The Sporcle blog started a new series which highlights some of 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.
1) How did you first get involved with playing Sporcle?
I’ve always enjoyed playing trivia games online and one day in late 2010 (I think) I was made aware of a quiz in which you had to name all of the countries of the world. I was actually somewhat dissatisfied with it because I wanted one where the answered countries would be coloured in. But I still enjoyed it, and eventually explored the website more, then created an account, then started creating games.
WWE: With a few exceptions, the published quizes are all pretty basic. Excluding the ones I created, my favourite would probably be Most WWF/WWE matches because my favourite quizesare generally the longer ones that you can play many times as you try to beat your previous score.
Olympics: This category got a huge boost over the summer, so there are some very very good published games. Summer Olympic Gold Medal Countries, Discontinued Olympic Event Winners, Summer Olympic Nations by Sport and US Olympic Basketball are among my favourites.
3) What are your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
WWE: So many good ones to choose from. This entrance theme quiz is fantastic, as is this ’80s action figure quiz. In terms of quizes that should be published, I’ve been pushing hard for quizes about all of the major championships published, including United States Champions, Cruiserweight Champions, NWA Champions and TNA Champions.
Olympics: This Team Canada rosters quiz is one of my all-time favourites.
Canada: 100 Largest Metro Areas is fun.
4) What are your favorite published quizzes from an entirely different category?
I like quizes about Hall of Fames and award winners, such as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Hockey Hall of Fame, so I often find myself playing those to see if I can top my previous best. Countries of the World is also one I often try to top myself in.
6) Are there any quizzes you’ve made that didn’t get the attention you were hoping for?
I think we’ve all had that happen to us, where we worked hard on quizzes that we thought would really catch on, but for whatever reason that didn’t happen. For me, the one that I really hoped would become popular but didn’t is 15 Versions of Louie Louie, which is an audio quiz I did based on cover versions of the song.
7) Who’s a user whose games you think deserves more attention?
I actually keep a list of common contributors to the WWE subcategory, so I can make sure I spread my curator picks around. Every now and then I look at it to see who hasn’t had a pick. Dudemanbearpig and 2mbs are two users who have contributed a lot but don’t have a lot of published quizzes.