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And a bitch [Aug. 3rd, 2003|10:23 pm]
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To everyone who thinks they are clever:


The ease with which people can create quizzes has led to some of the lamest attempts at "discovering your personality" I have ever witnessed. People don't even try to broaden and generalize the questions:

"What action from these five movies would you take if you were one of the characters?"

So what?

People post results because they like the pretty pictures. But, hey, a heads up here:

If you can't actually make the questions apply to real life, it's not a valid quiz.

I have been told the kind of faery/goddess/hero that I would be in quizzes that tried to make the questions fit legitimate situations. But questions like, "If your father the king told you that you must live in the tower forever, would you..." don't lend a lot of insight into the human condition.

Quizzes like this never really get anywhere. A handful of people take them, and then they die the deaths they deserve. They are a waste of bandwidth.

Unlike, say, the Ultimate Purity Test, which has shown its staying power with more than 175,000 participants.

I am amused by quizzes, but irritated by the spiralling degradation of the damned things. Learn to write better questions.

And fucking learn spelling and grammar, while you're (note that is y-o-u-'-r-e) at it. Your (note that is y-o-u-r) credibility is on the line.

[User Picture]From: gothiksukkubus
2003-08-03 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'm just vaguely amused by them and I check them out when I'm bored or if something of interest pops up. But I've started putting cut tags so other people dont have to see them.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-08-04 05:33 am (UTC)
See, I like good ones, so the proliferation of bad ones irritates me. When I see an interesting-looking result and follow it to a badly written test, I get irked.
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From: jamm3r
2003-08-03 08:54 pm (UTC)
grrrr at the whole you're / your and they're / there / their thing!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-08-04 05:34 am (UTC)
And don't forget its/it's!
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[User Picture]From: tweezlebum
2003-08-04 07:44 am (UTC)

And too/two/to. And want/won't. And should/could/would of.

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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2003-08-04 09:39 am (UTC)
Awww, but you don't want to take a test to see which one of my children you are?

(I did really make that quiz. And yes, my friends really took it, and no, I don't think anyone actually posted the results anywhere but in a thread in my journal, or told me it in IM or on a MUCK.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-08-04 10:17 am (UTC)

If you make it clever, sure. It's the ones that don't that irk me.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2003-08-04 10:30 am (UTC)
It's filled with strange inside jokes about what they like to eat and what they have been in the hospital for, strange stuff like that.

If you want to look at the questions, the quiz is on my user info page. But no, not particularly clever. It was just my answer to the idiotic quizzes out there.
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[User Picture]From: pecunium
2003-08-04 10:23 am (UTC)

I agree, the nature of the beast (short list of questions, forced response) makes it so the answer set such that the results are so far from the mark as to be laughable.

On the other hand, I thought I would tout one that seems to do it fairly well,


The test is a list of yes or no answers to principles that would imply behaviour. The types of behaviour would lead to various levels of damnation.

The part which is best is the repetiive nature of some of the questions, so that one answer is not enough to have one counted as a given type of sinner.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-08-04 10:28 am (UTC)
I have taken that one. Very well written, quite amusing. THAT is a quiz!
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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2003-08-04 04:30 pm (UTC)


Much like another gentleman you know, I truly wish I had posted this rant first. The proliferation of such mundane quizzes has irked me for a while now.
On a completely different note, I hope that you will not mind me, a complete stranger, adding you to my friends list. I try and warn people, simply to be polite, and if they say "no," I remove them.
{insert witty ending here}
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-08-04 08:34 pm (UTC)

Re: True...

I never mind! It's fun getting people's opinions and thoughts, and reading their thoughts. I've added you back.
{insert witty comeback}
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[User Picture]From: kimbyrle
2003-08-04 05:09 pm (UTC)
I like you just for knowing the difference between "you're" and "your."
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-08-04 08:35 pm (UTC)
I have to wonder: do they teach grammar in schools anymore???!!!

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[User Picture]From: kimbyrle
2003-08-05 06:47 pm (UTC)
Well, they taught it when I was in school (thus, my knowing it) but that didn't mean that everybody necessarily learned it. That's the kind of thing where, if you spell it wrong, people will still be able to parse your meaning. Therefore, many people just don't care if they have it right or not. And the sad truth of it is, for most of them it won't ever matter.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-08-06 09:21 am (UTC)
They taught it, but did they follow up with nasty red circles and deducted points on papers year after year? That's how you make it stick! [g]
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[User Picture]From: warmage
2003-08-08 11:35 am (UTC)
Please.. you all know that any child that isn't performing up to expectations is somehow the teacher's fault. It has nothing to do with the fact that the kid is a shit-whistle in sneakers and the teacher can't crack his knuckles with a plastic rod no more.

We don't need no stinkin' grammar, yo!
Speeling is fer nurds. XD
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-08-08 03:18 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of a comic I saw at the beginning of the Ebonics fiasco, imagining a classroom day:

"Now class, is it 'I is a bad mo'fo', or 'I be a bad mo'fo'?"


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