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2013-11-08 02:20:42 PM  
Thanks a ton to the quiz writers who helped prepare the quiz this week, some of whom were up late writing final questions. I appreciate all you guys do. This week, your quizmasters are phlegmmo, Sinto, Sim Tree, and Do the needful. Thanks for making this happen, guys.
 
2013-11-08 02:21:26 PM  
Winners of last week's quiz:

Oakenraven 1021
mfgordon 1016
common sense is an oxymoron 1007
Magorn 1004
TapDancingTamarin 999
planetdad 991
DirkTheDaring 991
Nunpoo 984
Sammythesax 980
Mukster 979

I think we're gonna see a lot more over 1000 this week, though
 
2013-11-08 02:21:48 PM  
 
2013-11-08 02:24:37 PM  
I did better on the regular than I did on the Easy quiz.
 
2013-11-08 02:28:42 PM  
Didn't read any of the stories concerned, got about 660.

I can deal with that.
 
2013-11-08 02:30:54 PM  
Woo! I'm number 1!

9 out of 11 correct, total points = 842


Total time elapsed:
1 minute (73 seconds)

Top 10 scores for this quiz:
Bob Falfa 842
Bareefer Obonghit 835
cgraves67 824
Staffist821
RedPhoenix122 649
leehouse644
PortsmouthFarker 566
Pangit 510
DanZero 480
line_voltage 455
 
2013-11-08 02:32:50 PM  
I'm just posting this because I know my paltry score will be erased in nanoseconds.  First time in months I've made the leaderboard!

8 out of 11 correct, total points = 693

Total time elapsed:
2 minutes (139 seconds)

Top 10 scores for this quiz:
Bob Falfa842
Bareefer Obonghit835
cgraves67824
Staffist821
brigid_fitch693
BunkoSquad671
RedPhoenix122649
leehouse644
Warthog569
PortsmouthFarker566
 
2013-11-08 02:32:52 PM  

Bob Falfa: DanZero 480


Hahah there's my weak 5/11 attempt up for a few more minutes.

9/10 on Easy though, that score should be up for about 10 minutes more before it leaves

/and of course TF showing us all what "productivity" is all about soon
 
2013-11-08 02:35:54 PM  
Yeah! Top Ten for a couple of minutes!

Bob Falfa 842
Bareefer Obonghit 835
cgraves67 824
Staffist 821
brigid_fitch 693
BunkoSquad 671
Blues_X 665
show me 651
RedPhoenix122 649
leehouse 644
 
2013-11-08 02:37:06 PM  
Final Score:
9 out of 11 correct, total points = 842

Total time elapsed:
1 minute (70 seconds)

Top 10 scores for this quiz:
Bob Falfa 842
nanim 842
Bareefer Obonghit 835
cgraves67 824
Staffist 821
brigid_fitch 693
BunkoSquad671
Blues_X665
show me651
RedPhoenix122649

 woo - made the top 10, tied for first

/first time for everything
 
2013-11-08 02:37:31 PM  
9 out of 11 correct, total points = 832

Total time elapsed:
1 minute (84 seconds)

Another temporary top ten.
 
2013-11-08 02:52:10 PM  
i.imgur.com

Hard: 11 out of 11 correct, total points = 1027 (73 seconds)
Easy: 10 out of 10 correct, total points = 921 (79 seconds)

/and because 8008135 > productivity anyevery day of the week.
 
2013-11-08 02:59:13 PM  
I totally studied and got a "tutor" this time :D
 
2013-11-08 03:01:19 PM  

Top 10 scores for this quiz:
Twilight Farkle 1027
rumpelstiltskin 901
Bingus 900
Englebert Slaptyback 851
TommyJReed 842
Bob Falfa 842
nanim 842
Bareefer Obonghit 835
gunsmack 832
ferretman
 
2013-11-08 03:02:43 PM  
But I haz too much of a stupid to make a comment before hitting 'Add Comment'. D'oh.

Anyway, a laurel and hearty handshake to the quizmakers!
 
