I'm Evil? That sucks.

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2006/08/19 16:59 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2006/08/19/708105.aspx

You read about it here first, I guess. But the results are in.

How evil are you?

I actually have been telling people I am, all things being equal, a nice guy. Apparently this is one of my evil ploys....

I'd talk about the differences in the terms (evil vs. angelic) and the sloppy word choice there. Like maybe it should have been evil vs. good, or devilish vs. angelic, or somesuch. You know, a more balanced set of word choices. If one is going to be judgmental, one should at least be objective and deterministic in one's methodology, or at least in one's language.

I guess, looking at the questions, the ship has kind of sailed on that issue, anyway. :-)

All things considered though, it probably is just that kind of ornery, have to pick a fight, have to disagree with someone else's conventions, have to nitpick, and have to close the comparison with a snide italicized comment kind of attitude that got me the whole evil tag in the first place....

(Hat tip to Heather Hamilton)


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# Maurits [MSFT] on 19 Aug 2006 5:19 PM:

Looking at the source on the form page, there's an "insanity" component to it as well. :)

# Maurits [MSFT] on 19 Aug 2006 5:22 PM:

In fact, here are the different possible results (SPOILER WARNING!)


... and...


Reverse-engineering answer sets for each result is left as an exercise ;)

# HeatherLeigh on 19 Aug 2006 5:32 PM:

Ahh, Michael, I know you aren't evil no matter what that silly test says. Mostly I know this because I'm not angelic. Results are clearly flawed.

I wonder what the result is for people that think Canada is in Europe.

# Michael S. Kaplan on 19 Aug 2006 6:14 PM:

Ah Maurits, at least I am not insane....

# Michael S. Kaplan on 19 Aug 2006 6:16 PM:

Hi Heather,

Isn't it? :-)

Just kidding....

# BlakeHandler on 19 Aug 2006 6:51 PM:

I’m always amused when Microsoft employees don’t “understand” why they are (perceived) evil. It’s not “you” per se . . . it’s why some people “hate” the United States – they’ll say they “hate” our county, our politicians, our foreign polices – but always add they don’t “hate” the people of the United States.

So don’t ever take it personally – and understand with almost a BILLION Microsoft users, your small handful of critics simply seem to be louder then the rest of us.

# Michael S. Kaplan on 19 Aug 2006 7:43 PM:

Hmmm... the site had no idea I work for Microsoft, so it just did it on the basis of my answers. I never took it as them thinking MS was evil (I mentioned in my Dell support experience the other day that know they think MS is evil, that's no worry for me).

In this case, the determination of evility was judged solely by my answers to the quiz!

# Dean Harding on 19 Aug 2006 10:25 PM:

You get the "insanity" page if you answer all the obviously-evil ones (like the question about what meat do you like, if you answer "people")

I got just plain old Evil. I think because I told it I was using Internet Explorer :p~

i dog imcewen12 on 24 Apr 2011 11:09 PM:

there not listening youre evil thats in your soul dill wit it man

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