Meet the Staff: Reid Weber

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Name: Reid Weber (reidzor)

Position: iOS Developer

Originally from: St. Paul, Minnesota

Worked at Sporcle since: March 2015

Here at Sporcle: Reid builds the Sporcle Flagship app for iPhone and iPad. Basically, he stares at code all day and plays around with iPads.

About: Reid describes himself as a mix between a “total geek and a total jock.” As he puts it, “I like football and I like Pokémon.” He’s a big Seattle sports fan who loves the University of Washington Huskies, the Seahawks, and the Mariners.

He also enjoys going to see live music and playing music with his friends (he plays the bass guitar.) And when he was in middle school, he and some friends formed a cover band that continued through their high school years. They had weekly gigs, played at anniversaries and birthday parties, and it sounds like they were pretty well organized for a bunch of adolescents.

Favorites: On the quiz front, Reid’s favorites include Literary Characters Sorting Blitz, 151 Original Pokémon and Word Ladders. Some of his favorite movies are The Lion King, The Matrix, and–more recently–Interstellar.

Strange Fact: Reid was 10 1/2 pounds when he was born. On a similar subject, he shares a birthday with Bill Gates.

Best part about working at Sporcle: In his words, “I love how [Sporcle] is both oddly fast-paced and laid-back.” He describes how the team likes to get things done fast but also likes to tinker. There’s always people asking “what if we tried it this way” and continually working to improve the product. 

Anything else? “Sporcle’s better on mobile.”

New Badges: What a Cartostrophe!, Arcade Addict, and Hey, it’s Leap Day!

Pre-Caesar, they had an extra month every two years, which just sounds messy.

What a Cartostrophe!: It’s a worldwide roll call – from ‘A’ to ‘OQYZ’. We’d say Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, but that actually doesn’t cover a lot of ground. To earn this badge, get 100% on all the featured A-Z World Map quizzes.

ArcadeAddict (1)Arcade Addict: Button mashing is great for many games; not so much for Minesweeper. Earn 50% or more on Classic Microsoft Games SlideshowClassic Arcade Games Slideshow, and 20 Classic Fighting Games for this badge.

Hey, it’s Leap Day!: It might fall on a Monday this year, but it’s an extra Monday and that’s pretty magical. Seize the day and play 29 quizzes on Leap Day to earn this badge.

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

New Badges: Vince Lombadgi, What Rhymes with Badge?, and Keep Calm and Sporcle On

Tadge? Sadge? It’s trickier to rhyme with than you’d expect.

Vince Lombadgi Bade IconVince Lombadgi: A championship game, arena concert, and advertising spectacle all in one. To win the Vince Lombadgi, get 50% or more on NFL Super Bowl Winners, NFL Super Bowl MVPs, and NFL Super Bowl Halftime Shows.

Rhyme Time Badge IconWhat Rhymes with Badge?: If you need a rhyme for a children’s book, just make one up! If you need a rhyme for a Sporcle quiz… well, you actually have to know them. Play 25 quizzes with the Rhyme tag for this badge.

Keep Calm and Sporcle On Badge IconKeep Calm and Sporcle On: Get your zen on and earn this badge by scoring 50% or more on Keep Calm and Go to the Movies, Keep Calm and Watch TV, and Keep Calm and Play Video Games.

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

Dr. Sporcle is Changing Your Dose

Dr. Sporcle will see you now

If you can’t resist our Daily Dose quizzes, prepare yourself for a whole new treat!

Introducing a new way to get your Sporcle fix: Quick Pick Quizzes.

Quick Picks recently became a subcategory on Sporcle, and they’ll soon be featured as Daily Dose quizzes. Alongside the usual Word Ladders and Missing Words, one of our favorite Quick Picks will be shown on the front page every day. When we make something front page material, we’re serious about it. The quizzes themselves, though? Not too serious.

Here are the criteria for a Quick Pick Quiz:

•Clickable quiz type
•Time limit of 1:30 mins or less
•20 answers or fewer
•A topic with wide appeal

The ideal Quick Pick should be playable by most people, even without deep knowledge of the subject. These are more about the crazy low time limit than about reasoning through answers.

