The Sporcle blog is running a series to highlight 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?
My brother, puckett86, introduced me to the site a few years ago, and I have been hooked ever since.
2) What are your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
When it comes to the “state” category, US States is the obvious place to start. A few other gems in state are State Abbr. Blitz with Booby Traps Quiz, US States by Vowels, and for the minefield fan, Most Populous States Minefield. As for city, I recommend starting with the Most Populous Cities quiz. I am a skyline fan so I enjoy the Tallest Building Cities (US) quiz. A couple other good US Cities quizzes are Dominant Cities, Shrinking US Cities, and Common Words in US Cities. Also, Booger has a nice series of published “most populous cities by state” quizzes. On the global side, Historic City Populations is a good study of how the human diaspora has evolved in such a short period of time.
3) What are your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
In state, US States with Tons of Neighbors is a good way to simultaneously study borders and state populations. In city, I like City Closest to the Center of States and Largest Border Cities (US). Also, Dralcoffin has a nice series of “most populous cities per decade by state” quizzes that I highly recommend. On the global end, Snow Globes: World Cities and Landmarks is very creative.
4) What are your favorite published quizzes from an entirely different category?
I have actually only favorited four games, so they sort of serve as my “hall of fame” quizzes. I like quizzes that are simple, yet unique. My favorites are Street Suffixes, Classic Clickable Jokes, Pattern Sleuth, and my all-time hands down favorite, World Countries Border Blitz.
5) What are your favorite contributed quizzes from an entirely different category?
Honestly, I think Sporcle does a great job publishing the best quizzes, which means that most of my favorite quizzes are already published. There is, however, one quiz that must be recognized as a legend in the user contributed section, which is How to Make a Bad Sporcle Quiz.
6) Are there any quizzes you’ve made that didn’t get the attention you were hoping for?
I’m not a big fan of self-promotion (I think your quizzes should speak for you), so I’ll just recommend one: Jeopardy! Stupid Answers. It got plenty of attention when it was released, but it was my favorite quiz to make, so I want to reintroduce it to those who may have joined the site in the last year or so.
7) Who’s a user whose games you think deserves more attention?
JoeBeta, skuban, and darinh are three quiz makers who consistently produce high quality quizzes. JoeBeta is a genius when it comes to making solid music quizzes. Skuban is the most creative quizmaker from what I call “the new generation” of quiz makers. And darinh makes the most amazing flash quizzes that will consume as much time as you need to in order to put off completing that assignment sitting on your desk.