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applesaucemanny's avatar

Why is there a "do not write in this area" in tests and important stuff?

Asked by applesaucemanny (1775points) July 11th, 2009

This xkcd comic reminded me of that, why exactly is that area “forbidden”?

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evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

That place is usually reserved for official documentation. The thing that I find weird is when a blank sheet of paper has the text on it that says: “This page intentionally left blank” it’s not blank, it has those five words on it.

applesaucemanny's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra if you mouse over the comic it says almost the exact same thing you said:)

MacBean's avatar

If we told you, we’d have to kill you.

richardhenry's avatar

The “blank” pages have text stating that they’re supposed to be blank, so that you know the thing printed properly and you’re not missing any questions or something stupid.

But you already knew that. :p

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@richardhenry did you just call me stupid?

richardhenry's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra did you misread my response?

ratboy's avatar

If you write in the designated space, it’s evidence that you can’t read.

Zaku's avatar

It’s an intimidation strategy.

simone54's avatar

Can somebody that isn’t a comedian answer this?

Tink's avatar

I’ll try to do it.
Because they don’t want you to write on it!!!!

MacBean's avatar

@simone54: You didn’t like “That place is usually reserved for official documentation”?

Zaku's avatar

Either the plan is someone who processes the document is going to use that space to write or stamp or attach something to it (grade, date stamp, gold stars, comments, stapling another form on, etc), or it gets read by a computer scanner which will get confused if there are doodles in some places (e.g. ScanTron forms).

@simone54: How’s that?

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

It’s either for administrative use or for use by a computer or other machine.

simone54's avatar

@Zaku No, not really,

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evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@simone54, I answered it with sincerity up there, as the first response, otherwise the moderators would have removed it. Again, no one listens to me. I might as well go sit in the garden and eat worms.

MacBean's avatar

@evelyns_pet_zebra: I listened to you and lurved you for a good answer. <3 It’s what I would’ve said if you hadn’t said it first. Which is why I went the “comedy” route.

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