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March 6, 2017 AT 1:00 pm

Norwegian news site makes readers pass test proving they read the post before commenting on it

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The Norwegian news site NRKbeta uses a creative approach to improve the comment sections of their articles, from NiemanLab, via boingboing.

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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