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Sep 5th, 2012 at 21:22 GMT
This is a great quiz. How do you make the time 30 seconds?
Sep 5th, 2012 at 23:02 GMT
It's a new feature, I think. You can now choose both 0:30 and 1:30.
Sep 6th, 2012 at 10:36 GMT
Got off to a bad start typing "aces". This may be why I don't do very well at card games.
Sep 9th, 2012 at 16:51 GMT
need more time for this quiz
Game published: Sep 14th, 2012 at 21:18 GMT
Sep 14th, 2012 at 21:29 GMT
Jerry, Frodo, Matthew and Washington? I'd watch that show.
Sep 14th, 2012 at 21:50 GMT
Being the only person on earth not to have read or seen "Lord Of The Rings" has its advantages. I got to that column and relaxed about beating the 30-second timer. Heck, I couldn't have beaten the 20-minute timer.
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Sep 14th, 2012 at 21:58 GMT
Had I known there was only 30 seconds, I would've typed faster!
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Sep 14th, 2012 at 22:04 GMT
Finished it in 22 seconds - never typed so fast in my life!
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Sep 14th, 2012 at 22:32 GMT
21 seconds! Thanks for the quiz!
Sep 14th, 2012 at 22:53 GMT
Some people can't type that fast. I didn't even get to the last section and I didn't even have to think about my answers.
Sep 14th, 2012 at 22:57 GMT
I'll get voted down for sure, but being a loyal Sporcle fan since its inception, I feel compelled to state the following: Sporclers delight in taking and solving trivia quizzes. Being asked to solve any quiz in a ludicrously short period of time converts a good quiz into a typing competition. Many Sporclers are going to fail simply because they don't type well. This will be more the case with the explosion of non typing-friendly mobile devices (smart phones, tablets, etc.) I guess I just don't see the point of publishing a typing challenge on the home page, taking a spot away from a deserving true trivia game.
Sep 14th, 2012 at 22:59 GMT
30 seconds, seriously?
Sep 14th, 2012 at 23:19 GMT
@WCRoentgen -- you may not get downvoted; I most certainly will, but I'll risk it. I am so frustrated with these 30 second quizzes that I have made it my personal mission to upvote every single comment like yours. I like the trivia aspect of Sporcle, and understand the time limits are part of the deal. But these are just ludicrous. (yes, I know I can just avoid them, but I want to send a message to Sporcle that many of us don't want these to take over.)
Sep 14th, 2012 at 23:21 GMT
Seems like the 30 second time limit on these quizzes is a universal dislike. Sporcle...are you listening???
Sep 14th, 2012 at 23:25 GMT
yeah 30 seconds is not much...but I am glad that there aren't any comments like "you sure can shave a few seconds of this game!!!" :-)
Sep 14th, 2012 at 23:31 GMT
You sure can shave 29 seconds off this game.
Sep 14th, 2012 at 23:36 GMT
I certainly wouldn't want Sporcle to be overrun by 30-second quizzes, but for me a good high-pressure easy-trivia quiz is a nice change of pace once in a while. It's partly a typing exercise, true, which is a bit unfortunate, but occasionally I like the aspect of being forced to recall stuff I know that I know in way too short of a time frame.
Sep 14th, 2012 at 23:52 GMT
My favorites quizzes are the short ones that force you to think (and type) fast. The majority of quizzes with long time limits can easily be completed at 100% if you're given tons of time, and if you don't know all the answers, then by the end it just becomes trial and error entering random guesses. But there can certainly be a mix of both kinds of quizzes, so why complain about short quizzes? Go find a different quiz with a longer time limit.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 00:07 GMT
nooooooooo I ran out of time trying to the George.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 00:16 GMT
Yeah, 30 seconds was not enough time. A minute would have better.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 00:18 GMT
@strags11--you are not alone, there are at least two of us that know nothing about middle earth.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 00:48 GMT
could you add like 10 seconds to the quiz?
Sep 15th, 2012 at 00:59 GMT
Could we maybe have a whole minute so it's not a test of whether we can type 50wpm?
Sep 15th, 2012 at 01:00 GMT
Sorry I did mean to type 40. See the problem?
