Registration question: zero IS a number...

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Registration question: zero IS a number...

Postby netzen » 2010-02-20 05:02

This is just a small thing but I believe is worth writing here.

Just want to say that I was confused at the registration process, and so, I like to suggest to change the question "what is the number in the middle?"...

As strange as it may seems the zero IS a number! And so, the number is the middle of the "0 1 2 3 4 5" can ONLY be "23", if any (2.5 is another possible answer).

Perhaps I'm not getting the real meaning of the question, so, I don't want to argue about the number stuff, but I like to suggest a different question to avoid this doubt by others.

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Re: Registration question: zero IS a number...

Postby 4D696B65 » 2010-02-20 05:16

we been over this before
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Re: Registration question: zero IS a number...

Postby Absent Minded » 2010-02-20 05:17

This is meant to invoke a rational response as the spambots don't have relational understanding.
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Re: Registration question: zero IS a number...

Postby netzen » 2010-02-20 05:48

Absent Minded wrote:This is meant to invoke a rational response as the spambots don't have relational understanding.


Hi AbsMind, sorry to write about this. I FULLY understand the need to block spam. I'm not debating the number stuff nor the need to block spam.

The question is more subtle and too much easy to change to not addressing it.
I believe that the REAL trouble is that it is a incorrectly stated question and may "reveal" or "suggest" the level of the technical quality of the place...
Information technology and maths goes, sometimes, side by side, and it is inevitable to expect related personnel have higher attention to such details. Specially business and professionals will be troubled when they face something that maybe perceived as unnecessary complexity.

My understanding is that we should never make the user spend extra time while registering by presenting him with something more complicated when we can do the same stuff with more clear procedure. I WAS really in doubt about this question and after receiving the indication that "3" maybe the answer I was able to go.

I like to repeat: I don't want to discuss the number stuff, just ask to change something that is EASY to change.
And, I do think that there are needs for prevent spam, no problem about that.

So, to conclude the why a posted the msg; it is small and subtle stuff but if it is having more "collateral damage" than it is helping to prevent spam, and it is relatively easy to change, why not changed it.

The very fact that we are here, re-wasting (re-investing) time on the question should be the evidence that the question is worth changing.

My concern is about the "perceived" quality standard (levels) of all participants, and thus the quality standard of the place, being undermined unnecessarily.

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