FAQ: The New IMDb Quiz

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We are pleased to announce an early look at our new editable
IMDb Quiz, at http://www.imdb.com/poll/v2/.

WHAT IS THE NEW IMDB QUIZ?

We're using the term "Quiz" broadly. The new "Quiz" supports a wide variety of game experiences. For the first time you can create your own quizzes that you can share with other users. These quizzes include things like "What Kind of X are you?", multiple choice, exams, checkboxes, and eventually highly freeform polls (not tied to existing titles or characters).

HOW DO I EDIT THE EXISTING QUIZZES?

At the bottom of every quiz, you'll see a small "edit quiz" link. This will open a form field (the "quiz edit box") in which you can see the "source code" for the quiz. The quizzes are in JSON format, which you need to edit to change the quiz. You have a substantial amount of control. You can add/delete/modify questions, comments, or scoring and resubmit it and you will see these changes instantly (only you - everyone else always sees the original quiz). Try a small change first, and experiment!

CAN I MAKE A BRAND NEW QUIZ?

You can recreate 100% of the JSON and make an make an entirely brand-new quiz. Click "edit quiz" and replace 100% of the JSON and hit submit, and you've created a brand new quiz.

IS THERE A SIMPLER FORMAT TO CREATE AND EDIT QUIZZES?

One of the quiz types is called an exam and although we still don't have an interactive builder, we do have a (temporary) simpler file format that you can use to submit quizzes to us (described here http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/flat/230409559?d=230666206#2306662 06 ). Note that for this format, we are in fact building the same JSON on our systems, so in the end they create the same structure. We do not have a way for you to see/preview the exam that is created using the intermediate format, you'll have to paste them into a message and await for us to transcribe them to JSON on your behalf. The advantage of using the JSON format directly is that you can develop, run, and test the quiz 100% on your own. An example of an "exam" quiz is the Spaceships quiz. http://www.imdb.com/poll/v2/spaceships/

WHY DO I NEED TO EDIT CODE TO CREATE A QUIZ?

Creating these quizzes in their full general form is not for the faint of heart - they are in JSON format and it takes care and diligence to create a good quiz. We recommend using a JSON "pretty printing" tool (google JSON "formatter") for many options to get better error messages.

HOW DO I SHARE A QUIZ?

If you create a good quiz, and want to share it with others, you need to save and share your changed JSON code. Please save your work often in a separate file, so you don't lose your work in a browser crash!. You should create a Quiz Suggestion thread for each new quiz. For instance, if you creating a quiz on spaceships, you might create a boards message that says Quiz Suggestion: Spaceships. You can paste your code directly into a discussion board message or use a third party pastebin-like tool, and include a link to it in the discussion board message. Before it goes live we will ask you to include language in your code that indicates you are giving us the right to publish it. At any point, others can paste your JSON code into their quiz edit box.

CAN I TRY OTHER PEOPLES JSON CODE WITHOUT WAITING FOR IMDB TO PUBLISH THE QUIZ?

Yes, anyone can paste JSON into their quiz edit box and try it your work, make corrections, suggestions, comments.
Similarly, you can run other peoples JSON.

CAN I SHARE MY QUIZ PRIVATELY?

You may want to collaborate on a quiz before publishing it, or share it with a subset of friends.
Currently the only way to do this is to privately mail the JSON code (it will be too large for PMs), and have those users paste the JSON code into their quiz edit box.

CAN I PUBLISH MY QUIZ ON MY PROFILE PAGE?

Not yet!

WILL IMDB PUBLISH MY QUIZ?

As we do with polls, we will review the quiz suggestions published in boards messages here, and publish a subset of the high quality quizzes as "official" quizzes over time.

OMG I CAN'T EDIT JSON TO CREATE A QUIZ, PLEASE MAKE A NICE "BUILDER" APP FOR US

Yes, we agree, but it's a serious endeavor and we figured that at least a subset of IMDb users would want to see our progress to date and be able take advantage of it. We figure that there will be some "creators" who might want to partner up with more programmer types to build quizzes. Why not find a buddy in the mean time?
You might also start by just making small edits to a quiz that is somewhat like what you want to create, that's a tried and true technique.

