Countries by Area

Hey Sporclers,

When it comes to geography quizzes, size matters. We’ve seen some discussion pop-up regarding the sizes of various countries, particularly regarding USA vs. China, and thought we should chime in.

At Sporcle, we strive to make our quizzes both accurate and consistent. For that reason, we have opted to use the CIA World Factbook when verifying many geography quizzes, which we feel is a reliable resource.

We understand that there is some debate regarding how the UN and CIA calculate area for the USA, and that this method might include areas not accounted for with other countries. However, for the sake of consistency, we will continue to use the CIA World Factbook as the source for quizzes about area.

Geography isn’t always 100% clear cut. At the end of the day, we have to pick a reliable and reputable source and stick with it. But the wonderful thing about running a site that is all about being mentally stimulating is that quizzes and information like this prompt discussion and a better understanding of the world overall. Our goals at Sporcle are to distract, entertain, and inform. Quizzes and badges allow us to do just that.

Nothing here is meant to represent a US bias, it is meant to be consistent and as accurate across quizzes as we can be while also trying to facilitate good discussions about the world at large.

New Badges: Large and in Charge, Oh Thank Heaven, 2011, and The Composer

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Sure, the best performing single of 2011 was Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. But if you want to really feel the spirit of 2011, throw on “Friday” by Rebecca Black.

Large and in Charge:  Bigger isn’t always better, but in cases of geography, it usually doesn’t hurt. Show that you can be large and in charge and score 100% on Largest Countries by Continent and 10 Most Populous Countries in Order.

OhThankHeaven2011_2 (1)Oh Thank Heaven, 2011: Flashback or throwback? It mostly depends on whether you want to thank heaven for 2011, or thank heaven that it’s long gone. Play 100 quizzes from 2011 to earn this one.

TheComposer_2 (1)The Composer: Being a music composer seems to consist of banging on the piano and looking surly in your portraits. Being a quiz composer has gotta be more fun. Get this badge by having 5 of your quizzes published in the Music category.

As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

How to Use Playlists

Have you seen playlists on Sporcle but aren’t sure where to start? There are plenty of ways to jump into the world of playlists, and the instructions below will help you do it.

Creating a Playlist

Under the ‘Create’ tab, ‘Playlist Dashboard‘ has been added to the drop-down menu. If you’ve never made a playlist before, your Playlist Dashboard will be empty. Click ‘Create your first Playlist’ to start the magic. Once you enter a name and description for your playlist, the playlist creation screen will appear:

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Editing the Title and Description

Your new playlist’s name and description will appear at the Globe 1 marker. You can use the two ‘Edit’ buttons to alter the title and description of your playlist. To the right, there is also the option to delete your playlist entirely. Once a playlist is deleted you can’t access it again, so be careful!

Viewing Playlist Details

The Globe 2 marker shows the main specs of the playlist. This area shows you how many quizzes are on your playlist and its total playtime. Since up to 50 quizzes can be added to a playlist, this tool is useful in sensing how long it would take to play through the entire list. Other users can interact with your playlist, and are able to like their favorite playlists. If your playlist has been liked by other users, those likes will also appear in the specs area.

Moving and Deleting Quizzes

The Globe 3 marker is where all of your quizzes show up. It provides a quick overview of each quiz, which can help you assure you’ve added the right one. If you want to delete a particular quiz from your playlist, hovering over its row will reveal a trash bin icon at the right. Click that button to remove the quiz from your playlist. If you want to change the order of your quizzes, you can click the row you wish to move, drag it to the location you want it, and then drop it there.

Adding Quizzes

The Globe 4 marker is where quizzes can be added to your playlist. To add a quiz, simply start typing the name of the quiz in the box. As you type, recommended quizzes will appear in a drop-down menu. If you’re not sure which suggestion is the quiz you have in mind, you can add it to the playlist and then check the quiz stats to make sure it’s the one you wanted.

Saving Your Playlist

The Globe 5 marker shows the most important feature of all–the save button. If you’ve ever experienced losing hours of essay-writing to a document crash, you know that saving frequently is the key to fewer tears. None of your changes will be live until you click the ‘Save Playlist’ button, so you don’t need to worry about editing while other users are interacting with your playlist.

