## Is the "What is the middle number?" Question too confusing?

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## Is the "Middle number" question too confusing?

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### Is the "What is the middle number?" Question too confusing?

During the registration there is a question "What is the middle Number?" Below it there is a line with "012345". After several failed attempts, the correct answer was 3. Can you please show me the logic?
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Dynamo

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### Re: Confusing question in Registration Form

Let's see . . . "0" is not considered to be a number.

Numbers are only 1 thru 9 . . . . hence, in the sequence 12345 ... 3 is the middle number.

(basic algerbra or numerology)

vrkalak

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### Re: Confusing question in Registration Form

It's based on the fact that bots won't likely try twice.

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### Re: Confusing question in Registration Form

vrkalak wrote:Let's see . . . "0" is not considered to be a number.

Numbers are only 1 thru 9 . . . . hence, in the sequence 12345 ... 3 is the middle number.

(basic algerbra or numerology)

From 012345 I would have guessed 23 as the middle number

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0_(number)

thegrogfrog

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### Re: Confusing question in Registration Form

thegrogfrog wrote:
vrkalak wrote:Let's see . . . "0" is not considered to be a number.

Numbers are only 1 thru 9 . . . . hence, in the sequence 12345 ... 3 is the middle number.

(basic algerbra or numerology)

From 012345 I would have guessed 23 as the middle number

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/0_(number)

I would have guessed 1234 as the middle number If 0 is not a number what if the figures were 543210 or 560043 or 000000.
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### Re: Confusing question in Registration Form

How is 0 not a number??? Or was the humor lost over the internet...
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### Re: Confusing question in Registration Form

vrkalak wrote:Let's see . . . "0" is not considered to be a number.
Numbers are only 1 thru 9 . . . . hence, in the sequence 12345 ... 3 is the middle number.
(basic algerbra or numerology)

You are kidding right? Here is a some similar questions I would like you to test your theory.

Q1. On a soccer field, there are 6 players lined up. Their jersey numbers are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Give the middle player.

Q2. On a soccer field, there is only ONE player. The jersey number is 012345, give the middle number.

Q3. A code bar is "00045000", give the middle number.

I can admit I am not a genius in maths, although I think I am above average. But I really didn't get the logic of the original question in the registration form. If it was a trick to get you read and answer to defeat bot then it's OK. I was just wondering what was the idea.

EDIT: and nobody came up with another possible solution? The middle of 12345 = 12345 / 2 = 6172.5

Dynamo

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### Re: Confusing question in Registration Form

You shouldn't have given the answer :)

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### Re: Confusing question in Registration Form

As I said, it's not meant to be answered right on the first try, which is what makes it so effective.

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### Re: Confusing question in Registration Form

At least it didn't say, "What is the standard deviation of these numbers..."

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### confusing quetion

within registration process:
what is a middle number of (0 1 2 3 4 5)

after firstly confusing how to set 2.5 or 2,5 i.e. with which delimiter
i obtained:
Nubber should be not less 3

F*ck!
icegood

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### Re: confusing quetion

It's deliberately confusing, to confuse the spam bots.
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### Re: confusing quetion

Is it TOO confusing is the question

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### Re: confusing quetion

Mez
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### Re: Is the "What is the middle number?" Question too confusing?

I wanted to vote but there wasn't an option for "not sure".
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