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Political Spectrum quiz

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Where do you fall on the liberal - conservative political spectrum? (United States)

brought to you by Quizilla

Um...not so much. But it's what the quiz gave me from my most honest answers, so there it is.

Interesting observation: I tweaked my answers slightly, just for the heck of it, before going back to my original lineup. No matter what I did, even on one question at a time, I got either Liberal or Conservative. There's a Moderate on their graphic, but the quiz seems to be heavily weighted against it if you have any opinion at all on the questions.

For the record, the one I was waffling about most was whether the Ten Commandments shouldn't be displayed in government buildings at all, or only as part of a more comprehensive exhibit of documents. The latter is most in line with my position -- that it's ludicrous not to recognize the huge formative influence of Judeo-Christian thought on our culture, and perfectly possible to do so without requiring everyone to subscribe to the whole package -- and settling on it (i.e., one step right on one question) was enough to tip my overall result to Conservative.

I think somebody's math is a little wonky. :-)



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May. 19th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)
That's the whole problem with Quizilla. It doesn't add your answers, it gives you the result that you get the majority of answers for.

For example, if there are 5 questions, and each has 4 answers. Say you choose A, A, B, C, and D on each of the five questions respectively. You'll get the answer for A, because you chose A the most number of times. It's no different than if you had chosen A, A, A, A, A.

So that's why one question tilted the balance the way it did - a good reason why Quizilla should not be used for quizzes of this nature.
May. 19th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC)
- a good reason why Quizilla should not be used for quizzes of this nature.

Or at least not taken seriously. *g*

I figured it was Quizilla's math that was wonky. I didn't realize it was quite THAT simplistic, but I guess I should have.
May. 19th, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
I'm guessing that's how it has to work, because when you create a quiz, for each answer to a given question, you have to choose what result that answer will give. You don't give a numeric weight to the answer or anything, you just choose the result. Given that's the case, it has to be pretty simplistic in the way it works.

So for all those grammar type quizzes, in order to get the "you're a grammar god" type answer, all you need to do is pick more right answers than you do any other answer, which isn't really a true test at all.
May. 19th, 2004 07:58 am (UTC)
Hmmmm. I always assumed it was like time-honored trashy magazine quizzes, where each result is assigned a numeric range, so there's a certain amount of rudimentary statistics involved.

Which might still be the case. It wouldn't require the person creating the quiz to deal with the numbers directly, and would still be prone to wonky results. But on balance of observation, I think you might be right.
May. 19th, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
FWIW I was classed as "Far-Left Liberal", even though I went with the "w/ historic docs" on the 10 Commandments thing and generally ended up choosing what seemed to be the second-in-from-the-left answer on most of them. *shrug*
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