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Links fixed

To those who still rely on the old Random Trivia Generator interface – links, tags and a few minor issues have been fixed. There were a number of deprecated extensions and functions that were finally updated and pages should work once again.

Tags are now available again, but only some questions are tagged. More are slowly being tagged.

Many Apologies

Over the last few weeks the site has been plagued by a number of issues ranging from the obvious overlay ads to other behind the scenes issues. These have now been fixed and I would like to apologize to all the users who were inconvenienced by the issues. The overlay ads were especially annoying and I would like to explain that these were not intentional. I wouldn’t use such ads at the expense of user experience.

My sincerest apologies to everyone. This took a bit longer to resolve than anticipated. I have taken steps to try and prevent this from happening again as much as I can in the future.

Thank you for understanding.
Slavi

Random Responses #2

I regularly receive e-mails with corrections, some of which are valid, suggestions for alternative answers, ways questions can be misinterpreted and so on. I take each one seriously and I do look into every request. I often have a discussion with users, especially those who are related to people whose names are forever immortalized, and we end up rephrasing questions or sometimes completely eliminating some from the database.

Once in a while, I get such requests submitted as questions. I take these seriously as well, but I cannot have discussions with the users who submitted these because there is no way to contact them back. When you submit a question, this site does not capture any private details, just the question you submit. Therefore, I have decided to publish some responses publicly now in the hopes that the user sees the response. There won’t be many of these posts since these submissions are rare, but here goes it…random response #2.

I received the following from a user (there are no edits):

“question” : “You suck”
“answer” : “Because your answere on how many states start with O days 4”

Like with all other submission, I took this one seriously and dug through over 3,000 geography questions. With all the database filtering options I have at my disposal, I was able to narrow down the questions that contain the words “states” and “O” to roughly 100. I read each one and the question pertaining to the states starting with the letter “O” has the correct answer:

“question” : “How many US states begin with the letter “O”?”
“answer” : “Three – Ohio, Oklahoma, and Oregon”

I also found this question:

“question” : “How many US states end with the letter “O”?”
“answer” : “Four”

I believe that the user may have misread the question, because both of these are correct. Or if the database indeed has an incorrect question/answer on this topic, and my filtering completely missed it, please let me know. When you do, please include a screenshot of the card so that I can find the exact question and answer.

Random Responses

I regularly receive e-mails with corrections, some of which are valid, suggestions for alternative answers, ways questions can be misinterpreted and so on. I take each one seriously and I do look into every request. I often have a discussion with users, especially those who are related to people whose names are forever immortalized, and we end up rephrasing questions or sometimes completely eliminating some from the database.

Once in a while, I get such requests submitted as questions. I take these seriously as well, but I cannot have discussions with those users because there is no way to contact them back. When you submit a question, this site does not capture any private details, just the question you submit. Therefore, I have decided to publish some responses publicly now in the hopes that the user sees the response. There won’t be many of these posts since these submissions are rare, but here goes it…random response #1.

I received the following from a user (there are no edits):

“question” : “? #7 says peacocks do not lay eggs”
“answer” : “You need to correct it. They do lay eggs. “

Unfortunately there is no indication to which question this is referring to. After a bit of digging through the 20,000+ question, I concluded that it refers to the following one:

“question” : “What color eggs do peacocks lay?”
“answer” : “They don’t lay eggs”

The reason why this question will not be changed is because it is meant to be a tricky question. Peacocks do not lay eggs, but peahens do. A peacock is a male peafowl while a peahen is a female peafowl. Males from these species do not lay eggs.

If it makes everyone feel better, I fell for this question years ago so I made it one of the first trivia questions when I created the original database.

April 2018 Recap – Random Trivia Generator by the Numbers

Hello dear readers and fans of the Random Trivia Generator and welcome to the first update of 2018. The purpose of these posts is to provide a peek behind the curtain and all the action that takes place to bring the tens to thousands of trivia questions to users. Since the year started, our family gained a new family member which resulted in me focusing my energy elsewhere for a bit. But now that the little man is comfortable sitting by himself, I can focus on my hobbies.

New Questions

Since the last monthly recap in October we added 427 new questions to the main Random Trivia Generator website. As of this post, we are sitting at 19,744 trivia questions and I am hoping to cross the 20,000 barrier in the near future.

I want to thank everyone who sent in questions. I have been trying to catch up on user-submitted questions since the end of last year but things are a bit slow as there are hundreds of submissions that I need to go through, verify and fix some spelling mistakes.

New Quizzes and Rounds

Not much has happened since October 2017 as creating new themed quizzes and rounds takes effort and sometimes all I have is a few minutes to add one or two questions. I did have the time to create a 2017 recap quiz and start a new series of trivia rounds based on countries starting with a specific letter.

Stay tuned for even more questions next month.