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Sat 3 Mar 07 #1 
Bright But Idle
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The three wrong answers presented with each question appear to always be other right answers from the same subject.

Would there be any mileage in either having the ability to add extra wrong answers, or to use answers from other subjects?

Might make it easier, might make it harder, would have to be dependent on the topic as some need a closed set of options(What type of dog is an Alsatian? 1984, Margaret Thatcher, World war II started, Herding)

Just a thought...


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Sat 3 Mar 07 #2 
guinness john

interesting concept bbi. i would say stick as it is - although the way the algorithms work, sometimes it is easier to pick out the right answer than not. there is no mark for close. so, say in the alsatian question - which seems to be missing the correct answer - margaret thatcher - alsatian is a dog so that gets 50 per cent correct.


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Sun 4 Mar 07 #3 
Bright But Idle
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I know what you mean GJ. I think what I was moving towards is whether within the background the "system" should flag certain types of information in broad terms. e.g. People and facts about them. Countries and facts about them.

So when you have a question that reads "Who is on the reverse of the £5 note?" the wrong answers could be "Stephen Fry, Martin Fry & Matt Frewer" rather than "Edward Grieg, Charles Dickens & John Houblon ".

Now I think that's easier with the obvious wrong answers, but I'm sure there are other topics that would be made harder by the same token.


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Sun 4 Mar 07 #4 
guinness john

erm i tend to agree. i was halfway through the other train of thought when i decided (or moveover it was pointed out to me i was too drunk to continue). so i went outside and stared at the moon for an hour. best lunar eclipse ive ever seen.
by the way bbi, being a bright fellow by your own admission, do you happen to know whether the americans and aussies use the same keyboards as us?
ps: stephen fry has not had his head on the reverse of me.


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Sun 4 Mar 07 #5 
Bright But Idle
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Don't know about the Aussies, but the Americans have a slightly different layout, mainly to do with the shifted numerals and them not needing a £ sign.

Old school IT persons will remember the good old days of having to override the US settings to be able to use a £ sign, youngsters today will have never had to type in "keyb uk" or learn that holding down the Alt key while tapping out 156 on the keypad will give you a £ sign in an emergency.

On a geeky note, a French keyboards have some of the letters in different places and are a bugger to use.

Just looked at Wiki and looks like the Aussies have the same as us.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout


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Sun 4 Mar 07 #6 
guinness john

cheers bbi. i had an idea last night. somewhere between getting in the bd and falling out of it rather painfully. we had a subkect the other day i think (or i may have been dreaming it where only three things applied). similarly we could have something where the question is the word xxxxxxx (obvioulsy not that cos the answer is one) needs x numbers of rows on the keyboard. not general knowledge, but a reasonable brain sharpener.
i knew the french keyboard was different - the top two-mile chase azyerytoiup (or something like that) was named after the top line of their keyboard. and cursed by bookies and punters alike trying to pronounce it.


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