back to article Commentard Quizwall experiment ends with more quizzing than commenting

Earlier this year Norway's government-owned broadcaster embarked on a stern Lutheran experiment with commentards. Before being able to post a comment on a story, they would need to pass a reading comprehension quiz, to prove they had read it all. (Much like Keith in Mike Leigh's Nuts In May who had chewed each piece of food 72 …

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  2. malle-herbert Silver badge
    Facepalm

    It would be funnier...

    If you guys actually put the correct answers in the quiz and tested your own audience...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It would be funnier...

      We are commentards. We barely read the headline before having an opinion!

      1. malle-herbert Silver badge
        Holmes

        Re: It would be funnier...

        Judging from the number of downvotes I got barely 1 minute after posting

        I tend to agree !

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: It would be funnier...

          > Judging from the number of downvotes I got barely 1 minute after posting

          I tend to agree !

          Quick, there's still time left to edit your first post. Change it to say: "Downvote this post if you stuff ferrets down your trousers as a hobby."

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: It would be funnier...

        We barely read the headline before having a socialist opinion!

        1. AdamWill

          Re: It would be funnier...

          pfah, I'm way ahead of you. I have socialist opinions before I even read the headlines.

      3. Ugotta B. Kiddingme
        Joke

        Re: "We barely read the headline before having an opinion!"

        Wait, there are headlines?!? Since when?

        1. VinceH Silver badge
          Coat

          Re: "We barely read the headline before having an opinion!"

          "Wait, there are headlines?!? Since when?"

          I think that's the larger, emboldened text that sits at the top of the annoying page full of text you have to click through to get to the comments section.

    2. Captain Scarlet Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: It would be funnier...

      Oh I always thought you had to go for what was the funniest answer, so you can sit at your desk going TROLOLOLOL

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: It would be funnier...

        @ AC "We barely read the headline before having an opinion!"

        I read that as "having an onion" and thought "at last a kindred spirit!"

        1. m0rt Silver badge

          Re: It would be funnier...

          This is just typical of Microsoft....

          1. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

            Re: It would be funnier...

            @OP - That whooshing noise you hear is the joke flying right past you.

          2. Kane Silver badge
            Megaphone

            Re: It would be funnier...

            "This is just typical of Microsoft...."

            No, I have to disagree, brown sauce (whatever brand) is not appropriate for a bacon sandwich, it has to be tomato ketchup, every time. Brown sauce only belongs in a sausage sandwich.

            And you can keep you opinion about sweet tea to yourself, thank you very much!

        2. Captain Scarlet Silver badge
          Childcatcher

          Re: It would be funnier...

          "I read that as "having an onion""

          Damnit now I am instantly hungry wanting anything with fried onions

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  3. 2+2=5 Silver badge
    Joke

    Interesting experiment but...

    If this were rolled-out more widely, who would write the questions?

    a) The article author? (With the risk that all answers are deliberately wrong so no comments can be made.)

    b) A moderator? (With the risk that the mod has misunderstood the article.)

    c) Someone paid for by the site's advertisers? (With the risk that any answer that names the sponsors is automatically the 'right' one.)

    Yep, (c) it is then.

    1. LewisRage

      Re: Interesting experiment but...

      Get an A.I. to do it

    2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

      Re: Interesting experiment but...

      Do the moderators actually read the articles?

  4. Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese Silver badge

    Quiz answers

    The correct answers are, of course, "Norway", "Mike Leigh" and (according to Baldrick IIRC) "some beans"

    1. Paul Woodhouse

      Re: Quiz answers

      You need to put a spoiler alert on that post...

    2. Just Enough

      Re: Quiz answers

      "... plus that one."

    3. Charlie Clark Silver badge
      Trollface

      Re: Quiz answers

      Oh yes, there we have the mainstream media trying to brainwash us again! The correct answer to the last question according to Sergeant Detritus is "lots"!

      1. eldakka Silver badge

        Re: Quiz answers

        Since trolls use a base 3 numbering system (1, 2, lots, lots 1, lots 2, lots lots) it'd be lots 2 = 5.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Facepalm

      Re: Quiz answers

      The correct answers are, of course, "Norway", "Mike Leigh" and (according to Baldrick IIRC) "some beans"

      My answer was just "No". The question being about enabling JavaScript to take the quiz.

  5. Alistair Silver badge
    Mushroom

    OutRageUs

    OMG!

