On November 29th, 2012, the United Nations voted to change Palestine’s status within the organization to a ‘Non-Member Observer State’. Politics aside, this was a pretty big deal at Sporcle as suddenly and without much warning Palestine met our criteria for what we consider a country. It took some time for us to get all of our quizzes ready for the update, but starting on January 16th, 2013, Palestine will be considered a ‘Country of the World’ on Sporcle.
We realize that this decision won’t come without some controversy, but our guiding principle in regards to controversial topics on Sporcle has always been one of consistency It boils down to this: If non-UN member countries like Vatican City, Taiwan and Kosovo are considered countries on our site, then we won’t exclude Palestine if it enjoys a similar country status as the others.
So what does this mean for Sporcle?
- Starting on January 16th, we will begin adding Palestine to every relevant Sporcle quiz. This includes popular quizzes like Countries of the World, Countries of Asia, and Flags of the World, as well as hundreds of other quizzes where Palestine might qualify. This process will take some time, as there is no ‘Add Palestine’ button we can press to update all of these quizzes.
- Also starting on January 16th, if you make a quiz, you’ll have to keep Palestine in mind. (Don’t worry, we’re going to be publishing a country profile so we all can learn a little more it.)
- We’re going to be posting more on the blog throughout the week in an attempt to clarify more about our Geography standards. It’s something that’s been on our plate for a while, but we think it’s high time we had something to point to when we’re asked.
- If you’re concerned about your ‘Around the World’ badge, don’t be, all previously earned badges will still count. Though anyone who wants to get the badge going forward will need to get 197 answers correct.
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments section or directly at our Feedback page.