2013-11-08 03:04:07 PM  
6 out of 11 correct, total points = 504

*wink*
 
2013-11-08 03:04:44 PM  

Twilight Farkle: Hard: 11 out of 11 correct, total points = 1027 (73 seconds)
Easy: 10 out of 10 correct, total points = 921 (79 seconds)

/and because 8008135 > productivity anyevery day of the week.


Do you even read the questions?
 
2013-11-08 03:07:12 PM  

VivianVivisect: 6 out of 11 correct, total points = 504

*wink*


I got 6 out of 11, too. About what I usually do on these damn things.
 
2013-11-08 03:14:24 PM  

SomeoneDumb: VivianVivisect: 6 out of 11 correct, total points = 504

*wink*

I got 6 out of 11, too. About what I usually do on these damn things.


I'm actually getting better, I used to get 100-300, but since i met Phelgmmo in person I feel connected to these quizzes more.
 
2013-11-08 03:17:14 PM  

VivianVivisect: SomeoneDumb: VivianVivisect: 6 out of 11 correct, total points = 504

*wink*

I got 6 out of 11, too. About what I usually do on these damn things.

I'm actually getting better, I used to get 100-300, but since i met Phelgmmo in person I feel connected to these quizzes more.


Some say I rub off on people, but there is no recorded proof of that and I deny the allegations.
 
2013-11-08 03:21:34 PM  
Top 10 scores for this quiz:

Twilight Farkle1027
GreatGlavinsGhost944
ed315941
bring to a festering boil939
caddisfly936
Doryphore935
Misch931
BinaryOrc927
Ennzie925
corteran922

Top ten, won't last long
 
2013-11-08 03:25:08 PM  
837
 88 seconds

and i avoid double secret probation.
 
2013-11-08 03:26:03 PM  

phlegmmo: VivianVivisect: SomeoneDumb: VivianVivisect: 6 out of 11 correct, total points = 504

*wink*

I got 6 out of 11, too. About what I usually do on these damn things.

I'm actually getting better, I used to get 100-300, but since i met Phelgmmo in person I feel connected to these quizzes more.

Some say I rub off on people, but there is no recorded proof of that and I deny the allegations.


phlegmmo: VivianVivisect: SomeoneDumb: VivianVivisect: 6 out of 11 correct, total points = 504

*wink*

I got 6 out of 11, too. About what I usually do on these damn things.

I'm actually getting better, I used to get 100-300, but since i met Phelgmmo in person I feel connected to these quizzes more.

Some say I rub off on people, but there is no recorded proof of that and I deny the allegations.



I'm trying so hard not to laugh at the fact that you said "rubbed off"

I'm a bad human being
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-08 03:30:37 PM  

grimlock1972: 837
 88 seconds

and i avoid double secret probation.


What crime did you commit that you have to take the Fark Quiz on Friday's?
 
2013-11-08 03:30:49 PM  
Gaaaaah! 10/11 for 927, insufficient for the top ten.
 
2013-11-08 03:34:35 PM  
10/11 930. Damn you Britney Spears!
 
2013-11-08 03:37:55 PM  
Oh well 885. That first question got me.
 
2013-11-08 03:39:52 PM  

ThisIsntMe: Oh well 885. That first question got me.


Forgot he'd have to jump out of the car to get on the hood.
 
2013-11-08 03:43:44 PM  

VivianVivisect: Twilight Farkle: Hard: 11 out of 11 correct, total points = 1027 (73 seconds)
Easy: 10 out of 10 correct, total points = 921 (79 seconds)

/and because 8008135 > productivity anyevery day of the week.

Do you even read the questions?


I'm one of those page-of-text-at-a-time readers, so it's more of a scan/skim-the-questions thing and while looking at the answers and hoping my brain fills in the gaps. I have the browser trimmed down to three tabs: (1) Quiz, (2) tab with the past 7 days' worth of greenlights, and (3) tab pointing to Google News with a one-week timeframe. I try to read most of the articles during the week, and then skim over the past week's greenlights to refresh my memory before taking the plunge.

