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I've left the 'challengequiz' community -- I thought it would be fun, and I rather conceitedly thought that I had a moderate amount of general knowledge, but in fact (surprise, surprise) it's just yet another area where I'm thoroughly useless. I can rarely answer more than 2 questions on any of the quizzes, and it just depresses me. I guess I should have known better.

Slowly trying to whittle away all the things that just make me miserable. I guess eventually I'll whittle my life out of existence.
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bopeepsheep From: bopeepsheep Date: November 29th, 2003 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Hugs. I was just about to set a lit-rat-yure one, too. Still, it isn't a friends-only community, so you can still enter any you like the look of.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 30th, 2003 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd be extremely unlikely to get any of the questions in a literature quiz either!
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: November 29th, 2003 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)

I used to have a "Whittle" icon, you know

Mmm - I certainly know what you're getting at. I'm happy not to be particularly good at most games, but when it comes to quizzes, it somehow feels more irritating and almost more shameful not to be particularly good at them.

To date, I've taken part in two challengequiz quizzes, came last in one of them and probably about last in the other. On almost all of the ones I haven't entered, I've only been able to get a very small number (sometimes less than 2) of questions right. However, the community userinfo does mention that most of the quizzes are expected to have winning scores of about half, and considering the calibre of the regular winners, I'm happy to be a very small fish in... well, in a small pond filled with fish of considerable magnitude. I'm also planning a Thoroughly Evil Game Show Quiz which will have just enough accessible-looking questions to hook the punters in and on which nobody will be able to actually score one-third marks.

There will always be a place for you on my University-Challenge-like game Buzzer Quiz team (probably titled "We got one!") if you're interested and if there are ever enough people in the same place at the same time as one of the tournaments. Which could have been this weekend for their "trash bowl" pop culture quiz, but wasn't.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 30th, 2003 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I used to have a "Whittle" icon, you know

when it comes to quizzes, it somehow feels more irritating and almost more shameful not to be particularly good at them

Hmmm, personally I'm so used to being crap at everything that I don't notice much qualitative difference in the types of crapness...

The annoying thing with the quizzes is that often I can half-remember the answer, or I can narrow it down to a couple of possible answers, and I could either guess or sit and worry about it for days and try to remember; but there doesn't seem to be much point when everybody else knows all the answers and will score higher without having to stress about it. Also, frankly, I can't be bothered to waste my life worrying about trivia which I could answer quite easily given 2 seconds of googling. I'd rather know how to find the answer than have my head full of garbage.

However, the community userinfo does mention that most of the quizzes are expected to have winning scores of about half

Yes, and it's a big fat lie, isn't it?

I'm also planning a Thoroughly Evil Game Show Quiz which will have just enough accessible-looking questions to hook the punters in and on which nobody will be able to actually score one-third marks.

Ughh. That sounds horrible to me, I'm afraid. I don't like participating in things where I'm expected to go through the whole thing with that sick feeling of "I can't even begin to do this." Maybe that's why I've never achieved anything worthwhile in my life, though; maybe I should want to do things that I'm guaranteed to fail miserably at. I believe it's supposed to be character-building.

There will always be a place for you on my University-Challenge-like game Buzzer Quiz team

Um, I'm sorry, but I would run a mile from that. I think this season I've been able to answer a sum total of about four questions on University Challenge. Most of the time I don't even understand the questions; they often leave me completely baffled as to even what type of answer is required. Being the token thicko for people to laugh at in a quiz full of intelligent people like you and your friends sounds like my idea of a living hell. :-(

...

If I'd left school at age 16 and got a job, by now I'd probably be a really good checkout girl. Maybe I'd have even managed 'employee of the week'. And I'd quite probably be married with kids by now. ... I often wonder if I'd have been happier. I suspect I would have been. As it is, mostly I just wish I'd never been born.
j4 From: j4 Date: November 30th, 2003 06:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I used to have a "Whittle" icon, you know

when it comes to quizzes, it somehow feels more irritating and almost more shameful not to be particularly good at them

Hmmm, personally I'm so used to being crap at everything that I don't notice much qualitative difference in the types of crapness...

