Better Know a Curator: NYYanks

NYYanks

NYYanks

This is part of Sporcle’s long-running series highlighting our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’re sharing their responses here on the blog. 

This next post is from NYYanks, curator for Halloween and former curator for year.


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Top Tweets (4/15/14)

toptweetsv65oai7fxn47qv9nectxWhen you see something you really like, sometimes retweeting and favoriting isn’t enough – that’s why @Sporcle has this weekly blog post. Congrats to the tweeters who made the cut this week!

Remember, you can always reach us on Facebook or Twitter with any questions or comments you have.

Top Tweets (4/8/14)

toptweetsv65oai7fxn47qv9nectxWhen you see something you really like, sometimes retweeting and favoriting isn’t enough – that’s why @Sporcle has this weekly blog post. Congrats to the tweeters who made the cut this week!

Remember, you can always reach us on Facebook or Twitter with any questions or comments you have.

New Game Pages Are Here: Features & Frequently Asked Questions

game-page-example1It’s here! We warned you about it just a few days ago, and we’ve just released the krak…err…new game page. There are tons of changes to the new page, and we wanted to highlight just a few of the new features as well as answer some common questions we’ve received. Without futher ado, let’s move on to some of the highlights.

New Features

  • ‘Challenge Your Friends on Facebook’ Option.
  • New Facebook Share buttons
  • Random Category & Subcategory link on each game.
  • Improved look and feel for embedded pictures & videos.
  • Updated ‘Popular Games’ today section
  • Restored the Hide Comments button.
  • Reduced time before the ‘give up’ button appears. Now 7 seconds instead of 17.
  • More room for game notes, including the ability to add HTML to a game note. (Tags accepted:<br><b><h1><h2><h3><h4><i><li><ol><strong><u><ul>)

Frequently Asked Questions

The game pages seemed fine, why’d you change everything?

We wrote out a few reasons for changing the game pages in our preview post from earlier this week. The short answer is that we wanted you see the most important pieces of the game page first, and to do that we had to make some major changes.

Where’s the link to the comments?

The comments link is now at the top of the page right next the number of game plays, and the rating. Clicking that link will open the comments section. You can also click the show comments link at the bottom of the page.

Where did the game notes go?

All game notes are currently displayed under ‘How to Play’. We’ve increased the number of characters that can be added to that section, and you can use limited HTML when creating games.

What are those little icons next to the ‘How to Play’ section?

We’ve simplified our game instructions and now they’re visual icons. Hovering your mouse over the icon will give you an explanation of what each of them does.

Why can’t I leave a note when I nominate a quiz?

The feature where you could leave a note along with your quiz nomination wasn’t used all that often, and many people thought it was a requirement. We’ve simplified the nominating process so now all you have to do is click the button. We hope this encourages more people to nominate the quizzes the love.

A quiz I made looks terrible in the new game format, what do I do?

Please report the quiz using the ‘Other’ designation and let us know what’s wrong. We’ll get it fixed.

WrestleMania XXX

For the wrestling fan, this is an exciting time of the year. And so, to explain wrestling a bit to the non-fan, I’m writing this blog. This Sunday (April 6), WrestleMania XXX will be held in New Orleans.

Hold it.

Okay, full disclosure: I can’t think of or discuss New Orleans without singing part of the classic Simpsons episode “A Streetcar Named Marge. So lets get this out of the way:

streetcar named desire“You can always depend on the kindness of strangers,

To pluck up your spirits, and shield you from dangers.

Now here’s a tip from Blanche you won’t regret.

A stranger’s just a friend you haven’t met.”

Well that was fun. On with the blog!

Wrestling and Me

wwe_For those of you who don’t know me, I am nscox and I am a wrestling fan and curator of the WWE subcategory. My favourite wrestler is Chris Jericho, my favourite match is Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin from WrestleMania 13 and my favourite Wrestlemania is X-Seven (2001).

Wrestling is in an odd place right now. It’s been a long time since the last boom period (roughly 1998-2001, known to fans as “The Attitude Era”) and ever since wrestling has had its ups and downs but has been nowhere near as popular as it was in the late ’90s (Steve Austin, The Rock, Mankind, etc.) or late ’80s (Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Randy Savage, etc.).

The Truth About Wrestling

The average sports fan views wrestling fanatics as the lowest of the low. In short, wrestling simply doesn’t get the respect it is due. This can be seen almost any time a WWE quiz is published as someone will say “this doesn’t belong in the sports category”.