I was lucky today in that I only had to look one answer up per quiz. On those, I probably spent about 10-15 seconds doing the search, and got lucky there too, because my first guess was the first hit returned. (Searching for answers can be very expensive: time to type, time for Google to return results, and time for you to skim the results and make a decision as to whether the mass of random words indicates a hit, a miss, or a false positive.)

I'm not entirely sure how the timer works, but assuming it's an integer, I think I also lucked out in that I was using my peripheral vision to watch the clock, and noticed relatively few answers that "ticked" immediately before I clicked. If a 4.9 second response time for a known question counts as "4", but a 5.1 second response time counts as "5", and you're lucky enough to shave off 4-5% (200ms) a few times in a row, that can add up to a few more seconds in your favor.

Hiring a consultant from a high-frequency trading firm and getting an OC-48 pipe next door to the Fark servers in order to further reduce latency (mine is already sub-100ms) is where I draw the line. The productivity I'd have to achieve in order to afford the bandwidth would defeat the purpose of the exercise.

tl;dr: do I look like I have a life?
 
2013-11-08 03:49:42 PM  

Fubegra: Gaaaaah! 10/11 for 927, insufficient for the top ten.


Same here. I got my highest score yet, and the answer I missed was one I initially wanted.

10 out of 11 correct, total points = 929
Total time elapsed:
1 minute (82 seconds)

No leader board for me either. Grrrr!
 
2013-11-08 03:50:14 PM  

Twilight Farkle: VivianVivisect: Twilight Farkle: Hard: 11 out of 11 correct, total points = 1027 (73 seconds)
Easy: 10 out of 10 correct, total points = 921 (79 seconds)

/and because 8008135 > productivity anyevery day of the week.

Do you even read the questions?

I'm one of those page-of-text-at-a-time readers, so it's more of a scan/skim-the-questions thing and while looking at the answers and hoping my brain fills in the gaps. I have the browser trimmed down to three tabs: (1) Quiz, (2) tab with the past 7 days' worth of greenlights, and (3) tab pointing to Google News with a one-week timeframe. I try to read most of the articles during the week, and then skim over the past week's greenlights to refresh my memory before taking the plunge.

I was lucky today in that I only had to look one answer up per quiz. On those, I probably spent about 10-15 seconds doing the search, and got lucky there too, because my first guess was the first hit returned. (Searching for answers can be very expensive: time to type, time for Google to return results, and time for you to skim the results and make a decision as to whether the mass of random words indicates a hit, a miss, or a false positive.)

I'm not entirely sure how the timer works, but assuming it's an integer, I think I also lucked out in that I was using my peripheral vision to watch the clock, and noticed relatively few answers that "ticked" immediately before I clicked. If a 4.9 second response time for a known question counts as "4", but a 5.1 second response time counts as "5", and you're lucky enough to shave off 4-5% (200ms) a few times in a row, that can add up to a few more seconds in your favor.

Hiring a consultant from a high-frequency trading firm and getting an OC-48 pipe next door to the Fark servers in order to further reduce latency (mine is already sub-100ms) is where I draw the line. The productivity I'd have to achieve in order to afford the bandwidth would defeat the purpose of the exercise.

tl;dr: do I look like I have a life?


I farking love you, you are my squishy! And squishy I shall call you, I love that you have taken that much effort into something I adore and love!!! I actually study the night before, I don't look at the headlines before because then I'll think the boy brought a rainbow dinosaur to school.


Ima re-read your post 5 more time :D
 
2013-11-08 03:56:33 PM  
I do have to say, this week was pretty tough for me. I stared at a number of stories and just couldn't pull a good question out of them. Those that I did get a question out of, probably weren't my top work.
 
2013-11-08 04:01:06 PM  

Twilight Farkle: VivianVivisect: Twilight Farkle: Hard: 11 out of 11 correct, total points = 1027 (73 seconds)
Easy: 10 out of 10 correct, total points = 921 (79 seconds)

/and because 8008135 > productivity anyevery day of the week.

Do you even read the questions?