WHERE'S THE DOCUMENTATION ON THE FORMAT?

Unfortunately all we have now is a series of examples to go by! Did we mention that this is an early preview? :-)

IT'S NOT WORKING RIGHT

This is a super early preview, share your issues, and we'll work to resolve them.

I PUT MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, HOME ADDRESS AND GMAIL PASSWORD IN A SHARED QUIZ AND THEN SOMETHING BAD HAPPENED TO ME.

Please use common sense and good community practices in what kind of information you create and share. Create original material that you can share. All of our standard site acceptable use policies are in place.

-hb

 

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Try all of of our quizzes at http://www.imdb.com/poll/v2/.

We're partway through the implementation of a new comprehensive quiz architecture. It is an extension of our previous work on poll, games, checklists, etc. You will be able to build and share these quizzes. We'd like to share a few early views of it. As users, you will be able to build and share these quizzes with your friends and other IMDb users.

Note: scoring is wonky, it's not saved anywhere, UI is pretty raw, it may act weird on various browsers or mobile.

Enough caveats?

We present: "How Well Do you Know Blade Runner?"

http://www.imdb.com/poll/v2/quiz/

... more to come. Looking forward to hear your feedback.

http://www.imdb.com/poll/v2/quiz/
http://www.imdb.com/poll/v2/spaceships/
http://www.imdb.com/poll/v2/godfather/
http://www.imdb.com/poll/v2/armies/

-hb

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There will be a curated main section, like polls, however, we are looking at ways to allow users to create private yet shareable quizzes that would be on the profile and shareable via the boards, etc. It doesn't solve the 'discoverability' issue but it's a step along the way.

-hb

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We have a builder getting close. In the meantime, I have a very preliminary tool that can construct a certain stylized set of multiple choice quizzes.

If you post a quiz of this form to this thread...

#HEADER

quizType|exam

title|Short Title Of The Quiz

description|Short Description

imageId|[i]rm731683072[/i]

authorUserId|[i]your user id[/i]

#MATCH

question0|answer0|imageId0

question0|answer0|imageId0

...

questionN|answerN|imageIdN

#WRONG

wronganswer1

...

wronganswerN

#SCORE

0|score word|score snarky comment

next score range|score word|score snarky comment

another higher score range|even better score word|score snarky comment

...

N|perfect type word|comment



This will create a special subset of a multiple choice quiz called a "matching quiz", where the any of the answers could credibly be associated with any of the questions. The answers will be scrambled so people taking the quiz can't make the association easily.

We can start to get a few more examples up.

Do not get too attached to this very simple format, subject to change at any time! The real underlying format is far more rich and will be exposed through a builder in the not too distant future...

The ranges are brackets in which if the person score, they will see the 'score word' and the 'comment'. You don't have to fill in every possible score.

Note:
addition of #WRONG section for deliberate "wrong" extra answers, you want quite a few of these of these to prevent the questions from being repetitive

-hb

example (courtesy of RubyFruit76!)

quizType|exam

title|Classic Collaborations

description|Can you identify the film associated with each collaborative team?

imageId|rm3791624192

userId|ur19488058

#MATCH

Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro|Taxi Driver|rm3909261312

Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren|Marriage Italian Style|rm2482683392

George Clooney and Brad Pitt|Burn After Reading|rm262445824

Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy|Guess Who&8217;s Coming to Dinner|rm679319552

Joel Coen and Frances McDormand|Fargo|rm4035886592

Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen|Shame|rm1276820736

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay|Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy|rm2747894784

Gong Li and Zhang Yimou|To Live|rm2876741888

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton|Manhattan|rm94078720

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton|Ed Wood|rm12884736

Pedro Almodovar and Penelope Cruz|Volver|rm3860962048

Jimmy Stewart and Alfred Hitchcock|Vertigo|rm3211565056

Spike Lee and Denzel Wahington|Inside Man|rm2921434624

Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman|Pulp Fiction|rm2914504448

