[MUD-Dev] Personality Types (was Anarchy Online (was Community Feeling))

Marc Fielding mfielding at bluefalcon.com
Thu Aug 16 13:06:41 New Zealand Standard Time 2001


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richard A. Bartle

> I really do not like questionnaires that do that, they mean you
> have to remember what you answered the first time. I once did a
> test at school with, ooh, it must have been well over 500
> questions. On page 30 there was some question that was the same as
> one on page 18 but with the sense reversed - instead of "put these
> vegetables in the order you most like them" it was "put these
> vegetables in the order you least like them". It took me a good 10
> minutes to find what I'd put the first time so I could make their
> software think I was more consistent than I was...

The problem with questions like these is that they often come down
to incredibly subtle shades of preference. I mean, I can readily
admit my preference for oranges over bananas, but ask me to rank
plums and nectarines, and I'll have to get back to you. ;)

As I mentioned in a previous post to this thread, questions are=20
asked and re-asked in different ways to determine the taker's true
opinion. The example Richard mentioned above is simply bad test
design. The taker shouldn't be able to easily determine which=20
questions are requeries. Asking the same question in reverse is just
begging the taker to go back and copy his answers, thus=20
invalidating the entire point of asking the question again!

Marc

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