It’s been a while, hasn’t it? The Least Popular Answers Contest is back! Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to go to this form and answer the 10 prompts with answers that you believe no one else will pick. The catch is that everyone else will also be trying to enter the most obscure things, so you need to be careful about what you put down. The more people that share an answer with you, the more points you get. The person with the least total points wins everlasting glory, or at least until I run another one of these contests.
The rules are the same as the last time I ran this contest, but as a refresher:
- 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 electronics 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, unless otherwise specified. 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 Friday, April 29th to give me your answers, and results will (hopefully) be posted within a couple days.