Grants talk:IdeaLab/Wikipedia Quiz

Add topic
Active discussions

General thoughtsEdit

I think this idea has merit.

Some things to think about:

  • It could be structured as a single person game or a multi-person game. It would be nice to have both options.
  • Someone will have to generate a long list of questions. One possible source for questions is the history of DYK's, many of which could easily be converted into questions.
  • There should be a taxonomy of questions, with at least these two dimensions:
    • Subject matter (Science, World History, etc)
    • Difficulty (Easy, medium, hard, very difficult...)
  • I trust it is obvious the answers will have a link to the relevant article
  • Consider whether to have a hint feature (a question, with an option for a bit more information if you ask for a hint)
  • Think about scoring. Will scores be saved, so you can play against others, even if in single person mode?
  • Someone, sometime, will challenge one of the answers. Think through the process for addressing that (this is not a bug but a feature, as it might trap entice them into editing--Sphilbrick (talk) 22:11, 2 December 2013 (UTC)
There is already an unoffical pubquiz channel on freenode IRC. Sfan00 IMG (talk) 12:03, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
Something more accessible would be great... I grew up with IRC (yay, #ansi on EFNET!) but not too many people these days, particularly those who aren't as tech-savvy, have any idea of what it is (or the software/impetus to access it). Daveplml (talk) 19:05, 14 March 2014 (UTC)


This is a great idea! I was wondering if the questions could be made on the fly by a bot using Wikidata information, working in a similar way as the Reasonator? HAndrade (talk) 01:02, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Onboarding into editingEdit

I agree with both the above comments. In particular, this strikes me as a good 'first step' in encouraging people to edit. "Oh, you've found the answers to 5 questions - how's your searching outside Wikipedia?" E.g. pulling in "citation needed" sentences, or even starting to look at some of the more complex contested claims. The point User:Sphilbrick makes above is also important - so you edited to get the right answer, how do we deal with that? Mostly we'd hope this is good because it's correcting either the question or Wikipedia, but I suppose being mindful of vandalism potential is also important! Information literacy (in quite a fun way) + editing. You might like this post I also wonder if the very early work around a quiz presentation here is useful. Look forward to seeing ideas, will try and think more on this. Sjgknight (talk) 17:45, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

A further note about onboardingEdit

I echo the above sentiment - this is a cool idea! I'd love to test it out with young people to explore what about it works best. Curious, through -- might this fit in some way with Wikipedia Adventure, perhaps using the Adventure as a first and introductory step?

However, I have to wonder how significantly the search skills are transferable to contexts outside Wikipedia. Syntax, interface and query results, not to mention the ultimate page content, is wildly different. For example, the syntax I used to find the answer to the sample quiz (yay!) was more strictly booleanic than I would have utilized on Google or Bing, although exact phrase was useful (and still helpful). The search results, though, looked a great deal different than the might on a commercial search engine... Daveplml (talk) 18:52, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Gamification as a serviceEdit

Hi, User:Danilo.mac and I are proposing a IEG project called Gamification as a service that I think have some common topics with this idea. I would like to invite the users engaged here to join our project's talks page and help us to improve our project with different community inputs. Crang115 (talk) 19:52, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

Return to "IdeaLab/Wikipedia Quiz" page.