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All European Metro areas with a pop. of 1,000,000 by nation. *Included are the Asian/European nations of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Turkey is MOSTLY Asian the others are claimed by both.
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Dec 31st, 2010 at 04:15 GMT
Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia can be argued as being part of Europe or Asia. Wikipedia in fact lists them under both continents, so I included them with an "*". Turkey has only Istanbul with a portion of its metro in Europe so only the one city but ALL Turkish 1,000,000 metros are listed as bonuses.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 04:15 GMT
Nice quiz. Well laid out. Can Novograd not be accepted without the other part?
Dec 31st, 2010 at 05:05 GMT
done, especially since I had intended to do that anyways. I also included many mis-spellings to boot (on MANY cities I have some really bad spellings accepted)
Dec 31st, 2010 at 06:24 GMT
Nice quiz but you're missing Prague.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 08:28 GMT
Antwerp (Belgium) has 1,190,000...
Dec 31st, 2010 at 13:02 GMT
There's no apostrophe in "metros".
Dec 31st, 2010 at 16:20 GMT
Good catch on Prague, I also found two others as well as a Turkish bonus. But Antwerp is not on the list, I go by the source not on ones say-so.
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Dec 31st, 2010 at 16:22 GMT
and spelling regarding the topic? An apostrophe ...really? Critique the important stuff, Prague missing is great, but to even bother about a stupid apostrophe, am I in 8th grade English class?
Dec 31st, 2010 at 16:25 GMT
no but maybe you should go to one
Dec 31st, 2010 at 19:09 GMT
Don't agree with accepting bad spellings. That just encourages more bad spelling. In other words, if I'm misspelling something I would like to know about it rather than have it silently accepted even though it's wrong. In cases were there are more than one widely accepted name then I don't have a problem accepting those, but they at least should be spelled correctly.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 19:40 GMT
Bad spellings are accepted on the more "exotic" answers, the ones not as commonly known and not as easily spelled by those who speak English (Mostly the Russian areas). Is this turning into a quiz about knowledge (and actual learning something new) or one about how well you can spell. I do not agree that minor mis-spellings of some less known areas should be regarded as wrong, it's more about what you know than what you can spell, this is the GEOGRAPHY section not the language section.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 20:42 GMT
Please accept the spellings "Sevilla" and "Dnipropetrovsk". As far as accepting misspellings goes, I try to accept them in my quizzes as long as it doesn't inconvenience people who know how to spell correctly; so I don't accept the misspelling "Pittsburg" for Pittsburgh, for example, because people who type it correctly will be stuck with their leftover H, which they'll then have to erase before continuing. So it seems strange to me that you accept the spelling "Niz" for Nizhniy Novgorod—I can understand accepting variant spellings (such as "Nizhny Novgorod," etc.), but not simply a prefix.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 20:47 GMT
Another thing you might consider for this quiz is rearranging the countries: Instead of having them in alphabetical order, put the long lists (Russia, Germany, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and one of France, Italy, or Spain) in the same row. This way the quiz doesn't take up so much vertical space and won't require scrolling.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 21:20 GMT
Allow native spellings (up to transliteration) for Finland and Serbia?
Dec 31st, 2010 at 22:55 GMT
Even if Wikipedia may, I don't think most atlases/people consider Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan to be part of Europe, and I'm pretty sure that the unwritten rule of Sporcle as them as part of Asia.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 23:24 GMT
The Caucusus mountains are the dividing line and these are Caucusus nations that belong to both, "Europe" really is a make believe continent anyways. Some do and some do not accept them. I know Georgia is pushing for EU membership
Jan 1st, 2011 at 10:29 GMT
You should take "Dnipropetrovsk." I don't know anything about Ukrainian transliterations, but the Wikipedia entry, for one, lists Dnipropetrovsk as the primary entry.
Jan 1st, 2011 at 16:20 GMT
Why list the countries?
Jan 1st, 2011 at 22:15 GMT
You should accept 'Den Haag' as well for 'The Hague'. And now I'm really nitpicking, but I think you should accept 'Brussel' (Dutch spelling), because it is in the Dutch part of Belgium, though most people speak French in Brussels.
Jan 3rd, 2011 at 12:11 GMT
I laughed at "'s-Gravenhage"—the Dutch government renamed it in the 17th century to fancy it up, but nobody ever called it that, and it was officially re-renamed decades ago. Den Haag is canonical.
Jan 3rd, 2011 at 18:12 GMT
It's cool that you have included native spellings as well as English spellings. However, as pointed out above, if you want to do this, you need to be consistent. So you need Beograd (Belgrade), Zürich (Zurich), İstanbul (Istanbul), and to actually accept Sevilla as an answer. Nice quiz though!
