What does this mean? Is the bot broken?
No, this is not broken. However, this happens to many people each day, and many get angry at me that is beyond my control. When this happens, the bot is forced to answer randomly because it cannot find the quiz. Here are the reasons why it cannot find it.
IMPORTANT:Kahoot Winner does not get the quiz name if you join late, and you may need to input the quiz name in the input at the top of the screen. The input will dissappear when a quiz has been found.
1. The Quiz is Private
This is one of the most common reasons that it cannot find the quiz. Some teachers and streamers create their own quizzes and keep it private for their own use. When a Kahoot quiz is private, meaning that it cannot be found on Discover, then there is simply no way to find the quiz. Even if you had the id of the quiz, it won't work.
How do I know if the quiz is private?
Most of the time, you probably won't know. However, if you can see the launch screen, you can see whether the quiz is private or public.
At the bottom left, you should see a text saying
A public kahoot or
A private kahoot. If it is public, Kahoot Winner should be able to find the quiz. Otherwise, it probably won't.
2. You Did Not Provide any Information
Kahoot does not provide the quiz name when you join late, and you may need to provide the name in this case.
In this input, you should put the quiz name, the quiz id, or sometimes, even the text of the current question you are in. The quiz name does not need to be exact and can even be a guess based on what you think the quiz is about.
The quiz name appears when the quiz starts. The quiz id is visible in the url.
3. The Questions are Randomized
When the questions are randomized, the default searching algorithm used in Kahoot Winner becomes too strict and cannot find the quiz.
You can fix this issue by enabling Loose Searching (You can use ctrl+k to toggle it as well)
Loose searching uses a less strict searching algorithm that doesn't care about the position of questions in a quiz. There is a catch though: You need to input the questions yourself. In the few seconds before a quiz starts, a screen listing all the valid questions should appear, as well as a text input. Begin typing words or keywords found in the question to filter it out. The question at the top will be used, or you can click the correct question to use that one instead.
Just quickly type in the question and win! Unfortunately, this system is not foolproof and will fail against quizzes with the exact same question for each question, or with quizzes with the same correct answer for each question.
4. The Answers are Randomized
When the answers are randomized, Kahoot Winner can still find the quiz, but may not get it correct. You should use Manual Control to answer the question correctly.
5. The Quiz is Not Popular
Some people test my website on their own public quizzes and get confused when it cannot find it. Often, they name their quiz something like
test. These quizzes cannot be found because the time required to find it is over the time that the quiz is played. To understand this, here is a picture of the Discover results for "test".
As shown in the picture, there is over 2 MILLION results. In order to find your test, Kahoot Winner would have to filter through 2 million kahoots. This just won't work. In fact, Kahoot Winner has a hard limit to searches, (around 200,000) where it assumes that the quiz is private and stops searching.