Originally Posted by Tech Explorer
I'm not saying that a question is perfect. But it would be useful as a screening tool to help weed out the undesirables. I don't believe every spammer would know how to answer
that question, so let's say for argument's sake 10% - 20% get weeded out due to that question, that's still 10% or 20% less than what you had to deal with before. Just to mention that questions are often asked at job interviews for the same purpose of weeding out, so why not here?
Because who's going to want to do it if they need help ASAP? They answer the question and need to wait for on of the site team members to react. We do not have someone on call 24/7, 365 so if it's Christmas most of us will be out with families and not spend much (if any) time on the forum. But what about for areas of the world that don't celebrate? They'll have to wait a day on what might be a big issue just because we're not here. I'd rather sift through the extra 10-20%.
And these questions are not the same as getting asked questions in an interview IMO. At an interview you're being asked a question to see how you can help them. Here it's usually the other way around: they are looking to get help form us not help us.
If anything Seti's idea is the best because it doesn't negatively impact legitimate potential members like yours would.