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On Mon, Apr 05, 2010 at 08:50:49AM +0300, Eray Aslan wrote:
> Just replying randomly.
> On 05.04.2010 04:33, Tobias Heinlein wrote:
> > I think this is a good starting point to get rid of the "some important
> > questions are too hard to answer" dilemma that can be implemented
> > relatively fast. On top of that I like Sebastian's idea to order the
> > quizzes by difficulty -- this means just ordering by the categories I
> > just mentioned would be sufficient: 1 first, then 2, then 3.
> I am not against this idea but frankly, I do not understand what is so
> demotivating about the ebuild quiz. If you get demotivated because of a
> single exam, perhaps the problem is with the motivation and not with the
> exam itself. I took the published quiz just for the fun of it and to
> see where I missed. It is not that long.
I've been following this discussion with mixed feelings. When we
originally began using the quiz system the idea was simply to try
to force new developers to RTFM -- and I was not such a fan of the
entire concept (as I recall, the quizzes were a "suggestion" from Daniel).
As it turns out, the quiz system has repeatedly proven itself useful
in another way: developers who whine/bitch/moan and are hesitant to
even attempt to complete the quizzes often turn out to be bitchy,
unmotivated, or unpleasant developers. I don't want to name any names,
but I've seen this often.
IMO, those "boring" "too much like high school" quizzes serve one
extremely valuable function: finding out up front who's a team player
(or at least willing to do something mildly unpleasant for the
If that's causing potential devs to drop out... perhaps the system is
working as it should? :)