The quiz is actually to prevent spam The question and answer method is one of the most successful ways to prevent spam bots from joining. If I disabled it, I'd be constantly dealing with spam as CAPTCHA and other methods are broken these days. Feel free to google the answer, I do apologize for this but I just can't stand spam
The problem is the length of time the quiz takes, not necessarily the quiz itself. If the quiz was a little less involved it may not be so problematic. However, taking an hour to gain access to your forum, especially for those who are trained spotters, is not going to gain much.
And I run forums. There are other methods outside of Captcha that can trap bots and spam.
Thank you for your comments
Our current security questions are as follows:
Q: What does NWS mean? (three words, all lowercase)
Correct Answer: national weather service
Q: What CITY is the Storm Prediction Center located in? (one word, lowercase)
Correct Answer: norman
Q: What does NOAA stand for? (FOUR words, lowercase)
Correct Answer: national oceanic atmospheric administration
Guests only have to answer ONE of these questions when joining, the questions display randomly. These questions are extremely simple and I made them to be easily found on page #1 of Google. I don't understand why it is taking a long time for some of you to answer one easy question, especially if you are a trained spotter. Please don't take offense to that, its just my observation, as they are weather-related questions.
I have run message forums for over 15 years. In my experience, question and answer is the best anti-spam method there is. If you think there is something better, please tell me it and we can prove it.
As a forum software developer, I also test many different methods and very rarely do I find one that works, besides the question one.