The annoying thing with the quizzes is that often I can half-remember the answer, or I can narrow it down to a couple of possible answers, and I could either guess or sit and worry about it for days and try to remember; but there doesn't seem to be much point when everybody else knows all the answers and will score higher without having to stress about it. Also, frankly, I can't be bothered to waste my life worrying about trivia which I could answer quite easily given 2 seconds of googling. I'd rather know how to find the answer than have my head full of garbage.

However, the community userinfo does mention that most of the quizzes are expected to have winning scores of about half

Yes, and it's a big fat lie, isn't it?

I'm also planning a Thoroughly Evil Game Show Quiz which will have just enough accessible-looking questions to hook the punters in and on which nobody will be able to actually score one-third marks.

Ughh. That sounds horrible to me, I'm afraid. I don't like participating in things where I'm expected to go through the whole thing with that sick feeling of "I can't even begin to do this." Maybe that's why I've never achieved anything worthwhile in my life, though; maybe I should want to do things that I'm guaranteed to fail miserably at. I believe it's supposed to be character-building.

There will always be a place for you on my University-Challenge-like game Buzzer Quiz team

Um, I'm sorry, but I would run a mile from that. I think this season I've been able to answer a sum total of about four questions on University Challenge. Most of the time I don't even understand the questions; they often leave me completely baffled as to even what type of answer is required. Being the token thicko for people to laugh at in a quiz full of intelligent people like you and your friends sounds like my idea of a living hell. :-(

...

If I'd left school at age 16 and got a job, by now I'd probably be a really good checkout girl. Maybe I'd have even managed 'employee of the week'. And I'd quite probably be married with kids by now. ... I often wonder if I'd have been happier. I suspect I would have been. As it is, mostly I just wish I'd never been born.
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: November 30th, 2003 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I used to have a "Whittle" icon, you know

The annoying thing with the quizzes is that often I can half-remember the answer, or I can narrow it down to a couple of possible answers

I get a small but distinctly positive amount of joy when getting into that situation and then finding out that the answer plucked from nowhere turns out to be right. It may well be that quizzes which do not penalise you for wrong guesses (whether in terms of point deduction, in terms of score announcement or in terms of the reporting of wrong answers) may be relatively to your taste.

I'll not press the Buzzer Quiz issue, but the reason why I associated you in my mind with "might potentially be interested" was para two of this posting of yours.
imc From: imc Date: December 1st, 2003 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
For what it's worth I don't answer half the quizzes on there because I only know one or two (or fewer) of the answers, and there's only a couple of them that I have done decently well at. I'm struggling quite badly at sion_a's `easy quiz'. I think the concept of everyone in there being a brainbox is pretty much an illusion.

Apologies if my geek quizzes have contributed to this illusion. For the record, the lowest marks on them were 1 out of 32 and 2 out of 21 respectively.

But not to worry. There's clearly no point in continuing with something that makes you miserable, for whatever reason.
j4 From: j4 Date: December 1st, 2003 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Apologies if my geek quizzes have contributed to this illusion.

Much less so than the others, to be honest; they're specialist quizzes in an area about which I know absolutely nothing, and as such I don't expect to be able to do them. But it upsets me when I can't get more than 1 or 2 questions on "easy" quizzes, or quizzes on things I should know about.

For the record, the lowest marks on them were 1 out of 32 and 2 out of 21 respectively.

I'm afraid I just don't really 'get' the point of entering when I can only answer 2 questions... I don't get a sense of achievement from it, I don't find it fun to stare blankly at a list of questions I can't answer, or to advertise to the world that I don't know anything about a given subject. Maybe I'm just weird. <shrug>
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