Mini-Quizzes have become a fad in today's busy society as countless individuals are looking for different ways to relieve their stress. Many find these quizzes habit-forming because players only need a grasp of general knowledge to succeed. Because of the popularity of Mini-Quizzes, it is slowly developing into a favorite pastime and gradually becoming at par with other hobby games such as online poker
and chess. Here is an article that shows what mini-quizzes are all about.
The relationship between Variables and Results changes depending on the Results Format you select (see below). However, on the Create Quiz screen and Properties tab is an option to select what type of Variables to use in your Quiz:
If you select Simple
Variables, then each Variable in each Answer will have a tickbox. If the box is ticked, choosing that Answer will score one point for that Variable. If the box is not ticked, it will score no points for that Variable. An Answer can count towards one, several, all or no Variables if you wish.
If you select Numeric
Variables, then each Variable in each Answer will have a numeric text box beside it. If left blank, that Variable will add zero when that Answer is chosen. Otherwise, you can enter integer numbers as you see fit (decimals will be ignored). This allows you to weight Answers more or less towards different Variables, and even to subtract values (by entering a negative integer). This gives you more power, but can also make it a little more difficult to balance between different Variables (assuming you want them balanced).
This option does not appear for Survey Quizzes because they do not have Custom Results.
If you select [Allow Ties]
on the Properties tab (which is the default), then any time a Quiz-taker's score meets the requirement for multiple Results, ALL of those Results will be displayed. When showing multiple Results, they always appear in the same order as they appear on your Results tab, so you can control (even rearrange) the order of multiple Results.
If you select [Force One Result]
instead, then any time a score qualifies for multiple Results, one of those valid Results will be chosen at random, and only that one displayed. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how your Results are set up, and what you want to get out of your Quiz. However, it prevents any sort of "combination"-Results or "bonus"-Results in Advanced Results Quizzes.
There are three different ways that Memegen.net Quizzes can use Variables and Results. When you create a new Quiz you are given three Quick Build template options (each corresponding to a different Results format), as well as the Blank Quiz option for experienced Quiz makers (so you don't have to edit/delete the template stuff). The Results format can also be changed at the top of the Results tab within the Quiz.
Changing the Results type will delete ALL Results that your Quiz has because they will not be compatible with the new format. There IS a popup window warning you of this to avoid accidentaly clearing Results.
The Three Results formats are as follows:
Polls and Surveys can be made in practically no-time in this format. There are no custom Results (which means you don't need to define them) and no Variables are required. When the Quiz is completed a graph will be displayed showing what percentage of users selected each option, for each question, allowing users to assess the relative or absolute popularity of each answer amongst all respondents.
Optionally, you may define one or more Variables as you would for other Results formats. Then, in addition to the graph of answers (and how many times each answer has been chosen), it would score the Quiz-taker based on each Variable. For example, with a single Variable representing "correct answers", you could create a school-style test which would show each respondent how many answers they got correct, as well as how everyone else answered each question.
NOTE: it would not actually show which was the correct
answer to each question, only the Quiz-taker's total score and the popularity of each answer. So even taking the quiz again, after seeing the results graph, does not guarantee a perfect score!
, as described in How To Create A Quiz
, have Results directly linked to the Variables, such that there is exactly one Result per Variable and vise-versa. This means that the Quiz is, in effect, "winner takes all" - the result displayed will simply be that which corresponds to the variable which scores highest based on the Quiz-taker's answers. Although it is easy to create a Simple Results Quiz, even one with many variables, without careful planning ties between results may happen frequently.
, the third Variables/Results setting, is the most powerful and therefore the most complicated Quiz type. It allows you to manually set your own, custom results, which are not tied to your variables on a one-for-one basis as they are in a Simple Results Quiz. Instead, for each Result which you add (using the [Add a Result] link at the bottom of the page) you must set ranges for one or more of the variables in order for it to show up when desired. Each range must have values for the lower and upper bounds of the range (for example, "between 5 and 7"), and these numbers are inclusive
, such that if you make the two values equal, only 1 specific total for that variable will enable the Result (for example, "between 0 and 0" will only appear if, at the end of the Quiz, that variable is exactly 0). You can think of these ranges as conditions which must all be met, so if you fill in ranges on more than one variable for the same Result, the scores at the end of the Quiz must meet ALL those conditions in order for that Result to be displayed. If, at the end of a Quiz, the Variable scores given by the Quiz-taker's answers do not meet all the conditions for any one Result, then NO Result will be shown, and the Quiz will instead display a Graph of your answers, just as in Survey Results Quizzes. On the other hand, if you leave both fields for a Variable blank, that range with always evaluate to true. This means that if you create a Result with all Variable bounds blank, that Result will always be displayed.
Hints for making Advanced Results Quizzes:
You have a lot of freedom in the Advanced Results format, and if you can think of a neat way to do things, go ahead, experiment! However, if you are just trying out the Advanced Results for the first time, you should consider:
- Try only using one "main" Variable; in other words, start out by making Results that cover the entire range of possibilities for that single Variable. If you have the Variable "Pretty", and above Results the page says that respondents can score anywhere between 0 and 12 for Pretty, you might want to set one Result each for the ranges 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-11, and 12-12 (maximum Prettiness). This ensures that whatever else you do, each Quiz-taker should get exactly one of those Pretty Results.
- Be VERY CAREFUL when adding ranges for multiple Variables into the same Result. If the quiz in the example above also had a "Popular" Variable with possible scores between 1 and 5, and you added made the (Pretty 4-6) range Result also require (Popular 3-5), then anybody taking the Quiz and scoring Pretty 4, Popular 2 would NOT get a Result (they would get a graph instead). In other words, multi-Variable-Range Results tend to multiply the number of Results you need. This can be beneficial, because people like Quizzes with many different results, but it can also require more work and makes it easier to make a mistake.
- Try spicing up your quizzes with "Bonus" Variables; once your main set of Responses is set up to cover all sets of answers, you can go back and add another variable that tracks something much simpler/more specific. For example, you might make a Variable called "Country", which you leave blank (zero) for every answer except that one where the user picks Country for their favorite type of music (which could be worth 1 Country). Then, make a new Result that says "You're quite a Cowboy!" and only appears if your Country Variable is 1. It's like a hidden bonus for anybody who picked that answer, and will show up in addition to whatever result they get for your "main" Variable(s) (as long as you have [Allow Ties] checked on the Properties tab).
- You can set up a quiz to "build" combination-Results based on multiple Variables. If you make Results to cover all ranges of one Variable, than do the same for each other Variable, Quiz-takers will get a Result for each one (as long as you have [Allow Ties] checked on the Properties tab). If you play around a little with formatting (punctuation and capitalization) of your Results, you can make it look like a single, complex Result with a lot of detail!
- Test your own Quizzes a few times! This will usually help you find most "bugs" and fix them.
- If you see somebody has pasted a Result for your Quiz that is a "bug" (such as no Result when there should be one, or multiple Results which shouldn't appear together), you can ALWAYS go back to your Quiz and edit it to prevent that bug from appearing in the future.