I'm one of those page-of-text-at-a-time readers, so it's more of a scan/skim-the-questions thing and while looking at the answers and hoping my brain fills in the gaps. I have the browser trimmed down to three tabs: (1) Quiz, (2) tab with the past 7 days' worth of greenlights, and (3) tab pointing to Google News with a one-week timeframe. I try to read most of the articles during the week, and then skim over the past week's greenlights to refresh my memory before taking the plunge.

I was lucky today in that I only had to look one answer up per quiz. On those, I probably spent about 10-15 seconds doing the search, and got lucky there too, because my first guess was the first hit returned. (Searching for answers can be very expensive: time to type, time for Google to return results, and time for you to skim the results and make a decision as to whether the mass of random words indicates a hit, a miss, or a false positive.)

I'm not entirely sure how the timer works, but assuming it's an integer, I think I also lucked out in that I was using my peripheral vision to watch the clock, and noticed relatively few answers that "ticked" immediately before I clicked. If a 4.9 second response time for a known question counts as "4", but a 5.1 second response time counts as "5", and you're lucky enough to shave off 4-5% (200ms) a few times in a row, that can add up to a few more seconds in your favor.

Hiring a consultant from a high-frequency trading firm and getting an OC-48 pipe next door to the Fark servers in order to further reduce latency (mine is already sub-100ms) is where I draw the line. The productivity I'd have to achieve in order to afford the bandwidth would defeat the purpose of the exercise.

tl;dr: do I look li ...


Why do I have this feeling that you are also looking into writing some custom virus software to install on the pc's of the question makers so that you can steal our notes and capture keystrokes? (Draws the blinds)
 
2013-11-08 04:05:27 PM  

Do the needful: Twilight Farkle: VivianVivisect: Twilight Farkle: Hard: 11 out of 11 correct, total points = 1027 (73 seconds)
Easy: 10 out of 10 correct, total points = 921 (79 seconds)

/and because 8008135 > productivity anyevery day of the week.

Do you even read the questions?

I'm one of those page-of-text-at-a-time readers, so it's more of a scan/skim-the-questions thing and while looking at the answers and hoping my brain fills in the gaps. I have the browser trimmed down to three tabs: (1) Quiz, (2) tab with the past 7 days' worth of greenlights, and (3) tab pointing to Google News with a one-week timeframe. I try to read most of the articles during the week, and then skim over the past week's greenlights to refresh my memory before taking the plunge.

I was lucky today in that I only had to look one answer up per quiz. On those, I probably spent about 10-15 seconds doing the search, and got lucky there too, because my first guess was the first hit returned. (Searching for answers can be very expensive: time to type, time for Google to return results, and time for you to skim the results and make a decision as to whether the mass of random words indicates a hit, a miss, or a false positive.)

I'm not entirely sure how the timer works, but assuming it's an integer, I think I also lucked out in that I was using my peripheral vision to watch the clock, and noticed relatively few answers that "ticked" immediately before I clicked. If a 4.9 second response time for a known question counts as "4", but a 5.1 second response time counts as "5", and you're lucky enough to shave off 4-5% (200ms) a few times in a row, that can add up to a few more seconds in your favor.

Hiring a consultant from a high-frequency trading firm and getting an OC-48 pipe next door to the Fark servers in order to further reduce latency (mine is already sub-100ms) is where I draw the line. The productivity I'd have to achieve in order to afford the bandwidth would defeat the purpose of the exercise.

tl;dr: do I look li ...

Why do I have this feeling that you are also looking into writing some custom virus software to install on the pc's of the question makers so that you can steal our notes and capture keystrokes? (Draws the blinds)


Because he/she fits the profile.

I love my Fark nerds...

I'm getting this image of the matrix right now ...
 
2013-11-08 04:33:14 PM  
757! I'm number...uh...yeah. I think I'll go drink
 
2013-11-08 04:50:47 PM  
9 out of 11 correct, total points = 807

Total time elapsed:
2 minutes (121 seconds)

Good news, everyone! This is my best score ever!
Bad news, everyone - it's still nowhere near the top 10.

Stupid numbers 8 and 10.
 
2013-11-08 05:01:09 PM  
7 out of 11 correct, total points = 629

Total time elapsed:
1 minute (108 seconds)

Hrm.  What  dj_bigbird said.
 