Accessing Others’ Playlists

To access the playlists of others, simply go to their profile pages. There is now a ‘Playlist’ tab between ‘Badges’ and ‘Published Quizzes’:

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When you click on another Sporcler’s playlist, a page similar to the playlist creation form will appear. It will give you an overview of all the quizzes in the playlist, and will show your current stats if you’ve played the quiz before. From here, it’s easy to play through the playlist. If you enjoy it, there is a like button up by the playtime and quiz number stats.

Quiz Playlists

Some quiz pages have related playlists linked on them. Countries of the World is a good example of this:

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If you play a quiz with a linked playlist, all of the playlist’s quizzes will show up beneath the quiz. This is a great way to explore similar quizzes if you find one that you like. For some harder quizzes like Countries of the World, the related quizzes can be good practice material for the one you’re on. Looking for the playlist view is a great way to find the type of content you’re interested in, so play around with some other quizzes when you see them down there!

With that, you’re set to delve into the world of playlists. Make your own, play through the great ones other users have already made, or just explore quizzes that are similar to your favorites.

Top Comments of the Week (05/20)

Top Comments of the Week

From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh.

Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Odd But True Facts VIII

Lemonshark: “How wild would it be if some early depictions of Jesus Christ showed him with Wi-Fi; just checking His e-mail and ignoring His guests at the Last Supper…”


2. Quiz: Odd But True Facts VIII

Brazen_Helm: ”I was seriously hoping that town mayors of Dorset, Minnesota are twin 8 year old boys from Ohio.”


3. Quiz: Countries of the Americas A-Z

hbaker: “Could not come up with T. Desperate, I tried “The Salvador.” You know. The English version.”


4. Quiz: Fake Toys

mcsheffrey: ”That Mickey Mouse toy is a good way to make sure that your kids never want to visit Disney World.”


5. Thread: ***El_Dandy: Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament Champion!***

bhenderson79: “I will pass along the congratulations from my 3-year old daughter, who watched with me. And I quote, “Did he win? He won! Hooray, Jason! Who is Jason? Why is his name Jason?”"

As if you haven’t heard it enough already, congrats El_Dandy on your great Jeopardy! victory!


El_Dandy, El Jeopardy! Champion

Congratulations to Jason Sterlacci: Jeopardy! champion, Sporcle user

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At Sporcle, we’re huge fans of Jeopardy! — as is anyone who’s a fan of trivia. Last week was the conclusion of the show’s annual Teachers Tournament; the winner this year was Jason Sterlacci, a middle-school English teacher from Somerset, New Jersey.

We know Jason better as Sporcle user El_Dandy. He’s one of Sporcle’s most passionate users, holding the #20 spot for most plays of all time –and, incredibly, the #9 spot for plays of the most unique quizzes. (In case you’re curious, that means he has played more than 49,500 unique quizzes on Sporcle….wow!!)

Sporcle has a strong community of trivia-lovers, and a long history of community members both competing and winning on Jeopardy! Sam Deutsch, a junior at USC who won the 2016 Jeopardy! College Tournament in February, said he used Sporcle to practice.

Among others, our users Nathaniel Barnes (NJSB on Sporcle), sproutcm, phil_quiz, podpod, Propellerhead, LL3rd, jpahk, and maggie882 are all previous Jeopardy! contestants. And Ken Jennings, who holds the all-time record for Jeopardy! victories (a winning streak of 74 consecutive games in 2004), has called Sporcle “the only trivia site I visit regularly.”

Jason’s victory in the Teachers Tournament means that he’ll be competing in Jeopardy!’s annual Tournament of Champions later this year. We’re excited to tune in for that. In the meantime, congrats, Jason, from all of us at Sporcle HQ.

New Badges: Duke Silver, Root for the Home Team, and Fury Road

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Alter egos are all about the disguises. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from comic books, a pair of glasses is all you need.

Duke Silver:  Burt Macklin and Duke Silver taught us that the best things happen under an alter ego. We wouldn’t recommend putting “King Sporcle IV” on any legal documents though. Play 25 Parks and Recreation quizzes to earn this badge.

Root for the Home Team: Honestly, we’re all really just there for the Cracker Jacks and garlic fries anyway. Earn 100%  on NBA Teams on a MapNFL Teams on a Map, MLB Teams on a Map and NHL Teams on a Map for this one.

Fury Road Badge IconFury RoadSome badges you’re given. Some badges you earn. For this badge, you are made worthy through sweet Sporcle victories.  Win a challenge 25 days in a row to land this trophy.

