Experiences like that inspired NRKbeta to try and find a way to improve the commenting experience.
They settled on the quiz function because they thought it would ensure that commenters had at least read the story and had a common set of facts on which to base the discussion. NRKbeta also thought that the quiz functionality might help keep the discussions on topic.
“We’re trying to establish a common ground for the debate,” Arnesen said. “If you’re going to debate something, it’s important to know what’s in the article and what’s not in the article. [Otherwise], people just rant.”
NRKbeta developer Henrik Lied built the tool as a WordPress plugin, with the questions randomized for each user.
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