2013-11-08 05:06:08 PM  

VivianVivisect: grimlock1972: 837
 88 seconds

and i avoid double secret probation.

What crime did you commit that you have to take the Fark Quiz on Friday's?


I hide Drew's last bottle of whiskey.
 
2013-11-08 05:25:10 PM  
I should have gone with jumping out of the car, but that answer seemed to boring!
 
2013-11-08 05:29:16 PM  
why were there no questions about thread 8008135?!!!  That's the thread I 'studied' the most this week.
 
2013-11-08 05:47:28 PM  
Twilight Farkle 1027
kittyhas1000legs 1019
pabarte 977
GrrArgh 955
Blackstone 953
EJ25T 946
Dverning 944
GreatGlavinsGhost 944
ed315 941
bring to a festering boil 939

I... what? Something must be broken. Or perhaps the Rockstar Sour Apple helped.
 
2013-11-08 06:01:42 PM  

VivianVivisect: Do the needful:

Why do I have this feeling that you are also looking into writing some custom virus software to install on the pc's of the question makers so that you can steal our notes and capture keystrokes? (Draws the blinds)

Because he/she fits the profile.

I love my Fark nerds...

I'm getting this image of the matrix right now ...


You take the red pill, you take the blue pill, you take the quiz, and when you wake up, you believe whatever you like. (And I'm adding "squishy" and "matrix" to list of anigifs-against-productivity ideas for future weeks...)

The other tip I can offer for those working their way up the charts is that guessing is much more expensive than searching. Time costs one point per second. You get zero points for getting the wrong answer, and a guess has odds of 1-in-3, for an expected value of 33 points out of 100. For the questions you don't know immediately, if you can search for the right answer within 66 seconds (a pretty safe assumption), you're always better off spending up to 66 seconds searching, because doing so practically guarantees you'll beat the 33-point expectation of an immediate random guess.

When I came to that realization, it was about the time I started reading the articles (gasp!) to improve my scores, and that's when I truly got hooked. Thanks for all your work, creators; it's been a delightfully vicious cycle ever since.
 
2013-11-08 06:14:55 PM  
10 out of 11 correct, total points = 949
57 seconds.

Missed the Swimmer one. :(

Twilight Farkle1027
kittyhas1000legs1019
pabarte977
GrrArgh955
Blackstone953
lokis_mentor949
EJ25T946
Dverning944
GreatGlavinsGhost944
ed315941
 
2013-11-08 08:03:01 PM  
woot, 10 of 11, fark you king tut, asshole

885, would have done better in less time, I suppose but for that damn egyptian schmuck
 
2013-11-08 11:18:12 PM  

Twilight Farkle: You take the red pill, you take the blue pill, you take the quiz, and when you wake up, you believe whatever you like. (And I'm adding "squishy" and "matrix" to list of anigifs-against-productivity ideas for future weeks...)

The other tip I can offer for those working their way up the charts is that guessing is much more expensive than searching. Time costs one point per second. You get zero points for getting the wrong answer, and a guess has odds of 1-in-3, for an expected value of 33 points out of 100. For the questions you don't know immediately, if you can search for the right answer within 66 seconds (a pretty safe assumption), you're always better off spending up to 66 seconds searching, because doing so practically guarantees you'll beat the 33-point expectation of an immediate random guess.

When I came to that realization, it was about the time I started reading the articles (gasp!) to improve my scores, and that's when I truly got hooked. Thanks for all your work, creators; it's been a delightfully vicious cycle ever since.


I know that I have used google and some research to come up with the wrong answers before. This gives me food for thought. :)
 
2013-11-08 11:36:49 PM  

Do the needful:
I know that I have used google and some research to come up with the wrong answers before. This gives me food for thought. :)


*grin*

That's half the fun: knowing that a search is a risky proposition, as it ought to be.

While we're on the subject, if you have per-question metrics (don't reveal the numbers to us!) consider how many extra seconds questions of the form "which of the following did NOT happen..." take compared to other questions, and if you have the data, consider the possibility of follow-on effects.