With a new quiz on the front page every day, these quick quizzes are one the best ways to get yourself published on Sporcle. Check out a Random Quick Pick for some inspiration on your next quiz!

Disclaimer: Doctor Sporcle is not an M.D. and thus isn’t certified to write prescriptions. Any medical advice given here is probably unfounded in science and has a 90% chance of having been written by a narwhal named Sharpy.

New Badges: Missing Word-O-Rama, From the Vault, and Badges, According to the Onion

Report: Mankind’s Knowledge Of TV Trivia Doubling Every Three Years

Missing Word-O-Rama Badge IconMissing Word-O-Rama: Movie titles, song lyrics, famous names… they all need you. They’re looking for their other half (or third or fourth,  as the case may be). You complete them. For this badge, play 200 missing word quizzes.

From the Vault: If you can’t bear the stampede scene in The Lion King, refer to forks as ‘dinglehoppers’, and have a strong opinion on the blue vs. pink dress issue, this is a shoo-in. Get 100% on Disney Animated Movies for this badge.

Badges, According to the Onion Badge IconBadges, According to the Onion: Crying over an onion is a physical reaction; crying over the Onion is a mental thing. Get over 50% on Everything, According to the Onion, Onion Story or Real Story?, and Follow That Onion Headline for this.

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

Thank You For Being a Friend

Actress Betty White turned 94 this week, making her older than Kyrgyzstan (1991), the Slinky (1943) and even sliced bread (1928).

White’s career started in the 1940s and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Not unlike her Golden Girls character, she likes to be in on the action. “Retirement is not in my vocabulary,” White said after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Emmys. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes Betty White for having the longest TV career of any female entertainer.

Since she’s been acting longer than most of us have been alive, we’ll give you a little refresher of the amazing things she has contributed to the world:

1) Golden Girls

Who knew that a group of four retirement-aged women could steal our hearts as much as they did? White played the part of Rose–the spacey friend with a trove of funny stories.

The show tackled some serious issues of the time like AIDS, gay marriage and teen pregnancy, but never lost its lighthearted atmosphere. You see, Rose had a knack for finding sticky situations to get herself into. These strange circumstances gave inspiration for many of the TV tropes still seen in shows today.

Golden Girls captured the idea of women living it up regardless of their age, which couldn’t have been more refreshing.

 

2) Later Roles

Between her roles in the Proposal, Lake Placid and Hot in Cleveland (along with a GREAT many cameos), Betty White established her personal character–an old woman so incredibly witty and fun you’d wonder if she was actually senile.

3) Everything Else

She crushed her appearances on late night talk shows:

And cracked us up on her own Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. 

She gave us perfect excuses for our favorite activities:

And helped us understand that, even at our worst times, we’re not alone.

Happy birthday, Betty! And always remember…

How to Make a Marvelous Picture Click Quiz

By now you’ve definitely noticed our latest quiz type popping up around the site. Picture Click quizzes are a hybrid between Map and Clickable quizzes. And they are awesome! This post is for anyone interested in creating a Picture Click quiz on Sporcle, but who isn’t sure how to get started.

Read through the instructions, contribute a quiz, and you’ll be a Picture Click master before you know it!

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Getting Started

First things first, navigate to the Game Creation Center and click the orange ‘Create a New Game’ button. Then enter some basic information about the quiz you’re making.

Game Name:
Start by typing in the name of your quiz. (Don’t worry, you can change this later if you want.)

Similar Games:
If your quiz has already been made by another user, it will display in the ‘Similar Games’ box below.

Game Type:
For ‘Game Type,’ choose ‘Picture Click.’

After selecting your game type click the ‘Create Game’ button.

Once Your Draft is Created:

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1. Upload an Image

Now that you’ve created the game, you’ll start off in the ‘Game Info’ tab. Like when making a Map quiz, you’ll notice there is a field for an Image URL near the top.

