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Jun 15th, 2012 at 04:41 GMT
shouldve thrown in wrong answers like Ho Chi Minh City, Tel Aviv, St Petersburg, Yangon, Almaty, Dubai, Mumbai, Shanghai, Karachi, etc. wouldve made for a more interesting quiz
Jun 15th, 2012 at 04:57 GMT
I Canberra quiz like this; it's much easier than the Oceania capitals.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 05:28 GMT
I thought this quiz would be far to easy... then along came the -stans.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 05:38 GMT
How have only 44% of sporclers gotten bishkek?
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Jun 15th, 2012 at 07:15 GMT
Moscow is hardly an Asian capital. Nicosia is however.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 07:36 GMT
How did 8% miss Singapore?
Jun 15th, 2012 at 07:38 GMT
I sometimes wonder why the Philippines build these massive shopping malls...
Jun 15th, 2012 at 08:26 GMT
@zeppelinoid Moscow is the capital of a country which, according to the norm for Sporcle quizzes, is partly in Asia. It serves as the capital for the whole of Russia including the part that's in Asia; so there you have it. Cyprus's position is disputed; it may be geographically close to Asia but Sporcle categorises it as part of Europe (probably because of its membership of the EU among other factors such as the Hellenic culture). I see no problems with the content of this quiz.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 09:53 GMT
@weaselking1000, oh no please don't answer zeppelinoid's comments, s/he knows his comment will get a reaction and a subsequent 20 massive comments from him on how he's right and everyone else and Sporcle is wrong. The reality is the line has to be drawn somewhere and sporcle has done it this way, no big deal Zeppelinoid. Just enjoy the quizzes.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 11:38 GMT
This is a good test of people's Sporcle geography nerd credentials. If you can't get them all without making a mistake you still have some work to do.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 12:45 GMT
And now I have Bob Seger's Katmandu (the live version, of course) in my head....
Jun 15th, 2012 at 13:30 GMT
I was Tehran my hair out at some of the -stan countries.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 13:34 GMT
I completely agree with geowiz, fake capitals would have made this quiz 6 globes!!!!
Jun 15th, 2012 at 13:45 GMT
Kyrgyzstan was a question? I panicked.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 15:06 GMT
Only 39% of people got Kyrgyzstan's? Shameful
Jun 15th, 2012 at 15:09 GMT
I hate this quiz, you don't get to type Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte
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Jun 15th, 2012 at 17:36 GMT
Nobody knows the capital of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan or Kyrgyzstan. Fact. ;)
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Jun 15th, 2012 at 17:59 GMT
@weaselking1000 & megascarp: I am not just trying to "get a reaction". I just find it disappointing that an obvious error made in an early Sporcle quiz is constantly compounded and has become received wisdom by Sporclers. Firstly, I do not think that there is anything contentious about Moscow. Although the majority of Russia is in Asia Moscow is nearly a thousand km away from that continent. Would you include Paris in a quiz on South American or African countries capitals?. Secondly Cyprus is entirely in Asia. Thisis not in dispute it is an obvious geographical fact. It is part of the UN Western Asian region and by any geographic definition it is European. It is often treated as ”European" on cultural and historic grounds (like Armenia, Israel, US, Australia et al; but its geographic location is indispitibly in the South East corner of Asia Minor. It is closer to Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt than to any part of Europe.
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Jun 15th, 2012 at 21:47 GMT
cyprus is an island it can't be part of europe or asia
Jun 15th, 2012 at 22:21 GMT
@merxes: Then why are Sri Lanka, Maldives, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, and Timor-Leste here?
Jun 15th, 2012 at 22:55 GMT
See I always thought the capital of Sri Lanka was Colombo. Now I see this crazy name. Any explanation?
Jun 15th, 2012 at 23:37 GMT
PLEASE RISE FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM OF BAHRAIN: "Mahna-Mahna, ba deee-ba-debe, Mahna-Mahna, ba de-be-de, Mahna-Mahna, ba deeee ba debe, badebe, badebedebe de de de de de...." :D
Jun 15th, 2012 at 23:50 GMT
@hoosierdaddy I dont reallyh think they should be left out, i just think its silly to argue about which contenent they're part of
Jun 16th, 2012 at 00:27 GMT
For anybody who thinks Cyprus should not be part of either Europe or Asia, you can Tokyo wrong comments out of here, because nobody is going to Baku up on this.
Jun 16th, 2012 at 02:38 GMT
Not quite sure how nearly one out of ten people missed Kuwait City...
Jun 16th, 2012 at 07:58 GMT
@Zeppelenoid, I am sucked in to respond. You are right about Cyprus, but what is the point of complaining about it every time there is a quiz about Asia? SOmeone has made a decison, a wrong decision, but everybody else adjusts. It is not as though this quiz is asking you whether Cyprus is in Asia or not and telling you are worng if you say it is. it gives a list of Asian countries and asks you what the capitals are. Build a bridge. Second, if you must be a pedant, be accurate. The quiz does not say Moscow is an Asian capital. It says that Russia is an Asian country, and Moscow is its capital. Both of those are uncontrovertible facts; the fact that Moscow is not in Asia is irrelevant.
Jun 16th, 2012 at 23:46 GMT
@gvogt3: According to Wikipedia, Colombo lost its status as capital in the early '80s but is still often referred to as the capital because Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte is a satellite city of it. Wikipedia also suggests we don't get confused between Colombo and Columbo, Lieutenant :) I have seen Kyrgyzstan's capital as being Frunze; Bishkek was renamed Frunze after a Bolshevik leader in 1923. Then in 1991 the Kyrgyz parliament renamed it back to Bishkek; the city didn't change, just the name.