Bill Murray and Wes Anderson|Rushmore|rm1866043136

#WRONG

The Wolf of Wall Street

Heat

Little Fockers

Gangs of New York

Two Women

Zorba the Greek

Nine

Citizen Kane

The Monuments Men

Footloose

Gravity

Fight Club

The African Queen

Stagecoach

Titanic

Inherit the Wind

Almost Famous

Superman

Primal Fear

True Grit

Prometheus

Fame

Jaws

Static

This is the End

Meet the Parents

Bull Durham

Blades of Glory

Chinatown

Hannibal Rising

2014

Farewell My Concubine

Midnight in Paris

Jaws

The Godfather

Reds

Chocolat

Blow

Fly Away Home

Grizzly Adams

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Beloved

Love Story

Vanilla Sky

Psycho

The Night of the Hunter

The Green Hornet

Miracle on 34th Street

The Champ

Flight

Do the Right Thing

Sherlock Holmes

Henry and June

Reservoir Dogs

Wonder Woman

Blue Velvet

Maleficent

Ghostbusters

True Blood

The Terminator

#SCORE

0|in training|MTV Movie Award

3|on your way|Emmy for Best Guest Star!

6|good|Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor!

9|very good|Golden Globe for Best Lead!

12|excellent|Academy Award for Best Lead!

15|perfect|Academy Award for Best Director!

 

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Here's a heavily modified and no doubt slightly broken of Ferry_Silitonga's Armies Quiz

http://www.imdb.com/poll/v2/armies/

Note use of interesting new feature that allows multiple selections!

-hb

 

= = =

 

For multiple selection questions, your Score is the Number Right Minus The Number Wrong.
ones you omit don't count or penalize your score.

If you're Not seeing this one on a particular question, we've made a mistake somewhere.

-hb

 

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In response to the spaceship quiz being too easy, I created a new section for deliberate "wrong" extra answers. They will be randomly selected along with the other credible but wrong answers.

we have fixed the scoring (we believe) and ready to get a few more examples up - so if you want to submit them in the above form, let's give it a shot!

-hb

 

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Here's is a quotes quiz in this simpler "exam" format.
http://www.imdb.com/poll/v2/quotes-1i/ <- with images
http://www.imdb.com/poll/v2/quotes-1/ <- without images (leave off the trailing |rmXXXXX)

#HEADER

quizType|exam

title|Identify The Movie From The Quote #1

description|Can You Identify the Movie From the Quote?

imageId|rm1206619392

authorUserId|ur5224439

#MATCH

\"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?\"|Dirty Harry|rm1046982656

\"Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son\"|Animal House|rm1727967232

\"Nobody puts Baby in a corner\"|Dirty Dancing|rm1206619392

\"We're on a mission from God\"|The Blues Brothers|rm341547008

\"I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti\"|The Silence of the Lambs|rm1713340416

\"Sweep the Leg\"|The Karate Kid|rm151637504

\"Check out the big brain on Brett\"|Pulp Fiction|rm3780561920

\"Say hello to my little friend!\"|Scarface|rm1653914624

\"Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape\"|Planet of the Apes|rm309368832

\"I love the smell of napalm in the morning\"|Apocalype Now|rm2727837952

\"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room\"|Dr. Strangelove|rm4132817920

\"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die\"|The Princess Bride|rm3868230656

\"I drink your milkshake! I drink it up\"|There Will Be Blood|rm2265679616

\"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley\"|Airplane!|rm2668865280

\"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship\"|Casablanca|rm70101504

#WRONG

The Godfather

The Shawshank Redemption

The Dark Knight

Schindler's List

12 Angry Men

The Lord of the Rings

Fight Club

Inception

Forrest Gump

Oldboy

The Sting

Once Upon A Time In America

Amadeus

Snatch

Double Indemnity

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Goodfellas

The Matrix

Seven Samurai

Se7en

The Usual Suspects

Life is Beautiful

Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Green Mile

Gladiator

Alien

The Departed

Paths of Glory

Vertigo

Psycho

Rear Window

A Clockwork Orange

Braveheart

Spirited Away

Modern Times

#SCORE

0|none?|Keep Watching!

