On Quizzes and Obsessions
First published: Friday June 10th, 2022
Quizzes are the building block of JetPunk. They’re the reason most of us are here — we were either attracted by the quizzes or the thought of making our own. And a lot of users make excellent quizzes, I won’t deny that. Sadly, there are a large amount of spam quizzes whose sole purpose is to generate takes.
Perhaps this is a retrospective, perhaps it isn’t — I don’t really check the Recent User Quizzes page anymore. I know these used to be extremely common, however nobody spoke up and said anything about them. What a pity.
Fast typing. Who remembers those? Greedy JetPunkers made them so they would get takes from unsuspecting people wanting to beat their own record. And it usually worked. Many got thousands of takes. And then there were the quizzes that simply had low value. Random quizzes where they would yell at you to type in the answers, securing not only takes but lots of comments. And then there were just plain bad quizzes. Ones the quiz maker couldn’t be bothered to finish. Those were always my least favorite.
I guess what I’m trying to say here is that JetPunk is fueled by desire, the desire for takes, nominations, and comments. In other words, the desire for fame. People make these spam quizzes because they want to be noticed. And it doesn’t stop because nobody’s telling them to stop. People just accept these spam quizzes.
Maybe it’s time to close up shop. Maybe it’s time to just move on. I don’t know.