Yes, WWE matches are fake. Or to be more accurate, they are fixed. The reason is simple: It enhances the entertainment value. If you watch a boxing or MMA match, you never know when it will end. It could be a first round knockout or it could be a long snooze fest. In wrestling, matches are scripted to be entertaining and to draw fans in. Yes, the wrestlers are selling their injuries (selling is an insider term that means “to act as if hit by a real move.” For more fun wrestling terms, check out this quiz) but that doesn’t mean there aren’t real risks. It takes a lot of athleticism and talent to be a great wrestler. For example, wrestlers must master the ability to take a fall – that is, to be able to minimize the impact of being thrown to the mat. It takes a long time to do this. And despite these precautions and the “fake” nature of the sport, a great many wrestlers have been seriously injured.

WWE-Triple-Threat-Tag-Title-MatchAs for the entertainment side of wrestling – it’s true that there have been some really bad storylines. And the “soap opera” aspect is a turn-off to some. But storylines are everywhere in sports. When you watch the NFL, the best games usually have some kind of storyline behind them. Whether it’s a team/player chasing a record, an upset, a rivalry or the potential for revenge. It can turn a good game into a great game because fans put all their emotion behind their team. It’s the same in wrestling.

Make no mistake about it, every professional sport is as much about entertaining the fans and making money as it is about athletic competition (which is why rules are often changed to speed things up or keep things interesting). And when sports fans accept this fact, wrestling will not seem so strange.

The Bout to Knock the Other Guy Out

So now that that is out of the way, let’s look at WrestleMania.  First, some context for the non-wrestling fan. The WWE has several weekly TV shows, with Raw being the flagship show. These programs help build up matches, which are then settled at events which can be watched on pay-per-view (ppv). There are 12 ppvs per year and the biggest is WrestleMania. To underscore the prestige of the event, many Manias have been in stadiums and some of the most legendary matches have been at WrestleMania. Celebrities are often brought in, big names of the past are brought back and wrestlers often do everything possible to make their match special.

An Exhaustive History of WrestleMania

Okay, that’s a lie. I’m not going to do a full rundown of the shows. It would take forever and is it really necessary? Instead, here’s a quiz that has Every WrestleMania Match Ever. If you want some more WrestleMania quizzes, here’s a listing of every one with an appropriate tag.

WrestleMania XXX: Not a Porn Parody (I Hope)

wrestlemania-xxx-posterThis year’s show should be a good one. The top 4 matches should all be good, but the bottom 4 really aren’t much to be excited about. A problem they always have is that they try to cram too many people into the show (this is pretty nice of them, since it entitles the wrestlers to ppv bonuses) which means we get multi-man matches where the main goal is to make sure every wrestler has a chance to get in the ring and perform a move.

The WWE Tag Team Championship should be okay, if it doesn’t get bumped to the pre-show. The New Age Outlaws return to join up with Kane to face The Shield. The Divas Championship match will probably be forgettable. The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal could be entertaining if given enough time.

undertaker-vs-lesnarIn the top four matches, The Undertaker faces Brock Lesnar. Undertaker is, of course, undefeated at WrestleMania. Will Lesnar end the streak? Probably not. John Cena faces Bray Wyatt. This will be Cena’s first non-main event or title match since WrestleMania 20. Wyatt should win, but who knows? There will be a lot of upset 10-year-olds if Cena loses. Daniel Bryan faces Triple H with a spot in the Main Event on the line. Triple H gets a lot of flack. There’s no denying his talent, but many fans feel he used his position in the company to keep himself on top for too long. He could buy a lot of good will by putting Bryan over strong.

Finally, the Main Event Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Winner of Bryan/Triple H for WWE Championship. There can be only one ending that benefits the WWE: Daniel Bryan winning and leading a huge “Yes” chant. So there’s a good chance we won’t get that. But the optimist in me is hoping for the right thing.

Sporcle World Order

Now we get to the Main Event, some quizzes!

Three Unique/Interesting Quizzes

Pro Wrestlers by Mug Shot

Wrestler or Supervillain

WWE Wrestlers by ’80s Action Figure & WWE Wrestlers by ’90s Action Figure

Three Royal Rumble Quizzes

Royal Rumble Runners-Up

Royal Rumble Winners

WWE Royal Rumble Final Four

Three WCW Quizzes

WCW Most Nitro Matches

WCW Most PPV Matches

WCW World Heavyweight Champions

Three WWE Championship Quizzes

90 Second Blitz: WWE Champions

WWE Champions (Redux)

WWE Heavyweight Champs

Three WWE Title Quizzes

NWA/WCW/WWE United States Champions

WWE Intercontinental

WWE/WCW Cruiserweight Champions

Post-Match Promo

So in closing, thanks for reading.

I hope non-wrestling fans learned something. And for wrestling fans – enjoy the show! And if you didn’t like this, I’ve got two words for ya: I’m sorry.

I’ll end this with a few inspiring words…

“Dean Malenko, you claim to be the man of 1,000 holds, but I counted, and you know about 60. Well, I know 1,004, and I wrote ‘em all down, here we go. Hold 1: Arm Drag, Hold 2: Armbar, Hold 3: The Moss Covered three-Handled Family Credenza…”

And that sums it all up.