5|ok|Movie Fan!

10|good|Movie Enthusiast!

12|great|Movie Buff!

15|perfect|Addicted To Movies!



when run through our internal builder, it produces this JSON

{

"quizType" : "exam",

"title" : "Identify The Movie From The Quote #1",

"description" : "Can You Identify the Movie From the Quote?",

"imageId" : "rm1206619392",

"authorUserId" : "ur5224439",

"questions" : [ { "title": "\"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?\"" , "imageId" : "rm1046982656", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "The Blues Brothers", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Dirty Harry", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true},

        { "title": "Gladiator", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Casablanca", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Forrest Gump", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son\"" , "imageId" : "rm1727967232", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "Apocalype Now", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Animal House", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true},

        { "title": "Pulp Fiction", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Airplane!", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Se7en", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"Nobody puts Baby in a corner\"" , "imageId" : "rm1206619392", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "The Silence of the Lambs", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Psycho", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Dirty Dancing", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true},

        { "title": "Dirty Harry", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Double Indemnity", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"We're on a mission from God\"" , "imageId" : "rm341547008", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "The Lord of the Rings", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Braveheart", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Scarface", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Blues Brothers", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true},

        { "title": "Dirty Harry", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti\"" , "imageId" : "rm1713340416", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "The Blues Brothers", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Casablanca", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Lord of the Rings", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Silence of the Lambs", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true},

        { "title": "Airplane!", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"Sweep the Leg\"" , "imageId" : "rm151637504", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "The Karate Kid", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true},

        { "title": "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Rear Window", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Sting", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Departed", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"Check out the big brain on Brett\"" , "imageId" : "rm3780561920", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "Amadeus", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Shawshank Redemption", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Pulp Fiction", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true},

        { "title": "The Silence of the Lambs", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Snatch", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"Say hello to my little friend!\"" , "imageId" : "rm1653914624", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "Oldboy", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Inception", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Fight Club", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Departed", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Scarface", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape\"" , "imageId" : "rm309368832", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "Planet of the Apes", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true},

        { "title": "The Dark Knight", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Airplane!", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Fight Club", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Karate Kid", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"I love the smell of napalm in the morning\"" , "imageId" : "rm2727837952", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "The Lord of the Rings", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Apocalype Now", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true},

        { "title": "Pulp Fiction", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Karate Kid", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Sting", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room\"" , "imageId" : "rm4132817920", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "The Karate Kid", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Dr. Strangelove", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true},

        { "title": "The Dark Knight", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Seven Samurai", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Casablanca", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die\"" , "imageId" : "rm3868230656", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "Animal House", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Inception", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Departed", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Planet of the Apes", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Princess Bride", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"I drink your milkshake! I drink it up\"" , "imageId" : "rm2265679616", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "Casablanca", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Once Upon A Time In America", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Vertigo", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Princess Bride", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "There Will Be Blood", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley\"" , "imageId" : "rm2668865280", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "Modern Times", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Planet of the Apes", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Once Upon A Time In America", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "The Green Mile", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Airplane!", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true} ] }

 ,

{ "title": "\"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship\"" , "imageId" : "rm70101504", "maxSelectCount":1, "items" : [

         { "title": "Life is Beautiful", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Inception", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Braveheart", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false},

        { "title": "Casablanca", "score": 1, "isCorrect": true},

        { "title": "Scarface", "score": 1, "isCorrect": false} ] }

  ] ,

"summaries" : [

{"title": "none?", "description":"Keep Watching!"},

{"title": "ok", "description":"Movie Fan!","forScore":5},

{"title": "good", "description":"Movie Enthusiast!","forScore":10},

{"title": "great", "description":"Movie Buff!","forScore":12},

{"title": "perfect", "description":"Addicted To Movies!","forScore":15}

]

 

}
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