they shouldn't be written because there are a lot of sports fans out there. Why should everyone be subjected to the same thing. We all have our strengths and weaknesses right?

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.7 - Posts: 2770)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 10:15 AM

I refuse to date anyone who thinks they have all the answers .........

heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 11:41 AM

Just out of curiosity-how does one set their exempt category so if does not include dates nor numbers?? I chose music as my exempt category and also take no music quizzes simply because I suck at it. It just seems a bit unfair that the daily questions in all categories have been loaded with dates and numbers-my idea of nontrivia. Perhaps, I have just been unfortunate lately in getting those!!

kravfighter
Kravfighter  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 563)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 1:07 PM

I believe you may just be unlucky lately. I can't recall the last time I got a question with dates for the answers.

heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 1:19 PM

Story of my life...SIGH....

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 8:38 PM


If I have to take a quiz on a date, I go way back into the woods.





Not like Easy.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 9:27 PM

I you Smaug.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 10:06 PM

I guess Snooker bashing isn't so bad, is it.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Fri, 28th Mar '08 10:19 PM


The nuns told me if I snooker-bashed I'd go blind.

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 6:06 AM

Smaug. so did the Christian brothers I had in high school. Us Catholics really kept the optometrists busy.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 8:32 AM

Well, at least I got my thick, luxurious chestnut hand mane out of the deal...

scifidwarf
Scifidwarf  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 249)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 11:58 AM

Heidi, to exempt a category for TQOTD you just go to your account home page. Click TQOTD category exemption option and you can exempt any category you choose. I exempt the sports soup category.

heidi
Heidi  (Level: 36.2 - Posts: 694)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 12:22 PM

Yes, I know that I have exempted music. I was saying in rather tongue-in -cheek as someone suggestion that somehow it was possible to exempt oneself from receiving dates and numbers. It is not as they appear-frequently of late for me in all categories. haven't seen any in "Vocabulary" but haven't seen any "Vocabulary" questions in eons. Thanks for answering the question about category exemption-might prove helpful to someone-Linda

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Sat, 29th Mar '08 12:46 PM

Hey Sploofantic --

PapermanBill gets censored, but Heidi is allowed to say "tongue-in-cheek" ????


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