    (rant rant rant) {whine, whinge bitch}

    !!!! !!!!! !!!!! BLOCKCAPS FOUR SHOUTIES !!!!!! !!!!!!

    /webcommentard

    Personally I suspect that it would not matter if the reader managed to get all the Q's correct, they'd still manage to misinterpret things and find some way to turn the article into either a left wing issue or a right wing issue. I've found the amount of stupid on the loose in the interwebs lately to be almost overwhelming.

    1. Allan George Dyer Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: OutRageUs

      I am absolutely disgusted at the price of five beans nowadays. I blame the government!

      1. Boris the Cockroach Silver badge
        IT Angle

        Re: OutRageUs

        Its the results of brexit... bet them old foogies dreaming of WW2 and empire didn't expect that

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: OutRageUs

        "I am absolutely disgusted at the price of five beans nowadays."

        I'm all right, Jack.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: OutRageUs

      "I've found the amount of stupid on the loose in the interwebs lately to be almost overwhelming."

      If only it would stay there and not spill out into the real world.

  6. Gulraj Rijhwani

    Funny guy doesn't get funny. Pictures at 11.

    *Facepalm*

    1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Funny guy doesn't get funny. Pictures at 11.

      I really can't tell if your lack of facepalm icon was deliberately ironic or just another case of 'you can't fix stupid' :)

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Can I be the first to express my anger that Norway are building a quiz wall, what we need in the current climate is less walls.

    1. Nik 2

      We have to have walls, because without walls we wouldn't need Gates or Windows.

      I'll get my (very old) coat.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      1. Steve K Silver badge

        True, but...

        Correct, unless they are referring to the ice cream (although they would have used a capital "W" there, I suppose).

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Fewer

        Good point but what about "10 Items or Less"?

        1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge
          Coat

          Re: Fewer

          "Good point but what about "10 Items or Less"?"

          Does the basket count as one of the items?

        2. David Nash Silver badge

          Re: Fewer

          "Good point but what about "10 Items or Less"?"

          That's just wrong, obviously.

          Actually I seem to recall reading an article about a supermarket shamed into changing this.

      3. phils

        Perhaps they want just as many walls but smaller ones.

      4. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        "Fewer."

        No, less. You need the walls to be small enough to climb over.

    3. Charlie Clark Silver badge
      Flame

      Can I be the first to express my anger that Norway are building a quiz wall, what we need in the current climate is less walls.

      You eco-socialists seem to blame climate change for everything!

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      1. hnwombat

        Mr. President, we must not allow a quiz wall gap!

  8. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge

    Answers...

    Liberia

    Shane Meadows

    6 beans

    1. magickmark
      Trollface

      Re: Answers...

      Swedish Chef

      Shane Meadows

      Sean Bean

      There corrected that for you!!

      1. Sir Runcible Spoon Silver badge
        Joke

        Re: Answers...

        Professor Yaffle

        On the bookshelf

        With a sneery remark. Nya, nya, nyaarrr.

      2. Mark 85 Silver badge

        @magickmark -- Re: Answers...

        Swedish Chef

        Isker Doo

        Botk! Bork! Bork!

        There fixed it for you.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Headmaster

    Pedant Power!

    "The experiment was conducted by the national broadcaster of which Scandinavian country?"

    Tsk, you included Finland in the list of 'Scandinavian' countries. Schoolboy error, it's not on the peninsular. Now had you asked for 'Nordic' or more acurately, Fenno-Scandinavia (or, I'll let you off with Fennoscandia) I would have let this pass. As it stands, you are being removed from my bookmarks for shoddy, shoddy journalism. Hang your heads......

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      Re: Pedant Power!

      I see your Tsk, and raise you a Tsk Tsk. Denmark isn't on the Scandinavian Peninsula either - but is in Scandinavia.

      Also both you and El Reg are wrong. The area is actually called Scandiwegia... Which includes Finland, and any other country that makes depressing TV dramas, where nobody says much but everyone wears really chunky sweaters.

      1. Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese Silver badge

        Re: Pedant Power!

        When I was at school (admittedly many years ago) I was told that Scandinavia comprised Norway, Sweden and Finland (the top left-hand bit of mainland Europe), plus Denmark, Iceland and Greenland because vikings.

      2. John G Imrie Silver badge

        Scandiwegia

        Is that Sandi Toksvig's lesser known brother?

