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Heres the thing. Even if the problem itself is not too complicated there are few things that make it complicated. For example, the way it is written out with the symbols on a computer, is different then what a kid would find on a math book. I wasn't even quite sure what a few things meant and had to get my mom to help out. Also, the answere was one half once, so i put the fraction form. But no, the REAL answere was 1.5 so i got it wrong.
It would be a great idea if there were other questions instead of math.
I'm not good at math either and I don't think it's right to give a math problem in order to get your prize. If you find the item you should get it, not have to solve a math problem too. If you get the problem wrong you don't get your prize, which isn't fair.
I read someone had mentioned in Canada they have to give math problems in contests. Not everyone is from Canada though. Not every adult is good at math either, like me.
Well, I can do it, but I'm... not the best at math, but I'm good for my grade level.
I think they do it so that... like... age restrictions or something like that? Like, making sure it's not some toddler randomly clicking on stuff? And I think you have to be a certain age to have an e-mail address, too (*you point at me* oh, be quiet. ).
So yeah. Also, I think it's almost kind of like the captcha code things? (like when they have ABC123 with the little lines going through them and they ask you to type it)
*shrugs* it's either:
1: to make sure you're "of the age" to be searching for them
2: to make sure you're not a computer
3: for no good reason
And also, WI usually posts the answers to the questions, too, and smaller kids can have their parents supervising them at the computer to help them with the problem, or they can ask their wonderful older sisters who are great at math.
EDIT: and also, I found a tree and took a screenshot of the form thingamajig. I do believe it has something to do with the text in the red box (that I doodled on there. I also covered up the captcha code; don't worry, the real ones aren't that hard to read ).
Oh, I see. An adult has to help you with the math problem.. if you don't understand it? Right?
I can't stand it. I learned how to do all that stuff 5 years ago, but all the numbers get mixed up in my head.
Even though it says you should have someone over 18 enter for you, both my mom and grandma, the only adults in my life, are dyscalculic. In other words, they have trouble with math and they'd probably screw up the question like I normally do.
They should have questions like the blue hippo and "What is the 10th letter in the alphabet?" or something to that effect. Easy finger counting for anyone...even someone who's 5 or 6.
Well for legal reasons Ganz does have to include a skill testing question in order to let us enter their contests. I wonder if for some reason in order for that question to be valid it has to be math based. I know that the skill testing questions for many other contests and giveaways (like Roll-Up-The-Rim) all use math questions for their skill testing questions.
Also as another tip remember there are sites out there that will do that math for you
You do raise a good point. I have mixed feelings though. I don't want my younger kids on any website if I am not there. My DS is capable of solving math problems like this and even then I still don't let him wander around on the internet. Maybe their thinking process is to encourage the parents to be a part of the online experience?
I also think they would be wise to randomly change the math problem-or mix it up with WW questions like you say...Why have a standard question that is repeated over and over?
You are a brave one to bring up any topic that would require Ganz to change up programming...doesn't that scare you? Even a little? hahaha!
I was going to say just what bluski said about the parent issue. I'm sure there are lots of us under 18 who enter the contests like that without a parent supervising, and true, people can blow the whistle at us, but you have to realize, once you decide to do the contest without supervision, you have only yourself to blame if you have trouble with the math questions. If Ganz gets lots of reports (or comments on their forum part of WebkinzNewz) that people couldn't get the item or whatever because they could not answer the skill question, then they'll probably assume that most of these comments were from kids who decided that they were "old enough" to do it without Mom or Dad's help-and they're right in doing so, because if you have your own email (assuming that your parents okayed it), and you have clearance from your parents to go on the computer and do this type of thing, then the math should not be much of a problem, or you would have fetched an older person who could help you.
Even if you are an adult and not good at math, you can still look it up online.
So-if you do the contest without a parent, and you are under 18, then it's not the end of the world; you're not going to jail for it or anything.
BUT, you can't complain that the math is too hard because you're the one who chose to bend the rule and do it without a parent/guardian.
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