I'd wager not only that the win rates for such questions are lower -- I've hit my share of questions where my eye sees one of the two things that DID happen and my finger clicks on it before my brain sees the word "NOT", but that there's a follow-on effect for a week or two, where participants force themselves to spend an extra half-second for every question in the quiz reading the question more carefully.

Hypothesis 1: If 500 questions appearing before a "X did NOT happen" question take on average, 5 seconds to answer, I'll bet the 5-10 questions following a "did NOT happen" question vary in a statistically-significant fashion.

Hypothesis 2: People either know they screwed up and just guess on the rest to make up for lost time?

Hypothesis 3: People who get the "X did NOT happen" question right answer the remaining questions faster because they know they've seen the trick question.

Hypothesis 4: ...and they get the first few questions of next week's quiz slower than they usually do.

I don't think the sample size and time resolution is big enough and accurate enough to conclusively answer all of these. I'm pretty confident in 1, I think 2 is a coin flip, I'm realizing that I should make sure I'm in the set described by 3 (it's probably a winning bet that there will be only one question of that form in any given quiz, lest it lose its impact), and I'm pretty sure I'm part of the set described in 4, although it may not be possible to measure it with the sample sizes available.

tl;dr: drunk t3.gstatic.com are still nerds.
 
2013-11-09 12:20:25 AM  

Twilight Farkle: Hypothesis 3: People who get the "X did NOT happen" question right answer the remaining questions faster because they know they've seen the trick question.


There's not necessarily precisely one negation question in a set. We are all contributing, so sometimes multiple people will contribute a negation question or no one will, or contrariwise, sometimes a given question or series of questions might be differently styled when submitted by one contributor over another.
 
2013-11-09 12:51:39 AM  

Sim Tree: Twilight Farkle: Hypothesis 3: People who get the "X did NOT happen" question right answer the remaining questions faster because they know they've seen the trick question.

There's not necessarily precisely one negation question in a set. We are all contributing, so sometimes multiple people will contribute a negation question or no one will, or contrariwise, sometimes a given question or series of questions might be differently styled when submitted by one contributor over another.


Quite possible -- I mention it as a safe bet for bet for us players because they're rare. The catch-22 there is on you as quiz creators: do it twice per quiz once every few months, it works. Do three negation questions per quiz every week, and everyone backs off a second or two to read every question carefully, and it loses its effectiveness. (To be really pedantic, it probably changes its effectiveness from "eliminating the fast-reflex crowd" to "changing some fast-reflex players into read-every-word players." If I could afford the OC-48 to a room next door to the Fark server room, I could probably afford some compute time on IBM's Watson cluster. Having humans in control of the question format expands the range beyond what Watson would be likely to guess unless I were buying months of compute time, instead of minutes...)

I haven't a clue where the optimum is in that meta-meta-metagame. The right answer is probably whatever it is you're already collectively doing: the human factor and randomicity introduced by having multiple independent question submitters, all of whom can change things up over time as they decide that players are growing accustomed to the game, helps keep everyone off balance. Win for players who get deeper gameplay, win for quiz creators keeping players off balance via metagaming.

/meta.
 
2013-11-09 08:29:18 AM  
Thanks Unfreakable and the Too Live Question crew, great work as usual
 
2013-11-09 12:14:11 PM  

VivianVivisect: Twilight Farkle: Hard: 11 out of 11 correct, total points = 1027 (73 seconds)
Easy: 10 out of 10 correct, total points = 921 (79 seconds)

/and because 8008135 > productivity anyevery day of the week.

Do you even read the questions?


I can do better:

Final Score:
10 out of 11 correct, total points = 947
Total time elapsed:
1 minute (64 seconds)

Top 10 scores for this quiz:
Twilight Farkle 1027
kittyhas1000legs 1019
pabarte 977
GrrArgh 955
Blackstone 953
lokis_mentor 949
DerAppie 947
EJ25T 946
Hassan Ben Sobr 945
Dverning 944


If only I knew what the two candidates had in common. Didn't read that story so I had to guess.
 
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