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#1026916 - Fri Dec 20 2013 09:59 PM True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections
nautilator Offline
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Not really sure how to better title this.

There are several questions that I have run across that are fill-me-in but whose answers are supposed to be true or false. I see several in the FMI hourly, and they seem to mainly occur in older quizzes (I'm guessing it was a limitation back in the day).

When I see these is it reasonable to send in a CN suggesting the question's format be changed?

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#1026918 - Fri Dec 20 2013 10:16 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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Originally Posted By: nautilator


When I see these is it reasonable to send in a CN suggesting the question's format be changed?


Definitely. It is a quick and painless change.
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#1026922 - Fri Dec 20 2013 11:08 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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What's wrong with having a fill-in-the-blank question require a yes/no answer? I get why it shouldn't be that way now but not on quizzes from years ago.

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#1026924 - Fri Dec 20 2013 11:22 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: Buddy1]
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Originally Posted By: Buddy1
What's wrong with having a fill-in-the-blank question require a yes/no answer? I get why it shouldn't be that way now but not on quizzes from years ago.

Partly because we would rather not have people seeing that as an acceptable way to present a question now. Many first-time quiz writers are more familiar with what they have seen in games and/or old quizzes in their field of interest than with what is written in current quizzes.
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#1027011 - Sat Dec 21 2013 08:03 AM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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Also you're supposed to be able to type just t or f for a true/false question and I've seen some older quizzes where fill in the blank was used with True only accepted as correct, so someone who doesn't realize that it's not a real t/f formatted question could type in t (in flash mode) and be unfairly marked wrong
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#1027026 - Sat Dec 21 2013 08:53 AM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: guitargoddess]
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Quote:
I'm guessing it was a limitation back in the day.



Yes, that guess is correct. In the early days of the site the only way of asking a true/false or yes/no question was to do so in the form of a fill-in-the-blank question.

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Edited by bloomsby (Sat Dec 21 2013 08:54 AM)

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#1027040 - Sat Dec 21 2013 10:59 AM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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And as Ozzz said, feel free to send a correction. It's a ten second fix, no problem to take care of, but the only way we'll find these is if you point them out to us.

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#1027047 - Sat Dec 21 2013 11:21 AM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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Does anyone remember when the T/F option was added? I was thinking it was about five years ago or so.
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#1027054 - Sat Dec 21 2013 01:00 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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I think it was much earlier than that. I kinda think it was already there when I started creating quizzes in 2003. I don't remember ever not having it.
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#1027057 - Sat Dec 21 2013 02:04 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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It was there when I started here in early 2003.

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#1027062 - Sat Dec 21 2013 02:47 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: agony]
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It wasn't an option when I started on 2001, so that narrows it down quite a lot.
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#1027070 - Sat Dec 21 2013 03:30 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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It wasn't when I started either, LadyC. That was why I asked...I knew it was quite some time ago.
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#1027170 - Sun Dec 22 2013 12:19 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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The true/false type of question did exist when I wrote my very first quiz, late 2003. But beginning authors were not allowed to use this one - they had to use multiple choice only for the first five (or so) quizzes. So I suppose it was created several months before December 2003.
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#1027182 - Sun Dec 22 2013 03:00 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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Following an hourly question into a category, here are some entire quizzes that need fixes:

http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz.cfm?qid=1923
http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz.cfm?qid=10126
http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz.cfm?qid=11782 (last two)
http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz.cfm?qid=33657
http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz.cfm?qid=11896

It looks like all effected quizzes are from 2001 or earlier (though this is not true for all quizzes from that era).

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#1027189 - Sun Dec 22 2013 04:56 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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Editors can make changes much more efficiently if you send a correction note, rather than just identifying the quiz. If you send a correction for one question, you can then list the others that need the same fix. Or send a general error message. Just identifying the quiz means it still needs to be searched for before it can be edited, which takes a bit more time.


Edited by looney_tunes (Sun Dec 22 2013 04:59 PM)
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#1027190 - Sun Dec 22 2013 05:25 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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Ok, I will do that. Typo-corrections ok?

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#1027191 - Sun Dec 22 2013 05:40 PM Re: True/false fill-me-in mixup/corrections [Re: nautilator]
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Anything that brings it into the CN system should be fine.
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