Check out the Sporcle WWE Facebook page for more great quizzes, and you can always email me (nscox22@hotmail.com) for feedback or suggestions for curator picks!

nscox

 

21 Quizzes You Might Have Missed (March 2014)

432004_10151382834450010_1179365295_nIt was a busy month here at Sporcle, and if you skipped a few days of Sporcling, you might just have missed one of the best quizzes of the month.

Instead of feeling bad about it, we thought we’d put together a monthly recap of all the most interesting games on Sporcle.

Take a look at our full list of top games below, and let us know about your favorites in the comments.

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Brace Yourself: A New Game Page is Coming

Despite today being April 1st, this is not an April Fool’s day joke. We promise!

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The classic game page is not long for this world.

Very soon we’re going to be making a huge update to your old friend the Sporcle game page. That’s right, we said it. Everything you know is about to change.

We know that big changes on a site don’t always go over well (We’re looking at you Facebook!) but in this case we’ve spent a lot of time putting ourselves in your shoes (nice shoes, btw) and doing our best to figure out how to take the game page from “Eh, it’s fine” to “!!!!”.

We know it can be really jarring when a site you like updates its look and feel, so this post is all about giving you a look behind the scenes before we release this thing into the wild. Check out our top 4 reasons below to get an idea of why the heck we’re doing what we’re doing.

4 Reasons Why We’re Changing the Game Page

1.  We wanted you to see the things that are most important.

When we began working on this project we realized that many of the most interesting elements of a game were not at the top of the page. They were actually hidden, below the game and out of sight. We’re now moving the most important pieces above the play game button, right where you can see them.

2. We wanted to make sharing easier.

You might have noticed that we’ve changed our sharing buttons on more than one occasion.  We want to make sharing quizzes as easy as possibly without looking messy and cluttered. Once we release the new page, sharing will be much more simple.

3. We wanted to make Sporcle even more interactive.

Some of the new features involve making it easier to challenge and find your friends on Facebook, and we needed to find a place to highlight this unique way of playing Sporcle across sites.

4. We wanted a fresh start.

When you make small tweaks and updates to a page, you end up with a page that’s a strange mixture of design elements (basically what we have now). If we were going to make the significant improvements to these pages to make it a better experience for everyone (for exclamation points, at least), we needed to start from scratch.

When the new page comes out, you’ll see dozens of small tweaks that we would have never been able to make if we’d attempted small tweaks over time. We’ll have a full recap when we release this thing to the wild, so stay tuned.

So without further ado, here’s a small preview of the new game page:

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The rest of the page will revealed soon. As per usual, please let us know any thoughts you have in the comments section.

Top Tweets (4/1/14)

toptweetsv65oai7fxn47qv9nectxWhen you see something you really like, sometimes retweeting and favoriting isn’t enough – that’s why @Sporcle has this weekly blog post. Congrats to the tweeters who made the cut this week!

Remember, you can always reach us on Facebook or Twitter with any questions or comments you have.

The Sporcle Blog is about to get legen -wait for it- DARY!

Suit Up for Sporcle

himym

Kids, we’ve reached the end of the incredible story, the story of how Ted met the mother. After 9 seasons, hundreds of MacLaren’s drinks, failed relationships, and slap bets, the mother is in sight. However, all is not lost. In a few short minutes you’ll be able to relive all the good times, and it will be like Barnabus Stinson and Robin Sparkles never left your television set. True Story!

Let’s start from the beginning, and no, we don’t mean of the story. The theme song, which is catchy, quick, and fun, has introduced the show over 200 times. Do you remember the lyrics? ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Theme Song Quiz

If you breezed through that like Marshall and “The Best Burger in New York”, you must be quite the fan. We respect that in a viewer, and Lilypad would be inclined to agree. Knowing true fans like you, we can bet old reruns won’t 100% fill that hole in your heart once the season finale hits.

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Check Out Sporcle’s Top Comments of the Week (03/28)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Don’t Pick the Wrong Day!

rahenson1: I swear about halfway through the quiz the days looked like they were spelled wrong. It was surely just me, but letters seemed to be in all kinds of crazy places in the words.


2. From: Two Different Clues, Same Answer

ronnymexicoOne of the seven dwarfs and every Adam Sandler character: Dope


3. From: 10 Smallest US States

DixonMasonGot the 9 smallest right away… stared at quiz for a good minute… clicked wrong answer.


4. From: Presidential Letters Minefield

JaspersYes, of course, President Harry Struman.


5. From: Childhood Games

lawsigWell, I’m not sure it is for children, but I enjoy rock paper scissors lizard spock.