Meet the Staff: Matt Selby

SelbyName: Matt Selby (mselby)

Position: Product Manager

Originally from: Arlington, WA

Worked at Sporcle since: October 2010

About: Matt describes himself as an expressive person who is interested in many things. He likes cartoons – most notably, Adventure Time and The Venture Bros. His favorite movie is Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, and he has a healthy fear of horses.

Interests: Matt is an avid home brewer, film snob and vinyl collector. He has an old Volkswagen that he likes to work on (a 1970 Karmann Ghia). And as those who know him will tell you, he loves sandwiches. His favorite Sporcle quiz, in fact, is Sandwich Time. Made on a whim, the quiz has now become a Sporcle classic.

Strange Fact:  For many years, Matt has been attempting to make a shot-for-shot remake of Journey’s Separate Ways (World’s Apart). You can view it here. (And for reference, the original looks like this.)

Here at Sporcle:  Here at Sporcle, Matt schedules quizzes, writes quiz text, and interacts with users on a daily basis. He also writes blog posts, writes product specs, and manages our internal team of content moderators.

His current goal is to be a positive influence at the office, and he’s started a trend of saying a cheery good morning when he walks in the door each day. Early results show that it’s working.

Favorite thing about working at Sporcle: ”The main thing I like about Sporcle is every day there is something new and weird that surprises me. That can be hard to find in a job, except maybe if you’re a homicide detective. But there’s less dead bodies at Sporcle.” The other great thing about working at Sporcle? There’s a coffee maker.

Meet the Staff: Amy Van Groningen

amyName: Amy Van Groningen (amyevg)

Position: Content Moderator

Originally from: Auburn, CA

Worked at Sporcle since: October 2011

About: Amy describes herself as energetic and efficient – and we agree! Amy is about to graduate as an Accounting major from Seattle Pacific University. She also loves being around people and would “do anything legal for a good story.”

Interests: When Amy’s not studying or Sporcling, she likes to visit Seattle-area restaurants and try new food. Her favorite band is The Killers, and she’s an avid fan of the TV show Friends. (No surprise, her favorite Sporcle quiz is The Ultimate Friends Quiz.)

Strange Fact:  As a 10-year-old, Amy got magnets stuck up her nose. As she tells the story, her babysitter bought her magnetic earrings and she put one in her nostril. She liked it so much she thought she should have TWO nose piercings! The two magnets were clearly attracted to one another and “met in the bridge.” (Reminds us of this quiz.)

Here at Sporcle:  When Amy’s in the office, she meticulously reviews upcoming quizzes that are scheduled for the homepage. She also works Photoshop magic to create and edit Image and Slideshow quizzes, among other projects.

Favorite thing about working at Sporcle: “I really like the discussions we have in the office…there are so many ridiculous conversations. Everyone who works at Sporcle has a good sense of humor.”

 

New Badges: Friend Zone, Bunker Buster, and Winter is Coming

Badges are just the best, aren’t they? That’s why we’re releasing 3 brand new ones, just for you. 

Mr_MrsPopular_1Friend Zone: Here at Sporcle, the Friend Zone is a party you for sure want to join. Make 25 friends on Sporcle and you’re part of ‘da club. (To become friends with another user, both users must ‘Follow’ each other.)

BunkerBuster_3Bunker Buster: Bunkers are busting up all over, and we think you deserve some credit for that excellent work. Get 100% on Geography Bunker, Movies Bunker and US Presidents Bunker. Then go get a massage or something – you’ll need to relax!

GOT_CrownWinter is Coming: Game of Thrones is everyone’s new favorite show. And the true fans have read the books. Celebrate family lineage and royal loyalties by playing 25 A Song of Ice and Fire games. (If you’re playing a Game of Thrones game, be sure to check that it has the A Song of Ice and Fire tag.)

As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

Better Know a Curator: DesertSpartan

 

DesertSpartan

DesertSpartan

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. 

This next post is from DesertSpartan, curator for show.

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Better Know a Curator: NYYanks

NYYanks

NYYanks

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. 

This next post is from NYYanks, curator for Halloween and former curator for year.


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Better Know a Curator: montaukfd

montaukfd

montaukfd

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. 

 This next post is from montaukfd, curator for Marvel.

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Better Know a Curator: teddy109768

teddy109768

teddy109768

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. 

 This next post is from teddy109768, curator for Star Wars and The Big Bang Theory.

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Better Know a Curator: amazingjosh

amazingjosh

amazingjosh

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. 

This next post is from amazingjosh, curator for novel, country, former curator for quote and new curator for Chinese.

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New Badges: Animal Lover, Hunger Games and Redux

It’s an exciting month, folks! Right on the heels of last week’s release, we have a whole new set of badges. As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

AnimalLover_5Animal Lover: Who doesn’t love animals? Especially when they’re emoting so many feelings. Get 50% or better on Happy AnimalsSad Animals, and Angry Animals, and you’re practically Doctor Doolittle.

HungerGamesDistrict 12 Tribute: Ready for the cinematic premiere of Catching Fire? We sure are. Play 25 Hunger Games quizzes as you channel your HG enthusiasm. And if you want even more fun, check out our Hunger Games app!

ReduxRedux Redux: The point of a redux quiz is to go over classic knowledge in a more fun way (hint: minefield!). Whether you can name all 197 countries of the world or not, you probably have a chance at clicking all 197 countries. Get 100% on Countries of the World (Redux)Capitals of the World (Redux), and US Presidents (Redux) and you’ve officially reduxed the redux.

New Badges: Doctor Who, Common Words, and History

Did someone say…badges?? You heard right! As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

Doctor WhoThe Doctor: For those Sporclers who double as Whovians, we have a special badge for you. Coming out just in time for the 50th Anniversary, this badge celebrates all great Doctor Who trivia. Play 50 Doctor Who games, and your profile will be graced by the Tardis.

WordDecimatorWord Decimator: Some people release anger with a punching bag. But we’ve found it’s better to use your words. Get 100% on Commonest English Words and you can channel your renewed focus into building the destroyed words into functional sentences.

History HotshotHistory Hotshot: It’s said that those who don’t read history are doomed to repeat it. Here’s your chance to learn some history! Play 1,000 History games and you can join the ranks of Sporcle’s History Hotshots.