This is part of Sporcle’s long-running series highlighting 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 all started at a house party where, for unknown reasons, the subject of geography arose. In a not altogether sober state, I unwisely declared with conviction that “I bet I could name all the countries in the world”. A bad idea. Within minutes, someone descended on me with a laptop and ordered me to complete Sporcle’s ‘Countries of the World‘ quiz; I recall performing reasonably well, missing about ten answers. The following day, my mind less fogged, I gave it another stab and discovered a whole site of trivia to explore…
2) What are your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
There are just a handful of published anatomy quizzes compared to other subcategories but the ones that stand out for me are ‘A-Z of the Human Body‘, ‘Organ Words‘ and ‘Body Part Definitions?‘. ’Human Organs by Picture (Warning: Gross!)‘ is another fantastic quiz if you don’t mind looking at excised bodily organs.
3) What are your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
There have been some great contributed anatomy quizzes … and some not so great. These are a few of my favourites: Although I don’t usually go for minefield games, I really enjoyed playing ‘Digestion Progression‘. And, although it’s not human body parts (but, hey, it’s still anatomy!) ‘Animal Anatomy‘ is a fun quiz to play and worthy of more plays than it currently has.
4) What are your favorite published quizzes from an entirely different category?
Do I really have to choose? There are so many… Obviously the classics which other curators have often mentioned but also ‘Around of Coast of the World‘ which can be quite challenging (I usually get lost around the Middle East/Europe part of the map). ‘Capitally Conjoined Countries‘ is a clever idea. Risk is my favourite board game so ‘Risk Territories‘ would have to be on here and ‘Name Every Pokémon‘ is one I’ve been trying to complete for ages and still haven’t finished. ’Game of Thrones: Out of Character‘ is a really fun quiz along with ‘Countries and Colonies of Africa: 1957‘.
5) What are your favorite contributed quizzes from an entirely different category?
‘Game of Thrones: Out of Character 2‘ is great, ‘☭ AsianPuzzle ☭‘ is a good one, and beforever’s 104 Vocabulary quizzes also deserve a mention – an impressive feat and if you’ve not played them and you have a few hours to kill then step this way! So many ideas I wish I’d thought of first…
6) Are there any quizzes you’ve made that didn’t get the attention you were hoping for?
I think most of my best quizzes have done fairly well, mostly thanks to the curators and editors that saw the potential in them. One or two I wish had done a bit better though… ‘Harry Potter Double Letters: A-Z‘, ‘Merged Actors‘ and my first word ladder ‘It’s Getting Hot in Here‘ (although the last one more for the colour scheme which I painstakingly arranged than the content!)
7) Who’s a user whose games you think deserves more attention?
One user who springs to mind and who I think will get more and more publishes over the coming months is mrsmith, who creates some very original and quality quizzes.