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Redhededkewty

Jun 3, 2008

who cares? is this a personal values issue or a spelling puzzle?

SimNimbus

Jun 7, 2008

I don't know if I don't like this bacause I don't understand it, or beacuse I can't find a right answer.

 

Someone should explain this question.

cmejennie

Jun 7, 2008

8 9 4 7 5           
S T A L E

so

S T E A L
8 9 5 4 7

The letters represent numeric values.

 

 

But ya, I'm going with who cares?

acrobatiques

Jun 7, 2008

I actually think it's pretty relevant.

Mathematical logic and reasoning is something I value as a person, and in other people. This is a chance for people to communicate to OKC that they are capable of solving simple mathematic-related concepts, and to voice whether or not it is of interest of them.

I mark most of the math questions--conversions, the "how much did this apple originally cost," etc.--as mandatory with the correct answer.

Think about it outside of your box. :)

Redhededkewty

Jun 7, 2008

I hate math. It can stay outta my box, LOL!

 

Thogar

Jun 7, 2008

There really can't be that many people who don't understand this.  Surely? 

It's barely even maths.  Just look at the order of the letters and numbers, and rearrange them.

FenilyX

Jun 7, 2008

It's problems like these that show up on IQ tests. So naturally I knew what to do immediatly.

Outside_the-Box

Jun 7, 2008

(I think technically it's not a math problem as a logic/problem solving question, BTW)

I actually think it's a very telling question.  The people who say 'who cares' obviously have a certain attitude towards abstract problems (i.e. they don't particularly like them), which is going to be a compatibility issue for people (like me) who enjoy doing and talking about things like that.  In my mind, the question isn't really about ability/intelligence (I think most people could if they felt like working it out), but what your values are.

89547 is the 'correct' answer, but the 'right' answer just depends on what matters to you.

rogen

Jun 7, 2008

Was this question user-submitted? If so then it's one of the few that that I actually like.

tangofox

Jun 7, 2008

I can think of alternative, more esoteric solutions.

For example, each letter could be assigned an number modulus 10 (meaning a number 0-9) as demonstrated in the answer that is given. Then, there may be another value placed on position of a letter (first gets +1, second +2, etc). If that were the case in this situation, one figure out S=7, T=6, A=1, L=3, E=0. That makes STEAL 89358.

I'm sure someone could come up with a better system involving moduli and such. Hell, I bet with a little ingenuity one could come up with a decent defense for the incorrect answers here.

chrisatpittlaw

Jun 7, 2008

^ If you were a chick, I'd want to do you.

classhumorist

Jun 7, 2008

chrisatpittlaw:

^ If you were a chick, I'd want to do you.

Now THAT is funny.  Thanks for the chuckle, dude...

BTW - I find this question to be every bit as relevant as my or my potential match's perspectives on homosexuality or intelligent design, which would have far less impact on our day-to-day lives than our capacity for abstract problem-solving.  No offense meant to anyone; it's just true.

poetnartist

Jun 7, 2008

Well, unless you're gay.... then attitudes on homosexuality probably ARE more relevant in day to day life.

But seriously- I'd never be with someone who couldn't figure out problems like this one. Seriously- if you can't do this pathetically obvious logic recognition, you'll be left in the dust before we ever get off the starting line on an intellectual discussion with me.

And since intelligence is the sexiest thing I know of, that's a must.

classhumorist

Jun 7, 2008

poetnartist:

Well, unless you're gay.... then attitudes on homosexuality probably ARE more relevant in day to day life.

But seriously- I'd never be with someone who couldn't figure out problems like this one. Seriously- if you can't do this pathetically obvious logic recognition, you'll be left in the dust before we ever get off the starting line on an intellectual discussion with me.

And since intelligence is the sexiest thing I know of, that's a must.

Yes, well, then... it kinda goes to how poorly most of these user-composed questions are constructed.  People neglect to consider whether the selectable answers they provide cover the spectrum of possible responses.  In many cases, I'd really rather choose "Not of my concern" or "I really don't care" than skip a question.  Too many people presume you have an opinion on their pet issue, one way or the other.

No, not really...

tangofox

Jun 7, 2008

classhumorist:

poetnartist:

Well, unless you're gay.... then attitudes on homosexuality probably ARE more relevant in day to day life.

But seriously- I'd never be with someone who couldn't figure out problems like this one. Seriously- if you can't do this pathetically obvious logic recognition, you'll be left in the dust before we ever get off the starting line on an intellectual discussion with me.

And since intelligence is the sexiest thing I know of, that's a must.

Yes, well, then... it kinda goes to how poorly most of these user-composed questions are constructed.  People neglect to consider whether the selectable answers they provide cover the spectrum of possible responses.  In many cases, I'd really rather choose "Not of my concern" or "I really don't care" than skip a question.  Too many people presume you have an opinion on their pet issue, one way or the other.

No, not really...

But there is a limit to the number of responses. "I don't care" limits the spectrum. If you don't have a response then you likely don't care what someone else says anyway. Just skip the question. I do however see enough of a reason to perhaps have the ability to choose Ideal Match answers without having a specific answer yourself... not sure though.

classhumorist

Jun 7, 2008

Many dating sites have personality tests compiled by psychologists and the like, with questions asked for very specific reasons.  Can it be said that these user-composed questions are asked for very specific reasons - other than because they represent the questioners' pet issues?  I don't think so.  Well, as such, I don't think that an arbitrary answer I was shoehorned into should filter out an otherwise potentially positive match because of an unfortunate combination of radio button choices - on my part and hers - on an issue where neither of us feels particularly well-served by the selectable answers.

The desire exists to "play the game" as it were: skipping questions is not satisfying.  But neither is offering a response that does not reflect my opinion (or lack of one).

Outside_the-Box

Jun 7, 2008

Having spent far too much time reading psychometrics texts recently, I can assure you that those psychologist-compiled questions are every bit as dependent on someone's pet theory as most user questions are.

I take it generally that the idea is to 'average out' the occasional lack of a good choice by shear volume.  If you skip or randomly pick on this question, it's only going to make something like a .05 difference on most matches. 

Honestly, I much prefer the variety you get here compared to the narrow (and painfully obvious) questions you get on eharmony or the like, even if some duds do get through.  That's what the skip button is for.

JadedDaisy

Jun 7, 2008

Didn't we already have this conversation in the apple sale thread?

Let's just invoke Godwin's law and be done with it.

chrisatpittlaw

Jun 7, 2008

HITLER APPLESAUCE OMG

hyperNarcolepti

Jun 11, 2008

Man that was hard; I'm dyslexic.

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