Imagine having to pass a test before a video site lets you post comments online.
Chinese streaming site Bilibili makes users pass a 100-question test before they’re authorized to upload videos or post comments. And it’s hard.
Bilibili started out as a home for Chinese millennials who love anime, comics and games. With a large number of user-submitted videos, Bilibili has formed a tight online community for the anime fans. It’s also branched out to cater to fans of other entertainment genres, including K-pop, J-pop, movies, TV dramas, fashion, technology, science, dancing, and parody memes.
One of its main draws is the bullet chat feature, where users post comments that fly across the screen. (More on that phenomenon here.)
So to win the privilege of posting these, Bilibili requires users to pass a rather difficult test to become a member. Only then will you be granted the right to leave a comment or submit videos.
The 100 questions are a test of the user’s knowledge of anime, pop culture, the media industry, and overall internet geekery.
They’re split into two sections: 50 questions on online etiquette, and the rest on users’ choice areas of expertise.
The test database on Bilibili is said to include thousands of questions, and some users have gone so far as to document what they’ve found, so regular folk can join the site too. On Zhihu, China’s Quora, folks can easily find answers to many of the questions in the test.
Below are some real questions we extracted from the test.
Warning: it's pretty demoralizing.
(We've underlined the correct answers.)
What's the distance between the Earth and the moon?
- 384,000 km
- 384,400 km
- 38,440 km
- 30,400 km
How is the terrain of Beijing classified?
- A plain
- A basin
- A plateau
- A valley
In the show “Last Hope,” at what time does the character Hatano Takumi snack?
- 4 p.m.
- 3 p.m.
- 10 p.m.
- 9 a.m.
In the film "Love Letter" (1995), is Itsuki Fujii male or female?
- Both male and female
In the film "Downfall" (German: Der Untergang), which actor portrays Hitler?
- Morgan Freeman
- Chuck Norris
- Bruno Ganz
- Sean Connery
In the television show "The Big Bang Theory," who is Raj's best friend?
Which station broadcasts the show “Sazae-san”?
- Fuji TV
- Television Kanagawa
- Kagoshima Television Station
Where is Ultraman's homeworld?
Which one of the following was not a professor at Hogwarts?
- Albus Dumbledore
- Minerva McGonagall
- Severus Snape
- Lord Voldemort
What is title of the third book in the "Harry Potter" series?
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Additional reporting by Sierra Chiao