New functionality helps you get back on track after a break.

There might be a considerable number of questions due after you come back from, for example, a holiday. To help you get to the bottom of that queue we have now introduced buttons that lets you skip a round of questions. Three buttons show up when you have more than 50 due questions:

Why not have buttons for quarterly and yearly questions? The assumption is that those questions show up so seldom that you really don't want to skip them.

Now there is only one thing left to say: Bon voyage!

Posted by Richardr on 15 Apr 2015

New and noteworthy questions

Many of the questions created in the past month are related to the midterm elections in the US and the sharp drop in oil prices.

Which of these countries are members of OPEC?

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Which country is the world's greatest oil exporter?

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What was the most important factor behind the 50 percent plunge in oil prices in 2014?

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How does a bill become law?

US Politics

If the president vetoes a bill from Congress, what is needed to override the president's veto? A ...

US Politics

How many senators are elected during the midterm elections?

US Politics

Posted by Richardr on 05 Dec 2014

The New York Times article: Quizzes should be used to learn and not just for exams.

Here's a quote:

In an experiment published late last year, two University of Texas psychologists threw out the final exam for the 900 students in their intro psych course and replaced it with a series of short quizzes that students took on their laptops at the beginning of each class.

“They didn’t like it, at least at first,” said one of the professors, James W. Pennebaker. The other professor, Samuel D. Gosling, added, “For the first few weeks, every time their friends went out drinking, they couldn’t go — they had yet another quiz the next day.”

But they did significantly better than a comparison intro psych class, both in their grades and on a larger quiz that included 17 of the same questions that appeared both in the quizzes and on the other class’s midterm. The quizzes were especially beneficial for the type of students — many from low-performing high schools — who don’t realize how far behind they are until it’s too late. [nytimes.com]

Posted by Richardr on 30 Nov 2014

The best questions from September and October

The fastest way to answer the questions below is to click a rotation (the round buttons), and select Due Questions from the Quiz Menu.

Can you locate Hong Kong on a map?

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Which of these claims about Richard I Lionheart are true?

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Which element is used in vaseline glass to make it glow in UV-light?

Anything

What was it about lead that made it so appealing before we knew better?

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Posted by Richardr on 17 Oct 2014

Better image support

I thought I'd mention a couple of new features related to images that might come in handy. First, the chrome extension was updated. It's main purpose is still to link to or cite web pages you copy content from. What's new is that the link you get when you paste an image url into the note field now points to the source web page instead of the actual image. The only requirement is that you do not visit any other tabs between copying and pasting the url. 

Note that images are copied to our servers when you paste an image URL. The reason for doing so is to not use resources that another site has to pay for. In addition, your links won't break if the source site choses to move or take down the image.

The other image-related improvement is that you can now add question text images by drag and drop or by pasting an image url into an input field. Previously, you had to upload images to your library before you could use them. The two new alternatives removes this friction, which hopefully results in more images being used. Dropped and pasted images will be added to your root image category, from where they can be moved to a more appropriate subcategory later.

Posted by Richardr on 24 Sep 2014