As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

Getting Published: Daily Dose Edition

Getting your daily dose quiz published…a love story.

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Time and time again when getting Daily Dose quizzes (Missing Word, Word Ladder, and Quick Pick) ready for publish, we find that we have to make many of the same changes. So if you have learned how to create a classic quiz and have reviewed these musings on getting published, it might be time to use the checklist below to get your quiz one step closer to the Sporcle home page.


Title:

If making a Missing Word, add ‘Missing Word:’ to the front of the title, same goes with Word Ladder and Quick Pick.

Category:

Set this to ‘Just for Fun’. We might add some more functionality to the tools here around this in the future. For the time being, all Daily Dose quizzes should be categorized as JFF.

Tags:

Make sure the appropriate Daily Dose tag (e.g. Missing Word) is applied. Also add any relevant or interesting tags to the quiz.

Crosslink:

Set this to another published, related Daily Dose quiz. If you make a ‘Missing Word: 90s Boy Bands’ and we published ’Missing Word: 80s Boy Bands’, link to that.

Comments:

Be responsive to comments and make changes as necessary. If the community has pointed out errors and flaws, be sure to review those comments and update as you see fit.

Duplicate Check:

Check to make sure your quiz hasn’t been done before. Do a search on the site or spend some quality time reviewing quick picks, word ladders, and missing words.

Game Description:

The Game Description (Can you name…) should be something like – ‘Can you name the four-letter words in this song title-themed ladder?’ not like ‘Can you name the four-letter words in this super awesome ladder about music and song titles yay baby!’


Those are the basics. For every Daily Dose we publish we use this checklist. Do you have any suggestions or other best practices? Let us know in the comments.

So You Want To Be a Curator…

Whether you’re looking for bigger ways to contribute to the Sporcle community, or just want to help bring attention to great new quizzes, you’ve decided that becoming a Curator is pretty much your destiny. A subcategory that you know a lot about has an opening, and you think you have what it takes to fill it.

To Apply You Will Need:

• Your username
• Links to five quizzes from your desired subcategory that you would select as curator picks
• Links to five quizzes from your desired subcategory that could be good, but would need edits of some kind

Email feedback@sporcle.com with the above information and your constructive feedback in the comments on these last five quizzes so the quiz creators know what they would need to do to improve their quiz.

We’ll review your submission and your comments and if they’re up to snuff, we’ll approve you as a curator. There are often multiple users applying for each open position, but even if we choose another Curator we’ll always email you back.

Resources:

Sporcle Groups is a great place to get in touch with other curators, editors and staff. The Category threads are also great for gauging specific interests in your subcategory.
The Curator Guide gives an overview on all the duties of a Curator along with some tips for how to make Curator Picks.
Mark is your go-to guy for all things Curator. Email him at mvheald@sporcle.com if you have any questions.

If you choose to apply for more than one Curator position, please send separate applications for each subcategory.

Matt and Derek Show: Episode 1

Sporcle lore, history and inner workings baffle us all. In a recent Sporcle University thread, the site’s creator Matt welcomed all the burning questions you’ve been wanting to ask. What’s the tale of Sporcle’s meager beginnings? What has been the site’s most unexpected source of traffic? What does the Sporcle HQ team eat for lunch?

Today’s the day Matt and Derek answer all of your hard-hitting questions.

If you have any other questions or suggestions for further videos, feel free to leave them in the original thread or in the video comments.

New Badges: Math Magician, Badge-dad, and Double Feature

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Having a bunch of numbers in your hat is great for a math magic act, but those pointy corners definitely aren’t comfortable for day-to-day wear.

Math Magician Badge IconMath Magician: Any sufficiently advanced mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. And once you start adding letters and Latin, it starts looking like spell-work anyway. Earn this badge by scoring 100% on Simple Math Minefield (1-100).

Badge-dad Badge IconBadge-dad: If Mesopotamia is the cradle of civilization, Iraq’s history is humanity’s baby pictures. It’d still be weird to carry around in your wallet though. Earn 50% or more on Iraq’s BordersProvinces of Iraq, and Country Quiz: Iraq for this one.

Double Feature Badge IconDouble Feature: Even if you don’t know the latest box-office flicks, you can always just enter the movies you loved in the ’80s and ’90s with a “2″ after them. That’ll get a surprising number of hits. Play 50 box office quizzes to get this badge.

As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.