        1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

          Re: Scandiwegia

          Yes, the one who settled in Glasgow.

  10. lukewarmdog

    confused

    So for the first line, there were 140 people that got the quiz right and were eligible to post but only 9 people posted. 150 got it wrong and weren't eligible. Are they unique posters or could have you multiple attempts until you'd cracked it?

    Anyway it just seems to prove that no matter what question you ask, very few actually care enough to post. Which seems to me to imply that the quiz is way more popular than the article. In fact, they'd be best off stop posting stuff nobody cares about and move into the quizzing market where they appear to have quite the audience. Could even be money in it.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    I think....

    it should be called Boaty McBoatFace

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I think....

      Wait till Friday. I'll be Shitty McShitfaced

  12. magickmark
    Trollface

    Wonderful Stuff

    I must say this was an excellent article about witchcraft in a post modernist medieval Europe, especially the bits about homosexual monks and the Malleus Maleficarum's pivitol role in the Spanish Inquisition.

    El Reg must cover this subject in more detail.

    Though I fail to see the IT connection.

    Err. is this the right article?

    1. AdamWill

      Re: Wonderful Stuff

      Wait, post-modernism was invented in the medieval period? Quick, get onto a history journal, you're going to be famous!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Wonderful Stuff

      Nobody expects the Spanish insertion.

      1. magickmark

        Re: Wonderful Stuff - Nobody expects the Spanish insertion.

        No, No, NOT the comfy sofa!!

  13. breakfast

    This does remind me of the classic NPR April Fools from a couple of years ago.

    To be honest it is hard to see much value in most comment sections- 80% of them are simply a habitat for trolls, ideologues and credulous chumps. Not the erudite Register commentards, obviously, we barely break 50%.

    1. Alan W. Rateliff, II

      80% of them are simply a habitat for trolls, ideologues and credulous chumps.

      Are you describing the comments section or Kieren McCarthy's articles?

    2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      "a habitat for trolls"

      I'll see your Habitat & raise you an Ikea.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        I see your ikea and raise you a dfs.

        This could go on forever.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Joke

      God what is wrong with you people, you're like a bunch of Nazi's!

  14. chuckufarley
    Boffin

    You call that a quiz?

    All it says is:

    "JavaScript Disabled

    Please Enable JavaScript to use this feature."

    There is not a multitude of answers to choose from. Nor is there a blank to fill in. In which case I'll go with "False" since it's just as correct as "True" in this case.

    1. breakfast

      Re: You call that a quiz?

      Ah but if you enable Javascript you will find that false, 0, "", NaN or null will also all mean false.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is a very interesting article.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sounds like the sort of thing Hitler would have done

  17. Dave 32
    Coat

    Beans

    Why am I reminded of that musical jingle:

    "Beans, beans, the musical fruit..."

    Dave

    P.S. Oh, dear, I've went off on a tangent, haven't I? But, surely, you expected a comment about flatulence, didn't you? Never mind. I'll get my coat. It's the one with the pocket full of beans.

    1. Bill M

      Re: Beans

      Strange, I was reminded of the Monty Python song that goes "Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spammity Spam, Wonderful Spam."

  18. Will Godfrey Silver badge
    Happy

    The thing is...

    Commentards comment before reading the body of the article in order to ensure that they haven't forgotten what their opinion is (or risk it being changed).

  19. TheElder

    Norway

    Commentard Quizwall experiment ends with more quisling than commenting

  20. Ian Tunnacliffe

    Look, it's

    "Two beans and a bean, a bean and half and half a bean"

    Otherwise it just doesn't scan.

    1. magickmark

      The rhyme i seem to remember from being a kid is:

      A bean, a bean, a bean and a half and a bean and a half again.

  21. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    On a slightly serious note...

    ...it seems the click-baity and often downright misleading headlines can flick some commenters into a pre-determined mode, no matter what the content of the article. The BBC do this frequently, the headline often giving the appearance of the opposite of the actual story. In print, some "news" papers carry on though the first paragraph or two before you get to the actual facts, ie the bit that the least readers will ever actually get to. At least with El Reg we already know they are doing it deliberately.

  22. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    I'm not reading all these comments...

    I'm sure I would agree with the ones concerning Brexit, Microsoft and Trump.

    I got nil-points in that quiz. Which, come to think of it, Norway are pretty good at, if the Eurovision Song Contest is anything to go by.

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