First, upload the image you’d like to use to a popular image hosting site like FlickrImgur or Photobucket, and paste the URL of the image into this field. Images must be smaller than 400kb in size, and cannot be more than 920 pixels wide.

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2. Enter the Data

Before you can start drawing shapes on your image, you must enter all the answers you’d like to use in the data tab.

The data you enter into the ‘Hint’ column will be what you are being asked to click on. The data you enter into the ‘Answer’ column will be what displays when you click the shape on the image.

3. Draw your Shapes

Now that you’ve entered your data, go back to the ‘Game Info’ tab, and click the ‘Edit Map’ link above the Image URL.

On the ‘Edit Map’ page, you’ll see all the answers you entered on the data tab in a box to the left and your image in the middle. Simply drag your answer to a spot on the map, and that’s where it’ll show up when someone guesses it. (Note: All changes are automatically saved on this page.)

When an answer is selected, click the box with ‘Draw Shape Area’ written next to it. You can now begin drawing the shape for the selected answer by moving your cursor over the image and simply  clicking your way around the portion you want quiz players to choose. You’ll notice small, white boxes appear after each click. Once you have made your way entirely around the part of the image you want people to select, click the first white box you placed to enclose the shape. You also can click the ‘Close Shape’ button to do this automatically. The small white boxes can be moved around and adjusted as needed once the image is complete.3

If you are unsatisfied with the shape you drew, you can click the small trash can icon to delete it and start over. Once all shapes have been drawn you can test the game.

Additionally, you can show or hide the answer boxes using the Answers link. If you’d like to line up your answers perfectly on the same line use the Grid option as well as Grid Snap which aligns your answer boxes to the nearest grid row or column. You can toggle through shape visibility by using the Finished Shapes icon.

After that, your quiz is all ready to play, and all that’s left is tweaking a few options so your quiz can be played just how you want it.

New Badges: Euro-Trip, Bring the Action, and Click Bait

Quiz free or die hard.

Euro-Trip: Europe’s got a lot going for it, with some of the richest and happiest countries in the world. On the other hand, there’s spotty Netflix availability, so that’s kinda rough. Play 100 quizzes with the Europe tag to earn this badge.

Bring the Action: A witty tagline, a flashy poster, and a stone-faced lead with a weapon in hand. All you need to sell an action film. For this one, get 50% or more on Action Movies by TaglineAction Movie Posters, and Actor By Action Role.

Click Bait: Go ahead and disconnect your keyboard for this badge; it’s time for the mouse to be star of the show. To earn this badge, flex your fingers and play 25 Clickable quizzes in one day.

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

25 Quotes from Quotable Movies: The Sporcle Featured Quiz of the Week

We think all our featured quizzes are great, but once a week we find a quiz published within the last 7 days that went the extra mile.

This week’s quiz is 25 Quotes from Quotable Movies by Sporcle User Flick.

What’s the Quiz About?
You know a movie‘s a classic when you can name the title just by recognizing one of its lines. Once given a popular movie quote, see if you can click on its matching title. While all of these films are highly quotable, there is a slight challenge: the displayed quote may not be the most memorable line from the film. Don’t be too intimidated though, over 66% of Sporclers got the least guessed answer correct!


The Great ‘Where’s Sporcle?’ Quiz

Come one, come all and be a part of the Where’s Sporcle? slideshow quiz.

sporcle gear

Sporcle is doing something a little different. We are putting together a new community based quiz we will evenutally feature on our home page. This quiz posts pictures of you, the Sporcler, in famous cities, near well-known landmarks, or by recognizable structures wearing Sporcle gear. We want to celebrate our users from around the world, so send us your photos and there is a good chance you can become a part of this quiz.

What we need:

  • A picture of you wearing or holding official Sporcle gear
  • A famous landmark or recognizable scene in the photo to help people make guesses
  • A link to the image or a copy of the image
  • Your Sporcle username
  • Note: The image should be 640 x 480

Send photos to admin@sporcle.com

Once we get 25 images in the quiz, we will feature this on our home page. BUT keep sending those pictures to us and we will keep updating the quiz.