Jan 3rd, 2011 at 20:16 GMT
Kharkiv is the correct Ukrainian transliteration. Ch and Kh are different letters in Ukrainian (Cyrillic).
Jan 4th, 2011 at 12:23 GMT
I simply posted the answers from the source, I used THEIR spellings and of course the english ones, as far as the little doohickies over the letters, the spelling is the same, I did already have Sevilla accepted, I will add Beograd, Den Haag was added a long while ago, Dnip... was added.
Jan 4th, 2011 at 12:26 GMT
oh, I am not trying to disagree with any, simply using the source as the "official" spelling, the others are all accepted alternates
Jan 4th, 2011 at 18:03 GMT
I don't think you should include Tbilisi, Baku and Yerevan if you aren't going to include Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk. It's inconsistent to include Russia's Asian cities as bonuses and Georgia's, Azerbaijan's and Armenia's Asian cities as full answers (especially Armenia since it is not at all geographically in Europe). Istanbul can remain a full answer since half of it is in Europe and that half still has a population of over 1 million.
Jan 4th, 2011 at 19:34 GMT
A bonus is just that, a bonus. Some may not realize a certain Russian city is actually outside of "Europe", so why not give it as a bonus? It hurts nobody and makes them smile. I did the same thing for all Turkish cities as well! Regarding Yekaterinburg, that one is real special as it can be thought of as either/or it falls JUST on the other side of the Ural's but even then, how do you define exactly where the Urals are? So it's a bonus (no sense in a penalty for missing a city so close and on the edge). Now, on to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia... they can most certainly be thought of as being part of Europe but I realize full well some will argue (as you are) the opposite. If I excluded them we would have people insist they should be included! So I add them but do spell out clearly that they are considered a part of Europe in this quiz ...how can you complain about that? (but we see plenty who insist they must be right even though the map tells us something different) My suggestion is to relax, accept what is stated as long as it isn't crazy talk, as long as things are spelled out ahead of time (as they are) how can you get your panties all in a bunch?
Jan 4th, 2011 at 22:24 GMT
This is bothering me a bit, so many love to complain and think they know everything. Cookie Monster above says: "it is not at all geographically in Europe". Yet what is Europe? The continenmt is of course "Eurasia" and Europe is only loosely defined as far as borders. The Urals are define a blurry eastern boundary the Black Sea/Mediterranean Sea to the south but that area between the two is incredibly blurry with no definitive answer. The Caucusus Mtns are the general widely accepted boundary, more specific would be the watershed area between north and south, often the Kura River is assumed the boundary. Azerbaijan and Georgi fit into all those areas and as such simply can not be ignored as "European" to do so as the above poster suggests is simply not correct (not exactly wrong either mind you!) therefore they are being asked for on this quiz. Armenia is part of some of those boundaries and is therefore also included. Please get over your personal definition of "Europe" and simply answer what is asked for, there ARE reasons, they are spelled out, there is great thought put into the questions and answers so why complain simply because you might adhere to some other definition?
Jan 5th, 2011 at 16:00 GMT
I can never seem to remember the obscure Russian and Ukrainian cities aside from the obvious ones... but how did I miss Lille?
Jan 6th, 2011 at 16:35 GMT
Nice quiz, but I'm not sure about the accuracy of the data source. London, for example, with a population of 12.4 million? The 2001 census had the population of Greater London at 7.1 million, so unless this data source encompasses much of the Home Counties as "London", I can't see it adding up...
Jan 6th, 2011 at 16:57 GMT
I'm sorry my suggestion offended you so much, tomahaha. It was based partly on my opinion of Europe I suppose, but I certainly don't think I know everything. My suggestion was a compromise between what appears to be your personal definition of Europe (including the Caucasus nations) and Sporcle's conventions (excluding the Caucasus nations) which does not entirely fit with my (current) definition of Europe, but isn't far off. Your tone comes across rather condescending, I hope this wasn't your intention, because that would be rather unnecessary. It certainly wasn't my intention to come across as a know it all.
Jan 24th, 2011 at 04:21 GMT
I just noticed the above ...my "problem" is I did clearly spell out how I was defining Europe, I spelled out why I included what I did and I put asterisks on these as well. There is no one correct answer and for every one who suggests it be done one way you have another who suggests it go another way. So I was a bit upset that, despite all the information given as to what and why I used what I did, I STILL had several "complain" about it, the situation is one that simply can not be won, despite every precaution to avoid it, so yes, I was more than a bit irritated! Why people can't take such a decision and accept it (it's not Like I was accepting New Jersey as part of Europe) and enjoying it fore what it was.
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