I think this is an example of a "purity spiral" that reduces the size of the audience by alienating outlying members.
It's the same thing that happened when I was an engineering student at university. The first test would come out and 30% of people would get C's or lower. They would drop the class. The next test would come out and a new cohort would get C's and drop, etc... The result was a distilled "pure" batch of engineers who employers like Microsoft could hire without worry.
That's not what we are going for on JetPunk. We are trying to grow the audience, not shrink it.
Now, years later, I manage a social media team that livestreams every week, and it feels like Jetpunk has all been some kind of training! Especially when I can announce, "We have someone watching in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines!" and knowing where to locate it on a map so I can stick a pin in it, while my team just blinks at me or furrows their eyebrows.
I guess I just wanted to say thank you to Jetpunk for helping me discover a passion I didn't know I had. Your labor of love that goes into all of the quizzes is very much appreciated.
A few interesting facts with a higher difficulty level is fine, it is nice to learn a few interesting things (like someone else on another quiz suggested, something about the oldest/biggest tree in the world, forgot the country, pretty sure it was in africa) but very obscure, uninteresting historical facts, that noone is gonna get (or remember afterwards) is not gonna make the quiz better.
It should either be gettable (though that does not mean a 100%, currency is gettable, but I definitely won't get them all), interesting, or a good fact to learn (like the lake chad, embarissingly I had no idea)
Not obscure boring forgettable facts just because they happen to be true (btw speaking in gene
I’m not saying the quizzes should be impossible, sure the capital city, currency, bordering countries... etc are necessary basics, but it wouldn’t hurt to add for example that the sultan of Brunei hired M. Jackson to do a concert there without attending it himself!
I mean come on. Only 12 questions about a rich country such as Cameroon? You could easily add more answers like balafon, Adamoua, some ethnic groups, Samuel Eto’o... etc.
I feel that if I did either approach they wouldn't make for very entertaining quizzes, so I try to balance out the difficulties as much as I can. But sometimes, they don't always play out depending on what the quiz topic is. For example, my quiz on James K. Polk ended up with a lot of the answers being states because he spent much of his time in office acquiring more land for the country.
Very sneaky QM lol
If Quizmaster ever looks for trivia to expand the quiz, maybe add one about a limnic eruption? Cameroon is one of only two countries where one was recorded (the other being DR Congo). And Paul Biya's long reign might be worth a question. Or Samuel Eto'o. But those are just suggestions, I like the quiz as it is.
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