Unacceptable Questions Trivia and Quizzes
|Opinions: do not belong in quiz questions: they must deal with verifiable facts. The question 'True or False: Sean Connery is a better actor than Jacki Chan?' belongs in Movie and TV Discussions over in the FT Forums, but not in the Celebrities category of Quizzyland. Opinions in answer blurbs and in a quiz's introduction are acceptable as long as they are reasonable, and not outrageous or inflammatory.|
Two word questions: one or two word questions are no longer accepted in Celebrities. Each question in a quiz must be a complete sentence; ditto answer blurbs.
Repeat questions: if at all possible, please try to avoid repeating questions which are already in another quiz, by playing a few quizzes in your category beforehand.
Linked questions: every question must stand on its own two feet, don't link one question to a previous question, such as 'What is the name of the movie referred to in Question 4?' ... "Let's start with an easy question. When was he born?" (the first sentence is a link)
Scrambles: anagrams or scrambles are no longer accepted in Celebrities.
FITB word limit: answers for fill in the blank questions which are longer than 4 words are no longer accepted.
Date Stamped Questions: questions stamped with a month and/or year such as "as of October 2001" are no longer accepted.
Who's a celebrity's "best" friend: and similar questions are qualitative and no longer accepted, as they generate far too many correction notes to be viable quiz questions. Even with concrete evidence and sources these types of questions are unacceptable, and will not go online.
Dogs, cats, pet monkeys: questions about pets and their names or their breed or how many are no longer accepted as quiz questions. No matter how they're written or phrased, correction notes continued to flow in.
Their "favorite": food or their favorite color or their favorite drink, and similar trivia about an individual are no longer acceptable, as authors and editors are being buried in correction notes.
Their height or weight, or the color of their eyes or hair: or the number of tattoos they have, or the number of ear-rings, or their shoe soze, the colour of their dress on prom night, their religion, what they eat, their nickname, and other similar personal questions ... these trivia questions are no longer accepted.
Questions about money or contract values: or remuneration, or prizemonies or endorsements earned by celebrities, or the gross earnings of a film, are no longer accepted as quiz questions, or as throw-away lines in answer blurbs. Editors and authors are tired of seeing correction notes on these items.
Other quiz questions: a quiz which asks where they were born, when they were born, what is their star sign, the names of their siblings, which school they attended, and not much more, will be rejected; it's unbalanced, and pedestrian in its presentation. Finally, any other trivia question which, in the opinion of an editor, is too esoteric or trivial, will also be rejected.
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