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?
It was late 2008 or early 2009. One of my housemates in college senior year knew about Sporcle, and when a snowstorm knocked power out everywhere except the library, a bunch of us ended up there. With nothing else to do (it must have been a weekend–it took more than snow and power outages to cancel classes), we began playing. A lot. I’m pretty sure Capitals of Africa was a popular quiz, since I still remember the one guy who found names like Ouagadougou and Yamoussoukro quite amusing. For some reason I also remember a spirited joint effort on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame quiz. I continued playing after that episode, and finally registered in March 2009. The rest is history; what kind of history, I don’t know.
2) What are your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
It’s been around for ages, but the Baseball Hall of Famers quiz is a must-play, even if I’ve still never broken 50% on it. And a lot of statistical lists like the 500 Home Run Club are essential for any big MLB fan. Lastly, there’s Most Home Runs Under Each US President. That’s definitely one of my all-time favorites in any category.
3) What are your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Any and all of the flash-based quizzes by darinh, such as Every 20+ HR Season, are a great way to forget what time it is. Among more standard Sporcle fare, Trade Bait (MLB Edition) may well be published before I finish writing this sentence. Lastly, there’s Team by Second-to-Last World Series, which was my first ever Curator’s Pick.
4) What are your favorite published quizzes from an entirely different category?
U.S. Presidents will always be a personal favorite. If you’ve beaten my time of 29 seconds on it, please let me know. And that reminds me, I also enjoy any and all typing challenges, including HenryFieldstone’s original set. Finally, Street Suffixes is oddly addicting. It was one of the first quizzes I ever played multiple times.
5) What are your favorite contributed quizzes from an entirely different category?
The URL druhutch gave to his Picture Match: Airplane quiz has to be my all-time favorite, and the quiz has to be in my top 5 among contributed quizzes. Heck, let’s round out that top 5 with Picture Match: The Far Side, Weird Al or Tom Lehrer?, Calvin and Hobbes Characters, and 100 Dots on a Map. One of these things is not like the others–unless you find maps hilarious–but they are all fun.
6) Are there any quizzes you’ve made that didn’t get the attention you were hoping for?
Although it’s probably not publishable, I’ve always had a soft spot for Pictures of the Sky at Night. Embarrassing Franchise Statistics got off to a quick start, but faded once the User Created section stopped listing all-time plays. (It used to, ages ago.) And there are a lot of “Quick Profile” quizzes that I wrote in 2010 and 2011 which I expected more from. Anyway, I should stop now. I’d probably list half my games here if I could!
7) Who’s a user whose games you think deserves more attention?
The first user who comes to mind is teddy109768. At Sporcle University, there’s a great thread where you post your favorite quiz by the person who posted above you. I had a hard time picking among his 60 or so quizzes, none yet published, when I made my last contribution to that thread.
I’m sure there are a LOT more users who deserve a spot here, but haven’t gotten enough attention to be brought to mine yet! If you think you are one of those users, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, especially if you contribute a lot of quizzes to the MLB subcategory.
Thanks for reading and happy Sporcling.