The Least Popular Answers Contest

Another month has passed, and so it’s time for yet another contest! Previously I had you all guess what you thought the most popular answer to a series of prompts would be, but this time you have to do the exact opposite. Fill out this form as per usual, but now you need to come up with valid answers that you think the fewest number of people would pick. The more people that choose the same answer as you, the more points you get, so this time the person with the lowest number of points will win.

The rules are tweaked somewhat to accommodate the new goal:

  • Answers must be valid. If someone were to give no answer or a false answer (e.g. putting down “green” when asked for a color on the flag of the US), then they get points equal to that of the most common answer, plus one.
  • Misspellings and synonyms where it’s obvious what the person is going for count as part of the original answer. So for instance, if I asked for a type of electronic and 10 people said television, 4 said TV, and 1 said tellevision, they would each get 15 points.
  • Answers that are specific cases of other answers are not grouped. Continuing from the previous answer, if another 3 people said “flat-screen television”, they would only get 3 points (and the other 15 would still only earn 15 points).
  • An exception to the above is if someone is being intentionally overly generic or specific. If someone were to put down “the television in my living room” or “electronics” to the above, I would adjust the answer in a way that makes sense.
  • To get a final score for each person, I will add up the logarithm of the scores of each of their questions. This rewards consistency but doesn’t overly punish someone for badly missing just one question.

Good luck and have fun! You have until 12 PM Eastern Time on Saturday, July 25th to give me your answers, and results will (hopefully) be posted the following day.

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