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January 21st, 2008
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Stupid OKCupid questions
I skip a fair number of OKCupid questions because I wouldn't pick one of the choices, or because the answer is "it depends." Here's an example of a really dumb OKCupid question:
Do you believe that the human race will become extinct sometime during your lifetime?
Yes.
I'm not sure.
No... In fact... That's impossible.
I don't believe that this will happen, but I also don't think that it's impossible (asteroid strike, whatever). Why did the question writer feel the need to throw that extra crap into the last option? Because of it, I must skip this question.

I wish there were some sort of feedback mechanism for questions.

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From:ylla
Date:January 21st, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
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Assuming readers are human:
If it's during your lifetime, you're alive.
If you're alive, the human race isn't extinct.

I think.
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From:queue
Date:January 21st, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
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OK, that makes sense as a logic test. I can be a little slow sometimes. :-) (Or I can blame it on being made mentally numb from the MIT Mystery Hunt.)

Still, I think it would make an interesting question if you took "during your lifetime" to mean "at some point in the expected span of your life." I'm sure there are certainly people out there who think that the human race will become extinct in the next 100 years or so, and it might be useful (at least as useful as some of the other questions) to express a preference about dating these people.

Edited at 2008-01-21 05:22 pm (UTC)
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From:ylla
Date:January 21st, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I agree, but I think that's why the writer of the question phrased it as they did (you can express a preference about dating pedants, I suppose) :)
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From:hauntmeister
Date:January 21st, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I think they're just being "cute".

By definition, within my lifetime, the human race can never become extinct.
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