Sep 15th, 2012 at 01:02 GMT
Phew! I didn't think I could do it, and with only a few seconds left I almost blanked on Pippin. But got him with 2 seconds left. I love the games that make me panic! :)
Sep 15th, 2012 at 01:26 GMT
Here's hoping that my comment is well-timed: I'm a big fan of creativity, and the 30-second (and 1:30) timer is a new innovation that is just getting its feet wet. Surely quiz contributors will discover brilliant themes which are a perfect fit. And quick typists shall also reap the reward of succeeding in some quizzes which used to be, well, just to easy for them... In time I suspect this will be a win-win for those who have posted concerns, and those who are delighted; as surely a balance will be found.
Hmmmm... If my calculations are correct, when I finish typing this sentence, I'll have spent 2:25 composing these remarks. That gives me an idea for another new timer-setting...
Sep 15th, 2012 at 01:53 GMT
I love a good quiz that places demands on one's powers of recall. I think the proper use of the timer is to make you think fast, not type fast. What's frustrating is being able to come up with all the right answers but not being able to demonstrate it because one's fingers aren't as fast as one's brain! After all, that's why Sporcle allows abbreviations like DRC, Yaz, etc.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 01:58 GMT
Just put "TYPING TEST" in BIIIIIIG letters for these 30 second things...
Sep 15th, 2012 at 02:06 GMT
30 seconds isn't much time.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 02:57 GMT
Hey everyone, I appreciate the feedback. Yes, this is a typing challenge -- pretty much any 30 second quiz is a typing test unless it's in the clickable format. I realize this isn't for everybody, that's why I provided the link to the non-blitz foursome quiz at the top, for those who prefer a slower pace.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 02:59 GMT
There are over 300,000 quizzes on Sporcle, and some of them amount to nothing more than typing challenges. They certainly aren't the majority, and I don't understand why people feel the need to complain about them. Just skip this quiz if you think you can't handle the time limit.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 03:24 GMT
Clovers? CLOVERS?! What was I THINKING?!?!
Sep 15th, 2012 at 08:44 GMT
The time is really tight, but the way the format is displayed gives you a chance to think about the answers before you start. Suggest giving it a minute, but with a safecracker format where the new heading only comes up when the previous one is completed. Enjoyed it though.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 10:13 GMT
Can't Sporcle just make the time limits OPTIONAL on all quizzes?
Sep 15th, 2012 at 13:19 GMT
A little more time would be nice... Some people can't spell all that well and need to try once or twice!
Sep 15th, 2012 at 13:58 GMT
Every one of these quizzes should be labelled blitz. I expected to find something mentally challenging. This wasn't.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 20:11 GMT
i found this more to be a "how fast can you type quiz". maybe you could bump the time up to a minute?
Sep 15th, 2012 at 20:53 GMT
Have to agree with the "typing challenge" comments. It basically removes any mental challenge from the game. You look at the category and then it is a race to type the answers in under the six second average allotted for each group. I don't get the point of these in a web site devoted to trivia games.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 21:04 GMT
@darkjourney: There's room for many kinds of quizzes on Sporcle. Logic puzzles, word ladders, memory quizzes, math problems, word searches, vocabulary drills: none of these are trivia games, but they all make the site a richer place.
Maybe the time limit here is a little short, but that was also true of the 60-second type-every-state blitz that graced the front page nearly three years ago. It didn't lead to an era of pure typing challenges then, and it won't now either. Just appreciate that some quizzes are written for a different audience. Like the entirety of the Sports section, for instance.
Sep 15th, 2012 at 22:36 GMT
I made a comment earlier this week on the 'things that are white' quiz which alludes, somewhat, to the issues raised in this interesting comments section. The scope of Sporcle has broadened significantly since I started playing (in the region of 4 years ago) and to that end, I genuinely believe the site would benefit hugely if it were to edit the ratings system slightly so users could avoid quizzes like this, should they wish, or if it was their penchant they could gore on them. 3 different ratings - for example "overall" "speed" and "difficulty" - then integrating the ratings into the categorisation system would allow for easy access to the specific 'style' of quiz you wanted. Personally, I like to challenge myself with difficult, slow quizzes (due in no small part to the quality of my typing) - I would love to be able to put those parameters into the Sporcle search, and avoid rushed, manic quizzes like this (although I concede there is obviously a decent demand for them). I just wanted to note those few words down, whilst they were fresh in my mind.
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