21 Jul 2008
Web Site ‘Entrance Exams’
Years ago I was working on a site that allowed users over 18 to register for things like competitions, and we discussed whether there were innovative ways we could deter kids from participating. Booze and porn sites commonly ask for date of birth to cover themselves, but is it possible to devise something that tests for adulthood, even allowing for silliness and limited accuracy? Are there any key facts or skills that most adults know and most kids don’t? We threw around daft ideas but failed to come up with anything even vaguely worthwhile.
A few months back I noticed the SportsFilter registration page, which vets new users by asking simple sport questions, slightly reducing both spam and idiocy in the comments. It’s not off-putting for the target audience, and is the first good example I can recall of a web site ‘entrance exam’; anyone spotted some others?