Jun 18th, 2012 at 13:00 GMT
Personally, I think Cyprus should be part of South America. Just kidding :) :) Cyprus is not only in Europe, it is part of the EU too--CIA says so, and if they have incorrect information, then we've got a problem :P
Jun 18th, 2012 at 13:02 GMT
@sharon: Maybe Colombo is still referred to as the capital because no one wants to spell Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte and embarrass themselves :D
Jun 19th, 2012 at 15:35 GMT
@climbingpianist: Being part of the EU does not mean a territory is in Europe. French Guiana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, the Adores, the Canaries, Ceuta, Melilla, Reunion etc., are all located in other continents but are all part of the EU. Cyprus (and potentially) Turkey Georgia, Azerbaijan Armenia and Kazakhstan are permitted to be part of the EU on the historical and cultural grounds that they have a "foothold in Europe". Do you think the CIA are better at geography than spotting WMDs?
Jun 19th, 2012 at 22:35 GMT
@cimbingpiano I agree! It's apparently also referred to as just Sri Jayawardenapura or just Kotte. We know what we'd prefer. This is my final comment because I refuse to spell the name again.
Jun 29th, 2012 at 12:10 GMT
@zeppelinoid: Those are all territories. Cyprus is a country.
Jul 6th, 2012 at 07:01 GMT
@climbingpianist: No they are are not territories, they are all parts of countries located in continents other than Europe but which are part of the EU. To qualify for membership of the EU a country has to fulfil the requirements for membership of the Council of Europe. This permints any Eurasian country with a "toehold in Europe". This is interprested liberally to include trans-continental states (Greece, Turkey, Russis, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan) and countries which are wholly in Asia which have historic cultural links with Europe (Armenia and Cyprus). There is some speculation that Israel could qualify in the latter category but this has yet to be tested. The other countries have are already members of the Council of Europe or, in the case of Kazakhstan, acknowledged as qualifying for membership.
Jul 14th, 2012 at 16:57 GMT
I can't even SAY Sri Jayawardenapura-Kotte without embarrassing myself.
Jul 17th, 2012 at 03:57 GMT
The argument about Russia is silly — there's more of Russia in Asia than any of any other country, and Moscow is Russia's capital. Done.
BUt like it or not, zeppelinoid is right about Cyprus, and I think it is wrong for us simply to "adjust", as mouthforhire suggests and I think implicitly many Sporclers are doing. There just isn't a good argument that Cyprus is in any continent but Asia (that it is part of the "European Union" is not such an argument, as the Union has made clear by its rules that non-European countries may join under some circumstances), and we as Sporclers should start writing quizzes to reflect that fact. Yes, Sporcle tradition holds otherwise but it certainly isn't writ in stone.
There are difficult questions about what countries should be considered to be in what continents. Kazakhstan is a tough question. Indonesia is interesting. Panama too, believe it or not. Denmark (because of Greenland) — a problem for Sporclers. But Cyprus ... not difficult. It's in Asia. And it would cost us nothing to accept that when writing quizzes.
Jul 17th, 2012 at 16:49 GMT
@atakdog and zeppelinoid: As the maker of this quiz, I agree with you both that Cyprus is an Asian country and should be included in Sporcle quizzes about Asia. However, Sporcle has a standard - an erroneous one perhaps - which I have to stick to in order to get quizzes published and not get lots of negative comments and ratings. I think it is unlikely that the sporcle standard will ever be corrected, given the sheer number of quizzes that would have to be edited.
Jul 17th, 2012 at 17:23 GMT
Also, if the sporcle standard was changed, atakdog is right that there would be some difficulty concerning transcontinental countries. I made a quiz on the subject which highlights the issue:
For example, the Near Islands are in Asia, but an integral part of the United States of America. Does that mean that Washington DC should be considered an Asian capital?
Jul 17th, 2012 at 19:59 GMT
Jam1, I think your first comment says it well: Quizmakesr stick with the "standard" not because they think it's right, but because they believe (probably correctly) that they have to in order to get their quizzes published. This is the fault not of Jam1 et al but of the editors.
Relevantly, I have been told by a VP at Sporcle that the comments are rearely read by editors and admins, and so this whole debate will be very easy for them to ignore — if anyone here wants them to know your views, you'll have to hit the feedback link at the bottom of the page. (Similarly, corrections noted in the comments tend to be missed, too — if you see one you have to hit the "report a mistake" button. There are quizzes out there that have had glaring mistakes noted literally years ago, but particularly when the author is an admin it's likely that they'll miss it unless you officially report the quiz.) (Note that I'm not saying this quiz has errors — clearly the issue we're discussing is of a different sort.)
Bottom line: If you (anyone) want Sporcle to change, complaining in the comments will do zero good (except that sometimes it feels good ;) ); send them a note. Not that that will necessarily help either, and based on my experience doing so I'm pretty sure it won't, but ta least then you have a chance.
Jul 17th, 2012 at 20:24 GMT
And wrt the trans-continental issue, again (and I'm not disagreeing with Jam1, but amplifying the point), Cyprus is a far different question from the Near Islands (Attu et al) or Kazakhstan or Panama or whatever). In most cases of transcontinental countries there is a generally accepted answer — usually that the territory simply "is" in a particular continent for convenience's sake (the US islands, for example); occasionally that the country is in two continents (e.g., Russia). And in most of these cases Sporcle convention adheres to the common wisdom.
But Cyprus is different: Not only is it in only one continent (by any measure), but that continent is almost universally accepted to be Asia. This is one case in which Sporcle convention does
follow the common wisdom (or any other sensible reasoning) — it's just flat-out wrong.
Jan 2nd, 2013 at 19:21 GMT
Armenia makes me sad.
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